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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
An Humble Sute of a Repentant Sinner for Mercie
XII. William Hunnis
GIUE eare, O Lord, to heare
  My heauie carefull cries;
And let my wofull plaints ascend
  Aboue the starrie skies.
And now receiue the soule        5
  That puts his trust in thee:
And mercie grant to purge my sinnes—
  Mercie, good Lord, mercie.
My soule desires to drinke
  From fountaine of thy grace;        10
To slake this thirst, O God, vouchsafe,
  And turne not of thy face:
But bow thy bending eare
  With mercie, when I crie,
And pardon grant for sinfull life—        15
  Mercie, good Lord, mercie.
Behold at length, O Lord,
  My sore repentant mind,
Which knocks with faith, and hopes thereby
  Thy mercies great to find.        20
Thy promise thus hath past,
  From which I will not flie:
Who dooth repent, trusting in thee,
  Shall taste of thy mercie.

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