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A book of verses collected by me, R. Dungarvan [manuscript].
Part II. When reading Part II, Part I is inverted and reversed.
Burlington, Richard Boyle, Earl of, 1612-1698, compiler.
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folio 1 verso || folio 2 recto
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The great example of mortalitie: And when our after times Shall want a name To Startle greatnesse here is Buckingame , Fallen like a Meteor and tis hard to Say Whether yt was that went the Stranger way Thou; or the hand that Slew thee thy Estate Was high and he was resolute aboue that But Since I am of non ingag'd to thee Death and that liberty Shall make me free Thy misse I know not [y] iff thou had'st a fault My Charitye shall haue it in thy vault Their for thine owne accounting tis vn [tr] due To Speake ill of the dead though it bee true. And this euen those that enuy thee confesse Thou hadst a flowing mind a Noblenesse. A fortune, Friends and Such proportion As cals for sorrow thus to bee vndone page break 2 Yet should I speake the vulgar, I should bost Thy bouls Assasonate, and wish allmost He were noe Christian that I vpp meight Stand To prayse th'Intent of his misguided hand And Sure when all the Patriots in their Shade Shall ranke, and their full musters there bee made Hee shall set next to Brutus and receiue Such Bayes as th [e] ' Heathenish Ignorance can giue But then the Christian checking this Shall Say Though he did good he did ytt the wrong way And oft those fall into the worse of ill That act the peoples wish without their will. Epitaphes. On Niobe turn'd to Stone This Pile thou seest built out of flesh not Stone Containes no shroude within nor mouldring Bone, This Bloodlesse Trunk is destitute of Tombe Which may the Soules fled Mansion enwombe This Seeming Sepulcher (to tell the troth) Is neither Tombe nor Body and yet both.
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