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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
The Faithfull Souldiour of Christe Desireth Assistance of God against His Ghostly Enemies
XV. John Hall, M.D.
HEREOUT, O Lorde, the right request
Of him, that faine would haue redrest
The wronges that are so sore increst
Within my soule, so sore opprest.
O Lorde, to thee with wofull crye        5
I call for grace and for mercy;
And if thou helpe not then truly,
In deadly wo remayn must I.
The world, the diuell, death, and hell,
With great assaultes against me swell:        10
Lorde, let thy grace in me excell
Against their fury fierce and fell.
O Lorde my God, to thee I praye,
Suffer me not to goe astraye,
And haue in mynde the pryce and day        15
Wherewith thou didste my ransome pay.
Oh haue in mynde thine own great cost,
And let not this thy payne be lost:
In thee, O Lorde, my trust is most
To dwell among thy holy host.        20
Thou knowst wherin my help doth stand,
Whereuer I be on sea or lande:
Good Lorde, put to thy helping hand,
Saue me from hell, that fierce fyrebrand.

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