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As, with the safety and honor of the laws, You favor truth, and me, in this man's cause!
ANOTHER TO THE SAME. The judge his favor timely then extends, When a good cause is destitute of friends, Without the pomp of counsel, or more aid, Than to make falsehood blush, and fraud afraid; When those good few, that her defenders be, Are there for charity, and not for fee. Such shall you hear to-day, and find great foes Both armed with wealth and slander to oppose, Who, thus long safe, would gain upon the times A right by the prosperity of their crimes; Who, though their guilt and perjury they know, Think, yea, and boast, that they have done it so, As, though the court pursues them on the scent, They will come off, and 'scape the punishment. When this appears, just lord, to your sharp
sight, He does you wrong, that craves you to do right.
TO THE COUNSELLOR THAT PLEADED, AND CARRIED THE CAUSE.
yield; That henceforth I believe nor books, nor men,
Who,'gainst the law weave calumnies, my
;41 But when I read or hear the names so rife Of hirelings, wranglers, stitchers-to of strife, Hook-handed harpies, gownèd vultures, put Upon the reverend pleaders, do now shut All mouths that dare entitle them, from hence, To the wolf's study, or dog's eloquence; Thou art my cause whose manners, since I knew, Have made me to conceive a lawyer new. So dost thou study matter, men, and times, Mak’st it religion to grow rich by crimes; Darst not abuse thy wisdom in the laws, Or skill to carry out an evil cause, But first dost vex, and search it; if not sound, Thou prov'st the gentler ways to cleanse the
41 This blank, I imagine, was to have been filled with the name of the counsellor who pleaded in the cause : it must be a word of one syllable, and answer in rhyme to men, the close of the preceding verse. From these particulars it is
robable the person here meant was Anthony Benn, who succeeded the Solicitor Coventry in the ecordership of London. -- W.
And not being borrowed by thee, but pos
TO THE SMALL-POX. 42
Envious and foul Disease, could there not be One beauty in an age, and free from thee? What did she worth thy spite ? were there not
store Of those that set by their false faces more Than this did by her true ? she never sought Quarrel with nature, or in balance brought
42 The ravages of the small-pox on beautiful women, and persons of quality, supplier a prolific theme for the poets, who for the most part treated the subject in an extra ant spirit of hyperbole. Corbet, Cartwright, and Dryden may be particularly referred to for examples. -- B.
Art her false servant; nor, for Sir Hugh Plat, 43
disgrace Of beauty, so to nullify a face, That heaven should make no more? or should
amiss Make all hereafter, hadst thou ruined this? Ay, that thy aim was; but her fate prevailed, And, scorned, thou'st shown thy malice, but hast
What beauty would have lovely styled,
And, till the coming of the soul
Come, let us here enjoy the shade,
43 A compiler of recipes for making cosmetics, oils, ointments, &c. One of his books is entitled Delights for Ladies to adorn their Persons, dc., 1628. – G.
44 The allusion is to the hot-houses. See ante, p. 8.
Though envy oft his shadow be,
Where love doth shine, there needs no sun.
A spark to set whole world afire,
Such are his powers, whom time hath styled, Now swift, now slow, now tame, now wild; Now hot, now cold, now fierce, now mild; The eldest god, yet still a child.
AN EPISTLE TO A FRIEND.
Sir, I am thankful, first to heaven for
you; Next to yourself, for making your love true: Then to your love and gift. And all's but due.
You have unto my store added a book,