Come, my dear
our constant loves,
2Come look upon these pretty, innocent
3See how they swallow
orient pearls like peas;
cordial, which our greatest
5And with their lives ere with these pearls they’ll part;
6So, treasure sacred truths within your heart.
lapidaries show their spite,
8Your graces, like these pearls, will shine more bright.
9Despair not, though you at their mercy lie;
10Your virtues live although your bodies die.
11Then if you will in glory live above,
12Like these white doves those
blessed unions love,
13But shun those people which are like those
14Which at God’s word and ministers
15Throw them the choicest orient pearls you have,
trample’m in the dirt and
ramp and rave,
17And when you think their malice at an end,
18If God restrain not, they’ll your bowels
the boar God’s vineyards that destroy,
20And with their filth His
sacred fane annoy.
Antiochus the temple stained,
23Making the church a
stable and a
imprisoning nobles in the mews.
25The greatest miracle our saviour wrought
He scourged out those which sold and bought.