Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1607–1764
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
A New England Gentleman’s Epitaph
By Thomas Dudley (1576–1653)
[Born in Northampton, England. Died at Andover, Mass. Found after his Death, and preserved in Morton’s “New England’s Memorial.” 1669.]

DIM eyes, deaf ears, cold stomach show
My dissolution is in view;
Eleven times seven near lived have I,
And now God calls, I willing die:
My shuttle ’s shot, my race is run,        5
My sun is set, my deed is done;
My span is measur’d, tale is told,
My flower is faded and grown old,
My dream is vanish’d, shadow ’s fled,
My soul with Christ, my body dead;        10
Farewell dear wife, children and friends,
Hate heresy, make blessed ends;
Bear poverty, live with good men,
So shall we meet with joy again.
Let men of God in courts and churches watch        15
O’er such as do a toleration hatch;
Lest that ill egg bring forth a cockatrice,
To poison all with heresy and vice.
If men be left, and otherwise combine,
My epitaph ’s, I dy’d no libertine.        20

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