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

THE HOUSE Jehova builds not
We vainly strive to build it;
The towne Jehova guards not
We vainly watch to guard it.
No use of early rising;        5
As uselesse is thy watching:
Not aught at all it helpes thee
To eate thy bread with anguish.
As unto weary sences
A sleepie rest unasked;        10
So bounty cometh uncaus’d
From him to his beloved.
Noe, not thy children hast thou
By choise, by chaunce, by nature;
They are, they are Jehova’s,        15
Rewardes from him rewarding.
The multitude of infantes,
A good man holdes, resembleth
The multitude of arrowes,
A mighty archer holdeth.        20
Hys happines triumpheth,
Who beares a quiver of them:
Noe countenance of haters
Shall unto him be dreadfull.

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