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Dr. JOHN DONNE,
Dean of ST. PAU L's,
Quid vetat et nofmet Lucili fcripta legentes
IR; though (I thank God for it) I do hate
In all ill things fo excellently best,
That hate towards them, breeds pity towards the rest. Though Poetry, indeed, be such a fin,
As, I think, that brings dearth and Spaniards in : Though like the peftilence, and old-fashion❜d love, Ridlingly it catch men, and doth remove
Never, till it be ftarv'd out; yet their state
Is poor, difarm'd, like Papifts, not worth hate.
One (like a wretch, which at barre judg’d as dead, Yet prompts him which stands next, and cannot read, And faves his life) gives Idiot Actors means, (Starving himself) to live by's labour'd scenes. As in fome Organs, Puppits dance above
And bellows pant bellow, which them do move.
One would move love by rythmes; but witchcraft's
Bring not now their old fears, nor their old harms;
ES; thank my ftars! as early as I knew
That all befide, one pities, not abhors;
As who knows Sapho, fmiles at other whores.
I grant that Poetry's a crying fin;
It brought (no doubt) th' Excise and Army in: Catch'd like the Plague, or Love, the Lord knows
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;
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
The meat was mine, the excrement's his own.
T'out-drink the fea, t'out-fwear the Letanie,
VER. 44. In what Commandment's large contents they davell.] The Original is more humourous,
In what Commandment's large receit they dwell.
As if the Ten Commandments were fo wide, as to ftand ready
In love's, in nature's fpite, the fiege they hold,
These write to Lords, fome mean reward to get,
Wretched indeed! but far more wretched yet
Is he who makes his meal on others wit:
I pass o'er all thofe Confeffors and Martyrs,
Act fins which Prifca's Confeffor scarce hears.
to receive every thing within them, that either the Lary of Nature or the Gospel commands. A just ridicule on those practical Commentators, as they are called, who include all moral and religious Duties within them.