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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Stanzas from “An Exhortation to England to ioine for defense of true religion and their native countrie”
LXXVI. R. D.
 
AWAKE, 1 each English wight,
  Both high and low, awake;
Feare not the froward boasting bragges
  That forraine foes do make;
 
Conspiring your distresse        5
  For sticking to the troth,
And for refourming the abuse
  Of such as liued in sloth.
 
But way the rightfull grounde
  And state wherein you stand,        10
And mark the accursed cruell cause
  That they doe take in hand.
 
You doe your sacred faith
And countrie’s soyle defend:
T’ abolish faith and conquer you        15
  They surely doe intend.
 
Each cause of yours may cause
  Your hart great comfort take;
Each cause of theirs may iustly cause
  Their coward heart to quake.        20
 
Note 1. LXXVI. R. D.—He wrote “An Exhortation to England to ioine for defense of true religion and their natiue countrie.” There is no date affixed to this work, but it bears internal evidence of having been written in the age of Elizabeth. [back]
 
 
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