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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
A Similitude
XLVII. RO. VN.
 
THIS 1 body then, I say, is like
  An house in each degree;
The soule the owner of the house
  I do account to bee.
 
As touching first this body, then,        5
  I did of late declare,
Is like an house in euery poynt;
  But now I will compare
 
This house vnto a commonwealth,
  Or as a cittie faire,        10
Or like a corporation,
  Consisting of a mayer,
 
And many other officers
  There needful to bee had,
And the commons too, among the which        15
  Are people good and bad,
 
And therefore need of gouernment,
  Such people for to guide;
And as each towne and commonwealth,
  Or cittie, hath beside        20
 
Appoynted places for to kepe
  Their courtes of common law,
Yea, and their courts of conscience too,
  To kepe these men in awe:
 
So hath each house his magistrates        25
  And officers to serue,
Yea, commoners too, and places fitt
  For courts which do deserue.
 
The chiefest seat in euery house
  It is the hart of man,        30
Wherein if that the sperit of grace
  Do sit as judge, euen than
 
The court of conscience uery well
  We may it call; but see
These officers vpon this court        35
  Always attendant bee.
 
Note 1. XLVII. RO. VN.—Vaughan or Underwood—“Bachelor of Divinitie,” wrote a small poem which consists of only a few pages. [back]
 
 
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