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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Carew
 
129. Maria Wentworth, Thomæ Comitis Cleveland
filia præmortua prima, virgineam animam exhaluit An. Dom.—Æt. suæ—
 
AND here the precious dust is laid; 
Whose purely-tempered Clay was made 
So fine, that it the guest betray'd. 
  
Else the soul grew so fast within, 
It broke the outward shell of sin,         5
And so was hatch'd a Cherubin. 
  
In height, it soar'd to God above; 
In depth, it did to knowledge move, 
And spread in breadth to general love. 
  
Before, a pious duty shin'd  10
To Parents, courtesie behind, 
On either side an equall mind. 
  
Good to the Poor, to kindred dear, 
To servants kind, to friendship clear, 
To nothing but her self severe.  15
  
So though a Virgin, yet a Bride 
To every Grace, she justifi'd 
A chaste Polygamie, and dy'd. 
  
Learn from hence (Reader) what small trust 
We ow this world, where vertue must  20
Frail as our flesh crumble to dust. 
 
 
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