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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.
IV. TJIE TRINITY,' '..
O Blessen, glorious Trinity! , ,,,
Most slipp'riness, yet most entanglings hath,
By pow'r, love, knowledge, be,
V. The Vtbcin Mary.
For that fair blessed Mother-maid,
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;
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 6»
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.
Thy eagle-sighted Prophets, too,"
In rythmic feet) in common pray for rhe, -70
That I by them excuse not my excess
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,
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, , '.".,
XIII. THE DOCTOR*.••. . ....
The sacred Academ above .. :, .
To know the Scripture tells us we are wrote
That what they have misdone,
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.