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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Psalm CXXVII
LXXXVIII. Henry Dod
 
The vertue of God’s Blessing. The vaine conceipt of worldlings. Children are God’s gift.

EXCEPT 1 the Lord the house doe build,
  The builders worke in vaine;
Except the Lord the citie keepe,
  The watchman wakes in vain.
 
It’s vaine for you to rise betyme;        5
  To sitt vp late; to eate
The bread of greefes: for so he giues
  To his beloved sleepe.
 
Loe, children are a heritage,
  Proceeding of the Lord;        10
And fruit descended of the wombe
  Is onely his reward.
 
As arrowes strong are in the hand
  Of anie myghtie man,
So youth well taught lyke helpfull are,        15
  Growne up of yong children.
 
O happie is that man, that hath
  His quiuer full of those:
They shall not be ashamde to speake
  In gate with all their foes.        20
 
Note 1. LXXXVIII. Henry Dod.—In 1603 Henry Dod published a small volume of “Nine of the Singing Psalms,” which he turned “into easie meter,” for the use of his own family “and some godly learned friends.” At a subsequent date he issued, with the royal privilege, “Al the Psalmes of Dauid, with certene Songes and Canticles of Moses, Debora, and others, not formerly extant for song.” Beyond this nothing is known of this author, except that Wither, in his “Scholler’s Purgatory,” calls him a “silkman.” [back]
 
 
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