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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Principall Pointes of Religion
XXIV. Thomas Tusser
 
TO 1 pray to God continually;
To learne to know him rightfully;
To honour God in Trinitie;
The Trinitie in Vnitie;
The Father in his maiestie;        5
The Sonne in his humanitie;
The Holy Ghost’s benignitie;
Three persons one in Deitie;
To serue him alway holily;
To aske him all thing needfully;        10
To prayse him alway worthely;
To loue him alway stedfastly;
To dread him alway fearefully;
To aske him mercy hartely;
To trust him alway faithfully;        15
To obey him alway willingly;
To abide him alway patiently;
To thank him alway thankfully;
To liue here alway vertuously;
To vse thy neighbour honestly;        20
To looke for death still presently;
To helpe the poore in misery;
To hope for heauen’s felicity;
To haue faith, hope, and charitie;
To count this life but vanitie—        25
Bee points of Christianitie.
 
Note 1. XXIV. Thomas Tusser.—He wrote and published “Fiue Hundredth Pointes of good Husbandrie.” The first edition was published in 1557, entitled “A Hundredth good Pointes of Husbandrie,” but after passing through several editions it appeared in 1573, in an enlarged form, under the first-mentioned title. Tusser died in 1580. This work generally is not suited to this anthology; but among the “manie other matters both profitable and not vnpleasant for the reader,” mentioned on the title-page, are two poems which entitle the author to a place in this selection. [back]
 
 
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