Select poetry: chiefly devotional of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Volume 1

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Edward Farr
Cambridge University Press, 1845 - English poetry
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Page 32 - Being with thy deare blood clene washt from sin, May live for ever in felicity: And that thy love we weighing worthily, May likewise love thee...
Page 30 - Of men than beasts : but 0 ! th' exceeding grace Of Highest God that loves his creatures so, And all his works with mercy doth embrace, That blessed Angels he sends to and fro, To serve to wicked man, to serve his wicked foe!
Page 234 - Tell time it is but motion; Tell flesh it is but dust: And wish them not reply, For thou must give the lie.
Page xlvii - Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all congregations of the said church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the minister.
Page 24 - And looke at last up to that Soveraine Light, From whose pure beams al perfect beauty springs, That kindleth love in every godly spright Even the love of God; which loathing brings Of this vile world and these gay-seeming things; With whose sweete pleasures being so possest, Thy straying thoughts henceforth for ever rest.
Page 30 - How oft do they with golden pinions cleave The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant, Against foul fiends to aid us militant ! They for us fight, they watch and duly ward, And their bright squadrons round about us plant, And all for love, and nothing for reward : Oh, why should heavenly God to men have such regard ?1 This agrees with what is recorded of St.
Page 12 - Him first to love that was so dearly bought, And next our brethren to his image wrought. Him first to love great right and reason is, Who first to us our life and being gave, And after, when we fared had...
Page 32 - For take thy balance, if thou be so wise, And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow ; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise ; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow: But if the weight of these thou canst not show, Weigh but one word which from thy lips doth fall : For how canst thou those greater secrets know, That dost not know the least thing of them all ? Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Page 16 - Aire still flitting, but yet firmely bounded On everie side, with pyles of flaming brands, Never consum'd, nor quencht with mortall hands; '40 And, last, that mightie shining christall wall, Wherewith he hath encompassed this All. By view whereof it plainly may appeare, That still as every thing doth upward tend, And further is from earth, so still more cleare And faire it growes, till to his perfect end Of purest beautie it at last ascend; Ayre more then water, fire much more then ayr% And heaven...
Page 10 - Of never-dead yet ever-dying paine ; Till that great Lord of Love, which him at first Made of meere love, and after liked well, Seeing him lie like creature long accurst In that...

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