Ephes. 4. 30.
Grieve not the Holy Spirit, &c.
ANd art thou grieved, sweet and sacred Dove, When I am sowre, And crosse thy love? Grieved for me? the God of stength and power Grievd for a worm, which when I tread, I passe away and leave it dead? Then weep mine eyes, the God of love doth grieve: Weep foolish heart, And weeping live: For death is drie as dust. Yet if ye part, End as the night, whose sable hue Your sinnes expresse; melt into dew. When sawcie1 mirth shall knock or call at doore, Cry out, Get hence, Or cry no more. Almightie God doth grieve, he puts on sense: I sinne not to my grief alone, But to my Gods too; he doth grone. Oh take thy lute, and tune it to a strain, Which may with thee All day complain. There can no discord but in ceasing be. Marbles can weep; and surely strings More bowels have, then such hard things. Lord, I adjudge my self to tears and grief, Evn endlesse tears Without relief. If a cleare spring for me no time forbears, But runnes, although I be not drie; I am no Crystall, what shall I? Yet if I wail not still, since still to wail Nature denies; And flesh would fail, If my deserts were masters of mine eyes: Lord, pardon, for thy Sonne makes good My want of tears with store of bloud.
1 sawcie (saucy): insolent to superiors. (Oxford English Dictionary) [Return]
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769. For commentary see Ephesians 4:30 of World Wide Study Bible.
Harmonica Sacra (1688) includes Dr. John Blows setting of "And art thou grieved?"
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