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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Laudetur Domiuus in Æternum
XXV. Richard Vennard
 
OH 1 heauenly Spirit of especiall power,
That in thy hand thy praise of praises holdest;
And from the top of truthe’s triumphant tower
The hidden fence of fairest thoughts vnfoldest:
Inspire this hart and humble soule of mine        5
With some sweet sparkle of thy power deuine.
 
Teach me to thinck but on that onely thought,
Wherein doth liue the grace of vertue’s glory;
And learne no more then what thy truth hath taught
To those best wits that write thy worthie storie;        10
Wherein is seene in heauen and earth’s preseruing
The highest point of praises, praise deseruing.
 
Let not compare come neere vnto none such:
Heauen bee my thought, and let the world go by;
And say with all that, say I nere so much,        15
All are but trifles to thy treasurie:
For all no more then what thy mercie giueth,
Who can behold wherein thy glory liueth?
 
No; I can see the shining of the sunne,
But cannot sound the essence of the light:        20
Then of thy face, in whom that faire begunne,
How can my soule presume to haue a sight?
No, my deere God, thy glory hath a beeing,
Where eie, nor heart, nor soule, may haue a seeing.
 
And therefore, Lord, since such thy glory is        25
As cannot bee but of thyselfe conceiued;
And heauen nor earth conteines that sparke of blisse
But from thy hand of mercy is receiued;
What spirit can hir sweetest passion raise
Neere to the due of thy deserued praise?        30
 
Yet since all glory doth belong to thee,
Thy name in all things must bee magnified;
And by thy mercie thou hast made mee see
How in my soule thou maist be glorified:
In that sweet mercy make my soule to know,        35
How best I may that blessed glory show.
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Note 1. XXV. Richard Vennard.—He was a gentleman of Lincoln’s Inn. He wrote “A Panegyric on Queen Elizabeth;” “The true testimonie of a faithfull and loyall subject;” and “The right way to Heauen.” This latter work, from which our specimen is derived, was published in 1601. [back]
 
 
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