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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
Stanzas from “A Prince’s Looking-glasse”
XL. William Willymat
ON 1 God depend, to him be constant true,
To blesse you in your office to him sue;
By the externe vse whereof let all men see
How the inward heart is fraught with pietie;
In things indiferent let your gesture shew        5
An image plain of uertue’s decent hew.
Remember well your passions to digest
Before you seeke great sutes to set at rest;
For wrath short madnes is: doe nothing mad,
Th’ effects whereof haue alwaies proued bad;        10
The Apostles’ rule chuse rather to obserue,
Let anger none from God’s lawes make you swarue.
Gladly aduance the good and uertuous,
With royall giftes that are most glorious;
Yet see that none, though noble, too high growe,        15
Least stately kingdome thereby be brought lowe:
Due punishment let wicked men still haue,
For own desertes, not other’s right doth craue.
Note 1. XL. William Willymat.—He wrote “A Princes Looking-Glasse: or a Prince’s Direction, requisite and necessary for a Christian Prince, etc.” 1603. [back]

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