Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
ON THE POSTHUME and Precious POEMS OF Sir MATTHEW HALE, Late Lord Chief Iustice of His Majesty's Court of King's-Bench.
THE Rose and other fragrant Flow'rs smell best
When they are pluck'd and worn in Hand or Breast;
So this fair Flow'r of Vertue, this rare Bud
Of Wit, smells now as fresh as when he stood,
And by his Poetry doth let us know,
He on the Banks of Helicon did grow:
The Beauties of his Soul apparent shine,
Both in his Works and Poetry Divine;
In him all Vertues met, th' Exemplary
Of Wisdom, Learning, and true Piety.
Farewell Fam'd Iudge, Minion of Thespian Dame•,
Apollo's Darling born with Enthian Flames;
Page 38Which in thy numbers wave, and shine so clear,
As sparks refracted in rich Iems appear;
Such Flames as may inspire, and Atoms cast,
To make new Poets not like him in hast.