The guardian, a comedie acted before Prince Charls, His Highness at Trinity-Colledg in Cambridge, upon the twelfth of March, 1641
Cowley, Abraham, 1618-1667.
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The Epilogue.

THe Play is done, great Prince, which needs must fear,
Though you brought all your fathers mercies here,
It may offend your Highness, and we've now
Three hours done treason here, for ought we know.
But pow'r your Grace can above Nature give;
It can give pow'r to make abortives live.
In which if our bold wishes should be crost,
'Tis but the life of one poor week that's lost.
Though it should fall beneath your present scorn,
It could not die sooner then it was born.