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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Stanzas from “An Answere to the Proclamation,” etc.
CXXXIV. Anonymous
TO 1 all the olde and Catholike,
  That be of such religion
As you be, that be franticke madde,
  And foolish of opinion,
You write; that they your minde may know,        5
  And you their mind againe,
Whether they meane to take your part,
  And so in fielde be slaine.
No faithfull man, you may be sure,
  Will lyke your crooked style:        10
Also your trayne, if they be wise,
  Will lyke it but a whyle.
Chorath, Dathan, and Abiram,
  Or else Achitophell,
With Absalon, Adoniah,        15
  Of their olde faith ye smell.
In deede your olde religion
  Is waren stale for age:
Ye meane to make it new againe
  With mightye rebels’ rage.        20
You shall haue much adoe, be sure,
  Though you thinke nothing so:
You haue to long a time sit still,
  And suffered truth to growe.
When God and prince is ioynde in one        25
  For to defende the truth,
And you against them stande in fielde;
  Marke then what it ensuth:
The ruine of the contrarie
  Must needes with speede be seene,        30
For troubling still the flocke of Christ,
  And such a quiet queene.
Note 1. CXXXIV. Anonymous.—This author wrote “An Aunswere to the Proclamation of the Rebels in the North,” which was “imprinted by William Seres,” and published in 1569. [back]

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