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And think all still the best that He will do.
AN EPIGRAM TO OUR GREAT AND GOOD KING
How happy were the subject if he knew,
to love the sovereign and the laws; When you that reign are her example grown, And what are bounds to her, you make your
'Tis not alone the merchant, but the clown,
AN EPIGRAM ON THE PRINCE'S BIRTH.
1630. And art thou born, brave babe ? Blessed be thy
The same that thou art promised; but be slow,
run, Sol will reshine; if not, Charles hath a son.101
“Non displicuisse meretur Festinat Cæsar qui placuisse tihi.”
101 The prince (Charles II.) was born this year, on the 29th of May, on which day there was an eclipse of the moon. G. AN EPIGRAM TO THE QUEEN, THEN LYING IN.
1630. Hail, Mary, full of grace! it once was said, And by an angel, to the blessed'st maid, The Mother of our Lord: why may not I, Without profaneness, yet a poet, cry Hail, Mary, full of honors ! to my queen, The mother of our prince ? When was there
seen, Except the joy that the first Mary brought, Whereby the safety of mankind was wrought, So general a gladness to an isle, To make the hearts of a whole nation smile, As in this prince? Let it be lawful so To compare small with great, as still we owe Glory to God. Then, Hail to Mary! spring Of so much safety to the realm and king! 102
AN ODE, OR SONG, BY ALL THE MUSES, IN CELEBRATION OF HER MAJESTY'S BIRTHDAY. 1630. 1 Clio. Up, public joy, remember
This sixteenth of November,
102 Althongh the character of this epigram might lead the realer to a different conclusion, Jonson had been “reconciled to the church" many years before it was written. Dryden alone has reached to the height of the impious parallel which runs through it, when, in the Britannia Redivira, he treats the birth of a prince as a miracle brought about by the direct agency of the angels, and compares the union of three realms in one under his sway to the Trinity, who had stamped their image upon him.- B.
Some brave uncommon way;
Ring thou it holy-day.
2 Mel. What though the thrifty Tower,
there spare to pour
Their guarded gates asunder ?
3 Thal. Yet let our trumpets sou
With beatings of our drums;
With touch of dainty thumbs ! 103
4 Eut. That when the quire is full,
The harmony may pull
The angels from their spheres;
Whilst it the ditty hears.
5 Terp. Behold the royal Mary,
The daughter of great Harry,
And sister to just Lewis !
Comes in the pomp and glory 103 Gifford reads " learned thumbs," adopted from another edition.
Of all her brother's story,
And of her father's prowess!
6 Erat. She shows so far above
The feignèd queen of love,
This sea-girt isle upon;
Had got the ceston on !
7 Call. See, see our active king
Hath taken twice the ring,
Upon his pointed lance : 104
Hey! for the flower of France !
8 Ura. This day the court doth measure
Her joy in state and pleasure;
And with a reverend fear,
Her two-and-twentieth year!
9 Poly. Sweet, happy Mary! all
The people her do call,
And this the womb divine !
And Charles a Caroline.
104 Alluding to the old chivalry joust of riding, or running at the ring. - B.