Soli Deo gloria
To M. HOWLTE Preacher.
Here, man with axe doth cut the boughe in twaine,
And without him, the axe, coulde nothing doe:
Within the toole, there doth no force remaine;
But man it is, that mighte doth put thereto:
Like to this axe, is man, in all his deeds;
Who hath no strength, but what from GOD proceedes.
Then, let him not make vaunt of his desert,
Nor bragge thereof, when hee good deedes hath donne:
For, it is GOD that worketh in his harte,
And with his grace, to good, doth make him ronne:
And of him selfe, hee weake theretoo, doth live;
And GOD gives power, to whome all glorie give.