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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Sonnet 2 by Elizabeth Melville (with modern spelling version appended)

Lat hevin me blis with knowledge from above
to meditate upon thy hevinlie will
poure doun on me the spirit of treuth and love
that I may learne thy law for to fulfill
dantone [overcome] my nature that is bent to ill
Subdew my mynd and molifie my hairt
and lat the scheild of faith defend me still
that I may nevir from thy treuth depairt
Lat no afflictioun angwisch grief nor smairt
Caus me to fante nor to give ovir the field
bot lat thy word ovirthraw the dreidfull dairt
that Sathane schutts thinking to caus me yeild
and grant spirituall weapins me to defend
That I may ficht my battellis to the end.

Let heaven me bless with knowledge from above
to meditate upon thy heavenly will
pour down on me the spirit of truth and love
that I may learn thy law for to fulfil
overcome my nature that is bent to ill
Subdue my mind and mollify my heart
and let the shield of faith defend me still
that I may never from thy truth depart
Let no affliction, anguish, grief nor smart
Cause me to faint nor to give over the field
but let thy word overthrow the dreadful dart
that Satan shoots thinking to cause me [to] yield
and grant spiritual weapons me to defend
That I may fight my battles to the end.

From: Ross, Sarah C. E., Women, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Britain, 2015, Oxford University Press: Oxford, p. 52.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=wYKXBgAAQBA)

Date: c1610

By: Elizabeth Melville (c1578-c1640)

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