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By that sin fell the angels; how can man, then,
The image of his Maker, hope to win by it ?
Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee;

Corruption wins not more than honesty.
5 Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,

To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not:
Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
Thy God's, and truth's; then if thou fall’st, O Cromwell,

Thou fall’st a blessed martyr! Serve the king; 10 And, — prithee, lead me in :

There take an inventory of all I have,
To the last penny; 't is the king's: my robe,
And my integrity to heaven, is all

I dare now call mine own. O Cromwell, Cromwell! 15 Had I but served my God with half the zeal

I served my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.

Crom. Good sir, have patience.

So I have. Farewell The hopes of court! my hopes in heaven do dwell.


cross : perverse, contrary.- - a bright exhalation : a meteor. — pres'ently: at once. —- jaded : spurned. scarlet: cardinals wear scarlet caps. - like larks: one of the ways of catching larks was to attract the attention of the birds by a mirror placed on a scarlet cloth. The fowler thus had a chance to cast his net over them. wanton: playful. their ruin : the ruin they

Lucifer : Satan, the chief of the fallen angels. See Milton's “ Paradise Lost," Book I.


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