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AN ELEGIE On the Death of the moſt Illuſtrious PRINCE, HENRY Duke of Gloceſter.

BY Martin LLuelyn Dr in Ph. Sworn Phy: to His Majeſty: Principall of S. M. Hall OXON. and Fellow of the Coll. of Phy. LOND.


OXFORD, Printed by Hen. Hall Printer to the UNIVERSITY, for Ric. Davis 1660.


AN ELEGIE On the Death of the moſt Illuſtrious PRINCE, HENRY DƲKE of GLOCESTER.

SOme Princes Lives, ſuch cold affections bred,
That we do ſcarce repent their being Dead,
And ſuch indifferent greifes attend their Rights,
As they were not their Funerals, but our Sights.
Herſe, Scutchins, Darkneſſe, the pale tapers blaze;
All that invites our firſt, or after gaze;
The Nobles, Heraulds, Mourners ſable-clad;
Theſe make a ſolemne pompe, but not a ſad.
But to Your Obſequies Deere Prince! we come,
As they that would beg Tenements in your Tombe.
And by our genuine ſorrowes ſeek to prove,
Thoſe Indians wiſe that die with thoſe they love.
And no leſſe penance can theſe Nations ſhrive,
VVhich make Thee dead ſo long, while yet alive.
And by as cruel method, as unjuſt.
Bury Thee firſt in Exile, then in Duſt.
Thy ſufferings Inventary roſe ſo high,
There ſcarce was other left Thee, but to die.
And this was that in all his rage and ſtorme,
Though Cromwel wiſht, he trembled to performe.
VVhen pawzing here after Thy ſlaughter'd Sire,
He ſeem'd to fear this was to murder High'r.
And bathing his black ſoule ith' ſacred flood,
He durſt gorge Royal, but not tender blood.
VVhere then ſhall Innocence in ſafety ſit?
VVhen a diſeaſe it ſelfe doth Cromwel it.
If a diſtemper our complaints may beare,
And we may fix a reverent quarrel there:
Nere to be reconcil'd, purſue we ſtill
Thy fate, that did with more then ſlaughter kill.
The ſharp diſquiets of an aking brain,
A heart in ſunder torne, yet whole to pain.
Eyes darting forth dimme fires, inſtead of ſight;
At once made ſee, and injur'd by the Light;
Faint pulſe; and tongue to thirſty cinders dry'd:
VVhen the reliefe of thirſt muſt be deny'd.
The Bowels parcht, limbs in tormenting throwes
To coole their heat, while heat from cooling growes.
Slumbers which wandring phanſies keep awake,
And ſenſe not lead by objects, but miſtake;
Moſt feavers Limbecks though with theſe they burn,
They leave the featur'd carcaſſe to the Vrne,
But thine was borne of that offenſive race,
Arm'd to deſtroy, ſhe firſt ſtrove to deface.
And then to cloſe her cruel tragick part,
She ſlew againſt the augury of Art.
No adverſary could worſe ſpight diſplay.
Since it is leſſe to Kill, then to betray.
Twas ſavage beyond fate: for others lie,
Dead of Diſeaſe, you of Recovery,
All ſhipwracks horrid are; but yet none more,
Then that, which for its witneſſe takes the ſhore.
Affronts, plots, ſcandals, falſe freinds, cold Allyes,
Exiles, wants, tempeſts, battails, rebels, ſpies,
Reſtraints, temptations, ſtrange aires; in all theſe
VVas there no Feaver, no maligne Diſeaſe?
The Royal Line (England this brand muſt weare.)
Suffer abroad, but periſh only here.
So to the sun the Phoenix doth repaire,
Through each diſtemper'd Region of the Aire.
Through ſwarms of Deaths ſhe there victorious flies,
But in her cruel Neſt ſhe burnes, and dies.
Had You reſign'd your late afflicted breath,
VVhen life it ſelfe leſſe lovely was then death;
VVhen the kind graves did but receive our Care,
And the ſurvivers only wretched were:
Our greedy Intereſts might tempted be,
To call Thy vertues back, but hardly Thee.
But now when Vines drop wine from every trunk,
To chear their owners, not make Rapine drunk:
Our goods find out our unfrequented hands:
And Crimes make perſons guilty, and not Lands.
VVhen widdowes houſes are no more a meale,
And Churches ſpoiles are ſacriledg, not zeale.
VVhen our beloved yet Dread Soveraigne Head,
Is Crown and Guard to all, but to the Dead.
VVhat Niobe can waile your mournful fate?
Snatcht from the beſt of Kings, and happieſt State.
The Publick peace, and Your own large content,
In you juſt Brothers equal Government;
Had rais'd ſo rich an odour to Your ſenſe,
That growing time had tane You ſated hence.
But to depart under four Months Returne,
To land in England, to prevent your Vrne;
Seems their diſaſter, who a bliſſe might ſhape,
But looſe their deere enjoyments, by a Rape.
And now, moſt wretched we! who ſtate our woe,
By Thy afflictions, and Thy vertues too.
Thy Infancy our cruelty forbore,
Made thee an early Captive, and no more:
Kiſſes that had from Princely Parents fell,
From ſervile lips ſeem'd then ſupply'd as well.
Nor could Thy ſufferings then excite Thy moane,
Since ſufferings are no ſufferings when unknown.
Thy Childhood, that their nobler cares protect.
VVho ſtrive to ſhow, but are forbid reſpect.
VVhile rude ones ſeek by a misbred Reſort
To raſe out all thy lines of Birth or Court.
That tutor'd out of Prince, You might be ſent
Into a common-people Baniſhment.
But thrift reclames that project, eyes the heap
Of Thy expence, and bids thee periſh cheap.
Poſts Thee, ere leaſt debaſement could appeare
A Gemme to forraigne ſtates, a burden here.
So the rude VVaves, fraught with a coſtly peece
Of rich, but Sea-neglected Amber-greece:
Doe, rowling, drive that fragrant billow thence:
A perfume to the raviſht finders ſence.
Abroad the wide Improvement of Thy parts,
Drew in ſo faſt the dewes of Tongues and Arts;
That both in Thy accompliſhments were ſpent:
Arts were Thy fortreſſe, Tongues Thy ornament.
Learn'd Latine, graceful ſpeech and high of Spain,
The courtly French, the clean Italian vain,
'The Vncouth Duth, theſe Languages were known
Indenizon'd as Natives with thy own.
Thoſe Arts where leaſt advantages are found,
Ev'n thoſe You did Deſcry, but would not Sound.
Hiſtorians who record the life of Fame,
And regeſter each good or vicious Name,
You from their ſacred Annals did reſume
Great paſt examples, for your life to come.
VViſe Navigators that diſcloſe each creek,
And in the more known world, the unknown ſeek,
In their diſcoveries You imbark Your oares;
Becauſe the Seas do moſt concerne theſe ſhores.
By Your ſeverer choice ſelecting thus,
VVhat was moſt Vſeful, not moſt Curious.
Amid'ſt Your bright Imbelliſhments beſide;
If Truth or Education were Your guide,
Became a ſifting Quaere: a diſpute
That will Afflict the world, but ne're confute.
Some to their climes beliefe, their faith do owe:
VVhich is to be Perſwaded; but not Know.
You (at fifteen) this evidence did advance,
Religion was Your Iudgment, not Your Chance.
Ere eighteen, two Campagnes, Your Courage veiw,
And Dunkirks fight: ſo fam'd for York, and You.
'Bout one and twenty we arrived ſee
Others at Age, You at Aeternity.

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TextAn elegie on the death of the most illustrious prince, Henry Duke of Glocester. By Martin LLuelyn Dr in Ph. sworn phy: to His Majesty: principall of S. M. Hall Oxon. and fellow of the Coll. of Phy. Lond.
AuthorLluelyn, Martin, 1616-1682..
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Bibliographic informationAn elegie on the death of the most illustrious prince, Henry Duke of Glocester. By Martin LLuelyn Dr in Ph. sworn phy: to His Majesty: principall of S. M. Hall Oxon. and fellow of the Coll. of Phy. Lond. Lluelyn, Martin, 1616-1682.. 8 p. printed by Hen. Hall printer to the University, for Ric. Davis,Oxford :1660.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Oct. 18.".) (Black border and woodcut illus. on t.p.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Henry, -- Duke of Gloucester, 1640-1660 -- Poetry -- Early works to 1800.

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