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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme CXXV
CX. William Kethe
Qui confidunt.

SUCH 1 as in God the Lord do trust,
As mount Sion shall firmely stand,
And be remoued at no hand;
The Lord will count them right and iust,
  So that they shall be sure        5
  For euer to endure.
As mighty mountaines huge and great
Jerusalem about doe close,
So will the Lord be vnto those
Who on his godly will doe wayte.        10
  Such are to him so deare,
  They neuer neede to feare.
For though the righteous try doth he,
By making wicked men his rod;
Least they for griefe forsake their God,        15
It shall not as their lot still be.
  Giue, Lord, to those thy light,
  Whose hearts are true and right.
But as for such as turne asyde
By crooked wayes which they out sought,        20
The Lord will surely bring to nought;
With works most vyle they shall abide:
  But peace with Israël
  For euermore shall dwell.
Note 1. CX. William Kethe.—Little is known of Kethe beyond the fact that he was one of those who left England to avoid persecution during the reign of Queen Mary, and that he resided at Geneva, where he composed those Psalms in the Old Version to which his initials are affixed. Warton and Strype call him a native of Scotland: he appears however to have been an Englishman. Kethe likewise contributed to the Scottish Version; arising, apparently, from the fact, that Hopkins rejected many of his translations, as he did many others. [back]

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