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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Certaine Short and Pithy Praiers vnto Iesu Christ Our Sauiour
XII. William Hunnis
O IESU sweet, grant that thy grace
  Alwaies so worke in mee,
I may desire the thing to doo
  Most pleasing vnto thee.
O Iesu meeke, thy will be mine,        5
  My will be thine also;
And that my will may follow thine
  In pleasure, paine, and wo;
O Iesu, what is good for mee,
  I say best known to thee:        10
Therefore according to thy will
  Haue mercie now on mee.
O IESU, if thou do withdrawe
  Thy comfort for a time,
Let not despaire take hold on mee        15
  For anie sinnfull crime.
But giue me patience to abide
  Thy pleasure and thy will:
For sure thy judgments all are right,
  Though I be wicked still.        20
But yet a promise hast thou made
  To all that trust in thee:
According to which promise, Lord,
  Haue mercie now on me.
O IESU, oft it greeueth me,
  And troubleth sore my mind,
That I so weake and fraile am found,
  To wander with the blind.
O Iesu deare, thou lasting light,
  Whose brightnesse doth excell,        30
The clearnes of thy beams send downe,
  Within my heart to dwell.
O Iesu, quicken thou my soule,
  That it may cleaue to thee,
And for thy painefull passion sake        35
  Haue mercie now on me.

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