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
D EATH 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 Gods power.
* * * * * *
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.
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. [ Note 1. back]