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my

nhance.

A PARADOX.

THE WORSE THE BETTER.

WELCOME mine health : this sickness makes me well.

Medicines adieu : When with diseases I have list to dwell,

I'll wish for you.

Welcome my strength : this weakness makes me able.

Powers adieu :
When I am weary grown of standing stable,

I'll wish for

you.

Welcome

my
wealth : this loss hath gain'd me more.

Riches adieu :
When I again grow greedy to be poor,

I'll wish for you.

Welcome my credit : this disgrace is glory.

Honours adieu :
When for renown and fame I shall be sorry,

I'll wish for you.

Welcome content: this sorrow is my joy.

Pleasures adieu : When I desire such griefs as máy annoy,

I'll wish for you.

Health, strength, and riches, credit, and content,
Are sparèd best, sometimes, when they are spent :
Sickness and weakness, loss, disgrace, and sorrow,
Lend most sometimes, when they seem most to borrow.

If in my

Blest be that hand, that helps by hurting, gives
By taking, by forsaking me relieves.

fall

my rising be thy will,
Lord, I will say, The worse the better still.
I'll speak the Paradox, maintain thou it,
And let thy grace supply my want of wit.

Leave me no. learning that a man may see,
So I may be a scholar unto thee.

a

INMATES.

A HOUSE I had (a heart, I mean), so wide,
And full of spacious rooms on every side,

That viewing it I thought I might do well,
Rather than keep it void, and make no gain,
Of what I could not use, to entertain

Such guests as came : I did ; But what befelt
Me quickly in that course, I sigh to tell.

I

A guest I had (alas ! I have her still),
A great big bellied guest, enough to fill

The vast content of hell, Corruption.
By entertaining her, I lost my right
To more than all the world hath now in sight.

Each day, each hour, almost, she brought forth one,
Or other base begot Transgression.

The charge grew great. I, that had lost before
All that I had, was forcèd now to score

For all the charges of their maintenance
In dooms-day book : Whoever knew't would say
The least sum there was more than I could pay,

When first 'twas due, besides continuance,
Which could not choose but much the debt enhance,

Blest be that hand, that helps by hurting, gives
By taking, by forsaking me relieves.
If in my fall my rising be thy will,
Lord, I will say, The worse the better still.
I'll speak the Paradox, maintain thou it,
And let thy grace supply my want of wit.

Leave me no. learning that a man may see,
So I may be a scholar unto thee.

a

INMATES.

A HOUSE I had (a heart, I mean), so wide,

, And full of spacious rooms on every side,

That viewing it I thought I might do well,
Rather than keep it void, and make no gain,
Of what I could not use, to entertain

Such guests as came : I did; But what befell
Me quickly in that course, I sigh to tell.

A guest I had (alas ! I have her still),
A great big bellied guest, enough to fill

The vast content of hell, Corruption.
By entertaining her, I lost my right
To more than all the world hath now in sight.

Each day, each hour, almost, she brought forth one,
Or other base begot Transgression.

The charge grew great. I, that had lost before
All that I had, was forcèd now to score

For all the charges of their maintenance
In dooms-day book : Whoever knew ’t would say
The least sum there was more than I could

pay, When first 'twas due, besides continuance, Which could not choose but much the debt enhance.

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