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ON THE DEATH OF AN INFANT. Oh no! for something in thy face did shine Above mortality, that show'd thou walt divine.
Resolve me then, oh Soul most surely blest,
Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight,
45: Took up, and in fit place did reinstall? Or did of late earth’s sons besiege the wall
Of Theeny Heav'n, and thou some Goddess filed Amongst us here below to hide thy nectar'd head?
VIII. Or wert thou that just Maid who once before 50 Forsook the hated earth, O tell me sooth, And cam'st again to visit us once more ? Or wert thou that sweet smiling Youth ? Or that crown'd matron sage white-robed Truth? Or any other of that heav'nly brood
55 Let down in cloudy throne to do the world some good ?
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart?
This if thou do, he will an offspring give;
II. Anno Ætatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the col.
lege, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches
ended, the English thus began *. H
AIL native Language, that by finews weak
Didst move my first endevoring tongue to speak, And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, side through my infant-lips, Driving dumb filence from the portal door,
5 Where he had mutely fat two years before : Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask, That now I use thee in
latter task :
last. I pray thee then deny me not thy aid
15 For this fame small neglect that I have made: But haste thee ftrait to do me once a pleasure, And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefcit treasure, Not thofe new fangled toys, and trimming flight, Which takes our late fantastics with delight, 20
* These verses were made in 1627, that being the 19th year of the author's age; and they were not in the edition of 1645, but were first added in the edition of 1673
But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire
35 How he before the thunderous throne.doth lie, Listening to what unfhorn Apollo sings To th' touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings Immortal nectar to her kingly fire :. Then passing through the spheres of watchful fire, 40 And misty regions of wide air next under And hills of snow and lofts of piled thunder, May tell at length how green-ey'd Neptune raves, In Heav'n's defiance mustering all his waves ; Then sing of secret things that came to pass 45 When beldam Nature in her cradle was ; And last of kings and queens and heroes old, Such as the wise Demodocus once told In solemn songs at king Alcinoüs' feast, While fad Ulysses' soul and all the rest
Are held with his melodious harmony
Then Ens is represented as father of the Predicaments
his ten fons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens, thus speaking, ex: plains.
GOOD luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth