"But Keep The Wolf Far Thence"
Context: Marcello, son of Cornelia and brother of Vittoria, who is the chief female character of The White Devil, has been stabbed to death by his brother Flamineo in anger at Marcello's harsh treatment of Flamineo's love, the Moor Zanche. In a scene in which Cornelia and other ladies are preparing Marcello for burial by putting him into a winding-sheet, there is a flower-speech much like Ophelia's in Hamlet: "There's rosemary for you, and rue for you,/Heart's-ease for you." When Flamineo comes upon the scene, Cornelia, in madness induced by the death of Marcello, sings a mourning song. The song is as follows:
Call for the robin redbreast and the wren,Since o'er shady groves they hover,And with leaves and flowers do coverThe friendless bodies of unburied men.Call unto his funeral doleThe ant, the field mouse, and the moleTo rear him hillocks, that shall keep him warm,And, when gay tombs are robed, sustain no harm,But keep the wolf far thence, that's foe to men,For with his nails he'll dig them up again.