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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
The Author to His Disconsolate Brother
LVII. Richard Brathwaite
 
LET 1 not mishap deprive you of that hope
  Which yields some relish to your discontent;
Ayme your affections at Heaven’s glorious scope,
  Which showres downe comfort, when all comfort’s spent:
    Then rest secure; that Power which you adore        5
    Will make your joyes more full than ere before.
 
Let not the sunne, now shadowed with a cloud,
  Make you suspect the sunne will never shine;
That ill which now seems ill, may once prove good:
  Time betters that which was depravde by time.        10
    Thus let my prayers, your teares, concord in one,
    To reape heav’n’s comforts, when earth’s comfort’s gone.
 
Note 1. LVII. Richard Brathwaite was the author of numerous dramatic works. The extracts here are derived from “The Golden Fleece. Whereunto bee annexed two Elegies, entitled Narcissus’ Change, and Æson’s Dotage, 1611;” and “Remains after Death: including, by way of Introduction, divers memorable Obseruances, occasioned upon Discours of Epitaphs and Epyceds, their distinctions and definitions, seconded by approved authors, etc. 1618.” [back]
 
 
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