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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
V. Barnaby Barnes
RELEEVE my soule with thy deare mercies balmes;
  Monarch of precious mercie! succour send:
  I will indevour my vile sinnes to mend,
And to thee my soule sacrifice in psalmes.
High God! whose holy Spirit outrage calmes,        5
  Calme thou my sinfull spirites, which intend
  To thy great praise their faculties to lend.
On my soul’s knees I lift my spirit’s palmes,
  With humble penitence to purchase grace:
These eyes, this mortall bodie’s skies, down power        10
  Tears of contrition on my blushing face.
Fruites of repentance flourish with this shower:
  My soule I feele is comforted and easde:—
  Then, Lorde! with my poore offering be well pleasde.

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