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On these she lifts the world; and on their base
As explained in preceding Note, I add here the poem so long misassigned to CRASHAW.
ON THE FRONTISPIECE OF ISAACSON'S CHRONOLOGIE EXPLAINED,
TY PR. EDWARD RAINBOW, BISHOP OF CARLISI E.
It with distinctive eye, and mind, you looke
Each creature, as a letter filling it.
History is Creation's Booke; which showes
Chronologie's the Booke of Historie, and beares
And New Edition, is the summe of these.
As fine the speech, as men, o' th' new fill'd world.
Set then your eyes in method, and behold Time's embleme, Saturne; who, when store of gold Coyn'd the first age, devour'd that birth, he fear'd; Till History, Time's eldest child appear'd; And Phoenix-like, in spight of Saturne's rage, Forc'd from her ashes, heyres in every age. From th' Rising Sunne, obtaining by just suit, A Spring's ingender, and an Autumne's fruit. Who in those Volumes at her motion pend, Vnto Creation's Alpha doth extend. Againe ascend, and view Chronology, By optick skill, pulling farre History Neerer; whose Hand the piercing Eagle's eye Strengthens, to bring remotest objects nigh. Vnder whose feet, you see the Setting Sunne, From the darke Gnomon, o're her volumes runne, 30 Drown'd in eternall night, never to rise, Till Resurrection show it to the eyes
Of Earth-worne men; and her shrill trumpet's sound
To show Chronology and History beare,
No other Culmen than the double Art,
To th' Church he did allow her dresse,
Peace, which he lov'd in life, did lend
Write these lines, Reader, in thy brow,
And by his faire example's light,
Burne in thy imitation bright.
So while these lines can but bequeath
A life perhaps unto his death;
His better Epitaph shall bee,
His life still kept alive in thee.
OUT OF CATULLUS.1
1 Appeared originally in 'Delights' of 1646 (pp. 132-3), and was reprinted in 1648 (p. 42); but not in 1670. Our text is that of 1648; but all agree. The original is found in Carm. v. 2. The SANCROFT M.S. reads line 4 Blithest :' line 9 numerous:' line 12 A:' line 17 'our.' G.