O Lord, Thy word is our sure touchstone


STC 14554.5
Ringler 14554.5 and TP 1341. Two fragments (printer's waste?) remaining from a single sheet folio. The fragments are identical portions of the same text, save that Fragment 1 contains 20 lines and Fragment 2 has 19. The copytext is based on Fragment 1, with the first two lines supplied from Fragment 2

[O Lord thy word is our sure touchstone]
London: J. Day and W. Seres?,1549?.

Composition Date: 1549? [STC].

gloss in left margin trimmed
¶O Lord thy word is our sure touch-stone.
That leadeth mankynde, to hys saluation
Uyce for to eshewe, and all abhomination
Ipocrysie, Idolatry, which is mans perdition
5 O Lorde is not the merites of thy passion
A sure seale of fre pardone, and remyssion
That once was shed for mans redemption?
Upon the crosse was offered, that high oblacion.

¶O Lorde thou dyddest thy fathers wrath pacify
10 Obedient thou wast vnto a shamefull death
For mans lyfe, thou suffredest patiently
Thou yeldest the gost, as the scripture sayth
And rose from death, to lyfe the thyrde daye
And sittest in heauen, with great power and maiestie
15 Coequall with the father, thys is no naye
Makyng intercession, for vs synners perpetuallye.

¶O Lorde howe long shall we wepe and crye
For fault of foode, to the soule spirituall
Thy watchmen are dome, and lie in theyr stye
20 Their filthy liuyng i[s] so abhomynable is] it 1549
To fede thy flocke, they take no care nor payne
To teach or preach, thy fa[y]thful testament faythful] fathful 1549gloss in left margin trimmed