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As if their day were only to be spent
la dressing, mistressing, and compliment.

Alas! poor joys, but poorer men, wbose trust

He was the word that spake it, Seems richly placed in sublimed dust!

He took the bread and brake it; (For such are clothes and beauty, which, though gay,

And what that word did make it,
Are, at the best, but of sublimed clay)
Let then the world thy calling disrespect;

I do believe and take it'.
Bat go thou on, and pity their neglect.
What function is so noble, as to be
Ambassador to God and Destiny?
To open life, to give kingdoms to more
Than kings give dignities; to keep Heav'n's door? LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMY,
Mary's prerogative was to bear Christ, so
'T is preacher's to convey him ; for they do,

As angels out of clouds, from pulpits speak;
And bless the poor beneath, the lame, the weak.
If then th' astronomers, whereas they spy

1. How sits this city, late inost populous, A new-found star, their optics magnify;

Thus solitary, and like a widow thus? How brave are those, who with their engine can

Amplest of nations, queen of provinces Bring man to Heav'n, and Heav'n again to man?

She was, who now thus tributary is. These are thy titles and pre-eminences, In whom must meet God's graces, men's offences ; 2. Still in the night she weeps, and her tears fall And so the Hear'ns, which beget all things here,

Down by her cheeks along, and none of all And th' Earth, our mother, which these things doth

Her lovers comfort her; perfidiously Both these in thee are in thy calling knit, [bear,

Her friends have dealt, and now are enemy.
And make thee now a bless'd hermaphrodite.

3. Uuto great bondage and afflictious
Juda is captive led ; those nations,
With whom she dwells, no place of rest afford;

la straits she meets her persecutor's sword.

4. Empty are th' gates of Sion, and her ways AT THE AUTHOR'S LAST GOING INTO GERMANY. Mourn, because none come to her solemn days;

Her priests do groan, her maids are comfortless;

And she 's unto herself a bitterness.
Is what torn ship soever I embark,
That ship shall be my emblem of thy ark;
What sea soever swallow me, that food

5. Her foes are grown her head, and live at peace; Shall be to me an emblem of thy, blood.

Because, when her transgressions did increase,

The Lord struck her with sadness: th' enemy Though thou with clouds of anger do disguise

Doth drive her children to captivity.
Thy face, yet through that mask I know those eyes,
Which, though they turn away sometimes,

6. From Sion's daughter is all beauty gone;
They never will despise.

Like harts, which seek for pasture, and find none, I sacrifice this island unto thee,

Her princes are: and now before the foe, And all, whom I love here, and who love me;

Which still pursues them, without strength they go. When I have put this flood 'twixt them and me, Put thou thy blood betwixt my sins and thee,

7. Now in their days of tears, Jerusalem As the tree's sap doth seek the root below

(Her men slain by the foe, none succouring them) In winter, in my winter now I go,

Remembers what of old sh' esteemed most, Where none but thee, th' eternal root

Whilst her foes laugh at her, for which she hath lost. Of true love, I may know.

8. Jerusalem bath sinn'd, therefore is she Nor thou, nor thy religion, dost control

Remov'd, as women in uncleanness be: The amorousness of an harmonious soul;

Who honour'd, scorn her; for her foulness they But thou would'st have that love thyself: as thou Have seen ; herself doth groan, and turn away. Art jealous, Lord, so I am jealous now.

9. Her foulness in her skirts was seen, yet she Thou lov'st not, till from loving more thou free My soul: who ever gives, takes liberty :

Remember'd not her end; miraculously Oh, if thou car'st not whom I love,

Therefore she fell, noue comforting: behold, Alas, thou lov'st not me.

O Lord, my affliction, for the foe grows bold. Seal then this bill of my divorce to all,

10. Upon all things, where her delight bath been,

The foe hath stretch'd his hand; for she hath seen On whom those fainter beams of love did fall; Marry those loves, which in youth scatter'd be

Heathen, whom thou command'st should not do so, Ou face, wit, bopes (false mistresses) to thee.

Into her holy sanctuary go.
Churches are best for prayer, that bave least light;
To see God only, I go out of sight:

1 These lines are in all the editions of Donne's And, ta 'scape stormy days, I choose

works, but have been usually attributed to queen An everlasting night.

Elizabeth, C.

11. And all her people groan and seek for bread ; 2. The Lord unspariogly bath swallowed And they have given, only to be fed,

All Jacob's dwellings and demolished All precious things, wherein their pleasure lay: To ground the strength of Juda, aud profan'd How cheap I'm grown, O Lord, behold and weigh. The princes of the kingdom and the land. 12. All this concerns not you, who pass by me; 3. In heat of wrath the horn of Israel he O see, and mark if any sorrow be

Hath clean cut off, and, lest the enemy
Like to my sorrow, which Jehovah hath

Be hinder'd, his right hand he doth retire;'
Done to me in the day of his fierce wrath? But is t'wards Jacob all-devouring fire.
13. That fire, which by himself is governed, 4. Like to an enemy he bent bis bow,
He hath cast from Heaven on my bones, and spread His right hand was in posture of a foe;
A net before my feet, and me o'erthrown? To kill what Sion's daughter did desire,
And made me languish all the day alone.

'Gainst whom bis wrath he poured forth like fire 14. His hands hath of my sins framed a yoke, 5. For like an enemy Jehovah is, Which wreath'd, and cast upon my neck, hath broke Devouring Israel, and his palaces; My strength: the Lord unto those enemies Destroying holds, giving additions Hath given me, from whom I cannot rise.

To Juda's daughter's lamentations. 15. He under foot hath trodden in my sight 6. Like to a garden hedge he hath cast down My strong men, he did company accite

The place, where was his congregation,
To break my young men; he the wine-press hath And Sion's feasts and sabbaths are forgot;
Trod upon Juda's daughter in his wrath.

Her king, her priest, his wrath regarded not.
16. For these things do I weep, mine eye, mine eye 7. The Lord forsakes his altar, and detests
Casts water out; for he, which should be nigh His sanctuary; and in the foe's hands rests
To comfort me, is now departed far;

His palace, and the walls, in which their cries The foe prevails, forlorn my children are.

Are heard, as in the true solemnities. 17. There 's none, though Sion do stretch out her 8. The Lord bath cast a line, so to confound hand,

And level Sion's walls unto the ground; To comfort her; it is the Lord's command,

He draws not back his hand, which doth o'ertura That Jacob's foes girt hiin: Jerusalem

The wall and rampart, which together mourn. Is as an unclean woman amongst them.

9. The gates are sunk into the ground, and be 18. But yet the Lord is just, and righteous still, Hath broke the bar; their kings and princes be I have rebell'd against bis holy will;

Amongst the heathen, without law, nor there O hear, all people, and my sorrow see,

Unto the prophets doth the Lord appear. My maids, my young men in captivity.

10. There Sion's elders on the ground are plac'd, 19. I called for my lovers then, but they

And silence keep; dust on their heads they cast, Deceiv'd me, and my priests and elders lay In sackcloth have they girt themselves, and low Dead in the city; for they sought for meat, The virgins towards ground their heads do thror. Which should refresh their souls, and none could get.

11. My bowels are grown muddy, and mine eyes 20. Because I am in straits, Jehovah, see

Are faint with weeping : and my liver lies My heart o'erturn'd, my bowels muddy be; Pour'd out upon the ground, for misery, Because I have rebellid so much, as fast

That sucking children in the streets do die. The sword without, as death within doth waste.

12. When they had cry'd unto their mothers, 21, Of all, which here I mourn, none comforts me;

“ Where My foes have heard my grief, and glad they be, Shall we have bread and drink?" they fainted there; That thou hast done it; but thy promis'd day

And in the street like wounded persons lay, Will come, when, as I suffer, so shall they. Till 'twixt their mothers' breasts they went away. 22. Let all their wickedness appear to thee, 13. Daughter Jerusalem, oh! what may be Do unto them, as thou hast done to me

A witness, or comparison for thee?
For all my sins: the sighs, which I have had, Sion, to ease thee, what shall I name like thee?
Are very many, and my heart is sad.

Thy breach is like the sea ; what help can be i
14. For thee vain foolish things thy prophets sought,
Thee thine iniquities they have not taught,

Which might disturn thy bondage: but for thee

False burthens and false causes they would see. 1. How over Sion's daughter hath God hung 15. The passengers do clap their hands, and hiss, His wrath's thick cloud! and from Heaven hath Aung And wag their head at thee, and say, “ Is this To Earth the beauty of Israel, and hath

That city, which so many men did call Forgot his foot-stool in the day of wrath !

Joy of the Earth, and perfectest of all ?”

16. Thy foes do gape upon thee, and they hiss, | 18. My strength, my hope, (unto myself I said) And gnash their teeth, and say, “Devour we this; Which from the Lord should come, is perished. For this is certainly the day, which we

19. But when my mournings I do think upon, Expected, and which now we find and see." My wormwood, hemloc, and affliction ; 17. The Lord hath done that, which he purposed, 20. My soul is humbled in rememb’ring this ; Fulfill'd his word, of old determined;

21. My heart considers; therefore hope there is, He hath thrown down, and not spar'd, and thy foe 22. 'T is God's great mercy we 're not utterly Made glad above thee, and advanc'd him so. Consum'd, for his compassions do not die; 18. But now their hearts unto the Lord do call, 23. For every morning they renewed be; Therefore, O walls of Sion, let tears fall

For great, O Lord, is thy fidelity.
Down like a river day and night; take thee 24. The Lord is, saith my soul, my portion,
No rest, but let thine eye incessant be.

And therefore in him will I hope alone. 19. Arise, cry in the night, pour out thy sins, 25. The Lord is good to them, who on him rely, Thy heart, like water, when the watch begins; And to the soul, that seeks him earnestly. Lift up thy hands to God, lest children die, 26. It is both good to trust, and to attend Which, faint for hunger, in the streets do lie. The Lord's salvation unto the end. 20. Behold, O Lord, consider unto whom

27. 'T is good for one his yoke in youth to bear, Thou hast done this; what shall the women come 28. He sits alone, and doth all speech forbear, To eat their children of a span? shall thy Because he hath borne it: 29. and his mouth he lays Prophet and priest be slain in sanctuary? Deep in the dust, yet then in hope he stays. 21. On ground in streets the young and old do lie, 30. He gives his cheeks to whosoever will My virgins and young men by sword do die; Strike him, and so he is reproached still. Them in the day of thy wrath thou hast slain, 31. For not for ever doth the Lord forsake; Nothing did thee from killing them contain. 32. But when he hath struck with sadness, he doth

take 22. As to a solemn feast, all, whom I fear'd, Thou call'st about me: when thy wrath appear'd, Compassion, as his mercy 's infinite. None did remain er 'scape; for those, which I 33. Nor is it with his heart, that he doth smite, Brought op, did perish by mine enemy.

34. That under foot the prisoners stamped be;
35. That a man's right the judge himself doth seo
To be wrung from him. 36. That he subverted is

In his just cause, the Lord allows not this.

37. Who then will say, that aught doth come to pass,

But that, which by the Lord commanded was? 1. I am the man which have affliction seen, Under the rod of God's wrath having been. 38. Both good and evil from his mouth proceeds; 2. He hath led me to darkness, not to light : 39. Why then grieves any man for his misdeeds 3. And against me all day his hand doth fight. 40. Turn we to God, by trying out our ways;

41. To him iu Heav'n our hands with hearts upraise. 4. He hath broke my bones, worn out my flesh and 5. Built up against me; and hath girt me in (skin; 42. We have rebelld, and fall'n away from thee; With hemloc, and with labour; 6. and set me Thou pardon'st not; 43. usest no clemency; In dark, as they who dead for ever be.

Pursu'st us, kill'st us, cover'st us with wrath;

44. Cover’st thyself with clouds, that our prayer hath 7. He hath hedg'd me, lest I’scape, and added more To my steel fetters, heavier than before. [hath No pow'r to pass : 45. and thou hast made us fall, 8. When I cry out, he outshuts my prayer; 9. and As refuse, and off-scouring to them all. Stopp'd with hewn stone my way,and turn'd my path. 46. All our foes gape at us.

47. Fear and a snare,

With ruin and with waste, upon us are. 10. And like a lion hid in secresy, Or bear, which lies in wait, he was to me. 48. With watry rivers doth mine eye o'erflow, 11. He stops my way, tears me, made desolate; For ruin of my people's daughters so ; 12. And he niakes me the mark he shooteth at. 49. Mine eye doth drop down tears incessantly;

50. Until the Lord look down from Heav'n to sec. 13. He made the children of his quiver pass Into my reins. 14. I with my people was 51. And for my city, daughter's sake, mine eye All the day long, a song and mockery.

Doth break mine heart. 52. Causeless mine enemy 15. He hath fill'd me with bitterness, and he Like a bird chas'd me. 53. In a dungeon

They 've shut my life, and cast me on a stone. Hath made me drunk with wormwood. 16. He hath burst

54. Waters fow'do'er my head; then thought I, I'm My teeth with stones, and covered me with dust. Destroy'd: 55, I called, Lord, upon thy name 17. And thus my soul far off from peace was set, Out of the pit; 56. and thou my voice didst hear : And my prosperity I did forget.

Oh ! from my sight and cry stop not thine ear.

57. Then when I call'd upon thee, thou drew'st near 12. Nor would the kings of the Earth, nor all, which Unto me, and saidst unto me, Do not fear. [thou In the inbabitable world, believe,

[live 58. Thou, Lord, my soul's cause handled bast, and That any adversary, any foe, Rescu'st my life. 59. O Lord, do thou judge now. Into Jerusalem should enter so. Thou heard'st my wrong. 60. Their vengeance all 13. For the priests' sins, and prophets', which have

they 've wrought; (they thought; Blood in the streets, and the just inurthered: (shed 61. How they reproach'd, thou 'st heard, and what 14. Which, when those men, whom they made blind, 62. What their lips utter'd, which against me rose, Thorough the streets, defiled by the way [did stray And what was ever whisper'd by my foes.

With blood, the which impossible it was 63. I am their song, whether they rise or sit. Their garment should'scapetouching, as they pass ; 64. Give them rewards, Lord, for their working fit, 15. Would cry aloud,“ Depart, defiled men, 65. Sorrow of heart, thy curse: 66. and with thy Depart, depart, and touch us not ;" and then

might Follow, and from under Heav'n destroy them quite. They fled, and stray'd, and with the Gentiles were,

Yet told their friends, they should not long dwell

there. CHAPTER IV.

16. For this they 're scatter'd by Jehovah's face,

Who never will regard them more; no grace 1. How is the gold become so dim? How is Purest and finest gold thus chang'd to this? Unto the old men shall their foe afford; The stones, wbich were stones of the sanctu'ry, Nor, that they 're priests, redeem them from the Scatter'd in corners of each street do lie.

sword ;

17. And we as yet, for all these miseries 2. The precious sons of Sion, which should be

Desiring our vain help, consume our eyes :
Valu'd as purest gold, how do we see
Low-rated now, as earthen pitchers, stand, And such a nation, as cannot save,
Which are the work of a poor potter's hand! We in desire and speculation have.

18. They hunt our steps, that in the streets we fear 3. Even the sea-calfs draw their breasts, and give To go; our end is now approached near. Suck to their young: my people's daughters live, By reason of the foe's great cruelness,

Our days accomplish'd are, this the last day; As do the owls in the vast wilderness.

Eagles of Heav'n are not so 'swift as they,

19. Which follow us; o'er mountains' tops they fly 4. And when the sucking child doth strive to draw, At us, and for us ir the desert lie. His tongue for thirst cleaves to the upper jaw : And when for bread the little children cry, 20. The Lord's anointed, breath of our nostrils, he, There is no man that doth them satisfy.

Of wbom we said, “ Under his shadow we

Shall with more ease under the heathen dwell," 5. They, which before were delicately fed, Into the pit, which these men digged, fell." Now in the streets forlorn bave perished: And they, wbich ever were in scarlet cloth'd, 21. Rejoice, 0 Eden's daughter; joyful be, Sit and embrace the dunghills, which they loath'd. Thou that inhabit'st Uz; for unto thee

This cup shall pass, and thou with drunkenness 6. The daughters of my people have sinn'd more, Shalt fill thyself, and show thy nakedness. Than did the town of Sodom sin before; Which being at once destroy'd, there did remain 22. And then thy sins, O Sion, shall be spent; No hands amongst them to vex them again.

The Lord will not leave thee in banishment:

Thy sins, O Edom's daughter, he will see, 7. But heretofore purer her Nazarite

And for them pay thee with captivity.
Was than the snow, and milk was not so white:
As carbuncles, did their pore bodies shine;
And all their polisb’dness was saphirine.

8. They 're darker now than blackness; none can

1. REMEMBER, O Lord, what is fall'n on us;
Them by the face, as through the street they go: See and mark, how we are reproached thus.
For now their skin doth cleave unto their bone, 2. For unto strangers our possession
And wither'd is like to dry wood grown.

Is turn'd, our houses unto aliens gone. 9. Better by sword than famine 't is to die; 3. Our mothers are become as widows, we And better through-pierc'd than through penury. As orphans all, and without fathers be. 10. Women, by nature pitiful, have eat [meat. 4. Waters, which are our own, we drink, and pay; Their children (dress'd with their own hand) for And upon our own wood a price they lay. 11. Jehovah here fully accomplish'd hath

5. Our persecutors on our necks do sit, His indignation, and pour'd forth his wrath; They make us travail, and not intermit. Kindled a fire in Sion, which hath pow'r

6. We stretch our hands unto th' Egyptians To eat, and her foundations to devour.

To get us bread; and to th' Assyrians.

7. Our fathers did these sins, and are no more; I joy, that in these straits I see my west; But we do bear the sins they did before.

For though those currants yield return to none, 8. They are but servants, which do rule us thus; What shall my west hurt me? As west and east Yet from their hands none would deliver us.

In all flat maps (and I am one) are one,

So death doth touch the resurrection. 9. With danger of our life our bread we gat; For in the wilderness the sword did wait.

Is the Pacific Sea my home? Or are 10. The tempests of this famine we liv'd in

The eastern riches ? Is Jerusalem, Black as an oven colour'd had our skin.

Anvan, and Magellan, and Gibraltar?

All straits, and none but straits are ways to them, 11. In Juda's cities they the maids abus'd By force, and so women in Sion us'd.

Whether where Japhet dwelt, or Cham, or Sem. 12. The princes with their hands they hung; no

We think that Paradise and Calvary, grace Nor honour gave they to the elder's face.

Christ's cross and Adam's tree, stood in one place;

Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me; 13. Unto the mill our young men carry'd are,

As the first Adam's sweat surrounds my face, And children fell under the wood they bear:

May the last Adam's blood my soul embrace. 14. Elders the gates, youth did their songs forbear; Gone was our joy; our dancings mournings were. So in his purple wrapp'd receive me, Lord,

By these his thorns give me his other crown; 15. Now is the crown falln from our head; and wo And as to others' souls I preach'd thy words Be unto us, because we're sinned so.

Be this my text, my sermon to mine own; 16. For this our hearts do languish, and for this Therefore, that he may raise, the Lord throws dozen. Over our eyes a cloudy dimness is : 17. Because Mount Sion desolate doth lie, And foxes there do go at liberty. 18. But thou, O Lord, art ever; and thy throne From generation to generation.

HYMN TO GOD THE FATHER. 19. Why should'st thou forget us eternally ; Or leave us thus long in this misery?

Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun, 20., Lörd, to thee; that so we may

Which was my sin, though it were done before? Return, and, as of old, renew our day.

Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,

And do run still, though still I do deplore? 21. For oughtest thou, O Lord, despise us thus,

When thou hast done, thou hast not done ; 22. And to be utterly enrag'd at us ?

For I have more.
Wilt thou forgive that sin, which I have won

Others to sin, and made my sins their door

Wilt thou forgive that sin, which I did shun

A year or two, but wallow'd in a score?

When thou hast done, thou hast not done;

For I have more.


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