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For that was their perfection: she was such, They never could exprefs her mind too much. So unexhausted her perfections were,

That, for more children, fhe had more to fpare;


For fouls unborn, whom her untimely death
Depriv'd of bodies, and of mortal breath;
And (could they take the impreffions of her

Enough ftill left to fanctify her kind.

Then wonder not to fee this foul extend 240 The bounds, and feek fome other felf, a friend: As fwelling feas to gentle rivers glide, To feek repofe, and empty out the tide ; So this full foul, in narrow limits pent, Unable to contain her, fought a vent, To iffue out, and in fome friendly breast Discharge her treafures, and fecurely reft: To unbofom all the fecrets of her heart, Take good advice, but better to impart. For 'tis the blifs of friendship's holy ftate, 250To mix their minds, and to communicate; Though bodies cannot, fouls can penetrate : Fixt to her choice, inviolably true, And wifely choofing, for the chofe but few. Some the muft have; but in no one could find A tally fitted for fo large a mind.


The fouls of friends like kings in progrefsare; Still in their own, though from the palace far:




Thus her friend's heart her country dwelling


A sweet retirement to a coarser place;
Where pomp and ceremonies entered not,
Where greatness was fhut out, and business
well forgot.

This is the imperfect draught; but short as far


As the true height and bigness of a star Exceeds the measures of the aftronomer. 265She shines above, we know; but in what place, How near the throne, and heaven's imperial face,

By our weak optics is but vainly guest;
Distance and altitude conceal the rest.

Though all these rare endowments of the


Were in a narrow fpace of life confin'd,
The figure was with full perfection crown'd;
Though not fo large an orb, as truly round.

As when in glory, through the public place,
The fpoils of conquer'd nations were to pass, 275
And but one day for triumph was allow'd,
The conful was conftrain'd his pomp to crowd;
And fo the fwift proceffion hurry'd on,
That all, though not diftinctly, might be


So in the ftraiten'd bounds of life confin'd, 280 She gave but glimpses of her glorious mind :

And multitudes of virtues pafs'd along ;
Each preffing foremost in the mighty throng,
Ambitious to be feen, and then make room
For greater multitudes that were to come. 285
Yet unemploy'd no minute flip'd away ;
Moments were precious in fo fhort a stay.
The hafte of heaven to have her was fo great,
That fome were fingle acts, though each com-

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But every act ftood ready to repeat.


Her fellow-faints with bufy care will look For her bleft name in fate's eternal book; And, pleas'd to be outdone, with joy will fee Numberlefs virtues, endlefs charity: But more will wonder at fo fhort an age, To find a blank beyond the thirtieth page: And with a pious fear begin to doubt The piece imperfect, and the reft torn out. But 'twas her Saviour's time; and, could there be A copy near the original, 'twas the.


As precious gums are not for lasting fire, They but perfume the temple, and expire: So was the foon exhal'd, and vanth'd hence; A fhort fweet odour, of a vaft expence. She vanish'd, we can fcarcely fay the dy'd; 305 For but a now did heaven and earth divide: She pafs'd ferenely with a fingle breath; This moment perfect health, the next was death:


One figh did her eternal blifs affure;

So little penance needs, when fouls are almoft



As gentle dreams our waking thoughts purfue;

Or, one dream pafs'd, we flide into a new;
So close they follow, fuch wild order keep,
We think ourselves awake, and are asleep:
So foftly death fucceeded life in her:
She did but dream of heaven, and fhe was


No pains the fuffer'd, nor expir'd with noise; Her foul was whifper'd out with God's still


As an old friend is beckon'd to a feast,
And treated like a long-familiar guest.
He took her as he found, but found her fo,
As one in hourly readiness to go:
E'en on that day, in all her trim prepar'd ;
As early notice fhe from heaven had heard,
And fome defcending courier from above
Had given her timely warning to remove;
Or counfell'd her to drefs the nuptial room,
For on that night the bridegroom was to




Ver. 325.

defcending courier] The original edition by a laughable errour of the prefs-defcending courtier.


He kept his hour,. and found her where the


Cloth'd all in white, the livery of the day: 330 Scarce had the finn'd in thought, or word, or act;

Unless omiffions were to pafs for fact:

That hardly death a confequence could draw, To make her liable to nature's law.

And, that the dy'd, we only have to show 335
The mortal part of her she left below:
The reft, fo fmooth, fo fuddenly she went,
Look'd like translation through the firma-

Or, like the fiery car on the third errand fent.

O happy foul! if thou canft view from high, 340
Where thou art all intelligence, all eye,
If looking up to God, or down to us,
Thou find'st that any way be pervious,
Survey the ruins of thy houfe, and fee
Thy widow'd, and thy orphan family:
Look on thy tender pledges left behind ;
And, if thou canft a vacant minute find


Ver. 341. Where thou art all intelligence, all eye,] Dryden perhaps had in memory his master's description of fpirits, Par. L. B. vi. 350.

"All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear,
"All intellect, all fenfe"


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