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Brahman1, th’angry deities to appease,
2He being afflicted with a sad disease,
3Unwilling to be
4He did an act made Alexander wonder:
5For on his funeral
6Becoming thus both priest and sacrifice.
7What was corporeal, the fire consumes;
8His soul its pristine glory reassumes.
9So doth the
Phœnix5fan her gilded wings
Phœbus’s6rays her gaudy feathers
11Then, in that light in which she lives, she fries—
12A glorious virgin victim; thus she dies.
13Thus though the fire her
14A principle is left which reassumes
azure9, purple, scarlet, golden
16Which did adorn her gorgeous
17Thus they succeed and still exceed each other.
18Who would not such a blessed change
19Or who would such a change as this
20Although I cannot in
21Nor dare not like this
Stoical16tricks a Christian spirit loathes),
23Yet as old
Aaron did put off his clothes17,
24So I, being worn with sorrow, sin, and age,
25Quite tired with acting in this scene and stage,
26Would gladly my mortality lay by.
27Who then can say, “
Whenas20my soul shall reascend above
29To God, the fount of life, light, joy, and love?
30Nor shall my scattered dust forgotten rest,
31But like the embryo in the Phœnix nest,
That Word that nothing did create in vain21
33Shall reinspire my
34And from obscurity my atoms raise
35To sing in joy His everlasting praise,
And reunite my body to my spirit23,
37That we may those eternal joys inherit,
38Which I may claim by my dear Savior’s merit.