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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
The Hope of Immortality
By Sir David Lindsay (1490?–1555)
ALL creature that ever God creat,
  As wryttis Paull, thay wys 1 to se that day
Quhen the childryng of God, predestinat,
  Sall do appeir in thare new fresche array;
  Quhen corruptioun beis clengit clene away,        5
And changeit beis thair mortall qualitie
In the gret glore of immortalitie.
And, moreattour, 2 all dede thyngis corporall,
  Vnder the concave of the Hevin impyre, 3
That now to laubour subject ar, and thrall,        10
  Sone, mone, and sterris, erth, walter, air, and fyre,
  In one maneir thay have ane hote desyre,
Wissing that day, that thay may be at rest,
As Erasmus exponis 4 manifest.
We sé the gret Globe of the Firmament        15
  Continuallie in moveyng marvellous;
The sevin Planetis, contrary thare intent,
  Are reft about, with course contrarious;
  The wynd, and see, with stormys furious,
The trublit air, with frostis, snaw and rane,        20
Unto that day thay travell evir in pane.
And all the Angellis of the Ordouris Nyne,
  Haveand compassioun of our misereis,
Thay wys efter that day, and to that fyne, 5
  To sé us freed frome our infirmeteis,        25
  And clengit 6 frome thir gret calamiteis
And trublous lyfe, quhilk never sall have end
On to that day, I mak it to thee kend. 7
Note 1. wish. [back]
Note 2. moreover. [back]
Note 3. empyrean. [back]
Note 4. expounds. [back]
Note 5. end. [back]
Note 6. cleaned. [back]
Note 7. known. [back]

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