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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
An Example of Praier against Idolatrous Tyrantes
XV. John Hall, M.D.
That Set vp False Worship in the Reproche of God’s True Worshyp

Out of the cxv. Psalme.

IF 1 vnto vs poore mortall men
No prayse is due of very ryght,
How are they mockte and blynded then,
How farre are they from perfect sight,
That to a stocke or dead image        5
Will geue such laude as God should haue!
How vayne is he, howe doth he rage,
That doth God’s glorie so depraue!
The which sinne and most vyle offence
David did so abhorre and hate,        10
That he a psalme in God’s defence
Compiled hath, that each estate
May vnderstande howe farre awrye
They wandred be from righteousnes,
The lyuing God that doe denye        15
By an image or false lykenes:
And therfore doth all men exhorte
To feare the Lorde, and in hym truste;
Which is a true and sure comforte
To all that in his hope are iust.        20
His harpe in hande he therfore tooke,
And on his knees this noble kyng
(As it is in the Psalter booke)
This holy psalme begun to synge:
  Not vnto vs, Lord, not to vs,
Etc. etc. etc. etc.
Note 1. XV. John Hall, M.D.—Dr. Hall was a celebrated writer in the age of Elizabeth on matters pertaining to anatomy and chirurgy. He was also well known, in his day, as a poet. His chief work, copies of which are extremely rare, was published in 1565, under the title of “The Court of Virtue: contaigning many Holy or Spretual Songs, Sonnettes, Psalms, Ballets, and short sentences, as well of Holy Scripture as others, with Musical Notes.” [back]

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