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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Stanley
 
58. The Exequies
 
            DRAW neer 
        You Lovers that complain 
        Of Fortune or Disdain, 
    And to my Ashes lend a tear; 
    Melt the hard marble with your grones,         5
    And soften the relentlesse Stones, 
Whose cold imbraces the sad Subject hide 
Of all Loves cruelties, and Beauties Pride. 
  
            No Verse 
        No Epicedium bring,  10
        Nor peaceful Requiem sing, 
    To charm the terrours of my Herse; 
    No prophane Numbers must flow neer 
    The sacred silence that dwells here; 
Vast Griefs are dumb, softly, oh softly mourn  15
Lest you disturb the Peace attends my Urn. 
  
            Yet strew 
        Upon my dismall Grave, 
        Such offerings as you have, 
    Forsaken Cypresse and sad Ewe;  20
    For kinder Flowers can take no Birth 
    Or growth from such unhappy Earth. 
Weep only o're my Dust, and say, Here lies 
To Love and Fate an equal Sacrifice. 
 
 
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