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And eke that old and ancient chair,
And many of my mates are gone;
And can I think to 'scape alone?
If none can 'scape Death's dreadful dart,
Then I to 'scape shall have no way:
The stanzas headed Loss in Delays are also worth quoting.
"Shun delays, they breed remorse;
Take thy time, while time is lent thee;
Fly their fault, lest thou repent thee.
Hoist up sail while gale doth last,
Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure:
Sober speed is wisdom's leisure.
Time wears all his locks before,
And behind his scalp is naked.
Seek thy salve while sore is green,
Often sought, scarce ever chancing,
Time and place give best advice,
The following verses are in a more vivacious strain, and are aptly and beautifully written. The title of them is Love's Servile Lot.
Like winter-rose and summer-ice,
Plough not the seas-sow not the sands—
Seek other mistress for your minds-
These lines are characteristic of the author's turn of mind.
My conscience is my crown,
Enough, I reckon wealth;
Too low for envy's shot.
My wishes are but few,
I make the limits of my power
I fear no care for gold,
I clip high-climbing thoughts,
Since sails of largest size
The storm doth soonest tear;
I bear so low and small a sail
I wrestle not with rage,
But when the flame is out,
And taught with often proof,
To be most solace to itself,
Spare diet is my fare,
My cloaths more fit than fine;
I envy not their hap,
Whom favour doth advance;
To rise by others' fall
I deem a losing gain;
All states with others' ruin built,
No change of Fortune's calm
And when, in froward mood,
The Epistle called The Triumphs over Death was composed on the death of Lady Margaret, the daughter of Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, and wife of the Honourable Robert Sackville, afterwards Earl of Dorset. Of this Lady, Southwell gives the following character, the excellence of which we hope will be an ample apology for its length.
"She was by birth second to none, but unto the first in the realm; yet she measured only greatness by goodness, making nobility but the mirror of virtue, as able to shew things worthy to be seen, as apt to draw many eyes to behold it; she suited her behaviour to her birth, and ennobled her birth with her piety, leaving her house more beholden to her for having honoured it with the glory of her virtues, than she was to it, for the titles of her degree; she was high-minded in nothing but in aspiring to perfection and in the disdain of vice; in other things covering her greatness with humility among her inferiors, and shewing it with courtesy amongst her peers.
Of the carriage of herself, and her sober government it may be sufficient testimony, that envy herself was dumb in her dispraise, finding in her much to repine at, but nought to reprove the clearness of her honour I need not to mention, she having always armed it with such modesty as taught the most untemperate tongues to be silent in her presence, and answered their eyes with scorn and contempt that did but seem to make her an aim to passion; yea, and in this behalf, as almost in all others, she hath the most honourable and known ladies of the land, so common and known witnesses, that those that least loved her religion, were in love with her demeanour, delivering their opinions in open praises. How mildly she accepted the check of fortune, fallen upon her without desert, experience has been a most manifest proof; the temper of her mind being so easy that she found little difficulty in taking down her thoughts to a mean degree, which true honour, not pride, has raised to a former height. Her faithfulness and love, where she found true friendship, is written with tears in many eyes, and will be longer registered in grateful memories of divers that have tried her in that kind, avowing her for secrecy, wisdom, and constancy, to be a miracle in that sex: yea, when she found least kindness in others, she never lost it in herself, more willingly suffering, than offering wrong, and often weeping for their mishaps, whom though less loving her, she could not but affect.
Of the innocency of her life, in general, all can aver, that as she was grateful many ways, and memorable for virtues, so was she free from all blemish of any vice, using, to her power, the best means to keep continually an undefiled conscience. Her attire was ever such as might both satisfy a curious eye, and yet bear witness of a sober mind; neither singular nor vain, but such as her peers of least report used.
If our souls be possessed in our patience, surely her soul was truly her own, whose rock, though often stricken with the rod of adversity, never yielded any more than to give issue of eye-streams; and though these, through the tenderness of her nature and aptness of her sex, were the customary tributes that her love paid more to her friends than her own misfortunes, yet were they not accompanied with distempered words or ill seeming actions; reason never forgetting decency, though remembering pity.
Her devotions she daily observed, offering the daily sacrifice of an innocent heart, and stinting herself to her times of prayer, which she performed with so religious a care as well shewed that she knew