Lord when the wise men came from farr by Sidney Godolphin
LORD when the wise men came from farr Ledd to thy Cradle by A Starr, Then did the shepheards too rejoyce, Instructed by thy Angells voyce, Blest were the wisemen in their skill, 5 And shepheards in their harmelesse will.
Wisemen in tracing natures lawes Ascend unto the highest cause, Shepheards with humble fearefulnesse Walke safely, though their light be lesse: 10 Though wisemen better know the way It seemes noe honest heart can stray.
Ther is noe merrit in the wise But love, (the shepheards sacrifice). Wisemen all wayes of knowledge past, 15 To th' shepheards wonder come at last, To know, can only wonder breede, And not to know, is wonders seede.
A wiseman at the Alter bowes And offers up his studied vowes 20 And is received; may not the teares, Which spring too from a shepheards feares, And sighs upon his fraylty spent, Though not distinct, be eloquent?
Tis true, the object sanctifies 25 All passions which within us rise, But since noe creature comprehends The cause of causes, end of ends, Hee who himselfe vouchsafes to know Best pleases his creator soe. 30
When then our sorrowes we applye To our owne wantes and poverty, When wee looke up in all distresse And our owne misery confesse Sending both thankes and prayers above, 35 Then though wee do not know, we love.