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* Thus in the edition of 1633. Anderson has 'gangrened.” Johnson does not notice this form.-ED.
An EPITAPH ON SAAKSPEARE. Renowned Chaucer, lie a thought more nigh To rare Beaumond; and learned Beaumond lie A little nearer Spencer, to make room For Shakspeare in your threefold fourfold tomb. To lie all four in one bed make a shift, For until doomsday hardly will a fift Betwixt this day and that be slain, For whom your curtains need be drawn again ; But, if precedency of death doth bar A fourth place in your sacred sepulchre, Under this curled marble of thine own Sleep rare tragedian Shakspeare, sleep alone, That unto us and others it may be Honour, hereafter to be laid by thee.
1. The FATHER. FATHER of heaven, and him, by whom
It, and us for it, and all else, for us Thou madest, and governest ever, come And recreate me, now grown ruinous
My heart is by dejection, clay,
And by self-murder, red.
2. THE Son. O Son of God, who seeing two things,
Sin, and death crept in, which were never made, By bearing one, try'dst with what stings The other could thine heritage invade;
O be thou nailed unto my heart,
And crucified again, Part not from it, though it from thee would part, But let it be, by applying so thy pain, Drowned in thy blood, and in thy passion slain.
3. The Holy Ghost. O Holy Ghost, whose temple I
Am, but of mud walls, and condensed dust, And being sacrilegiously Half-wasted with youth's fires, of pride and lust,
Must with new storms be weatherbeat;
Double in my heart thy flame, Which let devout sad tears intend; and let (Though this glass lanthorn, Aesh, do suffer maim) Fire sacrifice, priest, altar be the same,
4. THE TRINITY. O Blessed glorious Trinity,
Bones to philosophy, but milk to faith, Which, as wise serpents, diversely . . Most slipperiness, yet most entanglings hath,
As you distinguished undistinct
By power, love, knowledge be, Give me a such self-different instinct, Of these let all me elemented be, Of power, to love, to know, you unnumb'red Three.
5. THE VIRGIN MARY. For that fair blessed mother-maid,
Whose flesh redeemed us; that she-cherubin,
Whose womb was a strange heaven, for there
God clothed himself, and grew,
6. The Angels. And since this life our nonage is,
And we in wardship to thine angels be,..
As the earth conceiving by the sun,
Yields fair diversity, Yet never knows which course that light doth run, So let me study, that mine actions be Worthy their sight, though blind in how they see.
7. THE PATRIARCHS. And let thy patriarchs' desire
(Those great-grandfathers of thy church, which saw More in the cloud, than we in fire, Whom nature cleared more, than us grace and law,
And now in heaven still pray, that we
May use our new helps right) Be sanctified, and fructify in me ;
Let not my mind be blinder by more light,
8. THE PROPHETS.
Which were thy church's organs, and did sound
Those heavenly poets which did see
Thy will, and it express
9. THE APOSTLES.
Of twelve apostles, which ingirt this all,
As through their prayers, thou hast let me know
That their books are divine ;
10. The MARTYRS.
Did'st long to die, that long before thou could'st,
In Abel die, and ever since
In thine, let their blood come
11. Tue CONFESSORS.
A virgin squadron of white confessors,
Tendered, not taken by those ravishers :
• «Thrown down do fall;"-Anderson's Poets; but the word throw is liero used in a neuter sense. -Ed.