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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Election of Matthias
George Wither (1588–1667)
WHEN one among the twelve there was
That did thy grace abuse
Thou leftst Him, Lord, and in his place
Didst just Matthias choose.
So if a traitor do remain        5
Within thy Church to-day,
To grant him true repentance deign,
Or cast him out we pray.
Tho’ horned like the lamb he show
Or sheeplike clad he be,        10
Let us his dragon language know,
And wolfish nature see;
Yea, cause the lot to fall on those,
The charge of thine to take
That shall their actions well dispose,        15
And conscience of them make.
Let us, moreover, mind his fall,
Whose room Matthias got,
So to believe and fear withal,
That we forsake thee not        20
For titles be they ne’er so high
Or great or sacred place,
Can no man’s person sanctify
Without thy special grace.

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