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Our Lord in His Circumcision to His Father.
FO Thee these first-fruits of my growing death,

For what else is my life ? lo ! I bequeath.

Taste this, and as Thou lik’st this lesser flood,
Expect a sea, my heart shall make it good.
Thy wrath that wades here now ere long shall swim,
The flood-gate shall be set wide ope

for him.
Then let him drink, and drink, and do his worst,
To drown the wantonness of his wild thirst.
Now's but the nonage of my pains, my fears
Are yet both in their hopes, not come to years.
The day of my dark woes is yet but morn,
My tears but tender, and


death new-born.
Yet may these unfledged griefs give fate some guess,
These cradle-torments have their towardness;
These purple buds of blooming death may be
Erst the full stature of a fatal tree;
And, till my riper woes to age are come,

This knife may be the spear's præludium.

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Be they mouths, or be they eyne,
Each bleeding part some one supplies.

Lo, a mouth! whose full-bloom'd lipse outh bees rose.
At too dear a rate are roses.

bec, Blad sliter Lo, a blood-shot

weeps And many a cruel tear discloses.

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eye! that

tears - genes (rubies)

O thou that on this foot hast laid

Many a kiss and many a tear,
Now thou shalt have all repaid,

Whatsoe'er thy charges were.

This foot hath got a mouth and lips,

pay the sweet sum of thy kisses ;
To pay thy tears, an


Instead of tears, such gems as this is.

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The difference only this appears,

Nor can the change offend,
The debt is paid in ruby tears,

Which thou in pearls didst lend.

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On our crucified Lord, naked and bloody.
H' have left Thee naked, Lord; O that they had !

This garment, too, I would they had denied.

Thee with Thyself they have too richly clad,
Opening the purple wardrobe of Thy side.

O never could there garment be too good
For Thee to wear, but this of Thine own blood !

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ISE, Heir of fresh Eternity,

From thy virgin-tomb:
Rise, mighty Man of wonders, and Thy world

with Thee;
Thy tomb, the universal East,

Nature's new womb,
Thy tomb, fair Immortality's perfumèd nest.

Of all the glories make noon gay

This is the morn ; This rock buds forth the fountain of the streams of day; In joy’s white annals lives this hour,

When life was born, No cloud-scowl on his radiant lids, no tempest-lower.

Life, by this light's nativity,

All creatures have;
Death only by this day's just doom is forced to die.
Nor is death forced; for may he lie

Throned in thy grave,
Death will on this condition be content to die.

On the bleeding Wounds of our crucified Lord.
PESU, no more, it is full tide ;

From Thy head and from Thy feet,

From Thy hands and from Thy side, All Thy purple rivers meet.


What need Thy fair head bear a part
In showers ? as if Thine


had none; What need they help to drown Thine heart,

That strives in torrents of its own ?

Thy restless feet now cannot go,

For us and our eternal good,
As they were ever wont! What though

They swim, alas ! in their own flood ?

Thy hands to give, Thou canst not lift ;

Yet will Thy hand still giving be; It gives, but O, itself's the gift:

It gives though bound, though bound 'tis free.

But 0, Thy side; Thy deep digg'd side

That hath a double Nilus going, Nor ever was the Pharian tide

Half so fruitful, half so flowing.

Water'd by the showers they bring,

The thorns that Thy blest brows encloses, A cruel and a costly spring,

Conceive proud hopes of proving roses.*

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No hair so small but


his river To this Red Sea of Thy blood, Their little channels can deliver

Something to the general flood.



But, while I speak, whither are run

All the rivers named before ?
I counted wrong; there is but one:

But 0, that one is one all o'er.

Rain-swoll'n rivers may rise proud,

Bent all to drown and overflow; But when indeed all's overflow'd,

They themselves are drowned too.

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This Thy blood's deluge, a dire chance,

Dear Lord, to Thee, to us is found A deluge of deliverance,

A deluge lest we should be drown’d.


Ne'er wast Thou, in a sense so sadly true,
The well of living waters, Lord, till now!

Samson to his Delilah.

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RUEL, could not once blinding me suffice ?

When first I look'd on thee I lost mine eyes.

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Their green

APPY me! O happy sheep!
Whom my

God vouchsafes to keep;
Even my God, even He it is
That points me to these ways of bliss ;
On whose pastures cheerful Spring
All the year doth sit and sing,
And, rejoicing, smiles to see

backs wear his livery.
Pleasure sings my soul to rest,
Plenty years me at her breast,
Whose sweet temper teaches me
Nor wanton nor in want to be.
At my feet the blubb'ring mountain,
Weeping, melts into a fountain,
Whose soft silver-sweating streams
Make high noon forget his beams.
When my wayward breath is flying
He calls home my soul from dying,

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