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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
For the Kingdom of God
XCIII. John Norden
 
  THE GOD of blis,
  Who faithfull is,
His sacred word doth send,
  To teach vs all
  On him to call,        5
And to his lawes attend.
 
  His kingdom pure,
  Which shall indure
For euer, doth begin
  In those that know        10
  How here below
To mortifie their sinne.
 
  And they that will
  Imbrace with skill
The way that traines to blis,        15
  Shall quickly see
  That they shall be
Reformde from things amis.
 
  O God aboue,
  Looke thou in loue        20
On all that long to see
  Thy sauing health,
  Thy heauenly wealth,
And glorious kingdom free.
 
  Thy kingdom show        25
  To vs below
That wander here awry;
  Direct our feet;
  Thy statutes sweet
To vs thy folke descry.        30
 
  Oh be not slacke,
  But what we lacke
With speed let vs obteine;
  For thou dost feed
  Such as haue need:        35
Thou dost no poore disdaine.
 
 
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