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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
A Hymn
XIII. Anonymous
 
PRINCE of Life, unvaile thy face,
Let thy glories all appeare;
Give out freely of that grace
Which hath cost thy love so deare.
 
Blind I am, but in thy light        5
Whoso placed is by thee,
Thee and all things else shall see,
Though he darker were then night.
 
Deafe I am, but at thy voice
Graves doe open, dust doth live;        10
Speake, Lord, make a joyfull noise,
That may eare, and hearing give.
 
Puft I am so with the fumes
That ascend from dunghill aires,
As I sent not the perfumes        15
Of thy merits and thy prayers.
 
Sicke I am, and cannot tast
That high fare of flesh and bloud,
Which by death thou formed hast,
To become a sinner’s food.        20
 
Dead I am in every part,
Semelesse, stinking, cold, and such
As my ill exceeds all art
But of thy most gracious touch.
 
Then, deare Lord, unvaile thy face,        25
Let thy glories all appeare;
Give out freely of that grace
Which hath cost thy love so deare.
 
 
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