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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Most Glorious Lord of Life, That on This Day

Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)

MOST glorious Lord of Life, that on this day

Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin,

And having harrow’d hell, didst bring away

Captivity thence captive, us to win:

This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,

And grant that we, for whom Thou diddest die,

Being with Thy dear blood clean wash’d from sin,

May live for ever in felicity:

And that Thy love we weighing worthily,

May likewise love Thee for the same again;

And for Thy sake, that all like dear didst buy,

With love may one another entertain.

So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought,

—Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.