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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Similes on the Same Subiect
XCII. John Bodenham
 
AS raine makes euery ground bring forth encrease,
So faith of euery soule doth shew the fruites.
As honour’s fire doth kindle high desires,
So zealous faith lifts vp the lowest soule.
As night doth best the diamond’s glory shew,        5
So sharp affliction best makes faith to grow.
As wisdome is the only way to weale,
So true discretion best directeth zeale.
As loue and hate cannot agree in one,
So without zeale faith thinkes herselfe alone.        10
 
 
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