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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
CVII. John Hopkins
Quam dilecta tabernacula.

HOW 1 pleasant is thy dwelling-place,
  O Lord of hostes, to me!
The tabernacles of thy grace,
  How pleasant, Lord, they be!
My soule doth long full sore to goe        5
  Into thy courtes abroad;
My heart doth lust, my flesh also,
  In thee the liuing Lord.
The sparrowes find a roome to rest,
  And saue themselues from wrong;        10
And eke the swallow hath a nest
  Wherein to keepe her young.
These birdes full nigh thine altar may
  Haue place to sit and sing:
O Lord of hosts, thou art, I say,        15
  My God and eke my King.
O they be blessed that may dwell
  Within thy house alwaies;
For they all times thy facts do tell,
  And euer giue thee praise.        20
Yea, happy sure likewise are they
  Whose stay and strength thou art;
Which to thy house do minde the way,
  And seeke it in their heart.
As they goe through the vale of teares,        25
  They dig vp fountaines still;
That as a spring it all appeares,
  And thou their pits doest fill.
From strength to strength they walke full fast,
  No faintnes there shall be;        30
And so the God of gods at last
  In Sion they do see.
O Lord of hostes, to me giue heede,
  And heare when I doe pray;
And let it through thine eares proceede,        35
  O Jacob’s God, I say.
O Lord our shield, of thy good grace
  Regard, and so draw neare;
Regard, I say, behold the face
  Of thine annoynted deare.        40
For why? within thy courts one day
  Is better to abide,
Then other where to keepe or stay
  A thousand daies beside.
Much rather would I keepe a doore        45
  Within the house of God,
Then in the tents of wickednesse
  To settle mine abode.
For God the Lord, light and defence,
  Will grace and worship giue;        50
And no good thing shall he withold
  From them that purely liue.
O Lord of hostes, that man is blest,
  And happy sure is he,
That is perswaded in his brest        55
  To trust all times in thee.
Note 1. CVII. John Hopkins.—Nearly all that is known of Hopkins, beyond the fact of his being the principal contributor to the Old Version of Psalms, and the occurrence of his name subscribed to some Latin stanzas prefixed to Foxe’s Martyrology, is, that he was a clergyman and schoolmaster of Suffolk, and “perhaps a graduate at Oxford,” about the year 1544. Although Hopkins at first only published seven of the Psalms, and those anonymously; yet he subsequently translated fifty-eight, as indicated by his initials prefixed. Hopkins, moreover, was the ostensible editor of the collected Psalms of the Old Version, when first published in 1562. [back]

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