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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Stanzas from “The French Historie”
LV. Ann Dowriche
        The sharpest edge will soonest pearse,
  And come unto an end;
Yet dowt not, but be riche in hope,
  And take that I do send.

PUT 1 not your trust in fading earth,
  Puft vp with fainting staies:
Possese the Lord; so shall you still
  Persist in godlie waies.
Exalt your eies from common shapes,        5
  Esteeme not of this pelfe;
Expresse in deeds what faith you haue,
  Examine wel yourselfe.
As windes disperse the wau’ring chaffe,
  And tosse it quite away,        10
All worldlie pompe shall so consume,
  And passe without delay.
Repleated oft with wandring change
  Recount your life to be:
Remember wel, no blessed fruite        15
  Remaines on cursed tree.
So shal you trace the perfect pathe
  Saluation to attaine;
So shal you see this glittering glose
  Set out to be in vaine.        20
Extinguish then the carnal course,
  Exempted from aboue;
Expell the qualmes of fond delights,
  Excell in godlie loue.
Depart not from the liuing Lord;        25
  Delight to read his word;
Delaie no time, for he doth still
  Defend vs with the sword.
Giue to your God your soule and life,
  Good gain insues thereby;        30
Greieue not the Spirit, that warneth you
  Great dangers for to flie.
Cast all your care on him alone,
  Care for no other, praie;
Considering he your greatest griefes        35
  Can quickly take awaie.
Of all things lent vnto this life
  One thing accompt the best;
Onelie the truth and feare of God,
  On which our soules must rest.        40
Make no account of trustles trash,
  Molesting miser’s mind;
Marke how these markers oftentimes
  Much care and sorrow finde.
Beware betimes of bad, I wist:        45
  Be not these pleasures vaine?
Beleeue in Christ, and so you shall
  Be sure to liue againe.
Note 1. LV. Ann Dowriche.—She wrote “The French Historie: that is, A lamentable Discourse of three of the chiefe and most famous bloodie broiles that haue happened in France for the Gospell of Iesus Christ, etc.” This work was published in 1589, and at the back of the title-page are the arms of the Edgecombe family, after which follows the dedication, addressed to her “loving brother Master Pearse Edgecombe, of Mount Edgecombe in Deuon.” Between this dedication and a prose address to the reader are some stanzas, which, as the pious composition of a lady, possess interest. They form an acrostic to her brother; each stanza commencing in every line with one letter of his name. [back]

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