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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
May 13
To King Charles and Queen Mary, for the Loss of Their First-born
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
(Died May 13, 1629)

An Epigram Consolatory

WHO dares deny, that all first-fruits are due
To God, denies the Godhead to be true:
Who doubts those fruits God can with gain restore,
Doth by his doubt distrust his promise more.
He can, He will, and with large interest, pay        5
What, at his liking. He will take away.
Then, royal Charles and Mary, do not grutch
That the Almighty’s will to you is such;
But thank His greatness and His goodness too;
And think all still the best that He will do.        10
That thought shall make, He will this loss supply
With a long, large and blest posterity:
For God, whose essence is so infinite,
Cannot but heap that grace He will requite.

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