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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
The Song of Annah
X. Michael Drayton
For the Bringing Foorth of Samuel Her Sonne

The Second Chap. of the Firste Booke of Samuel

MY heart doth in the Lord reioice;
  That liuing Lord of might,
Which doth his seruant’s horn exalt
  In al his people’s sight.
I wil reioice in their despight        5
  Which erst haue me abhord,
Because that my saluation
  Dependeth on the Lord.
None is so holie as the Lord;
  Besides thee none there are;        10
With our God there is no God
  That may himselfe compare.
See that no more presumptuously
  Ye neither boast nor vaunt,
Nor yet vnseemly speak such things        15
  So proud and arrogant.
For why? the counsell of the Lord
  In depth cannot be sought:
Our enterprises and our actes
  By him to passe are brought.        20
The bowe is broke, the mightie ones
  Subuerted are at length,
And they which weak and feeble were
  Increased are in strength.
They that were ful and had great store,        25
  With labor buy their bread;
And they which hungrie were and poore,
  With plentie now are fed:
So that the wombe which barren was
  Hath many children born,        30
And she which store of children had
  Is left now all forlorne.
The Lord doth kill and make aliue,
  His iudgments all are iust;
He throweth downe into the graue,        35
  And raiseth from the dust.
The Lord doth make both rich and poore;
  He al our thoughts doth trie;
He bringeth low, and eke againe
  Exalteth vp on hie.        40
He raiseth vp the simple soule
  Whom men pursude with hate,
To sit amongst the mightie ones
  In chaire of princely state.
For why? the pillers of the earth        45
  He placed with his hand,
Whose mighty strength doth stil support
  The waight of al the land.
He wil preserue his saints; likewise
  The wicked men at length        50
He wil confound: let no man seem
  To glory in his strength.
The enemies of God the Lord
  Shall be destroied al;
From heauen he shal thunder send,        55
  That on their heads shal fall.
The mightie Lord shall iudge the world,
  And giue his power alone
Vnto the king; and shal exalt
  His owne annointed one.        60

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