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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Stanzas from “Newes out of Powle’s Churchyard”
LIX. Edward Hake
O ENDLESSE powre! O welspring, whence
  All wisdom wisely flowes;
O God, whose grace doth guide the good,
  In whome all bounty growes:
Thou knowst the hearts and seest the raynes,        5
  Yea th’ inwarde thoughts of men
Doe open lye before thy face:
  Thou knowst how, where, and when
Ech thing hath, is, or shall be done,
  Or else committed: thou        10
Hast perfite, newe, and insight good,
  Which way man’s heart doth bow.
Thou, thou, I say, sole God of might,
  Beholdst the harts of men,
What they pretend, what yll they worke:        15
  So iustly iudge me then,
And shut thy mercy from my soule,
  If slandrously my lypps
Doe ope at all; or if my tongue,
  Of vaine presumtion, skypps        20
From this to that, or rashly run
  More than the truth doth vrge;
Or more then that through extreame rage
  And force of sinfull surge.
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