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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalm CXXV
XLIV. Francis Davison
THEY that their faithe’s foundation lay
  On God the Lord, vnmou’d shall stand,
  Like Sion’s hill, which by Time’s hand
Can neuer be brought to decay.
As mountaines great on euery side        5
  Engirdle faire Jerusalem,
  So will the Lord be vnto them
That pure and vpright doe abide.
For though it sometimes pleaseth God
  T’ afflict the righteous, he will not        10
  Let it be evermore their lot
To be scourg’d with th’ vngodlie’s rod;
Lest they should to iniquitie
  Their owne unguiltie hands extend.
  Lord, vpon them thy blessings send        15
That loue truth in integritie:
But such as crooked bypaths tread,
  Leauing the straight to goe astray,
  With wicked men shall goe the way,
Whose tract shall to destruction lead.        20
But happie peace, joy-bringing peace
  And plentie shall for euer dwell
  With God’s owne chosen Israëll;
Whose joyes I pray may neuer cease.

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