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From thinking that great courts immure'
All or no happiness, or that this earth ila

Is only for our prison fram'd,
Or that thou 'rt covetous
To them thou lov'st, or that they are maim'd,
From reaching this world's sweets: who seek thee thut
With all their might, good Lord! deliver us.
"I".. XVI.

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

XVIII.

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.

XIX,

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

. xXI.
When senses, which thy soldiers are.
We arm against thee, and they fight for sin;
When Want, sent but-to tame, doth war,
And work Despair a breach to enter in; .
When Plenty, God's image and seal.
Makes us idolatrous,

And love it, not him, whom it should reveal;
When we are inov'd to seem religious,
Only to vent wit, Lord! deliver us.

.XXII.

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
A sinner is more music when he prays, "soo

Than spheres' or angels' praises be
In panegyric halleluiahs;

*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.

xxiv.
That we may change to evenness-
This intermitting aguish piety;
That snatching cramps of wickedness, 219

And apoplexies of fast sin may die;
That music of thy promises,
Not threats.in thunder, may
Awaken us to our just offices;
What in thy book thou dost, or creatures say,
That we may hear, Lord! hear us, when we pray.

xxv;
That our eare' sickness we may cure,
And rectify those labyrinths aright;
That we by hark'ning not procure
Our praise, nor other's dispraise so invite; 220

That we get not a slipp'riness,
And seuselesly decline,
From hearing.bold wits jest at king's excess,
T' admit the like of Majesty divine;
-That we may lock our ears, Lord! open thine.

. -: XXVI.

That living law/the magistrate, ' .-
Which to give us and make us physic doth

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.

Xxvii.
That Learning, thine embassador, .
From thine allegiance we never tempt;
That beauty, Paradise's flow'r,
For physic made, from poison be exempt;
That wit, born apt high good to do,
By dwelling lazily 349

On Nature's nothing,>e not nothing too;
That our affections kill us not, nor die.
Hear us, weak Echoes, 0 thou ear and cry I

XXVIII.
Son of God I hear us: and since thou.
By taking our blood, ow'st it us again.
Gain to thyself and us allow,
And let not both us and thyself be slain.
O Lamb of God I which took'st our sin, . .
Which could not stick to thee,
O let it not return to us again I ...... Sjo

But patient and physician being free,

As sin is nothing, let it no where be. . tjz

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