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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Gray Heares
XII. William Hunnis
THESE heares of age are messengers,
Which bidde me fast, repent, and pray:
They be of death the harbingers,
That dooth prepare and dresse the way.
Wherefore I ioie that you may see        5
Upon my head such heares to be.
They be the lines that lead the length,
How farre my race is for to runne:
They say my youth is fled with strength,
And how olde age is weake begunne.        10
The which I feele, and you may see
Upon my head such lines to be.
They be the stringes of sober sound,
Whose musicke is harmonicall:
Their tunes declare a time from ground        15
I came, and how thereto I shall.
Wherefore I ioie that you may see
Upon my head such stringes to be.
God graunt to those that white heares haue
No worse them take then I haue ment:        20
That after they be layde in graue,
Their soules may ioie their lives well spent.
God graunt likewise, that you may see
Upon your head such heares to be.
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