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   Resemble heaven, whom golden drops make bright,
Listen, O listen, now, O not to you
   Our pipes make sport to shorten weary night:
      But voices most divine
         Make blissful harmony:
      Voices that seem to shine,
         For what else clears the sky?
Tunes can we hear, but not the singers see.
The tunes divine, and so the singers be.

      Lo, how the firmament
         Within an azure fold
      The flock of stars hath pent,
         That we might them behold,
Yet from their beams proceedeth not this light,
   Nor can their crystals such reflection give.
What then doth make the element so bright?
   The heavens are come down upon earth tc live
      But hearken to the song,
         Glory to glory's King,
      And peace all men among.
         These quiristers do sing.
Angels they are, as also (shepherds) He
Whom in our fear we do admire to see.

      Let not amazement blind
         Your souls, said he, annoy:
      To you and all mankind
         My message bringeth joy.