birds there be, sure they no love do lack,
2Who bear their spritely 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
8In subtlety, so doth her love o’erflow;
9For when her cubs by monsters are pursued,
10With love and wisdom she is so
That she doth swallow them till 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?
19Sure those that do their own children’s good neglects
20Are worse than birds, beasts, fishes, or insects.