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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Saphickes vpon the Passion of Christ
XC. A. W.
 
HATRED 1 eternall, furious reuenging,
Mercilesse raging, bloody persecuting,
Scandalous speeches, odious reuilings,
            Causelesse abhorring;
 
Impious scoffings by the very abiects,        5
Dangerous threatening by the priests anointed,
Death full of torment in a shamefull order,
            Christ did abide here.
 
He that in glory was aboue the angels,
Changed his glory for an earthly carkasse,        10
Yeelded his glory to a sinfull outcast,
            Glory refusing.
 
Me, that in bondage many sinnes retained,
He for his goodnesse—for his onely goodnesse—
Brought from hell-torments to the ioyes of heauen,        15
            Not to be numbred:
 
Dead in offences, by his aide reuiued,
Quickned in spirit, by the grace he yeeldeth.
Sound then his praises, to the world’s amazement,
            Thankfully singing.        20
 
Note 1. XC. A. W.—This writer was one of the contributors to Davison’s “Poetical Rhapsody.” The only names agreeing with the initials, mentioned by Ritson, are Andrew Willet and Arthur Warren, and he is inclined to attribute them to the latter; but no proof exists. Sir Egerton Brydges’ supposition, that the poems to which they are affixed were by Sir Walter Raleigh, is equally unsupported. The author lived after the death of Sir Philip Sidney, in 1585: he wrote an eclogue, an epigram, and some hexameters upon his death. [back]
 
 
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