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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme CXXV
CXI. Robert Wisdom
Qui confidunt.

THOSE 1 that doe put their confidence
Vpon the Lord our God onely,
And fly to him for his defence
In all their neede and misery,
Their faith is sure firme to endure,        5
Grounded on Christ the corner-stone;
Moued with none ill, but standeth still,
Stedfast like to the mount Sion.
And as about Jerusalem
The mighty hils do it compasse,        10
So that no enemy commeth to them,
To hurt that towne in any case;
So God in deed in euery need
His faithfull people doth defend,
Standing them by assuredly,        15
From this time forth world without end.
Right wise and good is our Lord God,
And will not suffer certeinely
The sinner’s and vngodlye’s rod
To tary vpon his family;        20
Least they also from God should go,
Falling to sin and wickednesse:
O Lord, defend, world without end,
Thy christian flocke through thy goodnes.
O Lord, do good to Christians all,        25
That stedfast in thy word abide
Such as willingly from God fall,
And to false doctrine daily slide,
Such will the Lord scatter abroad,
With hipocrites throwne downe to hell;        30
God will them send paines without end:
But, Lord, graunt peace to Israël.
Glory to God the Father of might,
And to the Sonne our Sauiour,
And to the Holy Ghost, whose light        35
Shine in our harts and vs succour;
That the right way, from day to day,
We may walke and him glorifie:
With hart’s desire all that are here
Worship the Lord, and say Amen.        40
Note 1. CXI. Robert Wisdom.—He was a clergyman of the Church of England and archdeacon of Ely. He appears to have been not only a champion of the Reformation, but a firm vindicator of the Book of Common Prayer against the puritans. Like many other clergymen, Wisdom took refuge at Geneva during the reign of Queen Mary. Strype says, that “besides other books, Wisdom penned a very godly and fruitful exposition upon certain Psalms of David; of which he translated some into English metre: there is one of them, and I think no more, still remaining in our ordinary singing Psalms—namely, the hundred twenty-fifth.” The initials of Wisdom are affixed in the early editions of the Old Version to this Psalm only; but there is a hymn of his preserved at the end of the singing Psalms in our old Bibles and Psalters, which will be found here. [back]

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