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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
A Godly Discourse
XVII. Humphrey Gifford
 
LIKE as the wight, farre banished from his soyle,
In countrey strange, opprest with grief and paine,
Doth nothing way his long and weary toyle,
So that he may come to his home againe;
And not accounts of perils great at hand,        5
For to attayne his owne desired land:
 
Such is the state of vs thy seruantes all,
Most gratious God, that here on earth do dwell:
We banisht were through Adam’s cursed fall
From place of blisse euen to the pit of hell:        10
Our vice and sinnes as markes and signes wee haue,
Which still we beare, and shal doe to our graue.
 
When that all hope of remedy was past,
For our redresse when nothing could be founde,
Thine onely Sonne thou didst send downe at last        15
To salue this sore, and heale our deadly wounde:
Yet did they please to vse him as a meane
Us banisht wights for to call home agayne.
 
And for because thy Godhead thought it meete,
The sacred booke of thy most holy will        20
Thou didst vs leaue a lanterne to our feete,
To light our steppes in this our voyage still,
Directing vs what to eschew or take:
All this thou doest for vs vile sinners’ sake.
 
Graunt vs sound fayth, that we take stedfast holde        25
On Christ his death, which did our raunsome pay;
So shall we shun the daungers manifold
Which would vs let, and cause vs run astray:
The wicked world, the flesh, the diuell, and all,
Are stumbling-blockes, ech howre to make vs fall.        30
 
This dungeon vile of Sathan is the nest,
A denne of dole, a sinke of deadly sinne.
Heauen is the hauen in which we hope to rest;
Death is the dore whereby we enter in.
Sweete Sauiour, graunt that so wee liue to die,        35
That after death we liue eternally.
 
 
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