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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Psalme CXLV
CXIII. John Mardley
 
Exaltabo te, Deus.

THEE 1 will I laud, my God and King,
  And blesse thy name for aye;
For euer will I prayse thy name,
  And blesse thee day by day.
Great is the Lord, most worthy prayse,        5
  His greatnes none can reach;
From race to race they shall thy works
  Praise, and thy power preach.
 
I of thy glorious maiesty
  The beauty will record,        10
And meditate vpon thy workes
  Most wonderfull, O Lord.
And they shall of thy power, and of
  Thy fearefull actes declare;
And I to publish all abroad        15
  Thy greatnes will not spare.
 
And they into the mention shall
  Breake of thy goodnes great:
And I alone thy righteousnes
  In singing shall repeat.        20
The Lord our God is gratious,
  And mercifull also;
Of great aboundant mercy, and
  To anger he is slow:
 
Yea, good to all; and all his workes        25
  His mercy doth exceede:
Loe, all his workes doe prayse thee, Lord,
  And do thy honour spread.
Thy saintes doe blesse thee, and they do
  Thy kingdome’s glory show,        30
And blase thy power, to cause the sonnes
  Of men his power to know;
 
And of his mighty kingdome eke
  To spread the glorious prayse:
Thy kingdome, Lord, a kingdome is        35
  That doth endure alwaies;
And thy dominion through each age
  Endures without decay:
The Lord vpholdeth them that fall;
  Their slyding he doth stay.        40
 
The eyes of all do wait on thee,
  Thou doest them all relieue,
And thou to ech sufficing foode
  In season due doest giue.
Thou openest thy plenteous hand,        45
  And bounteously doest fill
All things, whatsoeuer doth liue,
  With gifts of thy good will.
 
The Lord is iust in all his waies,
  His workes are holy all;        50
Neare all he is that call on him,
  In trueth that on him call.
He the desires which they require
  That feare him will fulfill;
And he will heare them when they cry,        55
  And saue them all he will.
 
The Lord preserues all those, to him
  That beare a louing heart;
But he them all that wicked are
  Will vtterly subuert.        60
My thankfull mouth shall gladly speake
  The prayses of the Lorde:
All flesh to prayse his holy name
  For euer shall accord.
 
Note 1. CXIII John Mardley.—In the early edition of the Old Version of Psalms from which we transcribe, the 118th, 131st, 132d, 135th, and 145th, have the initial M. affixed. In the later editions these are all ascribed to Norton; but the initial rather appears to indicate John Mardley. In a curious article on Sternhold’s Psalms, Sir Egerton Brydges makes these remarks:—“M.; unnoticed by Ritson: it might be John Mardley, who ‘turned twenty-four Psalms into English odes, and many religious songs:’ supposing the first supplied number (Psalm) 132, from the last might be selected ‘the Humble Sute of a Sinner,’ and ‘the Lamentation of a Sinner.’” The initial M. seems to have been exchanged for that of N. by degrees; for in an edition published forty years later than that from which our specimen is derived, M. is affixed only to two Psalms, the 131st and 132d. [back]
 
 
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