CONGRATULATIONS TO RICHARD RATCLIFF (with a white Bible)
I send you now this book in white:
Through it there shines a brighter light
Than any sun that’s graced man’s sight:
Twas sent by God to guide you right.
If you will now its pages read,
And to its precious words take heed;
Our Christ will meet your every need,
For He’s a friend to you indeed.
This book can you to Jesus win,
Your heart can cleanse from every sin,
Make you to Christ the nearest kin;
When heaven comes, can take you in.
If you keep closed this little book,
And never at its pages look;
At last you’ll rue the way you took,
When you the word of God forsook.
So put this book in your heart deep,
With Christ a daily meeting keep:
As you now sow, so shall you reap;
You may rejoice, or you may weep
This earthly life I must resign,
Or heaven never will be mine:
God’s best for man is never given,
Till death this earthly frame has riven.
You do not mourn the blossoms cast,
When you enjoy the fruit at last;
So why lament what’s left behind,
When you the consummation find?
Frontispiece to the King James' Bible, 1611, shows the Twelve Apostles at the top. Moses and Aaron flank the central text. In the four corners sit Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, authors of the four gospels, with their symbolic animals. At the top, over the Holy Spirit in a form of a dove, is the Tetragrammaton "יהוה" ("YHWH").
The title page text reads:
THE HOLY BIBLE,
Conteyning the Old Teſtament,
AND THE NEW:
Newly Tranſlated out of the Originall tongues: & with the former Tranſlations diligently compared and reuiſed, by his Maiesties speciall Comandement.
Appointed to be read in Churches.
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moſt Excellent Maiestie.
ANNO DOM. 1611 .
At bottom is "C. Boel ſecit in Richmont."