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Ah, my dear God! though I am clean forgot,
Let me not love Thee, if I love Thee not.
Many affecting wit beyond their power,
Have got to be a dear fool for an hour.
My meaning (dear Mother) is in these sonnets, to declare my resolution to be, that my poor abilities in poetry, shall be all and ever consecrated to God's glory.
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Therefore we examine with considerable diligence the consensus of the true, learned, and purer antiquity, and we love and praise the testimonies of the fathers which agree with the Scripture.
April 3, 1593
March 1, 1633
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