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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Praise of certain Psalms of David. Translated by Sir Thomas [Wyatt] the elder
 
THE GREAT Macedon, that out of Persia chased
Darius, of whose huge power all Asia rung;
In the rich ark Dan Homer’s rhymes he placed,
Who feigned gests of heathen princes sung.
What holy grave, what worthy sepulture,        5
To Wyatt’s Psalms should Christians then purchase?
Where he doth paint the lively faith, and pure,
The steadfast hope, the sweet return to grace,
Of just David, by perfect penitence;
Where Rulers may see in a mirror clear,        10
The bitter fruit of false concupiscence;
How Jewry bought Urias’ death full dear.
  In Princes’ hearts God’s scourge imprinted deep,
  Ought them awake out of their sinful sleep.
 
 
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