Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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Epitaph to be written under the Latine In∣scription upon the Tomb of the Onely Son of the Lord, Andover.
'TIs fit the English Reader should be told
In our own Language what this Tomb do's hold:
'Tis not a Noble Corps alone do's lie
Under this Stone, but a whole Family;
His Parents pious Care, their Name, their Joy,
And all their Hope, lies bur•ed with this Boy;
This lovely Youth, for whom we all made moan,
That knew his worth, as he had been our own.
Had there been space, and •ears enough allow'd,
His Courage, Wit, and Breeding, to have show'd,
We had not found in all the numerous Rowl
Of his fam'd Anoestors, a greater Soul,
Page 200 His early Vertues to that ancient Stock
Give as much Honour, as from thence he took.
Like Buds appearing e're the Frosts are past,
To become Man he made such fatal haste,
And to perfection labor'd so to climb,
Preventing slow Experience and Time,
That 'tis no wonder Death our hopes beguil'd;
He's seldom Old, that will not be a Child.