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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme LIV
XLVI. Joseph Bryan
O GOD, 1 from them that grudge me
  Preserue me by thy name;
And by thy power iudge me,
  And put my foes to shame.
Oh heare my supplication,        5
  For I am poore and weake;
Heare, heare with acceptation
  The teare-dew’d words I speake.
For strangers haue insulted
  In pride on my poore state;        10
Fell tyrants haue consulted
  My soule to ruynate.
Those tyrants haue not placed
  Thy feare before their face,
But would haue me defaced—        15
  Me, me, that thee embrace.
Behold, yee godly-liuers,
  God help to me doth send,
And to my succour-giuers
  Is an assisting friend.        20
With plagues he shall repay them
  That causeles are my foes:
O cut them off and slay them;
  Thy truth is my repose.
My fatlings then I’ll tender,        25
  And offrings to thee make,
And praise to thee I’ll render
  For thy great mercies’ sake.
Thou hast freed me from troble,
  And my long teare-fraught eies        30
Haue seene thy plagues redoble
  Vpon mine enemies.
Note 1. XLVI. Joseph Bryan.—Of Bryan nothing more is known than that he wrote a few of the versions of the Psalms in the Harleian MS. to which the Davisons were contributors. His name is prefixed to the Introduction to the manuscript. [back]

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