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Poem by John Dryden


On the Monument of the Marquis of Winchester


HE who in impious times untainted stood
And midst rebellion durst be just and good,
Whose arms asserted, and whose sufferings more
Confirmd the cause for which he fought before,
Rests here, rewarded by an heavenly prince
For what his earthly could not recompense.
Pray, reader, that such times no more appear;
Or, if they happen, learn true honour here.
  Ark of thy ages faith and loyalty,
Which, to preserve them, Heaven confind in thee.
Few subjects could a king like thine deserve;
And fewer such a king so well could serve.
Blest king, blest subject, whose exalted state
By sufferings rose and gave the law to fate!
Such souls are rare, but mighty patterns given
To earth were meant for ornaments to Heavn.



John Dryden


John Dryden's other poems:
  1. Epilogue to Henry II
  2. On Mrs. Margaret Paston, of Barningham, in Norfolk
  3. Epitaph on a Nephew in Catworth Church, Huntingdonshire
  4. Upon Young Mr. Rogers, of Gloucestershire
  5. The Beautiful Lady of the May


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