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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
Stanzas from “Christ on his Crosse”
XLVI. George Raleigh
NO 1 sorrow long continueth, as we see,—
The winter cannot waste out all the yeere,—
As time requires, we sad or merry be;
Ill fare sometimes ensweet’neth better cheere;
  When clouds are past, we may discerne the sky,        5
  And night once past, the sunne approacheth nigh.
The glasse is runne by which we took our taske,
Our tender muse hath labored as she could;
Her sable vaile she must of force unmaske,
And leave in silence what is left untold;        10
  Begging good readers, in the end of all,
  To make good use of this her funeral.
Thus have I now cast anchor on the shore,
Where news of comfort to good hearts I bring;
After hard labour with an ebon oare,        15
Washt in the current of a sable spring,
  Where shallows hindred, there I made to rise
  A flood of tears, distilling from mine eyes.
What I have brought lies here in open view,
Nor is it strange nor common unto all:        20
What a young merchant giveth unto you,
Must be received, be it ne’re so small:
  You know great riches are not gain’d in haste;
  A little fire makes a great flame at last.
Note 1. XLVI. George Raleigh wrote “Christe on his Crosse: or the Holy Lambe’s Funerall,” which was first published in 1624. This poem is written in six-line stanzas, and inscribed “to the virtuous and worthy gentlewoman, Mrs. Anne Monson, daughter to that truly noble knight, Sir William Monson, of Kenersley in Surrey.” [back]

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