Sunday Sonnet

The paraphrase continues. Locke quotes the relevant verse as I shal teach thy waies vnto the wicked, & sinne[r]s shall be tourned vnto thee. This is verse 13 of the Psalm, and a modern translation would be Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. The text is fairly clear, allowing for the creative spelling the typesetter used.

Lord, of thy mercy if thou me withdraw
From gaping throte of depe deuouring hell,
Loe, I shall preach the iustice of thy law:
By mercy saued, thy mercy shall I tell.
The wicked I wyll teache thyne only way,
Thy wayes to take, and mans deuise to flee,
And suche as lewd delight hath ledde astray,
To rue theyr errour and returne to thee.
So shall the profe of myne example preache
The bitter frute of lust and foule delight:
So shall my pardon by thy mercy teache
The way to finde swete mercy in thy sight.
Hyue mercy, Lorde, in me example make
Of lawe and mercy, for thy mercies sake.

Anne Locke.