Come, my dear children, come and happy be;
Even as I follow Christ, so follow me.
Eight of your number finished have their story,
And now their souls do shine in endless glory.
Then by these blesséd steps let us ascend
Unto that joy that never shall have end.
God’s word your sole director be,
Which sweetly leads you to Humility,
Through whose low rooféd temple all did go
10 That worshipped honor:
ethnics this did know.
Next, Patience fits you for the fiery trial;
No going further without self-denial.
Then, Temperance be sure you do not miss,
That Chastity’s white hand you next may kiss.
Then, Prudence that all actions doth foresee;
16 Without her, Just you cannot
Then, be Content, or you yourself delude,
8th Constancy, 9th Fortitude
And Constantly go on to Fortitude.
10th Faith, 11th Hope
By Faith and Hope we then shall mount above
Into the bosom of eternal Love.
Thy hand, dear Aletheia, lest I miss one
22 Who skips but one
precipitates to ground.
These were got up, but yet you see they fell
24 Into those
sensual ways, which leads to Hell.
Some that these steps too tedious are do say;
26 Therefore they
climber up a
Leaving fair Truth and her celestial train,
28 Being guided by the
But see, my children, how they tumble down
30 And for their own
chimera lose a crown.
Let Grace and Truth then guide us in our story;
32 By these
degrees we shall arise to glory.