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William Drummond
1585-1649

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If this fair volume

 


If this fair volume

If this fair volume which we World do name,
If we the sheets and leaves could turn with care,
Of him who it corrects and did it frame,
We clear might read the art and wisdom rare:
Find out His power which wildest powers doth tame:
His providence extending everywhere,
His justice which proud rebels doth not spare,
In every page, no period of the same.
But silly we, like foolish children, rest
Well pleased with coloured vellum, leaves of gold,
Fair dangling ribbons, leaving what is best,
On the great writers sense neer taking hold;
Or if by chance we stay our minds on aught,
It is some picture on the margin wrought.


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