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To send mee some reliefe?
And so increase my griefe?
Seeke councell in my sprite ?
Triumph, and me despite ?
Vttered with wofull breath;
That I sleep not in death :
Against him, loe, preuayled :
That thus haue me assayl’d.
For that shall mee defend :
Which thou to mee wilt send.
And doe lift vp my voyce;
I will alway reioyce.
CARE FOR THY SOULE. CARE for thy soule as thing of greatest price, Made to the end to tast of Deuoide of guilt, abhorring sinne and vice, Apt by God's grace to vertue to incline :
Care for it so, as by thy retchless traine
How do I vse my paper, ink, and pen,
Whose constancie great tirants’ rage subdued, Through patient death professing Christ their
Lord : As his apostles perfect witnesse bere, With many more that blessed martirs were: Whose patience rare and most couragious minde, With fame renoun'd, perpetuall shall endure; By whose examples we may rightly finde Of holie life and death a patterne pure. That we, therefore, their vertues may embrace, Pray we to Christ to guide vs with his
Declaring the uncertaintie of our earthly honor, the certaine
account that we must all make of death; and therefore thut we should make ourselues ready at all times, because we are ignorant of our latter howre. WHAT state so sure but time subvarts ?
What pleasure that is voide of paine ? What cheereful change of former smarts
But turnes straitwaie to greefe againe ?
Vppon so fraile a clod of clay,
Thinke, o man !
Take example By the fragrant flower in the feeld, Which as to-day in brauery is beheld, The parching sun hath ouer-quel'd. O wretched man! euen thou thyselfe art so.
How then ? How canst thou bragge, or canst thou boast,
How that thou maiest
Or that thou shalt
Of high and lowe,
Of rich and poore;
Put on your black aray; for needes you must
away Unto your house of clay: Prepare your conscience gay against the dreadfull day,
That you may be
Then shall the hellish foe
This joy to see.
That Christ hath redeemed vs by his blood. Then let vs kill our affections so ill,
To be elected in his seruants' good.
God graunt us feruent constancie