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AN EPIGRAM TO THE QUEEN, THEN LYING IN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hail mary, full of grace, it once was said
Last Line: Of so much safety to the realm, and king.
Subject(s): Henrietta Maria, Queen Of England; Pregnancy


Hail Mary, full of grace, it once was said,
And by an angel, to the blessed'st maid,
The mother of our Lord: why may not I
(Without profaneness) yet, a poet, cry
Hail Mary, full of honours, to my queen,
The mother of our prince? When was there seen
(Except the joy that the first Mary brought,
Whereby the safety of mankind was wrought)
So general a gladness to an isle,
To make the hearts of a whole nation smile,
As in this prince? Let it be lawful, so
To compare small with great, as still we owe
Glory to God. Then, hail to Mary! Spring
Of so much safety to the realm, and king.





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