THOMÆ COMITIS CLEVELAND FILIA PRÆMORTUÆ
PRIMA VIRGINEAM ANIMAM EXHALUIT : ANNO
DOMINI . ÆTATIS SUÆ .
AND here the precious dust is laid,
Whose purely-temper'd clay was made
So fine, that it the guest betray'd.
Else, the soul grew so fast within,
It broke the outward shell of sin,
And so was hatch'd a Cherubin.
In height it soar'd to God above ;
In depth it did to knowledge move,
And spread in breadth to general love.
Before, a pious duty shined
To parents ; courtesy behind ;
On either side, an equal mind.
Good to the poor, to kindred dear,
To servants kind, to friendship clear :
To nothing but herself severe.
So, though a virgin, yet a bride
To every grace, she justified
A chaste polygamy, and died.
Learn from hence, Reader, what small trust
We owe this world, where virtue must,
Frail as our flesh, crumble to dust.
Vincent, Arthur, ed. The Poems of Thomas Carew.
London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., nd. 79.
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