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To the Author.
comprehend, Verfe, Matter, Order, Fitie, Spirit, Wit; For these also our Church-Poet doth intend, And he who hath his imitation Writ.
O Glory of the Time ! best English Singer, Happy both he the Hand, and thou the Finger.
D'C cujus Templum ? Chrifti
. Quis condidit? Ede.. Condidit Herbertus. Dic, quibus auxiliis ? Auxiliis multis ; quibus, haud mihi dicere fas eft.
Tanta est ex diétis lis oriunda meis,
Ingenium, dicens, cun&ta fuise fua.
facile eft litem compofuiffe mihi. Divide ; Materiam det gratia, materiæq;
Ingenium cultus induat, arsq; modos.
Neç fortita velint jura uocare fua.
Materiamque, ars, & gratia, & ingenium.
De Templo Herberti talia di&ta dabit,
Ars pariter totus,. totus & ingenium.
Unum par cun&tis. Anglia jattat opus.
A stepping Stone to the Threshold of
Mr. Herbert's Church-Porch.
HAT Church is this ? Chrift's Church. Who
Roman and Grecian muses all give way:
For thou thee tree,
But while I had the use, the fruit was mine :
Not so divine,
Before 'twas ripe it fell unto the ground :
And since I found
Some I have pick'd, and wip'd, and bring thee now,
Lord, thou know'ft how ; Gladly I would, but dare not it avow.
Such as it is, 'tis here. Pardon the beft,
Accept the rest.
THow that intendeft to the Church to-day,
Come take a turn or two, before thou go'ft,
But he that unprepared rafhly ventures
The Church Stile.
Step after step, and equally descends: /
Would'st thou in grace to.
thy foundations low.
dtëp, ground perfections grow?
Humble thyself, and God will lift thee up:
Think not thou haftowhar thou from his would he have :
Pride is the prodigality of grace,
To get by giving, and to lose by keeping,