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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Extract from “Verses against Popery”
XXIII. Edmund Dee
 
UNTO 1 my exortacon attend and give eare;
You that walke in darknes I wish you beware;
For now the light shineth so perfect and cleere,
All men they mai venter.
 
With God and our kinge now lett us agree        5
In fayth and true love; for soo itt must bee;
The perfect waie and the true veritee
Therin lett vs venter.
 
To doo them good is all my intentt
That waver and wander: if they doe repente,        10
From ignorant follie with on consentt,
With Christ they may enter.
*      *      *      *      *      *
Now God hath sent us, all men maie see,
A noble Kinge James (soe named is hee)
To maintaine the gospell, the true veritee—        15
With him let us venter.
 
All they that were blinded did hope for a daie
To bringe in the pope, to whom they obeye;
But God bee thanked, that liveth for aye,
Nowe they shall not enter.        20
 
The pope with his pardons for silver and gould,
Long time hath deceived boeth yoonge and ould;
The blessing of God is not to be sould—
Take heede howe you venter.
 
Perchaunce you will marvell,        25
And thinke in your minde
Whence I have this knowledge,
And see me soe blind;
All those that seeke, Christ saith they shall finde—
To Him lett us venter.        30
 
My hartt and mind nowe doth rejoyce
Your noble grace to see,
I am a subject poore and basse—
My name is—Edmund Dee.
 
Note 1. XXIII. Edmund Dee.—His “Verses against Popery” are an odd collection of verses, somewhat after the contexture of ballad-verses. They are inscribed “to the noble, worthie, renowned prince, King James.” They are in MS. in the Royal collection in the British Museum, and were written in the summer of 1603. The composition professes to be,
An Exortation for all those
That are blinded with idolatry;
They hate the light and walk in darknesse,
Deceiving themselves.
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