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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
A Lamentation Touching the Follies and Vanities of Our Youth
XII. William Hunnis
ALACK, when I looke back
  Vpon my youth that’s past,
And deepelie ponder youth’s offense,
  And youth’s reward at last;
With sighes and sobs I saie:—        5
  O God, I not denie
My youth with follie hath deseru’d
  With follie for to die.
But yet if euer sinfull man
  Might mercie mooue to ruth,        10
Good Lord, with mercie doo forgiue
  The follies of my youth.
In youth I rangde the fields,
  Where vices all do grow;
In youth I wanted grace        15
  Such vice to ouerthrow.
In youth what I thought sweet,
  Most bitter now I finde:
Thus hath the follies of my youth
  With follie kept me blinde.        20
Yet as the eagle casts hir bill,
  Whereby hir age renuth;
So, Lord, with mercie doo forgiue
  The follies of my youth.

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