birds there be, sure they no love do lack,
2Who bear their sprightly young ones on their back;
3But of all beasts, the
4In kindness to her young excels them all.
5For she a
wallet hath beneath her breast;
6When they’re pursued, in that her young do rest.
sea fox all fishes doth outgo
subtlety, so doth her love o’erflow;
9For when her cubs by monsters are pursued,
10With love and wisdom she is so
11That she doth swallow them ’til danger’s passed;
12Then up again alive she doth them cast.
viper so her younglings swallows down—
14Of all the rest sure these may wear the crown.
15Then by their several stories you may see
16The wisest creatures most indulgent be.
17If they do so, what should we Christians do,
18That have the help of Grace and Nature too?
Sure those that their own children’s
20Are worse than birds, beasts, fishes, or insects.