Verse > Anthologies > Edward Farr, comp. > Jacobean Poetry
Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
Christ’s Mercy
XXXV. Augustine Taylor
I ROSE 1 more earely to prepare thy way,
For I saw sun-rise before he saw day:
I’ll bring thee home, adorn’d with better things,
The power and honor of all earthly kings;
And, let their powers together lincked bee,        5
All cannot make one worthy t’ waite on thee.
I spent my dayes in sorrow for thy good,
I sayl’d to th’ cradle in teares, to the graue in blood;
And more than this I was content to doo.
My middle time had mickle sorrowes too;        10
I liu’d releeuing poore, healing and feeding,
I wipt those eyes that wept, wounds that were bleeding;
I cur’d and cur’d for all that were in woe;
None can complaine that they away did goe
Without a pardon for the greatest transgression;        15
All those that brought repentance found compassion.
I haue been thine, thine both in word and deede;
My tongue did preach and pray, my flesh did bleede;
From my fresh wounds the smallest drop that fell
Is price sufficient to saue Israell.        20
Note 1. XXXV. Augustine Taylor, “Preacher at Hawarden,” wrote “Diuine Epistles: dedicated to the Right Honble or Worthy Guests inuited to ye Nuptialls of the Great King’s Sonne, etc.,” in which volume is included a poem entitled “News from Jerusalem.” This volume was published in 1623. [back]

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.