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1Come, my dear
pledges1of our constant loves:
2Come look upon these pretty, innocent doves!
See how they swallow orient pearls like peas:2
cordial3which our greatest faintings ease;
5And with their lives
ere4with these pearls they’ll part:
6So treasure sacred truths within your heart.
lapidaries5show their spite,
8Your graces, like these pearls, will shine more bright.
9Despair not, though you at their mercy lie:
virtues6live, although your bodies die.
11Then, if you will in glory live above,
12Like these white doves, those blesséd unions love;
13But shun those people which are like those swine
14Which at God’s word and minister’s
15Throw them the choicest orient pearls you have,
16They’ll trample’m in the dirt and
17And when you think their malice at an end,
18If God restrain not, they’ll your bowels
the boar God’s vineyards10
20And with their filth his sacred
So mad Antiochus the temple stained13;
our janizaries Paul’s prophaned14,
23Making the church a stable and a
imprisoning nobles in the mews16.
25The greatest miracle our Savior wrought
26Was when he
those which sold and bought18.