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CATHEDRAL OF EXETER
LORD, what am I? A worm, dust, vapor, nothing!
Where am I, Lord? Downe in a vale of death :
Lord, what art thou? Pure life, power, beauty, bliss:
What state? Attendance of each glorious sp'rit:
How shall I reach thee, Lord? Oh, soar above,
IMMORTALL babe, who this dear day
Shine, happy Star, ye Angels sing
Glory on high to Heaven's King:
Run, Shepherds, leave your nightly watch, See heaven come down to Bethleem's cratch.
Worship, ye Sages of the East,
The King of Gods in meanness drest.
O Blessed Maid, smile and adore
The God, thy womb and armes have bore.
Star, Angels, Shepherds, and wise Sages;
LEAVE, O my soul, this baser world below,
Lo there thy Saviour dear in glory dight
That hand, that held the scornfull reed,
That back and side, that ran with bloody streams,
Those lips, once drench't with gall, do make
And, when thou seest this state divine,
See there the happy troups of purest sprights,
And now, beforehand, help to sing
FIRST THREE BOOKES,
ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR.
By the kindness of Mr. Henry Ellis, of the British Museum, the Editor is enabled, in addition to the fruits of his own researches, to enrich the following masterly performance of his author with some of those elucidations, which his frequent imitation of the Classics and his perpetual allusions to temporary and local circumstances have rendered indispensable to a full comprehension of the spirit and beauty of his satire. Mr. Ellis has had it in contemplation to publish an edition of the Satires, fully illustrated which design, it is to be hoped, he will find leisure to accomplish. In the mean time he has had the goodness to allow the Editor to select such notes from his papers, as might appear most necessary and he has also furnished him with Warton's notes on his author, contained in a few of the first sheets of the fourth volume of his History of English Poetry, which had passed the press before the death of the learned critic. Mr. Ellis's notes are marked E, and those of Mr. Warton W. For the rest the Editor is responsible.
Those obsolete words, which rarely occur in the Satires, are explained in the Notes. The following are such as repeatedly occur. For the rest, the Glossary to the Whole Works may be consulted.
Albe, or albee-albeit, although.
Mote, or mought-might.
Playned, playning-complained, complaining.
Writhen-wrinkled, distorted, twisted.