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Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak
To whom thus also the Angel last replied : “This having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum 570 Of wisdom: hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all the ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in heaven, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy’dst, 575 And all the rule, one empire; only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable; add faith, Add virtue, patience, temperance: add love, By name to come call’d charity, the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loth 580 To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation ; for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence; and see! the guards, 585 By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect Their motion; at whose front a flaming sword, In signal of remove, waves fiercely round. We
e may no longer stay: go, waken Eve; Her also with gentle dreams have calm’d, 590 Portending good, and all her spirits composed To meek submission : thou, at season fit, Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard ;
Chiefly, what may concern her faith to know,
610 Is to stay here; without thee here to stay, Is to hence unwilling;
thou to me
THE GOOD PARSON.
A GOOD man ther was of religioun,
great little Upon his fete, and in his hand a staff. This noble ensample to his shepe he yaf, That first he wrought, and afterward he taught. Out of the gospel he the wordes caught.
And this figure he added yet therto,
give By his clonenesse, how his shepe should live.
He sette not his benefice to hire, And lette his shepe acombred in the mire,leave encumbered And ran unto London, unto Seint Poules, 31 To seken him a chanterie for soules, Or with a brotherhede to be withold: But dwelt at home, and kepte wel his fold, So that the wolf ne made it not miscarie.
35 He was a shepherd, and no mercenarie. And though he holy were, and vertuous, He was to sinful men not dispitous, angry to excess Ne of his speche dangerous ne digne,
proud But in his teching discrete and benigne.
40 To drawen folk to Heven, with fairenesse, By good ensample, was his besinesse: But if were any persone obstinat, What so he were of highe, or low estat, Him wolde he snibben sharply for the nones. A better preest I trowe that no wher non is. [occasion He waited after no pompe ne reverence, Ne maked him no spiced conscience, But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve, He taught, but first he folwed it himselve.
50 TO SLEEP.
COME, Sleep! 0 Sleep! the certain knot of peace,
The baiting place of wit, the balm of woe,
The indifferent judge between the high and low; With shield of proof, shield me from out the prease Of those fierce darts despair at me doth throw;
6 O, make in me those civil wars to cease ;
I will good tribute pay, if thou do so.
10 A rosy garland, and a weary head. And if these things, as being thine by right,
Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me, Livelier than elsewhere, Stella's image see.
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE.
COME live with me, and be my love,
• Press or crowd.