[Poems from London, British Library, Add. 36529]

Howard, Henry, Earl of Surrey

HHSP12b, 13b, 47, 48-52, 56

Not in Ringler, _Bibliography and Index of English Verse in Manuscript, 1501-1558_

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Composition Date: 1530-47.

treye: =trycf whourded, fol. 61
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Pommi, oue 'l sole occide i fiori, et l'herba.

Set me wheras the sonne, dothe perche the grene
Or whear his beames, may not dissolue the Ise
In temprat heat, wheare he is felt and sene
Wt prowde people, in presence sad and wyse
5 Set me in base, or yet in highe degree
In the long night, or in the shortyst day
In clere weather, or whear mysts thikest be
In lofte yowthe, or when my heares be grey
Set me in earthe, in heauen or yet in hell
10 In hill, in dale, or in the fowming floode
Thrawle, or at large, a_liue whersoo I dwell
Sike, or in healthe, in yll fame, or in good
Yours will I be, and with that onely thought
Comfort my-self when that my hape is nowght.

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I neuer saw youe madam laye aparte
Your cornet black in colde nor yet in heate
Sythe first ye knew of my desire so greate
Which other fances chac'd cleane from my harte
5 Whiles to my-self I did the thought reserve
That so vnware did wounde my wofull brest
Pytie I saw within your hart dyd rest
But since ye knew I did youe love and serve
Your golden treese was clad alway in blacke
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All that withdrawne that I did crave so sore
So doth this cornet governe me a_lacke
In sommeres sonne in winter breath of frost
Of your faire eies whereby the light is lost
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Yf he that erst the fourme so livelye drewe
Of venus faas tryvmpht in paynteres arte
Thy father then what glorye did ensew
By whose pencell a goddesse made thow arte
5 Touchid with flame that figure made some rewe
And with her loue surprysed manye a hart
There lackt yet that should cure their hoot desyer
Thow canst enflame and quenche the kyndled fyre

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Cap .1. Eccles:

I salamon dauids sonne, King of Ierusalem
Chossen by god to teache the Iewes, and in his lawes to leade them
Confesse vnder the sonne, that euerey-thing is uayne
The world is false, man he is fraile, and all his pleasures payne
5 Alas what stable frute, may Adams Childeren fynde
In that they seke by sweate of browes, and trauill of their mynde
We that liue on the earthe, drawe toward our decay
Ower childeren fill our place a whille, and then they fade awaye
Such chaunges'e' in 'chaunges' added above line maks the earthe, and dothe remoue for none
10 But sarues us for a place, too play, our tragedes vppon
When that the restles sonne, westwarde his course hathe ronne
Towards the east he hasts as fast, to ryse where he begonne
When hoorreyfirst 'o' of 'hoorrey' added above line with caret and 'y' written over erasure in text hand boreas, hathe blowen his frosen blast
Then Zephirus with his gentill breathe, dissolues the Ise as fast
15 Fludds that drinke vpp smale broks, and swell by rage of rayne
Discharge in sees, which them repulse, and swallowe strayte againe
These worldly pleasures (lord) so swifte they ronne their race
That skace our eyes may them discerne, they byde so littell space
What hathe bin, but is now, the like hereafter shall
20 What new deuice grounded so suer, that dreadeth not the fall
What may be called new, but suche things in tymes past
As's' of 'As' written above cancelled letter in text hand time buryed and dothe reuiue, and tyme agayne shall waste
Things past right worthey fame, haue now no brute at all
Euen so shall dey suche things, as now, the simple wounders call dey: =die
25 I that in dauides seate, sit crowned and reioyce
That with my septer rewle the Iewes and teache them with my'my' added above line with caret, in text hand uoyce
Haue serched long to know, all'all' written above cancelled 'straunge' in text hand; H, 1549 read 'all'serched] serchied A, searched H, 1549 things vnder the sonne serched] serchied A, searched H, 1549
To'To' written over erased 'The' in text hand see how in this mortall lyef, a suerty might be wonne
This kyndled will to knowe, straunge things for to desyer
30 God hathe grafte in our gredye breasts, a torment for our hier
The end of eache trauell, furthwith I'I' written over erasure in text hand sought to knoo
I found them uaine'uaine' added above line with caret, in text hand mixed with gall, and burdend with muche woo
Defaults of natures worke'r' of 'worke' added above line with caret, in text hand, no mans hand may restore
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Whiche be in nomber like the sandes, vppon the salte floods shore
35 Then vaunting in my witte, I gan'gan' written above cancelled 'gall' in text hand call to my mynd
What rewles of wysdom I hadde taught, that elders could not find
And as by contraries to treye, most things we use 'that elders' cancelled at beginning of line, before 'And as ...'treye: =try

Mens follies and ther errors, eke I gan them all peruse
T[h]erby with more delight, to knowledge for to clime Therby] tyerby A, therbye H, Thereby 1549
40 But this I found an endles wourke of payne and losse of tyme
For he to wisdomes skoole'skoole' written above cancelled 'stolle' or 'skolle' in text hand, that doth applie his mynd
The further that he wades therin, the greater doubts shall find
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And such as enterprice, to put newe things in ure
Of some that shall skorne their deuise, may well them-selfes assure.


Cap .2. Eccles.

From pensif fanzies then, I gan my hart reuoke
And gaue me to suche sporting plaies, as laughter myght prouoke
But euen suche vain delights, when they moste blinded me
Allwayes me-thought with smiling grace, a king did yll agre 'when they most' cancelled at beginning of line, before 'Allwayes ...'
5 Then sought I how to please, my belly with muche wine
To feede me fatte with costely feasts, of rare delights and fine
And other plesures eke, too purchace me with rest
In so great choise to finde the thing, that might content me best
But lord what care of mynde, what soddaine stormes of Ire
10 Wt broken slepes enduryd I, to compasse my desier
To buylde my howses faier, then sett I all my cure
By princely actes thus straue I still, to make my fame indure
Delicius gardens eke, I made to please my sight
And grafte therin all kindes of fruts, that might my mouthe delight
15 Condits by liuely springs, from their owld course I drewe
For to refreshe the frutfull trees, that in my gardynes grewe
Of catell great encreace, I bred in littell space
Bondmen I bought I gaue them wifes, and saru'd me with ther race
Great heapes of shining gold, by sparing gan I saue
20 Wt things of price so furnyshed, as sitts a prince to haue.
To heare faier women sing, sometyme I did reioyce
Rauyshed with ther pleasannt tunes, and swetnes of their voyce
Lemans I had so faier, and of so liuely hewe
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That who-so gased in their face, myght well their bewtey rewe
25 Neuer erste sat theyr king, so riche in dauyds seate
Yet still me-thought for so smale gaine, the trauaile was to great
From my desirous eyes, I hyd no pleasannt sight
Nor from my hart no kind of myrth, that might geue them delyght
Which was the only freute, I rept of all my payne
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30 To feade my eyes and to reioyce, my hart with all my gaine
But when I made my compte with howe great care of mynd
And herts vnrest that I had sought, so wastfull frutt to fynde
Then was I streken strayte, with that abused fier
To glorey in that goodly witte, that compast my desyer
35 But freshe before myne eyes, grace did my fawlts renewe
What gentill callings I hadd fledd, my ruyne to purswe
What raging pleasurs past, perill and hard eskape
What fancis in my hed had wrought, the licor of the grape
The erroure then I sawe, that their fraile harts dothe moue
40 Which striue in vaine for to compare, with him that sitts aboue
In whose most perfect worcks, suche craft apperyth playne
That to the least of them, their may no mortall hand attayne
And like as ligh[t]some day, dothe shine aboue the night lightsome] lighsome A, lightsome H, lyghtsome 1549
So darke to me did folly seme, and wysdomes beames as bright
45 Whose eyes did seme so clere, mots to discern and fynde
But will had clossed follies eyes, which groped like the blynde
Yet death and time consume, all witt and worldly fame
And looke what ende that folly hath, and wisdome hath the same
Then sayd I thus (oh lord) may not thy wisdome cure
50 The waylfull wrongs and hard conflicts, that folly doth endure
To sharpe'r' of 'sharpe' added above line in text hand; sharppe H, sharpe 1549 my witt so fine, then why toke I this payne
Now finde I well this noble serche, may eke be called vayne
As slanders lothsome brute, soundes follies iust rewarde
Is put to silence all be_time, and brought in smale r[e]garde regarde] rgarde A, regarde H
55 Eun so dothe tyme deuoure, the noble blast of fame
Which showld resounde their glories great, that doo desarue the same
Thus present changes chase, away the wonders past
Ne is the wise mans fattal thred, yet lenger spunne to last
Then in this wredtched vale, our lief I loothedsecond 'o' of 'loothed' added above line with caret, probably in text hand playne
60 When I beheld our frutles paynes, to compasse pleassurs vayne
My trauayll this a_vaile, hath me produced loo
An heire vnknowen shall reape the frute, that I in sede did sowe
But whervnto the lord, his nature shall inclyne
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Who can fore_knowe, into whose handes, I must my goods resine
65 But lord how pleasannt swete, then seamd the idell liefe
That neuer charged was with care, nor burdened with stryefe
And vile the gredye trade, of them that toile so sore
To leaue to suche ther trauells frute that neuer swet therfore
What is that pleasant gaine, which is that swet relief
70 That showld delay the bitter tast, that we fele of our gref
The gladsome dayes we passe, to serche a simple gaine
The quiete nights with broken slepes, to fead a resteles brayne
What hope is left vs then, what comfort dothe remayne
Our quiet herts for to reioyce, with the frute of our payne
75 Yf that be trew who may him-selfe so happy call
As I whose free and sumptius spence, dothe shyne beyonde them all
Sewerly it is a gift, and fauor of the lorde
Liberally to spende our goods, the ground of all discorde
And wretched herts haue they, that let their tressurs mold
80 And carrey the roodde that skorgeth them, that glorey in their gold
But I doo knowe by proofe, whose ryches beres suche brute
What stable welthe may stand in wast, or heping of suche frute


Capitulo .3. Eccles.

Like to the stereles boote'boote' added above line in text hand; boate H, 1549, that swerues with euery wynde
The slipper topp of worldely welthe, by crewell prof I fynde
Skace hathe the seade wherof, that nature formethe man formethe] foremethe A, formeth H, 1549
Receuid lief when deathe him yeldes, to earth wher he began
5 The grafted plants with payn, wherof wee hoped frute
To roote them vpp with blossomes sprede, then is our cheif porsute
That erst we rered vpp, we vndermyne againe
And shred the spraies whose grouthe, some-tyme we laboured with paine
Eache frowarde thretning chere, of fortune maiks vs playne
10 And euery plesant showe reuiues'uiues' of 'reuiues' written above cancelled 'ioyce' of an original 'reioyce', possibly in another hand; H reads 'revyves' our wofull herts againe
Auncient walles to race, is our unstable guyse
And of their wether-beten stones, to buylde some new deuyse
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New fanzes dayly spring, which vaade returning moo vaade: =fade, see OED s.v. vade, v1
And now we practyse to optaine, that strayt we must forgoo
15 Some-tyme we seke to spare, that afterward we wast
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And that we trauelid sore to knitt, for to unlose'c' cancelled from an original 'unclose'; H reads 'vnlose', 1549 'vnlosse' as fast
In sober sylence now our quiet lipps we closse
And with vnbrydled toungs, furth-with our secret herts disclosse
Suche as in folded armes, we did embrace, we haate
20 Whom strayte we reconsill againe, and banishe all debate
My sede with labour sowne, suche frute produceth me
To wast my lief in contraries, that neuer shall agre
From god these heuy cares, ar sent for our vnrests
And with suche burdens for our welth, he frauteth full our brests
25 All that the Lord hathe wrought, hath bewtey and good grace
And to eache thing assined is, the proper tyme and place
And graunted eke to man, of all the worldes estate
And of eache thinge wrought in the same, to argue and debate
Which arte though it approche, the heuenly knowlege moste
30 To serche'r' of 'serche' added above line with caret, in text hand; searche H, search 1549 the naturall grounde of things, yet all is labor loste
But then the wandering eyes, that longe for suertey sought
Founde that by paine no certayne welth might in this world be bought
Who liueth in delight, and seks no gredy thryfte
But frely spends his goods, may thinke it is a secret gifte
35 Fulfilled shall it be, what-so the lorde intende
Which no deuice of mans witt, may, advaunce nor yet defende
Who made all-thing of nought, that Adams chyldren might
Lerne how to dread the Lord that wrought, suche wonders in their sight
The gresly wonders past, which tyme wearse owt of mynde
40 To be renewed in our dayes the Lord hath so assynde
Lo thus his carfull skourge dothe stele on us vnware thus] thuse A, thus H, 1549
Which when the fleshe hath clene forgott, he dothe a_gaine repaire
When I in this uaine serche, had wanderyd sore's' of 'sore' corrected from an original 'fore'; H reads 'sore', 1549 'fro' my witt
I saw a rioall throne eke wher, as iustice should haue sitt 'eke wher, as': 'eke' added above line with caret after 'throne'; 'as' of an original 'wheras' cancelled; and 'as' written above cancelled 'that', with caret, all probably in another hand; H reads 'eke wheare / as', 1549 'where'
45 In stede of whom I saw, with fyerce and crw'ell mode
Wher wrong was set that blody beast, that drounke the giltles blode
Then thought I thus one day, the lord shall sitt in dome
To vewe his flock and chose the pure, the spotted haue no rome
Ye be suche skourges sent, that eache agreuid mynde
50 Lyke the brute beasts that swell in rage, and fury by ther kynde
His erroure may confesse, when he hath wreasteled longe
And then 'n' of 'then' erased and mark of abbreviation placed over preceding 'e' with pacience may him arme, the sure defence of wronge
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For death that of the beaste, the carion doth deuoure
Unto the noble kynde of man, presents the fatall hower
55 The perfitt forme that god, hathe geuen to ether man 'geuen to ether man': 'ether' added above line with caret, in another hand, to replace cancelled 'ether' after 'hathe'; H reads 'geven to either man', 1549 'geuen either to man'
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Or other beast dissolue it shall, to earth wher it began
And who can tell yf that, the sowle of man ascende
Or with the body if it dye, and to the ground decende
Wherfore eache gredy hart, that riches seks to gayne
60 Gather may he that sauery frutte, that springeth of his payne
A meane conuenient welth, I meane to take in worth
And with a hand of larges eke in measure poore it fourth
For treasure spent in lyef, the bodye dothe sustayne
The heire shall waste the whourded gold, a_massed with muche payne
65 Ne may foresight of man, suche order geue in lyef
For to fore_know'fore' added above line with caret, in another hand; H reads 'fore know', 1549 'foreknowe', who shall reioyce, their gotten good with stryef.


Capitulo .4. Eccles

When I be_thought me well vnder the restles soon
By foolke of power what crewell wourks unchastyced were doon
I saw wher stoode a heard by power of suche opprest heard: =(shep)herd
Oute of whose eyes ran floods of teares that bayned all ther brest
5 Deuoyde of comfort clene, in terroure and distresse
In whose defence none wolde aryse, suche rigor to represse
Then thought I thus (oh Lord,) the dead whose fatall hower
Is clene roune owt more happy ar whom that the wormes deuoure
And happiest is the sede, that neuer did conceue
10 That neuer felt the waylfull wrongs, that mortall folke receue
And then I saw that welth, and euery honest gayne
By trauill woune and swete of browes gan grow into disdayne
Throughe slouthe of carles folke, whom ease'ease' written above a cancelled 'eache', in another hand so fatt dothe feade
Whose Idell hands doo noght but waast, the frute of other seade seade] seeade A
15 Which to them-selves perswade that little gott with ease
More thankefull is then kyndomes woon, by trauayle and disceace
A nother sort I saw, with-out bothe frend or kynne
Whose gredy wayes yet neuer sought a faithfull frend to winne
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Whose wretched corps no toile yet euer wery could
20 Nor glutted euer wer their eyne, with heaps of shyning gould
But yf it might appeare to ther abused eyne
To whose a_vaile the[y] trauill so, and for whose sake they pyne they] the A
Then should they see what cause they haue for to repent
The frutles paynes and eke the tyme that they in vayne haue spent
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25 Then gan I thus resolue, more pleasant is the lyef
Of faythefull frends that spends their goods in commone with-out stryef
For as the tender frend appeasith euery gryef
So yf he fall that lives a_lone, who shalbe his relyef
The frendly feares ly warme, in armes embraced faste
30 Who sleapes aloone at euery tourne dothe feale the winter blast
What can he doo but yeld, that must resist aloone
Yf ther be twaine one may defend the tother ouer_throwne
The single twyned cordes, may no suche stresse indure
As cables brayded thre-fould'thre fould' added above line, with caret, probably in another handswer: =sure may, to_gether wrethed swer swer: =sure
35 In better far estate stande children poore and wyse
Then aged kyngs wedded to will that worke with-out aduice
In prison haue I sene, or this a wofull wyght
That neuer knewe what fredom ment, nor tasted of delyght
Wt suche unhoped happ in most dispaier hath mete
40 Wt-in the hands that erst ware giues to haue a septre'u' cancelled from an original 'septure'; H reads 'Septer'giues: =gyves, 'shackles' sett giues: =gyves, 'shackles'
And by coniures the seade of kyngs is thrust from staate coniures: ='conspiracies', see OED s.v. conjure, 2
Wheron a_greuyd people worke, oftymes their hidden haat oftymes] ofteymes A, oft tymes H
Other with-out respect, I saw a frend or foo
Wt feate worne bare in tracing such, whearas the honours groo
45 And at deth'deth' written above cancelled 'change' in another hand of a prynce great rowtes reuiued strange
Which faine theare owlde yoke to discharg, reioyced in the change
But when I thought to theise, as heauy euen or more
Shalbe the burden of his raigne, as his that went before
And that a trayne like great upon the deade depend
50 I gan conclude eache gredy gayne, hath his vncertayne end
In humble spritte is sett, the temple of the Lorde
Wher yf thow enter loke thy mouth, and conscyence may accorde
Whose churtche is buylte of loue, and decte with hoote desyre
And simple fayth the yolden hoost, his marcy doth requyre
55 Wher perfectly for aye, he in his woord dothe rest
Wt gentill eare to heare thy sute, and graunt to thy request eare] care H
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In boost of owtwarde works, he taketh no delight
Nor wast of wourds suche sacryfice unsauereth're' of 'unsauereth' added above line with caret to original 'unsaueth', in another hand in his sight


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Capitulo .5. Eccles.

When that repentant teares, hathe clensyd clere from ill
The charged brest, and grace hathe wrought, therin amending will
Wt bold demands then may, his mercy well assaile
The speche man [s]ayth, with-owt the which, request may none'ne' of 'none' written above cancelled 't' of an original 'not', in another handsayth] fayth A, sayth H preuaile sayth] fayth A, sayth H
5 More shall thy pennytent sighes, his endles mercy please
Then their Importune suits which dreame, that words gods wrath appease
For hart contrit of fault, is gladsome recompence
And praier fruict of faythe wherby, god dothe with synne dispence
As ferfull broken slepes, spring from a restles hedde
10 By chattering of vnholly lippis, is frutles prayer bredde
In wast of wynde I rede, vowe nought vnto the Lord
Wherto thy hart, to bynd thy will, freely doth not accord
For humble uowes fullfilld, by grace right swetly smoks
But bold behests, broken by lusts, the wrath of god prouoks
15 Yet bett'er' cancelled from an original 'better' with humble hert, thy frayltye to confesse
Then to bost of suche perfitnes, whose works suche fraud expresse
Wt fayned works'ks' of 'works' written above cancelled 'ds' of an original 'words', probably in another hand and othes, contract with god no gyle
Suche craft returns, to thy nown harme, and doth thy-self defile
And thoughe the myst of sinne, perswad such error light
20 Therby yet ar, thy owtward works, all dampned in his sight
As sondry broken dreames, vs dyuerslye abuse
So ar his errors manifold, that many words dothe use
Wt humble secret playnt fewe words of hotte effect
Honor thy Lord, alowance vaine, of uoyd desart neglect
25 Thoughe wronge at tymes the right, and welthe eke nede oppresse
Thinke not the hand of Iustice slowe, to followe the redresse
For such unrightius folke, as rule with-outen'en' of 'outen' written above line with caret, in another hand dredd
By some abuse our secret lust, he suffereth to be led
The cheif blisse that in earth, to'to' written above a cancelled 'the' with caret, probably in another hand; H reads 'to' liuing man is lent
30 Is moderat welth, to nourishe lief, yf he can be content
He that hath but one felde and gredely sekethe nought
To fence the tillers'tillers' added above line to replace a cancelled 'toiling', also added above line with caret, both in another hand; H reads 'tillers' hand from nede, is king within his thought
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But suche as of ther golde, ther only Idoll make
Noe treasure may the rauen of there hungry hands asslake
35 For he that gapes for good, and h[o]urdeth all his gayne hourdeth] hurdeth A, hordith Hcf whourded, fol. 61

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Trauells'e' of 'trauells' added above line with caret, in another hand in uayne to hyde the sweet, that showld releue his payne
Wher is gret welth their showld, be many a nedy wight
To spend the same and that should be, the richemans cheif delight
The sweet and quiet slepes that weryd limmes oppresse
40 Begile the night in diet thynnesecond 'n' of 'thynne' added above line, in another hand, and feasts of great excesse
But wakerly the riche, whose lyuely heat with rest
Their charged boolks with change of meats'a of 'meats' corrected from 't' in text hand cannot so sone dygest
An-other righteous'righteous' written above cancelled 'gredy', in another hand; H reads 'rightuous' dome, I sawe of gredy gayne
Wt busye cares suche treasures oft preseruyd to their bayne
45 The plenteus howsses sackt, the owners end with shame
Their sparkelid goods, their nedy heyres, that showld reioyce the same
From welthe dyspoyled bare, from whence they came they went
Clad in the clothes of pouerte as nature fyrst'y' of 'fyrst' corrected from an original 'u' in text handclothes] Armes H them sent clothes] Armes H
Naked as from the wombe, we came yf we depart
50 Wt toyle to seeke that wee must leue, what bote to uexe the hart
What lyef leede testeye men then that consume their dayes 'then' is added above the line with caret after 'men', in another hand; a second original 'that' after 'that' is cancelled and 'then' written above it, in another hand, is itself cancelled
In inwarde freets, untempred hates, at stryef with sum alwaies
Then gan I prayce all those, in suche a world of stryffe
As take the profitt of their goods, that may be had in lyffe
55 For sure the liberall hand, that hath no hart to spare
This fading welthe, but powres it forthe, it is a uertu rare
That maks welth slaue to nede, and gold becom his thrall
Clings not his gutts, with niggishe fare, to heape his chest with-all
But feeds the lusts of kynde, with costely meats and wyne wyne] wynne A
60 And slacks the hunger and the thurst, of nedy folke that pyne pyne] pynne A
No'No' written above cancelled 'Ne', in another hand gluttons feast I meane in wast of spence to stryue
But temprat'e' cancelled from an original 'temperat' mealles the dulled spryts with ioye thus to reuiue
No care may perce where myrth, hath tempred such a brest
The bitter gaull seasond'e cancelled from an original 'seasoned' with swet suche wysdome may digest.

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Quam bonus Israel Deus. Ps. Lxxiij

Thoughe lorde to Israell thy graces plentuous be
I meane to such with pure intent as fixe their trust in the
Yet whiles the faith did faynt that shold haue ben my guyde
Lyke them that walk in slipper pathes my feet began to slyde
5 Whiles I did grudge at those that glorey in ther golde
Whose lothsom pryde reioyseth welth in quiet as they wolde
To se by course of yeres what nature doth appere appere] appayre H
The pallayces of princely fourme succede from heire'i' of 'heire' added above line with caret, in text hand to heire
From all such trauailes free as longe to Adams sede
10 Neither withdrawne from wicked works by daunger nor by dread
Wherof their skornfull pryde and gloried with their eyes
As garments clothe the naked man thus ar they clad in vyce
Thus as they wishe succed[e]s the mischief that they meane succedes] succeds A
Whose glutted'ed' of 'glutted' written over 'en' of an original 'glutten', probably in text hand; H reads 'gluttyd' cheks slouth feads so fatt as scant their eyes be sene
15 Vnto whose crewell power most men for dred ar fayne
To bend and bow with loftye looks whiles they vawnt in their rayne
And in their bloody hands whose creweltye that frame
The wailfull works that skourge's' cancelled from an original 'skourges' the poore with-out regard of blame
To tempt the liuing god they thinke it no offence
20 And perce the symple with their tungs that can make no defence
Suche proofes bifore the iust to cawse the harts to wauer
Be sett lyke cupps myngled with gall of bitter tast and sauer lyke] with H
Then saye thy foes in skorne that tast no other foode
But sucke the fleshe of thy elect and bath them in their bloode
25 Shold we beleue the lorde doth'doth' written above line with caret, probably in text hand know and suffer this
Foled be he with fables vayne that so abused is
In terrour of the iust thus raignes iniquitye iniquitye] iniquititye A
Armed with power laden with gold and dred for crueltye
Then vayne the warr might seme that I by faythe mayntayne
30 Against the fleshe whose false affects my pure hert wold distayne affects] effectes H
For I am scourged still that no offence haue doon
By wrathes children and from my byrth my chastesing begoon
When I beheld their pryde and slacknes of thy hand
I gan bewaile the wofull state wherin thy chosen stand
35 And as I sought wherof thy sufferaunce lord shold groo as] whan H
I found no witt cold perce so farr thy hollye domes to knoo
And that no mysteryes nor dought could be distrust
Till I com to the holly place the mansion of the iust
Where I shall se what end thy iustice shall prepare
40 For such as buyld on worldly welth and dye ther colours faire
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Oh how their ground is false and all their buylding vayne
And they shall fall their power shall faile that did their pryde mayntayne power] powres H
As charged harts with care that dreme some pleasaunt tourne dreme] dreames H
After their sleape fynd their abuse and to their plaint retourne
45 So shall their glorye faade thy sword of vengeaunce shall
Vnto their dronken eyes in blood disclose their errours all
And when their golden fleece'fleece' written above cancelled 'fleshe', in another hand; H reads 'fleece' is from their backe yshorne
The spotts that vnder-neth wer hidd thy chosen shepe shall skorne
And till that happye daye my hert shall swell in care'care' written above cancelled 'rare', in another hand; H reads 'care'
50 My eyes yeld teares my yeres consume bitw[e]ne hope and dispayre bitwene] bitwne A
Loo how my sprits ar dull and all thy iudgments darke sprits] spirites H
No mortall hedd may skale so highe but wunder at thy warke
Alas how oft my foes haue framed my decaye
But when I stode in drede to drenche thy hands still did me stay
55 And in eache voyage that I toke to conquer synne
Thow wert my guyd and gaue me grace to comfort me therin
And when my withered skyn vnto my bones did cleue
And fleshe did wast thy grace did then my simple sprits releue
In other succour then oh lord why should I trust other succour] others succours H
60 But onely thyn whom I haue found in thy behight so iust
And suche for drede or gayne as shall thy name refuse
Shall perishe with their golden'e' of 'golden' corrected from an original 'o' godds that did their harts seduce
Where I that in thy worde haue set my trust and ioye
The highe reward that longs therto shall quietlye enioye
65 And my vnworthye lypps inspired with thy grace
Shall thus forespeke thy secret works in sight of Adams race. /