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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Psalme XXVII
XI. Henry Lok
THE LORD! 1 he is my saving light,
  Whom should I therefore feare?
He makes my foes to fall, whose teeth
  Would me in sunder teare.
Though hostes of men besiege my soule,        5
  My heart shall neuer dread;
So that within his court and sight,
  My life may still be led.
For in his Church from trouble free
  He shall me keepe in holde;        10
In spight of foes, his wrondrous prayse
  My song shall still unfold.
Have mercie, Lord, therefore, on me,
  And heare me when I cry;
Thou bidst me looke with hope on thee;        15
  For help to thee I fly.
In wrath therefore hide not thy face,
  But be thou still my aide;
Though parents fayle thou wilt assist—
  Thy promise so hath said.        20
Teach me thy truth, and thy right path,
  Least that the enemy
Prevaile against my life; whose tongues
  Entrap me treacherously.
My heart would fainte for feare, unless        25
  My faith did build on thee;
My hope’s my God, and comfort’s strength,
  Who will deliver me.
Note 1. XI. Henry Lok.—Of this author little is known, though he appears to have been connected with the court of Elizabeth, to whom he dedicated some of his pieces, comprising two hundred sonnets, treating of meditation, humiliation, prayer, comfort, joy, and thanksgiving. His name occurs to a small book in the Bodleian Library, entitled “Sundry Psalms of Dauid translated into verse, as briefly and significantly as the scope of the text will suffer.” These Psalms are included in the very rare work which he published in 1597, entitled “Ecclesiastes, otherwise called the Preacher. Containing Saloman’s Sermons or Commentaries—as it may probably be collected—vpon the 49 Psalme of Dauid his father. Compendiously abridged, and also paraphrastically dilated in English poesie, according to the analogie of Scripture, and consent of the most approued writers thereof. Composed by H. L., gentleman. Whereunto are annexed sundrie Sonnets of Christian Passions heretofore printed, and now corrected and augmented with other affectionate Sonnets of the same author’s.” In the whole there are 320 sonnets in the volume; those on “sundrie Christian Passions” comprising 200 of that number. [back]

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