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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
The Praise of a Contented Minde
LXXIV. Henry Willobie
 
THE GOD 1 that framde the fixed pole
  And lamps of gleaming light,
The azure skies and twinkling starres,
  To yeeld this pleasant sight;
 
In wisdome pight this peerelesse plot,        5
  A rare surpassing frame;
And so with braue and sweet delights
  Haue fraught and dect the same;
 
That euery creature keepes his course,
  His compasse and his place,        10
And with delightfull ioye doth runne
  His ’pointed time and place.
 
In one consent they friendly ioyne,
  From which they cannot fall,
As if the Lord had first ordained        15
  One soule to guide them all.
 
In euery part there doth remaine
  Such loue and free consent;
That euery frame doth kisse his lot,
  And cries, “I am content.”        20
 
Note 1. LXXIV. Henry Willobie.—He was the author of a work entitled “Avissa: or the true picture of a modest maid, and of a chast and constant wife:” it was published in 1594. [back]
 
 
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