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OR, THE SHADOW OF THE TEMPLE:
SACRED POEMS AND PRIVATE EJACULATIONS
IN IMITATION OF MR GEORGE HERBERT.
[BY CHRISTOPHER HARVEY, M.A.]
Stultissimum credo ad imitandum non optima quæque proponere.
PLIN. Sec. Lib. i. Ep. 5.
I do esteem 't a folly not the least
Of Christopher Harvey or Harvie, the author of the “Synagogue,” all that is known is, that he was a clergyman's son in Cheshire, was educated at Brazen-Nose College, and became Vicar of Clifton, Warwickshire. He published the "Synagogue” in 1640, without his name. Walton commended the book, and ascribed it to Harvie. He wrote another book called “Schola Cordis,” sometimes ascribed to Quarles. His
Synagogue” has less poetic merit than the “Temple,” but is very pious and instructive.
Dic, cujus Templum ? Christi. Quis condidit? Ede.
Condidit Herbertus. Dic, quibus auxiliis ?
Tanta est ex dictis lis oriunda meis.
Ingenium, dicens, cuncta fuisse sua.
Nec facile est litem composuisse mihi.
Ingenium cultus induat, arsque modos.
Nec sortita velint jura vocare su
Materiamque, ars, et gratia, et ingenium.
De Templo Herberti talia dicta dabit.
Ars pariter totus, totus et ingenium.
cunctis Anglia jactat opus.
TO THE THRESHOLD OF MR HERBERT'S « CHURCH-PORCH."
What Church is this? Christ's Church. Who builded it?
Roman and Grecian Muses all give way :
LORD, my first fruits should have been sent to thee;
For thou the tree, That bare them, only lentest unto me.
But while I had the use, the fruit was mine :
Not so divine
Before 'twas ripe it fell unto the ground:
And since I found
Some I have pick’d, and wiped, and bring thee now,
Lord, thou know'st how : Gladly I would, but dare not it avow.
Such as it is, 'tis here. Pardon the best,
Accept the rest.
Thou that intendest to the Church to-day,
But he that unprepared rashly ventures,
SEEST thou that stile? Observe then how it rises,
Wouldst thou in grace to high perfections grow?