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From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing,
To find a foe it shall not be his hap,
And peace shall lull him in her flowry lap;
Yet shall he live in strife, and at his door
Devouring war shall never cease to roar :
Yea, it shall be his natural property
To harbour those that are at enmity.'
What power, what force, what mighty spell, if not

Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot ? 90
The next, QUANTITY and QUALITY, spake in prose, then

RELATION was called by his name.
Rivers arise; whether thou be the son
Of utmost Tweed, or Oose, or gulfy Dun;
Or Trent, who like some earth-born giant spreads
His thirty arms along the indented meads;
Or sullen Mole that runneth underneath,

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Or Severn swift, guilty of maiden's death,
Or rocky Avon, or of sedgy Lee,
Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallowed Dee,
Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name,
Or Medway smooth, or royal-towred Thame.

[The rest was prose.]

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ON THE MORNING OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY.

(1629.)

1.
This is the month, and this the happy morn
Wherein the Son of Heav'ns eternal King,
Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring;
For so

That he our deadly forfeit should release,
And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.

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That glorious Form, that Light unsufferable,

And that far-beaming blaze of Majesty,
Wu hmt wherewith he wont at Heav'ns high council-table

To sit the midst of Trinal Unity,
He laid aside; and here with us to be,

Forsook the courts of everlasting day,
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.

3.

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Afford a present to the Infant God ?
Hast thou no verse, no hymn, or solemn strain,
To welcome him to this his new abode;
Now while the Heav'n by the sun's team untrod

Hath took no print of the approaching light,
And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons bright?

4.
See how from far upon the eastern road

The star-led wisards haste with odours sweet:hise keer antifato run, prevent them with thy humble ode, 4. Obvé ub. And lay it lowly at his blessed feet;

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And join thy voice unto the angel quire,
From out his secret altar toucht with hallow'd fire.

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THE HYMN.

1.
It was the winter wild,
While the Heav'n-born child,

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All meanly wrapt in the rude inanger lies :
Nature in awe to him

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2.
Only with speeches fair
She woos the gentle Air

To hide her guilty front with innocent snow,
And on her naked shame,
Pollute with sinful blame,

The saintly veil of maiden white to throw;
Confounded, that her Maker's eyes
Should look so near upon her foul deformities.

3.
But he her fears to cease,
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Sent down the meek-ey'd Peace;

She crown'd with olive green, came softly sliding
Down through the turning sphere

His ready harbinger, one who preferee Localled With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing, 50 are there hecare ne-And waving wide her myrtle wand, terturne & She strikes a universal peace through sea and land.

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No war, or battle's sound
Was heard the world around:

The idle spear and shield were high up hung; 55
The hooked chariot stood
Unstain'd with hostile blood,

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And kings sate still with awful eye, written in their
As if they surely knew their sovran Lord was by. 60

5.
But peaceful was the night
Wherein the Prince of light
His reign of peace upon the earth began:

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Whispering new joys to the mild Ocean,
Who now hath quite forgot to rave,
While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed wave.

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The stars with deep amaze
Stand fixt in stedfast gaze,

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Bending one way their pretious influence;
And will not take their flight,
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Or Lucifer that often warn’d them thence ;
But in their glimmering orbs did glow,

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Until their Lord himself bespake, and bid them go.

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And though the shady gloom
Had given day her room, as ke fay

The sun himself withheld his wonted speed;
And hid his head for shame,

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As his inferior flame
The new-enlightn'd world no more should need;
He saw a greater Sun appear
Than his bright throne, or burning axletree could bear.

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Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep,
Was all that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.

9.
When such music sweet
Their hearts and ears did greet,
As never was by mortal finger strook ;

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Divinely-warbled voice

Answering the stringed noise,
Charmed As all their souls in blissful rapture took

The air such pleasure loth to lose,
With thousand echoes still prolongs each heav'nly close.

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Nature that heard such sound Ape doseeds selesaia were
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Of Cynthia's seat, the airy region thrilling,
Now was almost won
To think her part was done,

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And that her reign had here its last fulfilling;
She knew such harmony alone
Could hold all Heav'n and Earth in happier union. ii. Item
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At last surrounds their sight
A globe of circular light,

That with long beams the shame-fac't night array'd;
The helmed cherubim
And sworded seraphim,

Are seen in glittering ranks with wings display'd;
Harping in loud and solemn quire,

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With unexpressive notes to Heav'ns new-born Heir.
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Such music (as 'tis said)
Before was never made,

But when of old the sons of morning sung;
While the Creator great
His constellations set,

And the well-balanc't world on hinges hung,
And cast the dark foundations deep,
And bid the weltring waves their oozy channel keep.

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Ring out ye crystal spheres,

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Once bless our human ears,

(If ye have power to touch our senses so,)
And let your silver chime
Move in melodious time;

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