Almighty Lord, who from thy glorious throne
Seest and rulest all things ev'n as one:
The smallest ant or atom knows thy power,
Known also to each minute of an hour:
Much more do Commonweals acknowledge thee,
5And wrap their policies in thy decree, Complying with thy counsels, doing nought
Which doth not meet with an eternal thought.
But above all, thy Church and Spouse doth prove
Not the decrees of power, but bands of love.
10Early didst thou arise to plant this vine, Which might the more endear 1. it to be thine.
Spices come from the East; so did thy Spouse,
Trim as the light, sweet as the laden boughs
Of Noah's shady vine, 2. chaste as the dove;
15Prepar'd and fitted to receive thy love. The course was westward, that the sun might light
As well our understanding as our sight.
Where th' Ark did rest, there Abraham began
To bring the other Ark from Canaan. 20
Moses pursu'd this; but King Solomon
Finish'd and fixt the old religion. 3.
When it grew loose, the Jews did hope in vain
By nailing Christ to fasten it again.
But to the Gentiles he bore cross and all,
25Rending with earthquakes the partition wall: 4.
Only whereas the Ark in glory shone,
Now with the cross, as with a staff, alone,