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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Self-Trial
Anonymous
 
LET 1 not the sluggish sleep
  Close up thy waking eye,
Until with judgment deep
  Thy daily deeds thou try:
He that one sin in conscience keeps        5
  When he to quiet goes,
More vent’rous is than he that sleeps
  With twenty mortal foes.
 
Note 1. From William Byrd’s Psalms, Songs, and Sonnets, 1611. “Quaint, old-fashioned moral verses were much affected by Byrd, particularly in his latest song-book. He inculcates precepts of homely piety in a cheerful spirit, with occasional touches of naïve epigrammatic terseness. Many men strongly object to be bullied from a pulpit, but he must be a born churl who could be offended at such an exhortation as the following.” (Bullen, Introduction, Lyrics from Elizabethan Song-Books, ed. 1891.) [back]
 
 
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