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EPITAPH ON S.P., A CHILD OF QUEEN ELIZABETH'S CHAPEL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Weep with me, all you that read
Last Line: Heaven vows to keep him.
Variant Title(s): Epitaph For Salomon Pavey, Child Actor In Queen's Revels Co.;epitaph On Salathiel Pavy, A Child Of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel;epitaph: On Solomon Pavy, Child Of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Death - Children; London; Actresses; Death - Babies


WEEP with me, all you that read
This little story;
And know, for whom a tear you shed,
Death's self is sorry.
'Twas a child, that so did thrive
In grace and feature,
As heaven and nature seemed to strive
Which owned the creature.

Years he numbered scarce thirteen,
When Fates turned cruel;
Yet three filled zodiacs had he been
The stage's jewel;
And did act, what now we moan,
Old men so duly,
As sooth, the Parcae thought him one,
He played so truly.

So, by error, to his fate
They all consented;
But, viewing him since (alas, too late!),
They have repented;
And have sought, to give new birth,
In baths to steep him:
But, being so much too good for earth,
Heaven vows to keep him.





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