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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Hymne
V. W. A.
 
WHAT 1 a gratious God haue wee!
In his guiftes of grace how free!
How intent our prayers to heare,
And to them that pray how neare!
How to balmie mercie prone,        5
And to kind compassion!
How regardfully he wakes
For his chosen seruantes’ sakes!
How he giues them grace to pray,
And then to their suites giues way!        10
How he prompts each good desire,
And blowes up that sparke to fire.
He hath sett no greater task
To obtaine of him but “Ask.”
No exacter search to find,        15
But to seeke with humble mind:
No more paines heauen to vnlock,
But with spotles handes to knock—
Yet he ioyes to see man presse him,
And to wrastle till he bless him.        20
 
Note 1. V. W. A.—These initials are found to some of the “Hymnes and Carrols,” in the “Handful of Celestial Flowers” described above. [back]
 
 
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