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To the Author. 3
L E that doth imitate must comprehend,
O Glory of the Time ! best English Singer,
· SUBTER LIMINARE.
D IC cujus Templum ? Christi. Quis condidit? Ede.,
Tanta est ex di&tis lis oriunda meis,
Ingenium, dicens, cun&ta fuisse fua.
Nec facile eft litem compofuiffe mihi.
Ingenium cultus induat, arsq; modos.
Neç fortita velint jura uocare fua..
Materiamquc, ars, & gratia, & ingenium.
De Templo Herberti iglia di&ta dabit,
Ars pariter totus,. totus & ingenium.
Unum par cun&tis. Anglia jadat opus. . .
A stepping Stone to the Threshold of
Mr. Herbert's Church-Porch.
W H AT Church is this ? Christ's Church. Who
Roman and Grecian muses all give way:
I ORD, my first-fruits should have been sent to thee,
For thou thee tree, That bare them, only lenteft unto me. . .
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'st how ; Gladly I would, but dare not it avow.
Such as it is, 'tis here. Pardon the beff,
o Accept the reft.fi ; ! ? Thy pardon and acceptance maketh bleft. :.
THOU that intendest to the Church to-day,
1 Come take a turn or two, before thou go't, In the Church-yard ; the walk is in the way. Who takes beft heed ini ġoing, haltethi moftia ..
But he that unprepared rashly, ventures
SEEST thou that Stile ?, Observe then how it rises,
Step after step, and equally descenda: Such is the way to win celestial prizesio .! .... Humility the course begins and ends.
Would's thou in grace to high perfections grow ? ,
Shoot thy'roots deep, ground thy foundations low.
Think not thou haft what thou from him would't have :
Pride is the prodigality of grace,
To get by giving, and to lose by keeping,