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AN EPITAPH ON SIR JOHN PROWDE, LIEUTENANT TO CHARLES MORGAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: After a march of twenty years and more
Last Line: That honour laid me in the bed of war.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Groenlo, The Netherlands; Prowde, Sir John (d. 1627); War


SLAIN AT THE SIEGE OF GROLL, AND BURIED AT ZUTPHEN, 1627.

AFTER a march of twenty years and more,
I set me down on Yssel's warlike shore;
There now I lie intrench'd, where none can seize me,
Until an host of angels come to raise me.
War was my mistress, and I courted her
As Semele was by the Thunderer:
The mutual tokens 'twixt us two allow'd
Were bullets wrapt in fire, sent in a cloud;
One I received, which made my pass so far,
That honour laid me in the bed of war.





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