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MR. RICHARD HOOKER,
THE AUTHOR OF THOSE LEARNED BOOKS
OF THE LAWS OF ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY.
TO HIS VERY WORTHY FRIEND
MR. IZAAK WALTON,
UPON HIS WRITING AND PUBLISHING THE LIFE OF THE
VENERABLE AND JUDICIOUS
MR. RICHARD HOOKER.
From whose fruitful loins have sprung
Of pious sons so great a throng That Heaven t’ oppose their force, of strength did
fail, And let the mighty conquerors o'er Almighty arms
prevail ; How art thou changed from what thou wert a late!
When destitute and quite forlorn, And scarce a child of thousands with thee left to
Thy veil all rent, and all thy garments torn, With tears thou didst bewail thine own and children's
Too much alas! thou didst resemble then
Sion, thy pattern, Sion in ashes laid,
Despised, forsaken, and betrayed ;
Sion thou dost resemble once again, And, raised like her, the glory of the world art
made. Threnes only to thee could that time belong, But now thou art the lofty subject of my song.
Bless'd Charles, who his forefathers has outgone, And to the royal joined the martyr's brighter
Let a new city rise with beauteous state,
So grave, so humble, and so wise :
The axe's and the hammer's noise
'T is up, and at the altar stand
With harps and incense in their hand. Nor let the pious service grow or stiff or cold ;