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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
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99. "Lord when the wise men came from farr"
 
LORD when the wise men came from farr 
Ledd to thy Cradle by A Starr, 
Then did the shepheards too rejoyce, 
Instructed by thy Angells voyce, 
Blest were the wisemen in their skill,         5
And shepheards in their harmelesse will. 
  
Wisemen in tracing natures lawes 
Ascend unto the highest cause, 
Shepheards with humble fearefulnesse 
Walke safely, though their light be lesse:  10
Though wisemen better know the way 
It seemes noe honest heart can stray. 
  
Ther is noe merrit in the wise 
But love, (the shepheards sacrifice). 
Wisemen all wayes of knowledge past,  15
To th' shepheards wonder come at last, 
To know, can only wonder breede, 
And not to know, is wonders seede. 
  
A wiseman at the Alter bowes 
And offers up his studied vowes  20
And is received; may not the teares, 
Which spring too from a shepheards feares, 
And sighs upon his fraylty spent, 
Though not distinct, be eloquent? 
  
Tis true, the object sanctifies  25
All passions which within us rise, 
But since noe creature comprehends 
The cause of causes, end of ends, 
Hee who himselfe vouchsafes to know 
Best pleases his creator soe.  30
  
When then our sorrowes we applye 
To our owne wantes and poverty, 
When wee looke up in all distresse 
And our owne misery confesse 
Sending both thankes and prayers above,  35
Then though wee do not know, we love. 
 
 
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