IDENTILIN$$ F137WN1|BedfRef|Dolau Cothi ms.|pp. 151-53\JW\EWS trans\2-3-95\P:TLP\o\5-13-95\C:JGW\9-29-99; JSC 11-10-99
137.WN1.HE1 To the Countesse of B./ [p.151]
137.WN1.001 Madam/ Yow haue refind mee; and to worthiest thinges
137.WN1.002 Vertue, Art, Beautie, Fortune now I see.,[sic]
137.WN1.003 Rarenes, or vse, not Nature Value bringes
137.WN1.004 And such as they are circumstancd they bee
137.WN1.005 Two ills can never perplexe vs, Sinne to excuse
137.WN1.006 But of two good thinges, wee may leaue and chuse.
137.WN1.007 Therfore att court, which is not vertues clime,
137.WN1.008 Where a transendent height (as lownes mee)
137.WN1.009 Makes her nott bee, or nott show, All my Rime
137.WN1.010 Your vertues chalenge, which there rarest bee.
137.WN1.011 For as darke Textes neede Notes, there Some mvst bee
137.WN1.012 To vsher Vertue, and saie; This is shee.
137.WN1.013 So in the Countrie is bewty. To this place
137.WN1.014 Yow are the Season, Madam, yow the Daie
137.WN1.015 Tis but a graue of Spices, till your face
137.Wn1.016 Awake them, and a thick close bud displaie. [CW:[lc]widdowd][miscatch]
137.WN1.017 Widdowd, and reclusd els, her Sweetes she enshrines [p.152]
137.WN1.018 As China, when the Sun att Brasill dines.
137.WN1.019 Out from your Chariott, Morninge breakes att night
137.WN1.020 And falsifies both computations, so,
137.WN1.021 Since a new world doth rise here from your light
137.WN1.022 Wee your new Creatures, by new reckoninges goe.
137.WN1.023 This showes that yow from nature, lothlye straie
137.WN1.024 That suffer nott an Artificiall daie.
137.WN1.025 In this yow haue made your Court the Antipodes
137.WN1.026 And wilde your Deligate, the Vulgar Sun
137.WN1.027 To doe profane Autumnall Offices,
137.WN1.028 Whilst hee to yow wee sacrifisers rvnne.
137.WN1.029 And whether Priests, or Orgaines, yow wee obay
137.WN1.030 Wee sound your Influence, and your Dictates say
137.WN1.031 Yett to that Dietye, which dwells in you
137.WN1.032 Your Vertuous Soule, I now not sacrifice,
137.WN1.033 These are Petitions, and nott Himmes; They sue
137.WN1.034 But that I may seruaie the Edifice;
137.WN1.035 In all Religions as mvch care hath bin
137.WN1.036 Of Temples, frames, and Beawtie, as Rites within
137.WN1.037 As all which goe to Roome, do not thereby
137.WN1.038 Esteeme Religions, and hold fast the Best,
137.WN1.039 But serue discourse, and curiositie
137.WN1.040 With that, which doth Religion but invest;
137.WN1.041 And shun the Intangling Laberinthes of Schooles
137.WN1.042 And make itt Witt to thinke the wiser fooles. [CW:om]
137.WN1.043 So in this Pilgrimage I would behold [p.153]
137.WN1.044 Yow, as you are Vertues Temple nott as shee
137.WN1.045 What walls of tender Cristall her vnfold,
137.WN1.046 What eies, hands, bosome, her pure Altares bee.
137.WN1.047 And after this suruaie, oppose to all
137.WN1.048 Bablers, of Chappells, yow the' Escuriall.
137.WN1.049 Yett not as Consecrate, but Meerely as faire
137.WN1.050 On thes I cast a lay, and Country Eie
137.WN1.051 Of past, and future Stories, which are rare,
137.WN1.052 I finde yow all Record, all Prophecie.
137.WN1.053 Purge but the Booke of Fate, that itt admitt
137.WN1.054 No sad nor guiltie Legends, yow are itt.
137.WN1.055 If good, and louely were not one, of both
137.WN1.056 Yow were the Transcript, and Originall;
137.WN1.057 The Elementes, the Parent, and the Growth
137.WN1.058 And every peece of yow, is both their All.
137.WN1.059 So intire are all your deedes, and yow, that yow
137.WN1.060 Must doe the same thinge still; yow cannott two.
137.WN1.061 But these (as nice thinne Schoole-Diuinitie
137.WN1.062 Serues Heresie to furder, or repres)
137.WN1.063 Tast of Poetique rage or Flatterie;
137.WN1.064 And need not where all hartes one truth profes.
137.WN1.065 Oft from new proofes, and new phrase, new doubts growe;
137.WN1.066 A strange attire aliens the Men wee knowe.
137.WN1.067 Leavinge then busie praise, and all appeale
137.WN1.068 To higher Courts, Sences decree is true;
137.WN1.069 The Mine the Magazin, the Common weale
137.WN1.070 The Storie of Beawtie;' In Twicknam is, and yow
137.WN1.071 Who hath seene one, would both; as who had bin
137.WN1.072 In Paradise, would seeke the Cherubin. [CW:to haue]
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137.WN1.0$$ 6-l. sts separated by vertical sp & dashes @ LM; ll. 2 & 4 of each
st & l.72 ind; salutation centered on line under HE; original p. numbering = 171-73 -- her --> hee in line 28 2/13/17