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Dr. JOHN DONNE,
Dean of ST. PAUL's,
Quid vetat et nofmet Lucili fcripta legentes
IR; though (I thank God for it) I do hate
In all ill things, so excellently best,
That hate towards them, breeds pity towards the reft.
As I think, that brings dearth and Spaniards in:
Is poor, difarm'd, like Papifts, not worth hate.
One (like a wretch, which at barre judg'd as dead, Yet prompts him which ftands next, and cannot read, And faves his life) gives Idiot Actors means, (Starving himself) to live by's labour'd fcenes. As in fome Organs, Puppits dance above
And bellows pant below, which them do move. One would move love by rythmes; but witchcraft's charms
Bring not now their old fears, nor their old harms;
ES; thank my ftars as early as I knew
Yet here, as ev'n in Hell, there must be ftill
That all befide, one pities, not abhors ;
As who knows Sappho, fmiles at other whores.
It brought (no doubt) th'Excife and Army in: Catch'd like the Plague, or Love, the Lord knows how,
But that the cure is ftarving, all allow.
Yet like the Papift's, is the Poet's state,
Poor and difarm'd, and hardly worth your hate
One fings the Fair; but fongs no longer move; No rat is rhym'd to death, nor maid to love:
Rams, and flings now are filly battery,
Pistolets are the best artillery.
And they who write to Lords, rewards to get,
But he is worst, who beggarly doth chaw
T'outdrink the sea, t' out-fwear the Letanie,
VEP. 44. In what Commandment's large contents they dwell.] The Original is more humourous,
In which Commandment's large receit they dwell.
As if the Ten Commandments were fo wide, as to stand ready to receive every thing within them, that either the Law of Nature or the Gospel commands. A just ridicule on those practical Com
In love's, in nature's fpite, the fiege they hold,
Thefe write to Lords, fome mean reward to get, As needy beggars fing at doors for meat.
Those write because all write, and so have still
I pass o'er all those Confeffors and Martyrs, Who live like S-tt-n, or who die like Chartres, Out-cant old Efdras, or out-drink his heir, Out-ufure Jews, or Irishmen out-fwear; Wicked as Pages, who in early years A&t fins which Prifca's Confeffor scarce hears. Ev'n thofe I pardon, for whofe finful fake Schoolmen new tenements in hell must make; Of whose strange crimes no Canonift can tell In what Commandment's large contents they dwell,
mentators, as they are called, who include all moral and religious Duties within them. Whereas their true original fenfe is much more confined, being a short summary of duty fitted for a fingle People, upon a particular occafion, and to serve tranfitory