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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
Jacob Going down into Egypt
LXII. Edmond Graile
OLD 1 Iaacob, and his sons also,
  Were pinch’d with penurie,
Wherefore hee charged them to goe
  And food in Egypt buy.
They went with griefe, and bought in feare,        5
  Not dreaming of their brother;
Nor did he countenance them beare
  More kind then any other:
Till when they came to him againe,
  Affection was so great,        10
He could no longer it containe
  Within his breast for heate.
With weeping eye and joyfull tongue
  Hee then did plainely tell
Hee was their brother Ioseph, whom        15
  To Egypt they did sell.
The joy of either was so much
  That neither now could beare it;
Their sobbing passion was such
  That Pharaoh’s house did heare it;        20
Who, understanding what they were,
  Commanded presently,
With charets, horse, and furniture,
  For Iaacob they should hie.
So hee, with all his family,        25
  Came thither out of hand,
And, welcomed most louingly,
  Were plac’d in Goshen land.
In Goshen land did Iaacob see
  The fulnesse of his dayes,        30
And in his Sonne’s prosperitie
  His fill of earthly ioyes:
But solemnly before his death
  Hee blest his sonnes each one;
And Ioseph eke gaue vp the breath        35
  Ere many yeeres were gone.
Now when these fathers both were dead,
  And still their seed did grow,
There rose a Pharaoh in his stead,
  That did not Ioseph know.        40
Hee, tyrant-like, with heavy hand
  Of bondage prest them downe,
And gaue the midwiues strait command
  The males to kill or drowne.
Note 1. LXII. Edmond Graile wrote “Little Timothee; his lesson: or a Summarie Relation of the historicall part of Holy Scripture, plainely and familiarly comprized in meeter for the helpe of memory, and instruction of the ignorant.” From the title-page of this rare volume we learn that Graile was “Master in Arts, and Physitian of the Hospitall of St. Bartholomew, of the foundation of Queen Elizabeth in the citie of Glocester.” [back]

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