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On the Birth-Day of Queen Katherine

Written by: Anne Killigrew | Biography
 WHile yet it was the Empire of the Night, 
And Stars still check'r'd Darkness with their Light, 
From Temples round the cheerful Bells did ring, 
But with the Peales a churlish Storm did sing. 
I slumbr'd; and the Heavens like things did show, 
Like things which I had seen and heard below. 
Playing on Harps Angels did singing fly, 
But through a cloudy and a troubl'd Sky, 

Some fixt a Throne, and Royal Robes display'd, 
And then a Massie Cross upon it laid. 
I wept: and earnestly implor'd to know, 
Why Royal Ensigns were disposed so. 
An Angel said, The Emblem thou hast seen, 
Denotes the Birth-Day of a Saint and Queen. 
Ah, Glorious Minister, I then reply'd, 
Goodness and Bliss together do reside
In Heaven and thee, why then on Earth below
These two combin'd so rarely do we know ? 
He said, Heaven so decrees: and such a Sable Morne
Was that, in which the Son of God was borne. 
Then Mortal wipe thine Eyes, and cease to rave, 
God darkn'd Heaven, when He the World did save.



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