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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Sapphicks
XCIX. Tristram White
 
Nonne subiecta erit anima mea Deo.

O MY 1 deare-bought soule, to thy God Creator
No rebell be thou; for, alas, too feeble
Is thy fraile temper set against his wil’s force.
                Thunder obeyes him.
 
Humble vnto his pleasure all thy spirits;        5
Wings are weak organs to auoid his eye-sight—
Earth, sea, and heauen’s selfe are within that orbe’s space,
                Hee’s so beyond place.
 
Downe, high heart—downe then, whether shall he adiure,
And see thou welcome what hee throwes vpon thee;        10
Hang on his precepts, liue a life well order’d,
                And fly no thunder.
 
Here’s thy clay-frame,—God, doe with it thy pleasure;
Here’s thine owne semblant by my sinnes abused;
Here’s thy deare Sonne’s price: O, be good, my soule cryes,        15
                And be thou gracious.
 
Downe, high heart—downe then, whether shall he adiure,
And see thou welcome what hee throwes vpon thee;
Hang on his precepts, liue a life well order’d,
                And fly no thunder.        20
 
O, my deare-bought soule, to thy God Redeemer
Simply be subiect; for, alas, without him
Dwels nothing hopeful: then, O soule, to him still
                Simply be subiect.
 
Note 1. XCIX. Tristram White.—This author wrote “The Martyrdome of Saint George of Cappadocia, Titular Patron of England, and of the most noble Order of the Garter, etc.,” which was “printed for William Barley, dwelling in Bishopsgate-street,” in 1614; and dedicated to “his worshipfull good friend, Mr. George Shilliton, Justice of Peace, the King’s Receiuer for Yorkeshire, and one of the Chiefe Clarkes of his Maiestie’s High Court of Star Chamber.” [back]
 
 
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