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THE PHOENIX AND TURTLE.

(From the additional poems to Chester's Love's Martyr, or Rosalin's Com

plaint, 1601.)

LET the bird of loudest lay,
On the sole Arabian tree,
Herald sad and trumpet be,
To whose sound chaste wings obey.

But thon, shrieking harbinger,
Foul pre-currer of the fiend,
Augur of the fever's end,
To this troop come thou not neat.

From this session interdict
Every fowl of tyrant wing,
Save the eagle, feather'd king;
Keep the obsequy so strict.

Let the priest in surplice white,
That defunctive music can,
Be the death-divining swan,
Lest the requiem lack his righ..
And thou, treble-dated crow,
That thy sable gender mak'st
With the breath thou giv'st and tak'st,
'Mongst our mourners shalt thou go.
Here the anthem doth commence :
Love and constancy is dead;
Phønix and the turtle fled
lo a mutual flame from hence

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Leaving no posterity :-
'Twas not their infirmity,
It was married chastity.

Truth may seem, but cannot be;
Beauty brag, but 'tis not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.

To this urn let those repair
That are either true or fair ;
Fur these dead birds sigh a prayer.

THE END.

PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE, HANSON AND CO

EDINBURGH AND LONDON.

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