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And so in that capacity remove All jealousies 'twixt prince and subjects' love, Thou could’st no title to this triumph have, Thou didst intrude on death, usurp’st a grave. That (though victoriously) thou hadst fought as yet But with thine own affections, with the heat Of youth's desires, and colds of ignorance, But till thou should'st successfully advance Thine arms 'gainst foreign enemies, which are Both envy, and acclamation popular, (For both these engines equally defeat, Though by a divers mine, those which are great,) Till then thy war was but a civil war, For which to triumph, none admitted are ; No more are they, who though with good success, In a defensive war, their power express. Before men triumph, the dominion Must be enlarged, and not preserved alone; Why should'st thou then, whose battles were to win Thyself, from those straits nature put thee in, And to deliver up to God that state, Of which he gave thee the vicariate, (Which is thy soul and body) as entire As he, who take endeavours, doth require, But didst not stay, to enlarge his kingdom too, By making others, what thou didst, to do: Why should'st thou triumph now, when heaven no more Hath got, by getting thee, than it had before? For heaven and thou, even when thou lived'st here, Of one another in possession were; But this from triumph most disables thee, That that place which is conquered, must be Left safe from present war, and likely doubt Of imminent commotions to break out. And hath he left us so ? or can it be His territory was no more than he ? No, we were all his charge; the Diocis Of ev'ry exemplar man, the whole world is, And he was joined in commission With tutelar angels, sent to every one. But though this freedom to upbraid, and chide Him who triumphed, were lawful, it was tied
With this, that it might never reference have
* Soldurii.—On these Cæsar says, De Bell. Gall. iii. 22; “ Adcantuanus, qui summam imperii tenebat, cum sexcentis devotis, quos soldurios appellant; quorum hæc est conditio, ut omnibus in vita commodis una cum his fruantur, quorum se amicitiæ dediderint ; siquid iis per vim accidat, aut eundem casum una ferant, aut sibi mortem consciscant. Neque adhuc hominum memoria repertus est quisquam, qui eo interfecto, cujus se amicitiæ devovisset, mori recusaret." This seems to be the true original of our word “soldier," and not solidarius, as Johnson says.-ED.
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ELEGY ON PRINCE HENRY. Look to me faith, and look to my faith, God; For both my centres feel this period. Of weight one centre, one of greatness is ; And reason is that centre, faith is this ; For into our reason flow, and there do end All, that this natural world doth comprehend : Quotidian things, and equidistant hence, Shut in, for man, in one circumference. But for th' enormous greatnesses, which are So disproportioned, and so angular, As is God's essence, place and providence, Where, how, when, what souls do, departed hence, These things (eccentric else) on faith do strike ; Yet neither all, nor upon all, alike. For reason, put to her best extension, Almost meets faith, and makes both centres one. And nothing ever came so near to this, As contemplation of that prince we miss. For all that faith might credit mankind could, Reason still seconded, that this prince would. If then least moving of the centre, make More, than if whole hell belched, the world to shake, What must this do, centres distracted so, That we see not what to believe or know? Was it not well believed till now, that he, Whose reputation was an ecstasy, On neighbour states, which knew not why to wake, Till he discovered what ways he would take; For whom what princes angled, when they tried, Met a torpedo, and were stupified; And others' studies, how he would be bent, Was his great father's greatest instrument, And activ'st spirit, to convey and tie This soul of peace, through Christianity; Was it not well believed, that he would make This general peace, th’ Eternal overtake, And that his times might have stretched out so far, As to touch those, of which they emblems are ?
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So, if our griefs we do not well declare,
To Sir Robert Carr. I presume you rather try what you can do in me, than what I can do in verse, you know my uttermost when it was best, and even then I did best when I had least truth for my subjects, in this present case there is so much truth as it defeats all poetry. Call therefore this paper by what name you will, and, if it be not worthy of you nor of him, we will smother it, and be it your sacrifice. If you had commanded me to have waited on his body to Scotland and preached there, I would have embraced your obligation with much alacrity; but I thank you that you would command me that which I was loather to do, for even that hath given a tincture of merit to the obedience of Your poor friend and servant in Christ Jesus,
An HYMN TO THE SAINTS, AND TO MARQUESS HAMILTON.