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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
From “An Epitaphe upon the worthy and honorable Lady, the Lady Knowles”
CXXXVI. Thomas Newton
 
DEATH 1 made her free from worldly carke,
  From sicknes, paine, and strife;
And hath ben as a gate to bringe
  Her to eternall life.
 
By death therefore she hath receivde        5
  A greater boone, I knowe:
For she hath made a chaunge, whose blisse
  No mortall wight can showe.
 
She here hath loste the companie
  Of lords and ladies brave,        10
Of husband, children, frendes, and kinne,
  And courtly states full grave:
 
In lieu whereof she gained hath
  The blessed companie
Of sanctes, archangels, patriarches,        15
  And angelles in degree,
 
With all the troupes seraphicall,
  Which in the heavenly bower
Melodiously, with one accord,
  Ebuccinate God’s power.
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        20
Examples daily manifolde
  Before our eyes we see,
Which put us in rememberaunce
  Of our fragilitie,
 
And bid us watch at every tide        25
  For death, our lurking foe;
Sith dye we must most certainly,
  But when, we do not knowe.
 
Note 1. CXXXVI. Thomas Newton.—The Epitaph from which the extract given here is derived was printed as a broadside, and is not dated; but it is mentioned by Herbert as licensed to R. Johnes in 1568. [back]
 
 
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