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VII. These manacles

upon

mine arm
I as my mitress' favours wear;
And for to keep mine ancles warm,

I have some iron shackles there.
These walls are but my garrison ; this cell,
Which men call jail, doth prove my

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VIII.
Thus he that ftruck at Jason's life,

Thinking to make his purpose sure,
By a malicious friendly knife

Did only wound him to his cure.
Malice, we see, wants wit; for what is meant
Mischief, oft-times proves favour by th' evento

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IX...

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..

X.
Have you not heard the nightingale;

A pris'ner close kept in a cage,
How she doth chant her wonted tale:

In that her. narrow hermitage?

Eyn

Ey'n that her melody doth plainly prove,
Her boughs are trees, her cage a pleasant groves.

XI.
My soul is free as is the ambient air,

Which doth my outward parts include ;
Whilft loyal thoughts do ftill repair
To company my

solitude.
What tho''they do with chains my body bind,
My king can only captivate my mind.

XII.
I am that bird which they combine.

Thus to deprive of liberty. ;.
And tho' my corpfe they can confine,
Yet
maugre
that my

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;
And for to smooth fo rough a path,

I can learn patience from him.
But now to suffer thews a legal part;
When kings want ease, subjects must learn to smart..

But

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.

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Go foul, the body's guest,

Upon a thankless errant,
Fear not to touch the best,

The truth shall be thy warrant..
Go, since I needs must dye,
And give them all the lye.

Go, tell the court it glowse

And shines like painted wood.;
Go, tell the church' it showes

What's good, does no good.
If court and church replye,
Give court and church the lye.. ·

Tell

Tell potentates they live

Aing, but oh! their actions
Not lov'd unless they give !

Not strong, but by their factions.
If potentates replye,
Give potentates the lye.

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;
Who, in their greatest cofte,

Seek nothing but commendinge.
And if they make replye,
Spare not to give the lye.

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.

Tell

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