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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme XCVI
VI. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
Cantate Domino.

SING, and let the song be new,
  Unto him that never endeth:
Sing all earth, and all in you:
Sing to God and blesse his name;
  Of the help, the health he sendeth,        5
Day by day new ditties frame.
Make each country know his worth:
  Of his actes the wondred story
  Paint unto each people forth:
For Jehova greate alone,        10
  All the gods for awe and glory
Farre above doth hold his throne.
For but idolls what are they,
  Whom besides mad earth adoreth?
He the skies in frame did lay:        15
Grace and Honor are his guides;
  Majesty his temple storeth;
  Might in guard about him bides.
Kindreds come, Jehova give,
  O give Jehova all together        20
Force and fame, whereso you live:
Give his name the glory fitt;
  Take your offrings; get you thither
  Where he doth enshrined sitt.
Goe, adore him in the place        25
  Where his pompe is most displaied:
Earth, O goe with quaking pace;
Goe, proclaime Jehova king:
  Staylesse world shall now be staied;
Righteous doome his rule shall bring.        30
Starry roofe, and earthy floore,
  Sea, and all thy widenesse yieldeth,
Now rejoyce and leape and rore:
Leavy infants of the wood,
  Fieldes and all that on you feedeth,        35
Daunce, O daunce at such a good.
For Jehova cometh, loe!
  Loe! to raigne Jehova cometh;
Under whome you all shall goe:
He the world shall rightly guide;        40
  Truly, as a king becometh,
For the people’s weale provide.

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