Edward Farr, ed. Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First. 1847. Mercy
XCVIII. Thomas Collins
D AUID 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.
Mercys the sum and substance of my sute;
Mercys the marke at which I aime by prayer;
Mercys soules manna, heauens sacred fruit; 10
Mercys the idea of the onely faire;
Mercys Gods seat, his hie and only chaire;
Mercys the loadstone, that to life doth drawe;
Mercys the gospell, that fulfills the lawe.
Mercys the obiect of the angells loue; 15
Mercys the arke doth in sins deluge saue;
Mercys the martirs oliue-bringing doue;
Mercys the means that men saluation haue;
Mercys the most good that a man can craue;
Mercys the salue that cures sins vgly sores; 20
Mercys the porter of heauens pretious dores.
Mercy moud 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 mans iniquitie;
Mercys most royall, bred and borne in heauen; Mercys Gods gift, the best that ere was giuen.
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. [ Note 1. back]