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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Being in Trouble, He Writeth Thus
XL. T. Marshall
 
IN 1 terrour’s trapp with thraldome thrust,
Their thornie thoughts to cast and trie,
In conscience cleare from case uniust,
With carpyng cares did call and crie,
And saied, O God, yet thou art he        5
That can and will deliuer me!
 
Thus tremblyng there with teares I trodd,
To totter tide in truthe’s defence:
With sighes and sobbs I saied, O God,
Let right not have this recompence;        10
Lest that my foes might laugh to see,
That thou wouldest not deliuer me.
 
My soule then to repentaunce ranne,
My ragged clothes berent and torne,
And did bewaile the losse it wanne        15
With lothsome life so long forlorne;
And saied, O God, yet thou art he
That can and will deliuer me!
 
Then comfort came with clothes of ioye,
Whose semes were faithfull stedfastnesse;        20
And did bedecke that naked boye,
Which erst was full of wretchednesse;
And saied, Be glad, for God is he
That shortly will deliuer thee.
 
Note 1. XL. T. Marshall.—One of the writers in the “Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.” [back]
 
 
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