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First Line: A wreathed garland of deserved praise
Last Line: For this poore wreath, give thee a crown of praise.
Subject(s): Simplicity


A WREATHED garland of deserved praise,
Of praise deserved, unto thee I give;
I give to thee, who knowest all my wayes,
My crooked winding wayes, wherein I live;
Wherein I die, not live; for life is straight,
Straight as a line, and ever tends to thee, --
To thee, who art more farre above deceit,
Than deceit seems above simplicitie.
Give me simplicitie, that I may live,
So live and like, that I may know thy wayes,
Know them and practise them: then shall I give
For this poore wreath, give thee a crown of praise.





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