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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
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LXII. William Warner
THE BROOSER 1 of the serpent’s head;
  The woman’s promiz’d seed;
The second in the Trinitie;
  The foode our soules to feed;
The vine, the light, the doore, the way,        5
  The shepheard of vs all,
Whose manhood ioyn’d to Deitie
  Did ransome vs from thrall;
That was, and is, and euermore
  Will be the same to his;        10
That sleeps to none that wakes to him;
  That turns our curse to blis:
Whom yet vnseene the patriarks saw,
  The prophets had foretold;
The apostles preacht; the saints ador’d;        15
  And martyrs do behold.
The same—Augustus emperor—
  In Palestine was born
Amongst his own, and yet his own
  Did curse their blis in scorn.        20
Note 1. LXII. William Warner.—He wrote “Albion’s England: a continued Historie of the same Kingdome, from the Originals of the first Inhabitants thereof: and most the chiefe alterations and accidents there hapning vnto, and in the happie raigne of our now most gracious Soueraigne, Queene Elizabeth. With varietie of inuentiue and historicall intermixtures.” This elaborate poem, which exhibits a view of the secular and ecclesiastical events in English history, was first published in 1592. It scarcely admits of extract, but the stanzas here given may shew the talent of the poet, and the nature of his poetry. The ninth book is devoted to the exposure of popery and the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition. [back]

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