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EPIGRAM: ON SIR JOHN ROE (1), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: In place of scutcheons that should deck thy hearse
Last Line: We, sad for him, may glory, and not sin.
Variant Title(s): On Sir John Roe
Subject(s): Roe, Sir John (1581-1606)


In place of scutcheons, that should deck thy hearse,
Take better ornaments, my tears, and verse.
If any sword could save from Fates, Roe's could;
If any muse outlive their spite, his can;
If any friend's tears could restore, his would;
If any pious life e'er lifted man
To heaven, his hath: O happy state! wherein
We, sad for him, may glory, and not sin.





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