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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
A Simile
CII. Anthony Fletcher
AS 1 candles light do giue
Vntill they be consumed,
Doing good so should men liue
Vntill their daies be ended.
You are, saith Christ, a light        5
This darksome world to guide;
Although you purchase spight,
Still let your light be tride.
Before men let it shine,
To glorifie my name:        10
The profite shall be thine,
Or else thou art to blame.
Man’s vnsauorie earth
To season thou art sault;
And though it cost thy breath,        15
In thee let be no fault.
The truth be bold to speake,
Not fearing any face;
The Lord thy part will take,
And strength thee with his grace.        20
But if for fear of gaine
The truth thoult hide or couer,
That brings thy soule to paine;
Thy lot can be no other.
My candle hath no light,        25
My buisnes yet vndone;
So suddenly comth night,
Before we looke for noone.
I meane, death is at doore;
So let him be in mind,        30
Least such may be his houre
Vnready thee to finde.
Thy readines let be
In Christ a stedfast faith;
God’s feare, walking rightly,        35
Still trampling vertue’s path.
Then needst thou not to feare
Death, come he late or early:
In truth to God draw neare,
And he will love thee dearly.        40
Thy soule shall go to heauen;
Though bodie go to graue,
Yet shall it rise againe,
The self-same soule to haue.
And both shall go to dwell        45
In heauen with the Lord;
The ioyes no tongue can tell
By Christ for thee prepar’d.
Which ioies I wish to thee,
Good reader, with my hart;        50
Not doubting but that I
At length shall take thy part.
Amen, amen, amen;
O Lord, so let it be!
We shall be blessed then,        55
O blessed Christ, through thee.
Note 1. CII. Anthony Fletcher.—The poem annexed to this author’s name is derived from a prose volume entitled “Certaine very proper and most profitable Similies, wherein sundrie, and very many most foule vices and dangerous sinnes of all sorts are so plainly laid open, and displaied in their kindes, and so pointed out with the finger of God, in his sacred and holy Scriptures, to signifie his wrath and indignation belonging vnto them, that the Christian reader being seasoned with the Spirit of grace, and hauing God before his eies, will be very fearful, euen in loue that he beareth to God, to pollute and to defile his hart, his mind, his mouth or hands, with any such forbidden things. And also manie very notable vertues, with their due commendations, so liuely and truly expressed, according to the holy word, that the godly reader, being of a Christian inclination, will be mightily inflamed with a loue vnto them. Collected by Anthonie Fletcher, minister of the word of God, in vnfained loue in the Lord Jesu, to do the best, and all that he can, to pleasure and to profite all those that desire to know the Lord’s waies, and to walke in the same.” This work was published in 1595. [back]

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