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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Stanzas from “Machiauel’s Dogge”
XXXVI. Anonymous
 
CHIDE 1 sinners as the father doth his childe,
And keepe them in the awe of louing feare;
Make sinne most hatefull, but in words be nice,
That humble patience may the better heare,
And wounded conscience may receyue reliefe,        5
When true repentance pleads the sinner’s griefe.
 
Throw not the sinner headlong to damnation,
Nor fright the faithfull with a cursed feare,
But winne repentance vnto reformation,
And teach the christian how his crosse to beare.        10
Give comfort in thy cares, instruction
To saue the faithfull from the soule’s destruction.
 
Heale the infect of sinne with oyle of grace,
And wash the soule with true contrition’s teares,
And when confession shewes her heauy case        15
Deliuer fayth from all infernal feares;
That when high justice threatens sinne with death,
Mercy againe may giue repentance breath.
 
Yet flatter not the fowle delight of sinne,
But make it loathsome in the eye of loue,        20
And seeke the heart with holy cares to winne,
To work the best way for the soule’s behoue:
So teach, so liue, that both in word and deed
The world may ioy thy heauenly rules to read.
 
Note 1. XXXVI. Anonymous.—In 1617 a volume was published with the title of “Machivell’s Dogge.” This is the sum of the title-page, except that it sets forth that it was “printed by Bernard Alsop for Richard Higginbotham,” and was to be “solde at his shop at the signe of the Cardinal’s Hatte, near St. Sepulchre’s Church.” [back]
 
 
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