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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
“Here is the spring where waters flowe”
XCVIII. Thomas Gressop
 
HERE 1 is the spring where waters flowe,
  To quench our heate of sinne;
Here is the tree where trueth doth grow,
  To leade our liues therein.
 
Here is the Judge that stintes the strife,        5
  When men’s deuices faile;
Here is the bread that feedes the life
  That death cannot assaile.
 
The tidings of saluation deare
  Comes to our eares from hence;        10
The fortresse of our faith is here,
  And shield of our defence.
 
Then be not like the hogge, that hath
  A pearle at his desire;
And takes more pleasure of the trough,        15
  And wallowing in the myre.
 
Reade not this booke in any case
  But with a single eye;
Reade not, but first desire God’s grace,
  To vnderstand thereby.        20
 
Praye still in faith with this respect,
  To fructifie therein;
That knowledge may bring this effect,
  To mortifie thy sinne.
 
Then happie thou in all thy life,        25
  Whatso to the befalles:
Yea, double happie shalt thou be,
  When God by death thee calles.
 
Note 1. XCVIII. Thomas Gressop.—He was of All Souls’ College, Oxford and a man of learning and piety. In the reign of Edward VI. he was chaplain to the army against Scotland; and in the reign of Elizabeth, a reader of divinity in the university, and a preacher at Saint Paul’s. The stanzas annexed to his name were first published in the folio edition of the Geneva translation of the Bible, printed in 1578. [back]
 
 
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