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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme XCI
XLVIII. T. Carey
MAKE 1 the great God thy fort, and dwell
  In him by faith, and doe not care,
So shaded, for the fires of hell,
  Or for the cuning fowler’s snare,
  Or poison of th’ infected aire.        5
His plumes shall make a downy bed,
  Where thou shalt rest; he shall display
His wings of truth ouer thy head,
  Which, like a shield, shall driue away
  The feares of night, the darts of day.        10
The winged plague that flies by night,
  The murdering sword that kills by day,
Shall not thy quiet power affright,
  Though on thy left and right hand thay
  A thousand and ten thousand slay.        15
Onely thine eies shall see the fall
  Of sinners; but because thy heart
Dwells with the Lord, not one of all
  These ills, nor yet the plaguie dart,
  Shall dare approach near where thou art.        20
His angells shall direct thy leggs,
  And guard them in the stony streete:
On lions’ whelpes and adders’ eggs
  Thy steps shall march; and if thou meete
  With dragons, they shall kisse thy feete.        25
When thou art troubled, he will heare
  And help thee; for thy loue embraced
And knew his name: therefore hee’ll reare
  Thy honors high; and when thou hast
  Enioyed them long, saue thee at last.        30
Note 1. XLVIII. T. Carey.—Carey wrote Psalm cxi. in the select version mentioned in the preceding notes. This, however, is not found in the original MS., but in a copy, “Manuscrib’d by R. Cr.” This manuscript is beautifully bound in white vellum, with other original poetry; the whole being entitled “A Handful of Celestial Flowers; viz. divers selected Psalms of David in verse, differently translated from those used in the Church; Divers Meditations upon our Saviour’s Passion; Certain Hymnes or Carrolls for Christmas Daie; A Divine Pastorell Eglogue; Meditations upon the 1st and 13th verses of ye 17th chap, of Job. Composed by divers worthie and learned Gentlemen.” The other poems in this MS. belong to a later date than that to which this selection refers. [back]

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