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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
An Introduction to Saint Peter’s Teares
LXXXVII. Anonymous
IMAGINARIE 1 Muses, get you gone,
  And you of idea’s idle companie,
That place your paradise in Cetheron,
  And call vpon the nymphes of Thessalie;
Restraine your haughtie metaphoricke lines;        5
For reuerent Truth your glory vndermines.
The throne of Heauen is her holy hill,
  Whence flowes the spring of sauing health;
Instead of birdes, archangels sing her will;
  The temple is her loue, and peace her wealth.        10
O sacred sweete, and sweetest sacred substance,
Vnloose the springes of Peter’s poore repentance.
And thou, O Holy Ghost, and sacred Spirit,
  Faire milke-white Doue, vnto the meekest Lambe
The minister of heaven, the Lord of merit,        15
  The gladdest messenger that euer came;
Infuse thy grace so sweetly in mine eares,
That I may truly write Saint Peter’s Teares.
Note 1. LXXXVII. Anonymous.—In 1597 a work was published, entitled “Saint Peter’s Ten Teares. Ten Teares of S. Peter’s, supposedly written vpon his weeping sorrowes for denying his Maister Christ.” These Teares are preceded by a metrical introduction: they are ten small poems, each consisting of six stanzas of six lines. [back]

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