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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
On the Lady Mary Villiers
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
THE LADY 1 Mary Villiers lies
Under this stone; with weeping eyes
The parents that first gave her birth,
And their sad friends, laid her in earth.
If any of them, Reader, were        5
Known unto thee, shed a tear;
Or if thyself possess a gem
As dear to thee, as this to them,
Though a stranger to this place
Bewail in theirs thine own hard case:        10
  For thou perhaps at thy return
  Mayst find thy Darling in an urn.
 
Note 1. “There seems to be no record,” says Mr. Vincent (Carew’s Poems, Muses Library), “of a Lady Mary Villiers who died in infancy. Carew has elegies on the Duke of Buckingham and his brother, Christopher, the Earl of Anglesey, with both of whom he seems to have been acquainted, but Mary Villiers, the daughter of the Duke, was three times married, and lived to see James II. on the throne.” [back]
 
 
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