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By that sin fell the angels; how can man, then,
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not:
Thou fall’st a blessed martyr! Serve the king; 10 And, — prithee, lead me in :
There take an inventory of all I have,
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
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.