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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalm XIII
XLIV. Francis Davison
LORD, 1 how long, how long wilt thou
  Quight forget, and quight neglect me?
How long, with a frowning brow,
  Wilt thou from thy sight reject me?
How long shall I seeke a way        5
  Forth this maze of thoughts perplexed,
Where my griev’d mind, night and day,
  Is with thinking tried and vexed?
How long shall my scornful foe
  (On my fall his greatness placing)        10
Build upon my overthrowe,
  And be grac’d by my disgracing?
Heare, O Lord and God, my cries;
  Mark my foe’s unjust abusing;
And illuminate mine eies,        15
  Heavenly beams in them infusing:
Lest my woes, too great to beare,
  And too infinite to nomber,
Rocke me soone, ’twixt hope and fear,
  Into Death’s eternal slomber:        20
Lest my foes their boasting make,
  “Spight of right on him we trample;”
And in pride of mischief take,
  Heartned by my sad example.
As for me, I’ll ride secure        25
  At thy mercies’ sacred anchor,
And undaunted will endure
  Fiercest storms of wrong and rancour.
These blacke clowdes will overflowe,
  Sun-shine shall have his returning;        30
And my grief-dull’d heart, I knowe,
  Into mirth shall change his mourning.
Therefore I’ll rejoyce, and sing
  Hymnes to God in sacred measure,
Who to happie passe will bring        35
  My just hopes, at his good pleasure!
Note 1. XLIV. Francis Davison.—He was the eldest son of William Davison, who was secretary of state and privy counsellor to Queen Elizabeth. In 1602 he published “A Poetical Rapsodie, containing diuers Sonnets, Odes, Elegies, Madrigals, Epigrams, Pastorals, Eglogues, with other Poems, both in rime and measured verse.” As a collection of Elizabethan poetry, this work has been always highly esteemed, and has gone through repeated editions. Davison, however, is introduced into this work as one of the writers of “Divers Selected Psalms of David, in verse, of a different composure from those used in the Church,” the MS. of which is among the Harleian Collection in the British Museum. Francis Davison was by far the largest contributor to this version of select psalms. [back]

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