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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
The Dove
LXXVII. Richard Zouche
 
TAKE 1 wing, my Muse, and, like that silent doue
Which o’er the world, new-bath’d, did hou’ring fly,
The low-coucht seas, and high-plac’t land above,
Discerne with faithfull, though with fearfull eye,
  That what both land and sea resounding ring        5
  We may to this All-maker’s prayses sing.
 
He who directs the sparrowe’s tender flight,
And sees him safely reach the heartlesse ground,
Guide thee in all thy passages aright,
And grant thy course be sure, thy resting sound,        10
  From Mount of Oliues, as from hill of bayes,
  Blest with the branch of peace, though not of praise.
 
And you, whose care our floating houses yet saues
From sinking in the deluge of despayre,
Whils’t with poore feather’d oares she passe the waues        15
Of this all-vulgar-breath’d, storme-threatening ayre,—
  Deare Lord, vouchsafe with patient looke t’ attend
  Her flight’s both trembling rise and humble end.
 
Note 1. LXXVII. Richard Zouche wrote “The Dove: or Passages of Cosmography,” which was published in 1613. From the title-page of this work we learn that its author was a “Civillian of New Colledge in Oxford.” “The Dove” was reprinted at Oxford in 1839. [back]
 
 
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