THE angels eyes, whom veils cannot deceive,
Might best disclose that best they do discern;
must with sound and silent faith receive
More than they can by sense or reason learn;
Gods power our
proofs, His works our wit exceed,
The doers might is reason of His deed.
A body is endued with ghostly rights;
And Natures work from Natures law is free;
sun lie hid eternal lights,
Lights clear and near, yet them no eye can see;
Dead forms a never-dying life
A boundless sea lies in a little cloud.
The God of Hosts in slender host doth dwell,
Yea, God and man with all to either due,
God that rules the heavens and rifled hell,
That man whose death did us to life renew:
That God and man
that is the angels bliss,
In form of bread and wine our nurture is.
Whole may His body be in smallest bread,
Whole in the whole, yea whole in every crumb;
which be one or be ten thousand fed,
All to each one, to all but one doth come;
And though each one as
much as all receive,
Not one too much, nor all too little have.
One soul in man in all in every part;
One face at once in many mirrors shines;
noise doth make a thousand start;
One eye at once of countless things defines;
If proofs of one in many
God may in stranger sort perform the same.
God present is at once in every place,
Yet God in every place is ever one;
So may there be
by gifts of ghostly grace,
One man in many rooms, yet filling none;
Since angels may effects of bodies
God angels gifts on bodies may bestow.
AS I in hoary winters night
Stood shivering in the snow,
Surprised I was with sudden heat
made my heart to glow;
And lifting up a fearful eye
To view what fire was near,
A pretty babe all burning
Did in the air appear;
Who, scorchàed with excessive heat,
Such floods of tears did shed,
His floods should quench His flames,
Which with His tears were bred:
Alas! quoth He, but newly born
fiery heats I fry,
Yet none approach to warm their hearts
Or feel my fire but I!
My faultless breast the furnace is;
The fuel, wounding thorns;
Love is the fire, and sighs the
The ashes, shames and scorns;
The fuel Justice layeth on,
And Mercy blows the coals,
in this furnace wrought
Are mens defilàed souls:
For which, as now on fire I am
To work them to their good,
will I melt into a bath,
To wash them in my blood.
With this He vanishd out of sight
And swiftly shrunk
And straight I callàed unto mind
That it was Christmas Day.
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