Excerpt: ... Of your white hand, they are mine. 141 A HYMN TO THE
NAME AND HONOR OF THE ADMIRABLE SAINTE TERESA: Fovndresse of the
Reformation of the discalced Carmelites, both men and women; a
Woman for angelicall heigth of speculation, for masculine courage
of performance more then a woman: who yet a child, out-ran
maturity, and durst plott a Martyrdome; Misericordias Domini in
AEternvm cantabo. Le Vray portraict de Ste Terese, Fondatrice des
Religieuses et Religieux reformez de l'ordre de N. Dame du mont
Carmel: Decedee le 4e Octo. 1582. Canonisee le 12e Mars. 1622. 48
The Hymne. Loue, thou art absolute, sole lord1 Of life and death.
To proue the word Wee'l now appeal to none of all Those thy old
souldiers, great and tall, Ripe men of martyrdom, that could reach
down5 With strong armes, their triumphant crown; Such as could with
lusty breath Speak lowd into the face of death,142 Their great
Lord's glorious name, to none Of those whose spatious bosomes
spread a throne10 For Love at large to fill; spare blood and sweat:
And see him take a priuate seat, Making his mansion in the mild And
milky soul of a soft child. Scarse has she learn't to lisp the
name15 Of martyr; yet she thinks it shame Life should so long play
with that breath Which spent can buy so braue a death. She neuer
vndertook to know What Death with Loue should haue to doe;20 Nor
has she e're yet vnderstood Why to show loue, she should shed
blood, Yet though she cannot tell you why She can love, and she can
dy. Scarse has she blood enough to make25 A guilty sword blush for
her sake; Yet has she a heart dares hope to proue How much lesse
strong is Death then Love. Be Loue but there; let poor six yeares
Be pos'd with the maturest feares30 Man trembles at, you straight
shall find Love knowes no nonage, nor the mind; 'Tis love, not
yeares or limbs that can Make the martyr, or the man. Love touch't
her heart, and lo it beates35 High, and burnes with such braue
heates;143 Such thirsts to dy, as dares..
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