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Alonso Cano. Mary, c1650.



LADY, that in the prime of earliest youth
    Wisely hast shunn'd the broad way and the green,
    And with those few art eminently seen,
    That labour up the hill of heavenly truth;
The better part with Mary and with Ruth
    Chosen thou hast; and they that overween,
    And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen,
    No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth.
Thy care is fix'd, and zealously attends
    To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,
    And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure,
Thou, when the bridegroom with his feastful friends
    Passes to bliss at the mid hour of night,
    Hast gain'd thy entrance, Virgin wise and pure.




        The Poetical Works of John Milton.
        Charles Dexter Cleveland, ed.
        New York: A. S. Barnes & Co, 1873. 479.

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