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From thinking that great courts immure'
Is only for our prison fram'd,
From needing dangef to be good,
From owing thee yesterday's tears to.day,
From trusting so much to thy blood,
That in that hope we wound our souls away;
From bribingthee with alms t' excuse i^o
Some sin more burdenous;
From light affecting in religion news,
From thinking us all soul, neglecting thus
Our inutial duties, Lord! deliver us. , ., XVII.
From tempting Satan to tempt us,
By ourconnivance or slack company;
From measuring ill by vicious,
Neglecting to choak Sin's spawn, vanity;
From indiscreet humility
Which might be scandalous, 15*
And cast reproach on Christianity;
From being spies, or to spies pervious;
From thirst or scorn of fame, deliver us,
DIVINE POEMS. IOI
Deliver us thro' thy descent
Into the Virgin, whose womb was a place
Of middle kind, and thou being sent
T ungracious us, stay'dst at her full grace;
And thro' thy poor birth, where first thou
Glorify 'dst Poverty,
And yet soon after riches didst allow, 160
By' accepting king's gifts in th' Epiphany,
Deliver, and make us to both ways free.
And thro' that bitter agony,
Which still is th' agony of pious wits,
Disputing what distorted thee^
And interrupted evenness with fits;
And thro' thy free confession,
Tho' thereby (hey were then
Made blitid, so that thou migM'st from them have
Good Lord! deliver us; and teach us when [gone,
We may not, and we may, blind unjust men. 171
xx. Thro' thy submitting all to blows Thy face, thy robes to spoil, thy fame to scorn; Ail ways which rage or justice knows, And by which thou couldst shew that thou wast born; And thro' thy gallant humbleness, Which thou in death didst show, . , .
Dying before thy soul they could express,
Deliver us from death, by dying so
To this world, ere this world do bid us go. igo
And love it, not him, whom it should reveal;
In churches when th' infirmity tgo
Of him which speaks diminishes the word;
When Magistrates do misapply
To us, as we judge, lay or ghostly sword;
When Plague, which is thine angel, reigns,
Or Wars, thy champions, sway;
When Heresy, thy second deluge, gains, '." '.
In th' hour of death, th' eve of last judgment-day.
Deliver us from the sinister way.
. .. XXIII.
Hear us, O hear us, Lord! to thee
Than spheres' or angels' praises be
*1VINE POEMS. I»3
Hear us; for till thou hear us, Lord!
We know not v.hat to say::
Thine ear to' our sighs, tears, thoughts, gives voice and
Othou! who Satan heardst in Job's sick day, £word.
Hear thyself now, for thou in us dost pray.
And apoplexies of fast sin may die;
That we get not a slipp'riness,
. -: XXVI.
That living law/the magistrate, ' .-
Our vices often aggravate;
That preachers, taxing sin before her growth,
That Satan, and invenom'd men, 230
Which will, if we starve, dine,
When they do most accuse us, may see then
Us to amendment hear them, thee decline;
That we may open our ears, LordI lock thine.
On Nature's nothing,>e not nothing too;
But patient and physician being free,
As sin is nothing, let it no where be. . tjz