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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Sing unto the Lord
By Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
Psalm XCVI

SING, and let your song be new,
  Unto him that never endeth!
Sing all earth, and all in you,
Sing to God, and bless his name.
  Of the help, the health he sendeth,        5
Day by day new ditties frame.
Make each country know his worth:
  Of his acts the wondered story
Paint unto each people forth.
For Jehovah great alone,        10
  All the gods for awe and glory,
Far above doth hold his throne,
For but idols, what are they
  Whom besides mad earth adoreth?
He the skies in frame did lay;        15
Grace and honor are his guides;
  Majesty his temple storeth;
Might in guard about him bides.
Kindreds come! Jehovah give,—
  O give Jehovah all together,        20
Force and fame whereso you live.
Give his name the glory fit;
  Take your offerings, get you thither,
Where he doth enshrinèd sit.
Go, adore him in the place        25
  Where his pomp is most displayed.
Earth, O go with quaking pace,
Go proclaim Jehovah king:
  Stayless world shall now be stayed;
Righteous doom his rule shall bring.        30
Starry roof and earthy floor,
  Sea and all thy wideness yieldeth;
Now rejoice, and leap, and roar.
Leafy infants of the wood,
  Fields, and all that on you feedeth,        35
Dance, O dance, at such a good!
For Jehovah cometh, lo!
  Lo, to reign Jehovah cometh!
Under whom you all shall go.
He the world shall rightly guide;        40
  Truly, as a king becometh,
For the people’s weal provide.

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