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Motto: Soli Deo Gloria.
Like to this axe is man in all his deedes,
proceedes. Then let him not make vaunt of his desert, Nor bragge thereof when he good deedes hath
done; For it is God that worketh in his harte, And with his grace to good doth make him ronne.
And of himselfe hee weake theretoo doth liue, And God giues power, to whom all glorie giue.
EMBLEME XI. Motto: Nemo potest duobus dominis seruire. HERE man, who first should heauenlie thinges
attaine, And then to world his sences should incline, First vndergoes the worlde with might and maine, And then at foote doth drawe the lawes deuine : Thus God hee beares and Mammon in his
minde, But Mammon first, and God doth come behinde. Oh worldlinges fonde, that ioyne these two so ill, The league is nought, throwe doune the world
with speede: Take the lawe, according to his will; First seeke for heauen, and then for worldly neede:
But those that first their worldlie wishe doe
serue, Their gaine is losse, and seeke their soules to
Motto: Superest quod supra est. Adve, deceiptfull worlde, thy pleasures I detest; Nowe others with thy showes delude; my hope
in heauen doth rest.
Inlarged as followeth. Even as a flower, or like vnto the grasse, Which now dothe stande, and straight with sithe
dothe fall?; So is our state: now here, now hence we passe : For Time attendes with shredding sithe for all, And Deathe at lengthe both oulde and yonge
doth strike', And into dust dothe turne vs all alike. Yet, if wee marke how swifte our race dothe ronne, And waighe the cause, why wee created bee; Then shall wee know, when that this life is donne, Wee shall bee sure our countrie right to see.
For here wee are but straungers, that must flitte*:
The nearer hume, the nearer to the pitte. O happie they, that pondering this arighte, Before that here their pilgrimage bee past, Resigne this worlde, and marche with all their
mighte Within that pathe that leades where ioyes shall
3 Isai. xl.
1 James i.
2 Eccles. xiv. 5 John xiv.
And whilst they maye, there treasure vp their
store', Where, without rust, it lastes for euermore. This worlde must chaunge: that worlde shall still
indure: Here pleasures fade; there shall they endlesse
bee': Here man doth sinne; and there hee shal bee
pure: Here deathe hee tastes; and there shall neuer
die4 : Here hath hee griefe; and there shall ioyes
possesse, As none hath seene, nor anie harte can gesse.
1 Matt. vi.
2 Rev. vi.
3 Ib. xxi.
THE LIFE OF MAN
METAPHORICALLY COMPARED TO A SHIPPE SAYLING
ON THE SEA ES IN A TEMPEST.
HASTE homewardes, man; draw neerer to the
shore : The skies doe scowle, the windes doe blow amaine; The raged rockes with rumbling noyse doe rore, The foggie clowdes doe threaten stormes of raine: Ech thing foreshowes a tempest is at hand; Hoyst up thy sayles, and haste to happy land. In worldly seaes thy silly ship is tost, With waves of woe besette on euery side, Blowne heere and there in daunger to bee lost: Darke clowdes of sinne doe cause thee wander
wide : Unlesse thy God pitie some on thee take, On rockes of rueth thou needes must shipwrack
make. Cut downe the mast of rancour and debate; Unfraight the shippe of all vnlawfull wares ; Cast ouerboorde the packes of hoorded hate ; Pumpe out fowle vice, the cause of many cares ; If that some leeke it make thee stand in doubt, Repentaunce serues to stoppe the water out. Let God's pure word thy line and compasse bee; And stedfast fayth vse thou in anckor's steede : Lament thy sinnes; then shalt thou shortly see That power diuine will helpe thee forth at neede.
Fell Sathan is chiefe rular of these seaes-
IN PRAISE OF THE CONTENTED MINDE.