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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
Psalm I
XXXIX. Joseph Hall
WHO 1 hath not walkt astray
In wicked men’s aduise,
Nor stood in sinners’ way,
Nor in their companies
  That scorners are,        5
  As their fit mate,
  In scoffing chayre
  Hath euer sate;
But in thy lawes diuine,
O Lord, sets his delight,        10
And in those lawes of thine
Studies all day and night.
  Oh how that man
  Thrice blessed is!
  And sure shall gaine        15
  Eternall blisse.
He shall be like the tree
Set by the water-springs,
Which when his seasons
Most pleasant fruite forth brings,        20
  Whose boughes so greene
  Shall neuer fade,
  But couered bene
  With comely shade.
So to this happy wight        25
All his designes shall thriue,
Whereas the man vnright,
As chaffe which windes do driue,
  With euery blast
  Is tost on hy,        30
  Nor can at last
  In safety lie.
Wherefore in that sad doome
They dare not rise from dust,
Nor shall no sinner come        35
To glory of the iust.
  For God will giue
  The iust man’s way,
  While sinner’s race
  Run to decay.        40
Note 1. XXXIX. Joseph Hall, the learned Bishop of Norwich, was born in 1574, and died in 1647. He is chiefly known as an author by his prose works, and “Vergidemiarum;” but his name is introduced here as the author of “The Note of Divine Meditations,” in which there are some select psalms, which was published in 1607. [back]

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