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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Stanzas
XIX. Anthony Munday
 
From “The Complaint of Jonas,” which forms a section of “The Mirror of Mutabilitie.”

YOU therefore that remain on earth,
  Let this your minde suffise;
Feare still for to displease the Lord—
  Be not to worldly wise.
 
Fix stil your minde on heauenly things,        5
  That neuer wil decay—
The rest are but as shadows heer,
  And soone wil passe away.
 
What vantage is it for a man
  To haue of riches store,        10
And for to want the fear of God,
  Which stil should be before?
 
The more a man doth fixe his minde
  Vpon that filthy drosse,
The more endamaged is his soule        15
  Vnto the vtter losse.
 
For welth doth pamper him so much,
  That God is clene forgot,
And then at last vnto his pain
  Vpon him falls the lot;        20
 
So that all good and vertuous men
  From company refuse him,
And where before he was esteem’d,
  Now they disdain to vse him.
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Turne vnto God, and God to you        25
  Wil turn his cheerful face;
Flye slauish sloth, and then be sure
  That God will you imbrace.
 
For idlenes is enemye
  To goodnes, as men say;        30
Therefore doo shun the enemye,
  And on the vertue stay.
 
Let all that haue you preter-past
  Examples be to you,
How you may learn in all assayes        35
  Vile sin for to eschew.
 
And thus if you direct your wayes,
  You walk the path so right,
That heauen is your inheritance
  In foyle of Sathan’s spight.        40
 
 
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