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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Lines Prefixed to Greenham’s “Comfort for an afflicted Conscience”
XCIX. H. C.
 
THE THIRSTIE 1 soule, that fainteth in the way,
Or hunger-bit, for heauenly foode doth long;
The wearied hart, that panteth all the way,
Oppressed with feares, and homebread griefs among;
The blinded eye, that hunts the shining ray,        5
Or minde enthralde through Satan’s wily wrong;
  Let hither fare for comfort in their neede:
  For smothered flames a greater fire will breede.
 
Here siluer streames shall quench thy boyling heat,
And hony dewes thy hungrie stomache fill:        10
Heere sweete repose with comfort shall intreate
Thy wounded breast to cure with busy skill:
Hence fetch thy ransome, howsoeuer great;
A mine of treasures are in this faire hill;
  From whose hye top thy scaled eies may see        15
  A glorious light that shall enlighten thee.
 
The streames are bloud, the dew is bread from heauen;
The rest and comfort are cœlestiall ioyes;
The ransome from the crosse was freely giuen;
The light is faith, which darknes all destroyes.        20
Thrise happy man, that guides his steps so euen,
As his pure light no gloomy darke annoyes:
  His ransom’d soule æternal ioyes shall win,
  When timelye death shall blessed life begin.
 
Note 1. XCIX. H. C.—The stanzas annexed to these initials are derived from a small black-lettered volume of a prose work by R. Greenham, entitled “Comfort for an afflicted Conscience.” The initials agree with those of xcv. [back]
 
 
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