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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Against False Prophets and Deceitfull Teachers
XCIII. John Norden
 
O GOD, that guidst thy faithfull flock,
  And leadst it by thine hand;
That gaust it water of the rock
  In dry Arabia land:
Giue grace to vs to flye the men        5
  That teach thy word awry,
Of whom thy Son forewarnd vs, when
  He did their slights espye.
 
He did foresee hypocrisie
  Should lurke in godly weede,        10
And wolues in sheepe-lyke tire to lye,
  And on thy sheepe to feede.
The subtile serpent shrowdes his wiles,
  Attirde like angell bright;
And false apostles, fraught with guiles,        15
  Do counterfeite the light.
 
The man of sinne, that sits on hye
  With triple crowne on pate,
And lifts his lewdnes to the skie,
  Holds sauing Christ in hate.        20
He sends his subtile sots by swarmes
  Through all the world, to win
Thy children pure by wicked charmes,
  To draw their soules to sinne.
 
Keepe vs thy children, Lord, therefore;        25
  Direct vs by thy grace,
That their inchantments may no more
  Our zeale sincere deface:
And let thy truth be still our guide,
  That we thereby may knowe        30
Their falshood, who doo start aside,
  And flye the subtile foe.
 
 
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