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PIVINE POEMS. 9J

III. THE HOLY GHOST.

O Holy Ghost! whose temple I Am, but of mud walls and condensed dust, 20

And being sacrilegiously , . i

Half wasted with youth's fires, of pride and lust.
Must with new storms be weather-beat,
Double in my heart thy flame,
Which let devout sad tears intend, and let
(Tho* this glass lanthorn, flesh, do suffer maim)
Fire, sacrifice, priest, altar, b« the same,

IV. TJIE TRINITY,' '..

O Blessen, glorious Trinity! , ,,,
Bones to philosophy but milk to faith,
Which, as wise serpepts diversly 30

Most slipp'riness, yet most entanglings hath,
As you distinguish'd (undistinct) . ': //'

By pow'r, love, knowledge, be,
Give me such self-diff'rent instinct.
Of these let all me elemented be,
Of pow'r to love, to know you unnumb'red Three.
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V. The Vtbcin Mary.

For that fair blessed Mother-maid,
Whose flesh redeem'd us, (that she cherubin.

Which unlock'd Paradise, and made

One claim for innocence, and disseiz'd sin; 4*

Whose womb was i strange heav'ft, for there:

God cloath'd himself, and grew) ..' • -'

Our zealous thanks we pour. As her deeds Were

Our helps so are herprayfs; nor c^an she sue

In vain who hath such titles unto you."

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vI. The Angels.

Ann since this life our nonage.is, ■. "': And we in wardship to thine Angels be, Native in heav'n's .fair pa laces, Where we shall be but denizon'd by thee; As th' earth, conceiving by the sun, 50

Yields fair diversity,

Yet never knows what course that light doth run;
So let me study that mine actions be
Worthy their sight, tho' blind in how they see.

VII. THE PATRIAnCHS.

Ann let thy Patriarchs' desire (Those great grandfathers of thy church, which saw More in the cloud than we in fire, Whom Nature clear'd more than us grace and law, And now in heav'n still pray that we

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May use our new helps right) .. .x

Be satisfy'd, and fructify in me:

Let r.ot my mind be blinder by more light.

Nor faith, by reason added, lose her sight.

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Thy eagle-sighted Prophets, too,"
(Which were thy church's organs, and did sound
That harmony which made of two
One law, and did unite, but not confound;
Those heavenly Poets, which did see
Thy will, and it express

In rythmic feet) in common pray for rhe, -70

That I by them excuse not my excess
In seeking secrets or poeticness.

IX. THE APOSTLES.

Ann thy illustrious zodiac "1 "'' '. Of twelve apostles, which ingirt this all, ( From whom wh soe'er do not take Their light, to dark deep pits thrown down do fall) As thro' their prayers thou hast let me know That their books are divine, May they pray still, and be heard, that I go Th'old broad way in applying; O decline J0

Me, when my comment would make thy word mine.

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X. THE MARTYRS.

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Ann since thou so desirously . .

Didst long tq die, that long before thpu couldst,
And long since thou no more couldst dye,
Thou in thy scatter'd mystic body wouldst
In Abel dye, and ever since
In thine, let their blood come
To beg for us a discreet patience .
Of death, or of worse life; for, oh! to some
Not to be martyrs, is ».martyrdom.

XT. THE CONFESSORS.

'Therefore with thee triumpheth there

A virgin squadron of while Confessors, :.

Whose bloods betroth'd, not married, were

Tender'd, not taken by thoie ravishers:

They know, and pray that we may know:

In every Christian

Hourly tempestuous persecutions grow.

Temptations martyr us alive. A man

Is to himself a Dioclesian.

XII. THE VIRGINS.

The cold white-snowy nunnery, (Which, as thy mother, their high abbess, sent Their bodies back again to thee, As thou hadst lent them, clean and innocent) Tho' they have not ohtain'd of thee

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That or thy church or I •..'.. i.nix. .'*ni: i

Should keep, as they, our fir,t integrity ... .

Divorce ibou sin in us, or bid it die, , '.".,
And call chaste widowhood Virginity.

XIII. THE DOCTOR*.••. . ....

The sacred Academ above .. :, .
Of Doctors, whose pains have unclasp'd and taught
Both books of life to us (for love 11*1

To know the Scripture tells us we are wrote
In thy' other book) pray for us there, . .

That what they have misdone,
Or mis.said, we to that may not adhere;
Their 2eal may be our sin. Lord, let us run
Mean ways, and call them stars, but not the sun.

XIV.

And whilst this universal choir, .. ..'

(That church in triumph, this in warfare here,

Warm'd with one all.partaking fire 1ib

Of love, that none be lost, which cost thee dear)

Prays ceaselessly', and thou harken too,

(Since to be gracious

Our task is treble, to pray, bear, and do)

Hear this pray'r, Lord! O Lordl deliver us

From trusting in those prayers, tho' pour'd out thus.

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From being anxious, or secure,
Dead clouds of sadness, or light squibs of rsirth,
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