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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Embleme X
XVI. Geffrey Whitney
Motto: Soli Deo Gloria.

HERE man with axe doth cut the bough in twaine,
And without him the axe could nothing doe;
Within the toole there doth no force remaine,
But man it is that mighte doth put thereto:
  Like to this axe is man in all his deedes,        5
  Who hath no strength but what from God proceedes.
Then let him not make vaunt of his desert,
Nor bragge thereof when he good deedes hath done;
For it is God that worketh in his harte,
And with his grace to good doth make him ronne.        10
  And of himselfe hee weake theretoo doth liue,
  And God giues power, to whom all glorie giue.

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