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Or else some Homer bravely to reherse
His glorious actions in heroick verse;
For me to limne the noble act h' as done,
Is but to light a candle to the sun :
That task I'le leave to some more able hand
That view'd his action both by sea and land ;
And though in blacks I may not mourn his end,
Yet none shall more bemone him as a friend.
Or'e death he is victorious, and he
Bequeaths it us as his last legacy.
Now unto God be everlasting prayse, That thus in peace hath finished his dayes : And since his fatall thred is quite spun out, Let's draw the curtains, put the candle out, And let us leave him to his silent tomb, Free from all troubles, clos'd up in the womb Of Mother Earth let him in quiet rest, Till he enjoy the choycest and the best Of his desires, in glory for to see His Saviour Christ to all eternity.
R est here in peace the sacred dust
O f valiant Blake, the good, the just,
B elov'd of all on every side ;
E ngland's honour, once her pride,
B. ome's terror, Dutch annoyer,
T ruth's defender, Spain's destroyer.
, B ring no dry eyes unto this place : L et not be seen in any case A smiling or an unsad face. K indie desires in every brest E ternally with him to rest.
By Geo. Harrison, Gent.
On board the Dunbar in the Downs, Aug. n, 1657.