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In the spring I
wandered into a
6 grove,



[leaf 40]



and sat down
under a broad
beech.



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138



THE COMPLAINT OF RELIGION.



[poems.



where I soon
fell asleep,



and dreamed an
amazing dream.



A woman
appeared to me in
costly robes and
crowned.



In one hand a
Bword, in the
other she held a
torch.



I would have
questioned her,
hut was too
frightened.



She spoke and
commanded me
to listen.



W/tli his compelling charmes mine eyes did close.

Such harmony the chirping birdes did keep
Coniointly ^Y^th. the sweetly -warbling stream e,
That my long slumber did begett this dreame :

Me thought it was about the dead of night,
What time there was presented to my view
A spectacle that did me much alTright,
And all my sences in amazement drew ;
Till manly courage, putting fear to flight,
Made me expect the issue of the sight.

The fearfull obiect of my wandring ej-e,
In shew appeard to be a womans shape ;
Her looke was heavy, & did well descrie
She had been subiect to noe mean mishappe :
Her robes were costly, crowned Avas her head,
'Which, did foretell she was not basely bred.

One of her handes a bloody sword did graspe,
Wherwith had been transfisd her tender heart ;
The other hand a burning torch did clasj)e,
By light Avherof I might descrie each part
Of her well featured body, whose sad plight
Drew forth salt teares from my relenting sight.

I would have questiond whence, or who, she was,
But admiration such amasement bred.
That not one word from forth my lips could passe,
My voice had lost his office & Avas dead, —
Buried in silence lay ; when loe, ere long
The apparition thus let lose her tongue : —

" Young man " {quoth she) " thy spirits" recollect ;
Be not amazde mine vncouth shape to see ;
Such peevish fear doth shew a minde deiect.
Or guilty conscience, w7r;'ch are farre from thee :

Give ear vnto me, & I will relate

A true sad story of my passed fate.



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THE COMPLAINT OF RELIGION.



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'* I am by birth of most divine discent ;

For I am daughter to imHzortall love,

I From Avhom into the workl I first was sent 51

As Avitnesse of his reconciled love

With mortall man ; for which, eifect I came

From heaven, & True Eeligion is my name. 54

** First Avent I to the vnboleeving leAves ;
But there I could smale entertainment findc :
The greater part did vtterlie refuse 57

To lodge me in theu' hearten, & AvilfuU blinde
Did cast me from them ; though alone by me
Man can attaine to true felicity. GO

" By them reiected thus, I did intend

Vnto the Gentiles next to bend my course,

To see if they Avould greater favo?a' lend : 63

"Wz'th these I had indeed somcAAdiile great force.

And purchasde a large kingdome AVith this croAvne,
TiU the ten persecutions put me doAvne. 66

" But noe oppression could me quite suppresse ;

Xay, persecutions made me flourish more ;

I still Avas slaine, yet still I did increase, 69

And groAving lesse, greAV greater then before :
Cammomill trodden doth the farther spred,
And the palme prest, the higher lifts his head. 72

" Eome Avas of yore my place of residence.

Where as a soveraigne I long time did sitt.

Till antichristian prelats drave me thence ; 75

Then did I flie to Brittaine, & in it

I have till noAV, & ever Avill remaine,

Till the Avorld shall to chaos turne againe. 78

*' With this sharp SAVord, \vJiich in my hand I holde,
A cruell Lady pearcd me to the heart ;
The Avound is fresh to see, the blood scarce colde, — 81
Her name Avas Mary that did act this parte :



She saiil she was
the il.iugliter of
Jove, True
Religion by
name.



[leaf-to, bacV]
She went first to
the Jews, who
refused her.



Tlien to tho
Gentiles, who
listened to her.



No oppressions
could put her
down.



She was driven
from Rome to
Britain,



where Mary
pierced her to the
heart.



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V



ELIZABETH AND "THE GOOD JOSIAH."



[poems.



But e're she kilde me she was slain e by death,
And I revivd'e by young Elizabeth,



84



But Elizabeth
revived her.



" Forty-fower yeares this far renowned queen,

Honord of all, me above all did honor ;

But fates her, graie in yeares, in vertues green, 87

Cald to a worthier place, death seazd vpon her.

And for this world, which nought but sorrow yeilds,
Carried Eliza to th' Elizian fields. 90



Afterwards came
tlie "good
Josiah," James I.,



" After her death the good losiah came,
When the land feard some sodaine innovation.
And, for the propagation of my name, 93

Contracts a league w/th many a neighbo?/r nation ;
Wisely foreseeing that by such a peace,
My croAvne should flourish & my power encrease. 96



[leaf 50] " Ynder this monarch, or above him, rather,
siie rules Britain I rule this Britaine Empire & doe bring

in Bpite of Rome. -.^ , , i-r'ii

Many a some vnto my heavenly lather,
In spite of Eome, \vh ich. for me hates the king :
But God will blesse him, & vnto the end
He and his issue shall my cause defend.



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102



The torch she
carries is to
disperse the
mists of error.



" If thou wouldst know whie this bright burning light
Mine other hand doth bear, I will thee tell ;
I have an enemie as darke as night, 105

Cald Error (I to heaven, she leades to hell)

Whose blacknesse to obscure me doth endevowr,
But that this light doth her false mists dissever. 108



She looks down-
cast because of
the hypocrisy



" The reason why I looke thus heavily.
Is 'cause of late my power gins decay ;
That hellish monster, damnd hypocrisie,
Doth carry in the land far greater sway ;
Enters my temples &, in spite of me,
Ysurps my place & titles soveraigntie.



Ill



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THE PURITANS MUST BE PUT DOWN.



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" There is a sort of purest seemmg men,
That aide this monster in her wrongful! cause,
Those the "world nameth — Puritanes I meane —
Sent to supplant me from the very iawes
Of hell, I think ; by whose apparant shew
Of sanctity doe greatest evils gi'ow.

" Ynless the hand of wise authority
Doe reinstall nie in my former place,
And punish them & their hypocrisie.
They will ere long mine honoz/r quite deface.
And so I prethee, tell him gentle youth, —
Be not afraide, 'tis nothing but the truth."



117 of the sancti-
monious
Puritans,



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1 2o who must be put
down.



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This saide, methought she vanishd from my sight,
And left me much perplexed in my thought.
I musde a Puritan should be a wight
So seeming good, & yet soe passing naught ;
Till thinking long %'iDon so strange a theame,
At last I wakd, & then I writ my dreame.



Then she

vanished,

129 and I mused on
Puritans till 1
awoke.



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In curiosos theologos.

You high aspiring witter, w7i/ch seeke to prie
Into the secretes of the Diety,
Is 't not enough to know his Avill reveald.
But you must aime at that w7(?'ch is concealdl 4

By ciu'ious inquisition, too much light
Hath made you lose the perfect vse of sight.
Saint Austines saying may you well befitt,
'Which vnto one would know (w/thout all witt) 8

By curious interrogation,

What God did ere he layd the worldes foundation,
Replide, " I think, or rather know full well.
He made for such as thee infernaU hell." 12



Is it not enough
to know what is
revealed, but
some would know
the Divine
secrets ?



[leaf 50, back]



Eememhcr the
sayin;; of
Augustine to one
of these in-
quisitors.



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IIc'U is tlie place
for them.



GRACE AND SIX.



[poems.



A place most meet for them that dare adventure

Into Godes secret cabbinet to enter.

0, strive not then to know his secret will,
'Which art can never compasse wrth her skill !



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1 soar to the
throne jf gnice.



and there seek
pardon of my
Bins.



Sin and grace
strive together.



A Christian must
be like a Lamb



in mnocence,

gentleness,

quietness.



Gratia peccatum. superat.

Mounted on winges of high aspiring thought,
I soars a loft vp to the throne of grace ;
]\Iy heavies repent, by true contrition Avrought,
I there present before th' Almighties face. 4

The spotlesse Lambe Av7;/ch for my guilt was slaine,
I offer vp a ransome for my sinne :
'With sighs, praiers, teares, I begge release of paine,
Of him that ever mercifull hath been. 8

My soule thus seated in divine desires,
Selfe-love allurs me ATito vaine delight,
Then c^uenched are my former heavenly fires.
Till grace doth once againe put sinne to flight. 12

Thus sinne wrth grace, & grace with sinne doth strive,
Tiil sin lie dead, & grace doe sinne survive, 14

Christianus Agnus.

Like a young tender lambe that man must be
W/h'cIi doth professe true Christianity
With sincere heart, in imitation

First of that spotlesse Lambe, whose Passion 4

Brought sinfull man from endlesse misery
To the true center of felicity.
K"ext, as a lambe is harmlesse, innocent,
]\Ieek, gentle, humble, quiet, patient, 8

So must a Christian be ; his harmlesse life
Must be devoide of all malicious strife.
Eevilde, he must not once revile againe.
But must doe good for ill, must suffer paine 12



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TIIK CHRISTIAN COlirAUED TO A LAMB.



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^Viul pt'^-secution v.-/tli an humble lioavt

And patient niinde ; yea, tliougli it doe impart

TliG bodies death ; such martirdome shalbe

A glorious crowne of im?»ortalit3^ 16

Lastly, in this respect (if I not erre)

A lamb is a true Christians charecter :

The infant lambe among a thousand sheep,

Whose frequent bleatings a loude murmere keepe,

Knowes his owne davume when he but heares her voice,

And to sucke her milke onlie doth reioyce :

So must a Christian know the Church his mother

By her owne voice, the word of God, from other 24

'Which are but stepdames : — Popish congregations,

Brownisme, & Puritannicke invocation[s],

W/^/ch bleat false doctrine & damnd heresies,

He must distinguish from true misteries ; 28

And like an infant lambe, the childe of grace,

Sucke only from her breastes, which flow apace

"\Y/th the sincere milke of Gocle^ holie word,

His soules nutrition. Thus ther is accord 32

In these respectes & more, vfJiich. I 'le not trace,

Twixt lambes of nature & the lambes of "race.



patience in
suffering.



[leaf 51]

20 ''"d '" knowing
his own Mother



from all others
by whom slie is
surrounded.



Tliere are lambs
of nature, and
3 4 lambs of grace.



Christianus Navis.

A ship vnto a certaine haven bent,
Turmoilde in Neptunes watry element,
With longing exjiectation doth attend
To make arrivall to his wished end.
This ship thus troubled is a Christiane
Tost vp and downe in the vast ocean
Of this terrestriall orbe, of w/izch even all
We fitlie by the name of sea may call ;
For 'tis a place of perturbation,
Of anguish, sorrowe & vexation,



The Christian is
like a ship tossed
upon the ocean.



144 THE CIIUISTIAN COMPARED TO A Kllir. [pOEMS.

Like the tempestuous sea ; & is to vs
endeavouring to For rockes, quicksanclc^, & gulfes, as dangerous. 12

escape all dangers _^ ,, . , i • m

Vpon this ocean terrestnali,
This ship, this vessell anegoricall,
A Christian, floating vp & clowne, doth strive
and to reach a To heaven his Safest haven to arrive. 1 6

haven at last. .,■,■, ^ .- i •

Which, harbouv ere he can entirely wmne,
He must first passe hy rockes & gulfes of sinne.
And therfore needes good preparation
To make a prospe?-ous navigation. 20

Assist me Phoebus, & I will recite
The ship must be How he must rigged he to saile vpright.

properly rigged, ^^^^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^.^ ^^^.^ .^ ^omposde

Is flesh & bones in order well disposde. 24

Ships have their sides or ribbes, & soe hath man
All tacklings else, soe must a Christian.
The maine-mast must be love o' th' Diety ;
The lesser ones, meeke heart & charity ; 28

[leaf 51, back] The sailes strong faith, hope anchor is assignde,
live!™ Us of" And fervent prayer is the gentle winds
faitMhe anchor ^^^^^ ^^^^^^^ .^ forward ; other tacklings be

Good thoughtes, good wordes, good worker, which trinity
Must all conioyne in one to holde the sailes.
For when these stringer slip, faith then quicklie fades.
The pilot, God's The pilote w7i/ch must alway be aborde
Word. ^^ steere the right way, is Godes holy worde ; 36

The common The sences must the com??ion sailers be,
unde7restrain°t. Affectioiis, slaves restraiude of libertie,
Kept only to take paines, their actions
Must still be ordered by directions 40

Given by reason, which, must have some sway
All must obey the 111 tliis Same voyagc ; but all must obey
^' " " The counsell of the pilot, & still stand

Prest at his service, Avhen he doth com?/?aiul. 44

Now, 'cause this voyage cannot welbc made
Free from all danger, but thcr will invade



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THE CHRISTIAN S WEArONS.



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Some hostile foe or other ; he ther placd

A prospective vpou the top o' th' mast, "

"\Yherin 'tis fitt that carefull diligence

Keep evermore his watclifiill residence,

And straight give notice, when he doth descrie

The force & comming of the enemie.

For Sathan, that leviathan, that whale,

'Who is an enemie & ever shall

To Christian man, doth wat[c]h occasion

"N^Tien he may make his Lest invasion.

AVherfore against this foe, which, seelces to kill,

Offensive & defensive weapons still

This ship must carrie, & himselfe prepare

To fight it out like a strong man of warre.

First at his beake-head he must fasten on

Th' impenetrahle helme salvation.

And then the breastplate of true righteousnes

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