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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Psalme XCII
II. Archbishop Parker
 
1  
        
The Argument.
  
Of Sabbath day the solemn feast
  Doth vs excyte by rest,
God’s mighty workes that we declare:—
  Loue him for all the best.


Bonum est confiteri.

  A JOYFULL 1 thyng to man it is,
    The Lord to celebrate;
  To thy good name, O God so hye,
    Due laudes to modulate:
 
2  To preach, and shew thy gentlenes        5
    In early mornyng lyght;
  Thy truth of worde to testifie
    All whole by length of nyght.
 
3  Upon the psalme, the decachord,
    Upon the pleasant lute,        10
  On sounding, good, sweete instruments,
    With shaumes, with harpe, with flute.
 
4  For thou hast ioyed my fearefull hart,
    O Lord, thy workes to see;
  And I with prayse will iust rejoyce        15
    These handy-workes of thee.
 
5  How glorious, O blessed Lord,
    Be these the factes of thine!
  Thy thoughts be depe, thy counsayles hye,
    Inscrutable, deuyne.
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12  The true, elect, and ryghteous man,
    Shall florishe lyke the palme;
  As Ceder tree in Lybanus
    Hymselfe shall sprede wyth balme.
 
13  Depe planted, they, in rootes alway        25
    In God’s swete house to bide,
  Shall florish lyke, in both the courtes
    Of this our God and guyde.
 
14  In age most sure, they shall encrease
    Theyr fruit abundantly;        30
  Well likying they, and fat shall be,
    To bear most fruitfully.
 
15  That is to say, they out shall preach
    This Lord’s true faithfulness,
  Who is my strength and mighty rocke;        35
    Who hateth unryghteousness.


The Collecte

  Almighty God, which art the contynuall ioye and perpetuall felicitye of all thy sayntes, whom thou doost inwardly water with the dew of thy heauenly grace, whereby thou makest them to floryshe like the palme tree in the celestiall courts of thy Church: we besech thee that thou would so discusse from vs the burdenous weight of sinne, that we may enioye their felowship. Through Christ etc.
 
Note 1. II. Archbishop Parker.—This eminent prelate of the English Protestant Church was a native of the city of Norwich. He was born in 1504, and was educated in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. After he had taken orders, and during the reigns of Henry VIII. and Edward VI., he had various preferments bestowed upon him: of these he was deprived in the reign of Queen Mary; but when Elizabeth ascended the throne, he was consecrated archbishop of Canterbury. He died in 1575.
  Before Archbishop Parker became primate, he executed a metrical version of the entire Psalter, either, as Warton remarks, “for the private amusement, and exercise of his religious exile, or that the people, whose predilection for psalmody could not be suppressed, might at least be furnished with a rational and proper translation.” This work was subsequently printed without date or translator’s name, under the title of “The whole Psalter translated into English Metre, which contayneth an hundredth and fifty Psalmes. The first Quinquagene. Cum gratia et privelegio Regiæ Majestatis per decennium.” The other two quinquagenes are indicated by half titles. Warton states that this translation was never published; and Strype says that he could never get a sight of it from its great scarcity. There are, however, copies extant in the Bodleian Library, the British Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library, beside others in private libraries. [back]
 
 
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