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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme XV
XVIII. William Byrd
O LORD, 1 who in thy sacred tent
  And holy hill shall dwell?
Euen he that both in heart and minde
  Dooth studie to do well.
In life vpright, in dealing iust,        5
  And he that from his heart
The truth doth speak with singlenes,
  All falshood set apart.
With tongue besides that hurts no man,
  By false and ill report;        10
Nor friends nor neighbours harme will doe
  Whereuer he resort.
That hates the bad, and loues the good,
  And faith that neuer breakes;
But keepes alwaies, though to his losse,        15
  The woord that once he speakes.
Nor filthy gaine by loue that seekes,
  Nor wealth so to possesse;
Nor that for bribes the guiltlesse soule
  Doth labour to oppresse.        20
Like as a mount, so shall he stand:
  Nothing shall him remoue,
That thus shall do, the Lord hath said;
  Nor man can it disproue.
Note 1. XVIII. William Byrd.—He was one of the “Gentlemen of the Queene’s Maiestie’s honorable Chappell.” In 1583 he published a work entitled “Medius: Psalmes, Sonets, and Songs of Sadness and Pietie,” from which the following specimens are derived. In the original copies the poetry is set to music. [back]

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