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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Elegies and Epitaphs
On the Monument of the Marquis of Winchester
 
HE who in impious times untainted stood
And midst rebellion durst be just and good,
Whose arms asserted, and whose sufferings more
Confirm’d the cause for which he fought before,
Rests here, rewarded by an heavenly prince        5
For what his earthly could not recompense.
Pray, reader, that such times no more appear;
Or, if they happen, learn true honour here.
  Ark of thy age’s faith and loyalty,
Which, to preserve them, Heaven confin’d in thee.        10
Few subjects could a king like thine deserve;
And fewer such a king so well could serve.
Blest king, blest subject, whose exalted state
By sufferings rose and gave the law to fate!
Such souls are rare, but mighty patterns given        15
To earth were meant for ornaments to Heav’n.
 
 
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