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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Stanzas from “St. Peter’s Path to the Joyes of Heauen”
LXIX. William Broxup
 
RISE, 1 sinfull man, looke on the heauenly light,
Bee not by Sathan to hel’s bondage brought;
Let not despairing thoughts thy soule affright
To ’stroy thy treasure Christ so deerely bought:
  Say not, with Cain, The Lorde cannot forgiue;        5
  His oyle of grace will thy sicke soule relieue.
 
His life-preseruing mercy passeth all
The glorious workes that euer he did make;
For whosoeuer faithfully doth call
On his great Name, he neuer doth forsake;        10
  Though skarlet sinnes thy soule doe ouergrow,
  Yet his sweet blood wil wash them white as snow.
 
Cast not thy lookes against the sullen ground,
But looke on Christ fast nayled to the crosse;
His death of life did death and hell confound,        15
And therewithal redeem’d thy greatest losse:
  Adam wreckt our soules: Christ was soules’ life-beginner:
  His blood sau’d thee and me the vildest sinner.
 
Note 1. LXIX. William Broxup.—This author, of whom, as well as several others in this collection, no mention is made in Ritson, wrote “St. Peter’s Path to the Joyes of Heauen, wherein is described the frailtie of the flesh, the power of the spirit, the labyrinth of this life, Sathan’s subtilitie, and the soule’s saluation.” This work appeared in 1598. [back]
 
 
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