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Nay, to an inch. Lo, where, condemned, he
Bears his own cross with pain; yet by and by, 10
When it bears him, he must bear more and die.
Now thou art lifted up, draw me to thee,
And, at thy death giving such liberal dole;
Moist with one drop of thy blood my dry soul. 14
May then sin's sleep, and death soon from me pass,
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Behold the highest, parting hence away,
Lightens the dark clouds which he treads upon;
Nor doth he by ascending shew alone,
But first he, and he first, enters the way.
O strong Ram! which hast batter'd heav'n for me, o
Mild Lamb, which with thy blood hast mark'd the path,
Bright torch, which shin'st, that I the way may see,
Oh! with thy own blood quench thy own just wrath,
And if thy holy Spirit my Muse did raise,
Deign at my hands this crown of prayer and praise. 14
ON THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
In that, O Queen of queens! thy birth was free
To match thee like thy birth's nobility
Cease then, O Queens! that earthly crowns do wear,
If men such high respects unto you hear,
Who had your God for father, spouse, and son? .14
Since Christ embrac'd the Cross itself, dare I,
His in age, th'image of his Cross deny i
Would I have profit by the sacrifice,
And dire the chosen altar to despise?
It bore all other sins, but is it fit
That it should bear the sin of scorning it?
Who from the picture would avert his eye,
How would he fly his pains who there did die?
From me no pulpit nor misgrouuded law,
Nor scandal taken shall this Cross withdraw; to
It shall not, for it cannot; for the loss
Of this Cross were to me another cross;
Better were worse, for no affliction,
No cross is so extreme as to have none.
Who can blot out the Cross, which th' instrument
OI'Goddew'd on me in the sacrament?
Who can deny me power and liberty
To stretch mine arms, and mine own Cross to be?
Swim, and at every stroke thou art thy Cross:
The mast and yard make one where seas do toss. 20
Look down, thou spl 'st our crosses in small things;
Look up, thou seest birds rais'd on crossed wings.
All the globe's frame and spheres is nothing else
But the meridian's crossing parallels.
Material Crosses then good physic be,
But let spiritual have chief dignity.
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These for extracted chymic medicine serve,
And cure much better, and as well preserve;
Then are you your own physic, or need none,
When still'd or purg'd by tribulation; jo
For when that cross ungrudg'd unto you sticks,
Then are you to your?elf a crucifix.
As perchance carvers do not faces make,
But that way which hid them there do take:
Let Crosses so take what hid Christ in thee,
And be his image, or not his, but he.
Hut as oft' alchymists do coiners prove,
So may a self-despising get self-love:
And then, as worst surfeits of best meats be,
So is pride issued from humility; 40
For 'tis no child but monster: therefore cross
Your joy in Crosses, else 'tis double loss;
And cross thy senses, else both they and thou
Must pensh soon, and to destruction bow: ^
For if th' eye see good objects, and will take
No cross from bad, we cannot 'scape a snake.
So with harsh, hard, scur, stinking cross the rest,
Make them indifferent all; nothing best.
But most the eye needs crossing, that can roam
And move! to th' others objects must come home, 50
And cross thy heart; for that in man alone
Pants downwards, and hath palpitation.
Cross those detortions when it downward tends.
And when it to forbidden heights pretends.
And as the brain, tho' bony, walls doth vent
By sutures, which a cress's form present,
So when thy brain works, ere thou otter it,
Cross and correct concupiscence of wit.
Be covetous of Crosses, let none fall;
Cross no man else, but cross thyself in all. 6a
Then doth the Cross of Christ work faithfully
Within our hearts when we love harmlessly
The Cross's pictures much, and with more care
That Cross's children which our crosses are. 64
By Euphrates' flow'ry side
From dear Juda far absented,
Tearing the air with our cries,
And our eyes
With their streams his stream augmented.
11. When poor Sion's doleful state, Desolate,
Sack'd, burned, and inthrall'd,
Ne'er should see,