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VII. These manacles
I have some iron shackles there.
Thinking to make his purpose sure,
Did only wound him to his cure.
Altho' I cannot see my king,
Neither in person, nor in coin; Yet contemplation is a thing
That renders what I have not, mine. My king from me no adamant can. part; Whom I do wear engraven in my heart..
A pris'ner close kept in a cage,
In that her. narrow hermitage?
Ey'n that her melody doth plainly prove,
Which doth my outward parts include ;
Thus to deprive of liberty. ;.
soul is free. Tho' I'm mew'd up, yet I can chirp and sing Disgrace to rebels, glory to my king,
In some copies of this poem the following stanza is ina
seried between the seventh and eighth :
When once my prince amiction hath,.
Profperity, doth treason feem;
I can learn patience from him.
But this stanza utterly destroys the uniformity of the poem, and is inconsistent with every other part of it. The dehgn of the whole is, to repre ent as benefits what had by his enemies been intended as purishments, and to shew, that “ malice wants wit to effect its purpose :" but this stanza contains an acknowledgment, that malice has effeEted its purpose upon him; that he suffers; and that it is fit he should
suffer. For this reason, and because it is not in all copies, it is omitted in this, either as composed by the author, and afterwards rejected, or as interpolated by some other.
Go foul, the body's guest,
Upon a thankless errant,
The truth shall be thy warrant..
Go, tell the court it glowse
And shines like painted wood.;
What's good, does no good.
Tell potentates they live
Aing, but oh! their actions
Not strong, but by their factions.
Tell me not of high condition,
That rule affairs of state; Their purpose is ambition ;
Their practice only hate. And if they do replye, Then give them all the lye.
Tell those that brave it mofte,
They begge more by spendinge;
Seek nothing but commendinge.
Tell zeal it lacks devotion;
Tell love it is but lufte; Tell time it is but motion;
Tell felh it is but dufte. And with them not replye, For thou must give the lye.