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GLASSE OF TIME
IN THE FIRST AGE.
The author first, doth Gods assistance crave, Throughout the worke that he his help may have; The sacred Sabbaoth, Satans envious gall, The woman fram'd, and mans most dismal fail ; The tree of Life protected from the Brute, The tree of Knowledge with her fatal fruit : For feare the world should be finally ended, Gods dearest Daughters down. in hast descended, The flaming sword the tree of Life which guarded, The Cherubims upon the Wall that warded. The land of Eden is described at large, Heavens judgment just to all mens future charge.
SINCE true examples in Gods holy Booke,
soule According as their lives have pleasing beene, To him whose sight their secret thoughts hath
And since that Ovid in a pleasing verse,
Of men to birds, and then again to beasts,
sprung, With Hydra-heads, and Janus double face, To fawn before, then wound to our disgrace: Hath made my muse unwilling heere to sing, As loath herself upon the stage to bring To each mans view, and her owne painefull toyle, But that the sight may many vices spoyle.
4. When Sin we see unmasked brought to light, And damn'd offences naked to our sight: Like Jezabel that did the clouds aspire, In rusling silkes and glorious brave attire, Under a holy outward forme and rite, Gods chosen flock are fleec't and murthered quite, But once unmask't, the minions of her court Hurle her i’th durt, push out her braines in sport: And as a foul mishapen painted monster, Conceit of her as all the world doth conster Then is she seene disrobed, disrank’t of all, The map of foily in her sudden fall,
Her cup with poison, damned Envy fills,
mend, That to thy glory I this worke may end.
6. Then shall the world with admiration see, Her fall unmask’t to all eternitie; The famous actions heretofore lay dead Shall then be rouzed out from oblivions bed. And all the noblest kingdoms ever known, Will be reviv’d, within my verse be shown, Their manners, customs, nature and their state, Their end, beginning, fortune and their fate, From Adam first throughout in every age, Shall heere be mustered on this publick stage, In Rural robes to give to Earth content, How heretofore the ages past were spent.
O that my muse might once but rest in peace,
Unfolding still to Gods immortall glory,
9. Adam what made thee, wilfully at first, To leave thy offspring, to this day accurst; So wicked foul, and overgrown with sinne; And in thy person all of it beginne? That hadst thou stood in innocence fram’d, Death, Sin, and Hell, the world and all thou hadst
tamed. Then hadst thou been a Monarch from thy birth; Gods only darling both in Heaven and Earth: . The world and all at thy command to bend, And all Heavens creatures on thee t'attend. The sweetest life that ever man could live ; What couldst thou ask but God to thee did give ? Protected kept thee like a faithful warden, As thy companion in that pleasant garden No canker'd malice once thy heart did move : Free will thou hadst endude from him above: What couldst thou wish, all worlds content and
more? The best Divine that ere the Earth yet bore, Gods only sonne, the Prince of Peace except, For thy sad fall how oft mine eyes have wept.