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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Hall
 
115. A Pastorall Hymne
 
HAPPY Choristers of Aire, 
Who by your nimble flight draw neare 
          His throne, whose wondrous story 
          And unconfined glory 
Your notes still Caroll, whom your sound         5
And whom your plumy pipes rebound. 
  
Yet do the lazy Snailes no lesse 
The greatnesse of our Lord confesse, 
          And those whom weight hath chain'd 
          And to the Earth restrain'd,  10
Their ruder voices do as well, 
Yea and the speechlesse Fishes tell. 
  
Great Lord, from whom each Tree receaves, 
Then paies againe as rent, his leaves; 
          Thou dost in purple set  15
          The Rose and Violet, 
And giv'st the sickly Lilly white, 
Yet in them all, thy name dost write. 
 
 
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