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GENETHLIACON TO THE INFANT MUSE OF HIS DEAREST FRIEND, by            
First Line: Dame nature, long projecting how
Last Line: Vie greenness with thy tender days.
Subject(s): Hall, John (1627-1656)


DAME NATURE, long projecting how
She might a new-year's gift bestow
Of greatest worth, at length did chuse
To give the world an early Muse;
She felt perfection in her womb
Struggling to get a larger room,
And could not chuse but give it breath,
Though by procuring her own death.
She would not her full time out-tarry,
Lest bringing forth she might miscarry;
Therefore she rather rips her womb,
Thence gives this rich depositum.
Nor need we this Abortive fold
In a lambskin, to keep't from cold:
We need not cry, as! spare it yet,
'Tis an untimely tender wit:
Let Envy spatter what it can,
This Embryon will prove a man.
Thus thy luxuriant laurel-sprout,
As soon as 't hath its head put out,
O'ertops old standers! Thus thy bays
Vie greenness with thy tender days.





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