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When thou thefe golden bands fhall wear,
O F THE
LADY HENRIETTA CAVENDISH
HOLLES *. 1712-13.
UCH early wisdom, fuch a lovely face,
*This Lady, alfo celebrated by Mr. Prior in a beautiful ode, called "Colin's Miftake," was afterwards married to Edward Earl of Oxford, and was mother of the prefent Dutchefs Dowager of Portland.
Whence is it, that in one fair piece we find
TRUTH, HONOUR, HONESTY,
MOTTO CHOSEN BY THE RIGHT HON.
LADY HENRIETTA CAVENDISH HOLLES.
N thee, bright maid, though all the virtues shine,
Yet three, diftinguifh'd by thy early voice,
Immortal Truth in Heaven itself displays
Fair Honour, next in beauty and in grace,
Then Honefty, with native air, fucceeds,
And, juft alike to friends and foes, the draws
The bounds of right and wrong, nor errs from equal laws.
From Heaven this fcale of virtues thus defcends
EAR us, O God, this joyful day !
To Thee united thanks to pay,
And in thy ftrength rejoice.
For led by thee, O King of Kings!
Plenteous of grace, pour from above
Truth, Mercy, Righteousness, and Love,
With length of days, and glory crown'd,
With wealth and fair increase,
Let him abroad be far renown'd,
SEE! how thofe dropping monuments decay!
Frail manfions of the filent dead,
Whofe fouls to uncorrupting regions fled,
And Time confumes alike the afhes and the urn.
We ask the sculptor's art in vain
To make us for a space ourselves furvive;