Edward Farr, ed. Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First. 1847. Christs Mercy
XXXV. Augustine Taylor
I ROSE 1 more earely to prepare thy way,
For I saw sun-rise before he saw day:
Ill bring thee home, adornd with better things,
The power and honor of all earthly kings;
And, let their powers together lincked bee, 5
All cannot make one worthy t waite on thee.
I spent my dayes in sorrow for thy good,
I sayld to th cradle in teares, to the graue in blood;
And more than this I was content to doo.
My middle time had mickle sorrowes too; 10
I liud releeuing poore, healing and feeding,
I wipt those eyes that wept, wounds that were bleeding;
I curd and curd for all that were in woe;
None can complaine that they away did goe
Without a pardon for the greatest transgression; 15
All those that brought repentance found compassion.
I haue been thine, thine both in word and deede;
My tongue did preach and pray, my flesh did bleede;
From my fresh wounds the smallest drop that fell Is price sufficient to saue Israell. 20
XXXV. Augustine Taylor, Preacher at Hawarden, wrote Diuine Epistles: dedicated to the Right Honble or Worthy Guests inuited to ye Nuptialls of the Great Kings Sonne, etc., in which volume is included a poem entitled News from Jerusalem. This volume was published in 1623. [ Note 1. back]