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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
A Prayer
XIV. Sir Nicholas Breton
 
PLANTE, Lorde, in me the tree of godly lyfe;
  Hedge me about with the strong fence of faith:
If thee it please, use eke thy proyning knife,
  Least that, oh Lord! as a good gardiner saith,
    If suckers draw the sappe from roots on hie,        5
    Perhaps, in tyme, the top of tree may die.
Let, Lord, this tree be set within thy garden-wall
Of Paradise, where growes no one ill sprigg at all.
 
 
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