Joseph Hall

(1574 - 1656 / England)

Joseph Hall Poems

1. Psalm I 10/25/2014
2. Psalm Vii 10/25/2014
3. From ' Lachrymæ Lachrymarum' 10/25/2014
4. Virgidemarium (Excerpt) 1/1/2004
5. The Domestic Tudor's Position 4/21/2010
6. The Kings Prophecie 1/1/2004
7. On Simony 4/21/2010
8. The Impecunious Fop 4/21/2010

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On Simony

Saw'st thou ever Siquis patcht on Pauls Church door
To seek some vacant vicarage before?
Who wants a churchman that can service say,
Read fast and fair his monthly homily?
And wed and bury and make Christen-souls?
Come to the left-side alley of St. Paules.
Thou servile fool, why could'st thou not repair
To buy a benefice at Steeple-Fair?
There moughtest thou, for but a slendid price,
Advowson thee with some fat benefice:
Or if thee list not wait for dead mens shoon,
Nor pray each morn the incumbents days were doone:
A thousand patrons thither ready ...

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