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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
CVIII. Thomas Norton
Laudate Dominum.

PRAYSE 1 ye the Lord, for it is good
  Vnto our God to sing;
For it is pleasant, and to prayse
  It is a comely thing.
The Lord, his owne Jerusalem        5
  He buildeth vp alone,
And the disperst of Israël
  Doth gather into one.
He heales the broken in their heart,
  Their sores vp doth he bind;        10
He counts the number of the stars,
  And names them in their kinde.
Great is the Lord, great is his power,
  His wisedome infinite:
The Lord releeues the meeke, and throwes        15
  To ground the wicked wight.
Sing vnto God the Lord with prayse,
  Vnto the Lord reioyce,
And to our God vpon the harpe
  Aduance your singing voice.        20
He couers heauen with clouds, and for
  The earth prepareth raine;
And on the mountaines he doth make
  The grasse to grow againe.
He giues to beastes their foode, and to        25
  Yong rauens, when they cry:
His pleasure not in strength of horse,
  Nor in man’s legs doth lye:
But in all those that feare the Lord
  The Lord hath his delight,        30
And such as doe attend vpon
  His mercie’s shining light.
O prayse the Lord, Jerusalem;
  Thy God, O Sion, prayse;
For he the barres hath forged strong,        35
  Wherewith thy gates he staies.
Thy children he hath blest in thee,
  And in thy borders he
Doth settle peace, and with the flower
  Of wheat he filleth thee.        40
And his commandement vpon
  The earth he sendeth out,
And eke his word with speedy course
  Doth swiftly runne about.
He giueth snow like wool, hoar frost        45
  Like ashes doth he spread;
Like morsels castes his ice; thereof
  The cold who can abide?
He sendeth forth his mighty word,
  And melteth them agayne;        50
His winde he made to blow, and then
  The waters flow amayne.
The doctrine of his holy word
  To Jacob did he show;
His statutes and his iudgements he        55
  Giues Israël to know.
With euery nation hath he not
  So delt, nor they haue knowne
His secret iudgements: ye, therefore,
  Prayse ye the Lord alone.        60
Note 1. CVIII. Thomas Norton.—He was born in Bedfordshire, and became a barrister-at-law, and a poet of considerable reputation among his contemporaries. Next to Hopkins he was the largest contributor towards completing the Old Version: but some few now ascribed to him were written by John Mardley. [back]

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