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138.WN1.HE1 To the Countesse of B [p.154]
138.WN1.001 To haue written then, when yow writt, seemd to mee
138.WN1.002 Worst of Spirituall vices, Simonee.
138.WN1.003 And not to haue written then seemes littell lesse,
138.WN1.004 The worst of civill vices Thankelesnes.
138.WN1.005 In this my debt, I seemd loth to confesse;
138.WN1.006 In that I seemd to shun Beholdennesse.
138.WN1.007 But tis not so: Nothings, as I am, may
138.WN1.008 Pay all they haue, and yett haue all to paie.
138.WN1.009 Such borrow in ther Paments, and owe more
138.WN1.010 By havinge leaue to write so, then before
138.WN1.011 Yett since rich Mines in barren grownds are showne
138.WN1.012 May not I yeild (not Gold) but Cole, or Stone?
138.WN1.013 Temples, ware not demolished, though profane;
138.WN1.014 Here Peter, Ioues, the Paul hath Dians Fane;[sic]
138.WN1.015 So whether my Hymus[sic] yow admitt, or chuse
138.WN1.016 In mee, you haue hallowed a Pagan Muse,
138.WN1.017 And Denizend a stranger: who mistought
138.WN1.018 By blamers of the tymes they mard, hath sought
138.WN1.019 Vertues in Corners, which now brauely doe
138.WN1.020 Shine in the Worlds best part>e%>s<, or all itt. You.[sic]
138.WN1.021 I haue bene tould, that Vertue in Courtiers hartes
138.WN1.022 Suffers an Ostracisme, and departes:
138.WN1.023 Proffitt, Ease, fittness, Plentie bid itt goe;
138.WN1.024 But whether only knowinge you. I knowe.
138.WN1.025 Your, or you, Vertue, two vast vses serues,
138.WN1.026 It ransomes One sexe it One Court preserues
138.WN1.027 Theres Nothing but your worth, which beinge true
138.WN1.028 Is knowne to any other not to yow. [CW:om]
138.WN1.029 And yow can never know itt; to admitt [p.155]
138.WN1.030 No knowledg of your worth, is some of itt.
138.WN1.031 But since to yow your prayses discordes bee
138.WN1.032 Stoope, others ills to meditate with mee.
138.WN1.033 Oh to confesse wee knowe not what wee should,
138.WN1.034 Is halfe excuse, wee know not what wee would.
138.WN1.035 Lightness depresses vs; Emptines fills;
138.WN1.036 Wee sweate, and faint, yet still goe downe the Hills.
138.WN1.037 As new Philosophie arrests the Sunne,
138.WN1.038 And bids the passiue Earth about itt rvnne
138.WN1.039 So wee haue duld our mynde: It hath no ends;
138.WN1.040 Only the body is busie; and pretends
138.WN1.041 As dead low Earth, Eclipses and controules
138.WN1.042 The quick high Moone; so doth the body Soules.
138.WN1.043 In none but vs are such mixt Engines found
138.WN1.044 As hands of double office; for the ground
138.WN1.045 Wee till with them, and them to heauen wee raise.
138.WN1.046 Who Praier-lesse labours, or with out this prayes
138.WN1.047 Doth but one halfe; thats none. Hee which said Plough
138.WN1.048 And looke not back, to looke vp, doth allow
138.WN1.049 Good seede degenerates, and oft obaies
138.WN1.050 The Soyles disease, and into Cockle straies.
138.WN1.051 Lett the Myndes thoughts bee but transplanted so
138.WN1.052 Into the body, and Basterdly they growe
138.WN1.053 What hate could hurt, or bodies like our loue
138.WN1.054 Wee, but no forreine tyrans could remoue
138.WN1.055 These not ingraued, but inborne Dignities
138.WN1.056 Casketts of Soules, Temples, and Pallaces,
138.WN1.057 For bodies shall from death redeemed bee
138.WN1.058 Soules but preserud, not naturallie free
138.WN1.059 As Men to our Prisons now, Soules to vs are sent,
138.WN1.060 Which learne itt there, and come in Innocent. [CW:First.]
138.WN1.061 First seedes of every Creature are in Vs; [p.156]
138.WN1.062 What ere the world hath bad, or pretious,
138.WN1.063 Mans bodie can produce; hence hath itt bene
138.WN1.064 That Stones, Wormes, froggs, and snakes in Man are seene
138.WN1.065 But who ere saw, though Nature can worke so,
138.WN1.066 That Pearle, or Gold, or Corne in Man did growe?
138.WN1.067 Wee haue added to the world Virginia, and sent
138.WN1.068 Two new Starrs lately to the Firmament.
138.WN1.069 Why grudge wee vs, not heaven the dignitie
138.WN1.070 To increase with ours, those faire Soules Companie
138.WN1.071 But I mvst end this letter: Though it doe
138.WN1.072 Stand on two truthes, neither is true to yow;
138.WN1.073 Vertue hath some perversnes; for shee will
138.WN1.074 Neither beleeue her good, nor others ill.
138.WN1.075 Even in yow, Vertues best Paradise,
138.WN1.076 Vertue, hath some, but wise degrees of Vice.
138.WN1.077 Too manie vertues, or too mvch of one
138.WN1.078 Begetts in yow vniust Suspition;
138.WN1.079 And ignorance of Vice, Makes Vertue lesse
138.WN1.080 Quenchinge Compulsion of our wretchednesse.
138.WN1.081 But these are Riddles: Some aspertion
138.WN1.082 Of vice becomes well some Complexion.
138.WN1.083 Statesmen purge vice, with Vice, and may Corrode
138.WN1.084 The bad with bad, a Spider with A Toad.
138.WN1.085 For so ill thralls not them, but they tame ill,
138.WN1.086 And make her doe mvch good against her will:
138.WN1.087 But in your Commonwealth, or world in yow.
138.WN1.088 Vice hath no office, nor good worke to doe.
138.WN1.089 Take then no vitious Purge, but bee content
138.WN1.090 With Cordiall Vertue, your knowne nourishment
138.WN1.0SS [scribal slash]
138.WN1.0$$ not divided into sts; even-numbered ll. ind; scribe skipped l.26, wrote l.27, caught error,
scraped out 27, then wrote ll.26, 27, etc.; original numbering = pp.174-6