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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalm CXII
IX. Sir John Harington
WHO 1 feare the Lord are trewly blest,
  That dewly worke to doe his will:
Great lands are by his seed possesst;
  His howse, his heires, shall prosper still.
With plenty God shall blesse his store,        5
  And stay his state, that loveth right:
Yf darkenes come, yet evermore
  The Lord shall lend him happy light.
His love, his mercie, hee bestowes
  On him that saves the poore from wrong,        10
And gives, and lends, and kindnes shewes,
  Yet still discreetly guides his tongue.
His memorie shall ever bide;
  Yea, though in grave his bones be layd,
His foote shall never fayle or slyde;        15
  No news shall make his hart affrayd.
He putts in God assured trust;
  And trusting so, hee doth suppose
They need not shrink whose cause is just—
  He shall prevayle against his foes.        20
Hee doth in hast, but not in wast,
  His goods disperse to such as need;
His righteousness shall ever last,
  His praise and honor shall exceed.
The wicked man, when he this seeth,        25
  That God the good doth love and cherish,
Shall pyne for griefe and gnash his teeth—
  His wicked thoughts with him shall perish.
Note 1. IX. Sir John Harington.—He was one of the most noted characters in the reign of Elizabeth, as a courtier and a man of wit. His poems are chiefly of a secular character; but some few of his minor pieces have a moral and religious tendency, and among them are a few versions of selected psalms. [back]

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