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Lord when the wise men came from farr Led to

Lord when the wise men came from farr
Led to thy Cradle by a Starr
Then did the shepherds too rejoyce
Instructed by thy Angells voyce
Blest were the wisemen in their skill
And shepherds in their harmlesse will.

Wisemen in tracing Natures lawes
Ascend unto the highest cause
Shepheards with humble fearfulnesse
Walke safely though their light be lesse
Though wisemen better know the way
It seems noe honest heart can stray.

Ther is noe merrit in the wise
But love the shepheard sacrifice.
Wisemen all wayes of knowledge past
To th""shepheards wonder come at last
To know can only wonder breede
And not to know is wonders seede.

A wiseman at the Altar bowes
And offers up his studied vowes
And is received may not the teares
Which spring too from a shepheards feares
And sighs upon his fraylty spent
Though not distinct be eloquent?

""Tis true the object sanctifies
All passions which within us rise
But since noe creature comprehends
The cause of causes end of ends
Hee who himselfe vouchsafes to know
Best pleases his creator soe.

When then our sorrowes wee applye
To our owne wantes and poverty
When wee looke up in all distresse
And our owne misery confesse
Sending both thankes and prayers above
Then though wee doe not know we love.

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