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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Mercy
XCVIII. Thomas Collins
 
DAUID 1 did mercy craue, and nothing more,
In all his troubles and aduersities;
’Cause mercy paies sins’ debt, and cleares the score,
Leauing no sign of our iniquities,
To feare our soules or to offend our eyes.        5
Wherefore, with him, I will for mercy craue,
That of my sins I may remission haue.
 
Mercy’s the sum and substance of my sute;
Mercy’s the marke at which I aime by prayer;
Mercy’s soule’s manna, heauen’s sacred fruit;        10
Mercy’s the idea of the onely faire;
Mercy’s God’s seat, his hie and only chaire;
Mercy’s the loadstone, that to life doth drawe;
Mercy’s the gospell, that fulfills the lawe.
 
Mercy’s the obiect of the angells’ loue;        15
Mercy’s the arke doth in sin’s deluge saue;
Mercy’s the martir’s oliue-bringing doue;
Mercy’s the means that men saluation haue;
Mercy’s the most good that a man can craue;
Mercy’s the salue that cures sin’s vgly sores;        20
Mercy’s the porter of heauen’s pretious dores.
 
Mercy mou’d Christ to come, and die for men;
Mercy moues man to deeds of charitie;
Mercy may saue me, sinfull publican;
Mercy the saints pray for continually;        25
Mercy doth pardon man’s iniquitie;
Mercy’s most royall, bred and borne in heauen;
Mercy’s God’s gift, the best that ere was giuen.
 
Note 1. XCVIII. Thomas Collins.—He wrote “The Penitent Pvblican; his Confession of Movth, Contrition of Heart, Vnfaigned Repentance, and feruent Prayer vnto God for Mercie and Forgiueness.” This rare work was published in 1610, and was dedicated “To the Right Honovrable, grave, vertvous, and religious lady, the Lady Katherine Hastings, Countesse of Huntington.” [back]
 
 
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