1614 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Joseph Hall

Joshua Sylvester, "To my reverend Friend, Mr. Doctor Hall [on Lady Hay]" in Sylvester, The Parliament of Vertues Royal (1614) sig. Hh.



None should, but Thou, This Ladies death be grieving;
None knew so well the Vertues of her life:
Death's robd of Her death, by Thy labours rise;
By Thee, is Shee in Heav'n and Earth still living:
Heav'n, by hearing and (through Thee) believing
Th' eternall Word; which taught Her Holy strife
Gainst Hell, and Sin; and (as becomes a Wife)
Peace with her Spouse, him due Obedience giving:
Earth, for acting (in so gracious measure)
The twice-preacht Lectures of thy Life and Tongue;
Alms, Meeknes, Mildnes, (towards Old and Young)
Forgiving wrongs, forgetting all Displeasure.
O happy Seed that fell in such a Ground!
And happy Soile that such a Seed-man found.