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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Sonet LXXXI
XI. Henry Lok
 
From the “Second Centurie”

  LO, how I groueling vnder burden lie
  Of sin, of shame, of feare, Lord, of thy sight;
  My guilt so manifold dare not come nie
  Thy throne of mercy, mirror of thy might.
With hidden and with ignorant sinnes I fight,        5
  Dispairing and presumptuous faults also:
  All fleshly frailtie on my backe doth light,
  Originall and actuall with me go.
Against a streame of lusts my will would roe
  To gaine the shoare of grace, the port of peace:        10
  But flouds of foule affections ouerfloe,
  And sinke I must; I see now no release,
    Vnlesse my Sauiour deare this burden take,
    And faith a ship of safetie for me make.
 
 
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