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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
Of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Sir John Beaumont (1583–1627)
 
YEE that in lowly valleyes weeping sate,
And taught your humble soules to mourne of late
For sinnes, and suff’rings breeding griefes and feares,
And make the riuers bigger with your teares;
Now cease your sad complaints, till fitter time,        5
And with those three belou’d Apostles clime
To lofty Thabor, where your happy eyes
Shall see the Sunne of glory brightly rise:
Draw neere, and euer blesse that sacred hill,
That there no heate may parch, no frost may kill        10
The tender plants, nor any thunder blast
That top, by which all mountaines are surpast
By steepe and briery paths ye must ascend:
But if ye know to what high scope ye tend,
No let 1 nor danger can your steps restraine        15
The crags will easie seeme, the thickets plaine.
Our Lord there stands, not with His painefull crosse
Laid on His shoulders, mouing you to losse
Of precious things or calling you to beare
That burden, which so much base worldlings feare,        20
Here are no promist hopes obscur’d with clouds,
No sorrow with dim vailes true pleasure shrowds,
But perfect joy, which here discouer’d shines,
To taste of heauenly light your thoughts inclines,
And able is to weane deluded mindes        25
From fond 2 delight, which wretched mortals blinds:
Yet let not sense so much your reason sway,
As to desire for euer here to stay,
Refusing that sweet change which God prouides,
To those whom with His rod and staffe He guides:        30
Your happinesse consists not now alone
In those high comforts which are often throwne
In plenteous manner from our Sauiour’s hand,
To raise the fall’n, and cause the weake to stand.
But ye are blest, when being trodden downe,        35
Ye taste His cup, and weare His thorny Crowne.
 
Note 1. Hindrance or obstacle. [back]
Note 2. Foolish. [back]
 
 
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