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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme CXXV
VI. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
Qui confidunt.

AS Sion standeth, very firmly stedfast,
Never once shaking; soe on high Jehova
Who his hope buildeth, very firmly stedfast
                    Ever abideth.
As Salem braveth with her hilly bullwarkes        5
Roundly enforted; soe the greate Jehova
Closeth his servantes, as a hilly bullwark
                    Ever abiding.
Though tirantes’ hard yoke with a heavy pressure
Wring the just shoulders, but a while it holdeth,        10
Lest the best minded by too hard abusing
                    Bend to abuses.
As the well-workers, soe the right beleevers,
Lord, favour further: but a vaine deceiver,
Whose wryed footing not aright directed        15
                    Wandreth in error;
Lord, hym abjected set among the number,
Whose doings lawlesse study bent to mischiefe
Mischief expecteth; but upon thy chosen
                    Peace be for ever.        20

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