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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
The Wyshes of the Wise
XIII. Thomas Bryce
        The wishes of the wise,
Which longe to be at rest;
To God with lifted iyes
Thei call to be redreste.

WHEN shal this time of trauail cease,
  Which we with wo sustayne?
When shal the daies of rest and peace
  Returne to vs agayne?
When shall the minde be moued right        5
  To leaue hys lustyng life?
When shall our mocions and delight
  Be free from wrath and strife?
When shall the tyme of wofull teares
  Be moued vnto myrth?        10
When shall the aged with gray heares
  Reioyce at children’s byrth?
When shall Hierusalem reioyce
  In him that is their Kyng,
And Sion hill with cherefull voyce        15
  Synge psalmes with triumphyng?
When shall the walles erected bee,
  That foes with furie fraye?
When shall that perfect oliue-tree
  Geue odour like the haye?        20
When shall the vineyard be restorde
  That beastlye bores deuour?
When shall the people, late abhorde,
  Receuye a quiet houre?
When shal the spirit more feruent be        25
  In vs that want good wyll?
When shall thy mercies set vs free
  From wickednesse and yll?
When shall the serpentes, that surmise
  To poyson thine electe,        30
Be bounde to better exercise,
  Or vtterly reiecte?
When shall the bloude reuenged be
  Which on the earth is shed?
When shall synne and iniquitie        35
  Be caste into the ded?
When shall that man of synne appeare
  To bee euen as he is?
When shal thy babes and children dere
  Receyue eternall blisse?        40
When shall that painted hore of Rome
  Be cast vnto the grounde?
When shal her children haue their dome,
  Which vertue would confounde?
When shall thy spouse and turtle-doue        45
  Be free from bitter blaste?
When shal thy grace our sinnes remoue
  With pardon at the laste?
When shal this lyfe translated bee
  From fortune’s fickell fall?        50
When shall true faith and equitie
  Remaine in generall?
When shall contention and debate
  For euer slake and cease?
When shall the daies of euill date        55
  Be tourned vnto peace?
When shall trew dealing rule the roste
  With those that bye and sell,
And single minde in euery coaste
  Among vs bide and dwell?        60
When shall our mindes wholly conuert
  From wealth and worldlye gayne?
When shall the monynges of our harte
  From wickednes refrayne?
When shall this flesh retourne to duste,        65
  From whence the same did spryng?
When shal the triall of our trust
  Appeare with triumphyng?
When shal the trumpe blow out his blast,
  And thy dere babes reuiue?        70
When shal the hoare be headlong cast,
  That sought vs to depryue?
When shall thy Christ our Kyng appeare
  With power and renowne?
When shall thy sainctes that suffer here        75
  Receyue their promest crowne?
When shall the faithfull firmely stande
  Before thy face to dwell?
When shall thy foes at thy lyfte hand
  Be caste into the hell?        80

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