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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalm CXXX
XLIV. Francis Davison
FROM deepe gulphes of misfortune,
Orewhelm’d with miseries,
Lord, I thine aid importune
With neuer-ceasing cries.
Oh heare my lamentation,        5
Oh view my restles teares,
And to my supplication
Bow downe attentiue eares.
My manifold abuses
If thou behold in ire,        10
Lord, I haue no excuses
To ’scape eternall fire.
But since with true contrition
My sins I wayle and blame,
Lord, saue me from perdition,        15
To feare and praise thy name.
Lord, thou art all my comfort,
My soule’s sure prop and sheild;
My hopes in my discomfort
Still on thy word I build.        20
My soule, base earth despising,
More longs with God to be,
Than rosie morning’s rising
Tyr’d watchmen watch to see.
Lay thy hope’s sure foundation        25
On God, O Israëll;
On God, in whom saluation
And boundles mercie dwell.
The leaprous spots that stayn thee
He then will purifie;        30
Syn’s fetters, that enchayn thee,
He gently will vntie.

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