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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
A Heauenly Prayer in Contempt of the World and the Vanities Thereof
LXXXV. Anonymous
 
O HEAUENLY God, that gouernes euery thing,
Whose power in heauen and in the earth we know;
Thou God, from whom the giftes of grace doe spring,
Attend my suites, who am opprest with woe:
  O pitty, God, sweet God, some pitty take,        5
  And clense my soule for Jesus Christ his sake.
 
I waile the life that I haue led before;
The daies ill-spent, that come into my minde,
Incense my soule with horrour very sore,
And threaten death vnless I fauour finde:        10
  O pitty, God, sweet God, some pitty take,
  And clense my soule for Jesus Christ his sake.
 
My graceless oathes now fade before mine eyes,
My youth, ill-spent, and worne by women’s guile,
My hidden sinnes, my wofull soule’s surprise,        15
My want of grace once had; and in the while
  Cry mercy, Lord, that thou wouldst pitty take,
  And clense my soule for Jesus Christ his sake.
 
O wayward world, that flatterest earthly man
With heauenly ioyes, and bringst him down to hell,        20
I loath this life: doe thou whatso thou can,
My longing is with God my Lord to dwell,
  Who will repent, surely some pitty take,
  To clense my soule for Jesus Christ his sake.
 
 
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