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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
CXXIII. Jud Smith
From “A Coppie of the Epistle that Jeremye sent unto the Jewes, which were led away Prisoners by the king of Babilon, wherein he certifyeth them of the things which was commaunded him of God.”

BECAUSE ye haue committed sinne
  Against the myghtie God,
Ye may be certein to possesse
  His scourging whip and rod:
Nabuchodonosor the king        5
  Shall lead you captiues all
Unto the Babilonians’ soyle,
  And there remaine ye shall
Long season, yea, and many dayes;
  For God hath so decreede,        10
That seuen generations
  Shall there be spent in deede.
But afterwarde with peace and rest
  From thence I will you bring,
In safetie and in sauegarde sure,        15
  As underneath my wing.
But yet whylst that in Babilon
  Ye do as captiues byde,
There shall you see the gods of gold
  And silver tyme and tyde;        20
And eke their gods of wood and stone,
  Which they on shoulders beare;
Which tendeth unto nothing, but
  The heathen for to feare.
But when you see the multitude        25
  Which geueth honor due
Unto these flattering fained gods,
  Then do remember you:
“O Lorde, it is thy maiestie
  “That oughtest for to haue        30
“The adoration, whereof nowe
  “The heathen thee depraue.”
This being done, my angel shall
  Be with you as you are,
And I myselfe will surely seeme        35
  For all your soules to care.
As for the timber of those gods,
  The carpenter you see
Hath polyshed, and yet besyde
  They gaily gilted be.        40
Yet are they thinges of vanitie,
  And neuer seeme to speake:
And therefore they that worship them
  Do my commandment breake.

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