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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme CXLIX
CXII. John Pullain
Cantate Domino.

SING 1 vnto the Lord with heartie accord
        A new ioyfull song:
Hir praises resounde in euerie grounde
        His saintes all among.
Let Israel reioice and praise eke with voyce        5
        His Maker louing;
The sonnes of Sion let them euerie one
        Be glad in their King.
Let all them aduance his name in the dance
        Bothe now and alwayes;        10
With harp and tabret, euen so likewise let
        Them vtter his prayes.
The Lord’s pleasure is in them that are his,
        Not willing to start;
But all meanes do seke to succour the meke        15
        And humble in heart.
The saints more and lesse his praise shall expresse,
        As is good and right;
Reioycing, I saye, both now and for aye,
        In their beds at night.        20
Their throte shall braste out in euerie route
        In praise of their Lord;
And as men most bolde in hande they shall holde
        A two-edged sworde,
Auenged to be in euerie degree        25
        The heathen vpon,
And for to reproue, as them doth behoue,
        The people ech one;
To bind strange kings fast in chains that will last,
        Their nobles also        30
In hard yron bands, as well fete as hands,
        To their grief and wo:
That they may indede giue sentence with spede
        On them to their paine;
As is writ. Alwayes such honour and prayes        35
        His saints shall obtaine.
Note 1. CXII. John Pullain.—He was born in Yorkshire, and admitted in 1547, when about thirty years of age, senior student of Christ Church, Oxford. He preached the doctrines of the Reformation privately at Saint Michael’s, Cornhill, in 1556, but afterwards became an exile. On his return, after Elizabeth had ascended the throne, he was made archdeacon of Colchester: he died in 1565. Pullain contributed the 148th and 149th Psalms to the earlier editions of the Old Version; but neither of these has been retained. Bliss intimates that none of his poetical productions were extant; but the 149th Psalm is still preserved, and is given here. [back]

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