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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
A Newe-Yere’s Gift to the Rebellious Persons in the North Partes of England
CXXXIII. Edmond Eluiden
DO 1 tyrauntes teache their people’s heartes
  To folowe pitie’s trade?
Or is it seene that wyttie lawes
  Of foolyshe men be made?
Or can a drunkarde grauely yeelde        5
  An aunswere to the wyse?
Or may a foole in wayghtie thynges
  Declare a good deuyse?
As they, euen so lyke power haue you
  Good order for to plant        10
In commonwealth; when as your wyttes
  And workes all order want.
You also earnestly pretende,
  As with religious face,
To roote out scismes, and error voyde,        15
  And set the trueth in place.
Yet, venimous deceauers, least
  You mynde the same intent,
But make religion for a cloke
  To couer that is ment;        20
And under subtyll clause contayne
  A venimous deuyse;
As eche may see, who marketh howe
  Your cauels do aryse.
For though you stoode in mayntenaunce        25
  Of trueth, as you not so,
But in such false opinion erre
  As is to trueth a foe;
Yet ought you not agaynst your prince
  A weapon for to beare;        30
Synce that the perfect loue of God
  Consysteth in the feare
Of Hym, an in the duetie done
  Unto the ruling throne
Of earthly magistrates, whereto        35
  The scriptures bynde eche one.
But you rebellious, voyde of grace,
  As not in your defence,
Through any cause compellyng you,
  Deuise a vayne pretence:        40
But make a quarrell, and aryse
  Agaynst your prince’s myght,
Whose state you seeme for to disdayne,
  And dealynges to dispyght.
Oh blynded you! and do you deme        45
  That of a godly sonne,
Who sees his father do amyss,
  It were a thyng well done,
That he his father shoulde correct
  Or punyshe? no, you knowe:        50
Much lesse likewise shoulde you presume
  Lyke rygour for to showe
Agaynst your princesse, who would guyde
  Your footsteppes to the lyght;
But, wylfull subiectes, you despyse        55
  The day, and loue the nyght.
And further, though the wicked syer
  Shoulde seeme for to prouoke
His well-disposed sonne to yll,
  Through force of strype or stroke;        60
Thynke you the chylde in his defence
  May offer strype agayne?
No, no; his bounden duetie is
  For to forbeare the payne.
And in lyke case the subiectes ought        65
  Their soueraigne to obey,
As to forbeare, and not reuenge,
  Though in their power they may.
For as the chylde by nature is
  Unto the father bounde;        70
And as it is the father’s ryght
  Of sonne to be renownde;
So lykewyse are the subiectes thrall
  Unto their princes’ wyll,
By perfect duetie to obay,        75
  Forbeare, and honor styll.
Note 1. CXXXIII. Edmond Eluiden.—Eluiden wrote “A Newe-yeare’s Gift to the rebellious persons in the North Partes of England,” which was published in 1570, and which is not mentioned by any bibliographer. [back]

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