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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
A Godlie Prayer Giuen to Her Maiestie
CXXXV. Thomas Nelson
 
O GRACIOUS 1 God, bowe downe thine eare
  To me, that prostrate stand,
And graunt my prayer may be perfourmde
  With thy most mightie hand.
 
Graunt, Lord, that our most gracious queene,        5
  Elizabeth by name,
May florish still in happie state
  And euerlasting fame.
 
Graunt that her highnesse liue and raigne
  In health and perfect peace:        10
Graunt that her foes may be cut of;
  Her friends, O Lord, encrease.
 
Graunt that her counsaile still may liue,
  To do that which is right,
For safetie of her person, and        15
  This realme, both day and night.
 
Graunt that the nobles of estate,
  And lords of high renowne,
May liue in duetie to their prince,
  And true still to the crowne.        20
 
Graunt, Lord, that pastors see dischargde
  Their dueties in this land,
To beate downe sinne and wickednesse,
  Which hath the vpper hand.
 
Graunt iustices may haue a care        25
  To doe that which is right,
That widdowes nor the fatherlesse
  Be not opprest by might.
 
Graunt, Lord, that they may still defend
  The straunger and the poore,        30
Who sundry tymes by violence
  Is thrust cleane out of doore.
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God graunt that children now may growe
  Obedient as they ought;
And that their parents haue a care        35
  They may be duely taught
 
Their duetie to the God of heauen,
  Their parents and their peeres;
So shall they better teach their owne,
  When that they come of yeeres.        40
 
God graunt that seruants may haue care
  To doe their duetie still;
First to please God, to liue in feare,
  And doe their maisters’ will.
 
God graunt we may forgiue our foes,        45
  Reuengement for to shunn:
For God a iust reuenger is
  Of wrongs that hath bene donn.
 
Thus of my prayer I make an ende:
  God graunt our endes be good;        50
That we may rest with Christ himself,
  Who bought vs with his blood!
 
Note 1. CXXXV. Thomas Nelson.—He was the author of a work entitled, “A Short Discourse: expressing the substaunce of all the late pretended treasons against the Queen’s Maiestie and estates of this realme, by sondry traytors, who were executed for the same on the 20 and 21 daies of September last past, 1586. Whereunto is adioyned A Godly Prayer for the safetie of her highnesse person, her honorable counsaile, and all other her obedient subiects.” [back]
 
 
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