Cowley, Abraham . The Third Part of the Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley
Being his Six Books of Plants
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Upon the same.
MY Virtue dries all ulcerous, running Sores,
And native softness to the skin restores.
My pow'r hard tumours cannot, if I list,
Either with water, or with fire resist.
Of sears by burning caus'd I clear the Face,
Nor let Small-pox the Countenance disgrace. [Latin: 900]
My conquering hand Pimpgenets cannot shun,
Nor blackish, yellow spots the Face o'r run;
Morphew departs, and out each Freckle flies,
Though from our god himself they had their rise.
Nor leave I ought upon the Cheeks of Lasses,
To make 'em shie of looking in their Glasses.
Nor doubt I but that Sex much thanks will give,
For that the pangs of Childbirth I relieve. 980