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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
To the Most Rare Vertue of True Humlilitie. Vpon the Crowne of Thornes
XLI. Anonymous
 
  KING GODFREY 1 would not weare
  A diadem of golde,
  When Christ his Lord did beare
  A crowne of thornes, whose every cruell folde
    That royal head did teare;        5
      Dipping their sharp points deepe,
      While angels stood to weepe,
      In that most precious bloud,
      Whose venerable floud
Made wither’d stockes green bud, and leaues to beare.        10
 
  Godfrey’s deuotion
  Findes now a starry crowne,
  In city more by much
  Noble and faire then that recouered towne.
    Whom Christ’s thornes doe not touch,        15
      Whom his blood mooueth not,
      Who hath Christ’s loue forgot,
      Were he the greatest thing
      That euer was call’d king.
At being spurn’d to hell ought not to grutch.        20
 
Note 1. XLI. Anonymous.—This author wrote “Apollo Christian: or Helicon Reformed.” This volume was published in 1617, and was dedicated to the Duke of Northumberland. [back]
 
 
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