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globes2of light which grace
expansion3, when they leave their place,
3Or hide their radiant heads, we
Their place and splendency’s supplied by number5.
5But should the sun forsake the
6Then total Nature would be
7Just so’s our case since royal Charles did die;
8In horrid, trembling trances now we lie.
Asoph8may her sparkling splendor hide
10Four hundred years, yet we no change abide;
11And if sad
Electra9may her beauties turn
12Away from us, yet none but
13But if the sun in darkness be
14Old Nature’s fabric would be soon dissolved.
15E’en so (ay me) since sacred
16Our spirits exhale in sighs; we turn to earth.
oviparous brothers13, so adored
18By navigators, would be deplored
19By none but them, nor do we care or
20The one, or both of them, at once appear;
21But if the sun should lose his heat and light
22We should invaded be with Death and Night.
23So since our martyred sovereign’s spirit’s fled,
24Our light and life, our hopes and joys, are dead.
25Nay, should the
poles or axes of the sky15
26Their radiant luster unto us deny,
Cynthia16cease to wane or to increase,
28We should subsist; t’would not disturb our peace.
29But should we lose the influence of the sun
chaos17instantly would run.
31So since our king’s above—in
32Anarchical confusion doth surround
devils20here will dwell,
anciently21, and turn this place to hell.
35Unless our God doth a
second Charles illustrate22,
36(Which, O deny not!) all our hopes are frustrate.