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Poem by Alexander Montgomerie


Sonnet 3. Of the Iniquitie of Man


Iniquitie on eirth is so increst.
All flesh bot feu with falset is defyld,
Givin ouir of God, with gredynes beguyld;
So that the puir, but pitie, ar opprest.

God in his justice dou na mair digest
Syk sinfull suyn with symonie defyld,
Bot must revenge, thair vyces ar so vyld,
And pour doun plagues of famin, suord, and pest.

Aryse, O Lord, delyuer from the lave 
Thy faithfull flock befor that it infect.
Thou sees hou Satan sharps for to dissave,
If it were able, euen thyn auin elect.

Sen conscience, love, and cheritie all laiks,
Lord, short the season, for the chosens saiks.



Alexander Montgomerie


Alexander Montgomerie's other poems:
  1. The Cherrie and the Slae
  2. Sonnet 18. To the Lords of the Session. I
  3. Sonnet 30. Christen Lyndesay to Ro. Hudsone
  4. Sonnet 61. Of the Duleweid. III
  5. Sonnet 71. Epitaph of the Maister of Work, [Sir Robert] Drummond of Carnok, [Khight]


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