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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Of His Dear Son, Gervase

Sir John Beaumont (1583–1627)

DEAR Lord, receive my son, whose winning love

To me was like a friendship, far above

The course of nature or his tender age;

Whose looks could all my bitter griefs assuage:

Let his pure soul, ordained seven years to be

In that frail body which was part of me,

Remain my pledge in Heaven, as sent to show

How to this port at every step I go.