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First Line: The great macedon that out of persia chased
Last Line: Mought them awake out of their sinful sleep.
Alternate Author Name(s): Surrey, Earl Of
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Wyatt, Sir Thomas (1503-1542)

The great Macedon, that out of Persia chased
Darius, of whose huge power all Asia rang,
In the rich ark Dan Homer's rhymes he placed,
Who feigned gests of heathen princes sang.
What holy grave, what worthy sepulture,
To Wyatt's Psalms should Christians then purchase?
Where he doth paint the lively faith and pure,
The steadfast hope, the sweet return to grace,
Of just David, by perfect penitence;
Where rulers may see, in a mirror clear,
The bitter fruit of false concupiscence:
How Jewry bought Uriah's death full dear.
In princes' hearts God's scourge yprinted deep
Mought them awake out of their sinful sleep.

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