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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Translations of Latin Hymns and Minor Miscellanies
Impromptu Lines addressed to his Cousin, Mrs. Creed
In a Conversation after Dinner on the Origin of Names

SO 1 much Religion in your Name doth dwell,
Your Soul must needs with Piety excel.
Thus Names, like [        ] Pictures drawn of old,
Their owners’ Nature and their Story told.
Your Name but half expresses, for in you        5
Belief and Practice do together go.
My Pray’rs shall be, while this short Life endures,
These may go Hand in Hand, with you and yours;
Till Faith hereafter is in Vision drown’d,
And Practice is with endless Glory crown’d.        10
Note 1. Text first printed by Malone. [back]

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