W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.
The Election of MatthiasGeorge Wither (15881667)
That did thy grace abuse
Thou leftst Him, Lord, and in his place
Didst just Matthias choose.
So if a traitor do remain
Within thy Church to-day,
To grant him true repentance deign,
Or cast him out we pray.
Or sheeplike clad he be,
Let us his dragon language know,
And wolfish nature see;
Yea, cause the lot to fall on those,
The charge of thine to take
That shall their actions well dispose,
And conscience of them make.
Whose room Matthias got,
So to believe and fear withal,
That we forsake thee not
For titles be they ne’er so high
Or great or sacred place,
Can no man’s person sanctify
Without thy special grace.