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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
A Meditation
XII. William Hunnis
BEFORE thy face, and in thy sight
  Haue I, deuoid of shame,
O Lord, transgressed willinglie;
  I doo confesse the same.
Yet was I loth that men should knowe,        5
  Or vnderstand my fall:
Thus feard I man much more than thee,
  Thou righteous Iudge of all.
So blind was I and ignorant—
  Yea, rather wilfull blind—        10
That suckt the combe, and knew the bee
  Had left hir sting behind.
My shines, O God, to thee are knowne,—
  There is no secret place,
Where I may hide myselfe or them        15
  From presence of thy face.
Where shall I then myselfe bestowe?
  Or who shall me defend?
None is so louing as my God—
  Thy mercies haue no end.        20
In deede, I grant, and doo confesse,
  My sinnes so hainous bee,
As mercie none at all deserues,—
  But yet thy propertie
Is alwaies to be mercifull        25
  To sinners in distresse;
Whereby thou wilt declare and shew
  Thy great Almightinesse.
Haue mercie, Lord, on me therefore
  For thy great mercies’ sake,        30
Which camst not righteous men to call,
  But sinners’ part to take.

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