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142.00E.0HE %X%1A Letter to the Lady%2 Carey, %1and%2 M%5ris%6 Essex /%XRiche, %1from Amyens%2.
142.00E.001 M#A#D#A#M, /H%+Ere where by All All Saints invoked are,
142.00E.002 'Twere too much schisme to be singular,
142.00E.003 And 'gainst a practice generall to warre.
142.00E.004 Yet turning to Saincts, should my 'humilitie
142.00E.005 To other Sainct than you directed bee,
142.00E.006 That were to make my schisme, heresie.
142.00E.007 Nor would I be a Convertite so cold,
142.00E.008 As not to tell it; If this be too bold,
142.00E.009 Pardons are in this market cheaply sold.
142.00E.010 Where because Faith is in too low degree,
142.00E.011 I thought it some Apostleship in mee
142.00E.012 To speake things which by faith alone I see.
142.00E.013 That is, of you, who are a firmament
142.00E.014 Of virtues, where no one is grown, or spent,
142.00E.015 They are your materials, not your ornament.
142.00E.016 Others whom we call vertuous, are not so
142.00E.017 In their whole substance, but, their vertues grow
142.00E.018 But in their humours, and at seasons show.
142.00E.019 For when through tastlesse flat humilitie
142.00E.020 In dowbak'd men some harmelesnesse we see,
142.00E.021 'Tis but his %1flegme%2 that's %1Vertuous%2, and not Hee: [CW:So]
142.00E.022 So is the Blood sometimes: Who ever ran [p.189]
142.00E.023 To danger unimportun'd, he was than
142.00E.024 No better than a %1sanguine%2 Vertuous man.
142.00E.025 So cloysterall men, who, in pretence of feare
142.00E.026 All contributions to this life forbeare,
142.00E.027 Have Vertue in %1Melancholy%2, and onely there.
142.00E.028 Spirituall %1Cholerique%2 Critiques which in all
142.00E.029 Religions finde faults, and forgive no fall,
142.00E.030 Have through this zeale, Vertue but in their Gall.
142.00E.031 We are thus but parcell guilt; to Gold we are grown
142.00E.032 When Vertue is our Soules complexion;
142.00E.033 Who knowes his Vertues name or place, hath none.
142.00E.034 Vertue's but anguish, when 'tis severall,
142.00E.035 By occasion wak'd, and circumstantiall,
142.00E.036 True vertue is %1Soule%2, Alwaies in all deeds %1All%2.
142.00E.037 This Vertue thinking to give dignitie
142.00E.038 To your soule, found there no infirmitie,
142.00E.039 For, your soule was as good Vertue as she;
142.00E.040 She therefore wrought upon that part of you
142.00E.041 Which is scarce lesse than soule, as she could doe,
142.00E.042 And so hath made your beautie, Vertue too.
142.00E.043 Hence comes it, that your Beauty wounds not hearts
142.00E.044 As others, with profane and sensuall Darts,
142.00E.045 But as an influence, vertuous thoughts imparts. [CW:But]
142.00E.046 But if such friends by the honour of your sight [p.190]
142.00E.047 Grow capable of this so great a light
142.00E.048 As to partake your vertues, and their might:
142.00E.049 What must I thinke that influence must doe,
142.00E.050 Where it findes symphathie and matter too,
142.00E.051 Vertue, and beautie of the same stuffe, as you?
142.00E.052 Which is, your noble worthy sister; shee
142.00E.053 Of whom, if what in this my Extasie
142.00E.054 And revelation of you both I see,
142.00E.055 I should write here, as in short Galleries
142.00E.056 The Master at the end large glasses ties,
142.00E.057 So to present the roome twice to our eyes:
142.00E.058 So I should give this letter length, and say
142.00E.059 That which I said of you; there is no way
142.00E.060 From either, but by the other not to stray.
142.00E.061 May therefore this be enough to testifie
142.00E.062 My true devotion, free from flatterie;
142.00E.063 He that beleeves himselfe, doth never lie.
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