Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 356 pages
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ROBERT SOUTHWELL. TIMES GO BY TURNS. The lopped tree in time may grow again; Most naked plants renew both fruit and flower; The sorriest wight may find release of pain, The dryest soil suck in some moistening shower: Times go by turns, and chances change by course, From foul to fair, from better hap to worse. The sea of fortune doth not ever flow, She draws her favours to the lowest ebb; Her tides have equal times to come and go, Her loom doth weave the fine and coarsest web: No joy so great, but runneth to an end; No hap, so hard, but may in fine amend. Not always fall of leaf, nor ever spring, No endless night, nor yet eternal day: The saddest birds a season find to sing, The roughest storm a calm may soon allay. Thus with succeeding turns God tempereth all. That man may hope to rise, yet fear to fall. A chance may win that by mischance was lost, That net that holds no great, takes little fish; In some things all, in all things none are crossed; Few all they need, but none have all they wish; Unmingled joys here to no man befal: Who least, hath some, who most, hath never all. LOOK HOME. Retired thoughts enjoy their own delights, As beauty doth in self-beholding eye: Man's mind a mirror is of heavenly sights, A brief wherein all morals summed lie; Of fairest forms, and sweetest shapes the store, Most graceful all, yet thought may grace them more. The mind a creature is, yet can create, To nature's patterns adding higher skill: Of finest works wit better could the state, If force of wit had equal power of will. Device of man in working hath no end: What thought can think, another thoughtcan mend. Man's soul of endless beauties image is, Drawn by the work of endless skill and might; This skilful might gave many sparks ...

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