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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme XCIX
VI. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
Dominus regnavit.

WHAT if nations rage and frett?
What if earth doe ruine threate?
Loe, our state Jehova guideth,
He that on the cherubs rideth.
Greate Jehova Sion holdes,        5
High above what earth enfolds:
Thence his sacred name with terror
Forceth truth from tongues of error.
Thron’d he sitts a king of might,
Mighty soe, as bent to right;        10
For how can but be maintained
Right by him who right ordained?
O then come, Jehova sing:
Sing our God, our Lord, our King;
At the footstoole sett before him        15
—He is holy—come, adore him.
Moses erst and Aron soe—
These did high in priesthood goe—
Samuell soe unto him crying,
Got their sutes without denying.        20
But from cloudy piller then
God did daigne to talk with men:
He enacting, they observing,
From his will there was no swerving.
Then our God, Jehova, thou        25
Unto them thy eare didst bowe:
Gratious still, and kindly harted,
Though for sinne they somewhile smarted.
O then come, Jehova sing:
Sing our God, our Lord, our King;        30
In his Sion mount before him
—He is holy—come, adore him.

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