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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
IX. Sir Edwin Sandys
O BLESSED 1 they whose humble harts
True fear of power divine endues:
Religous soule, that ne’er departs
From way which blisful life renues.
O blessed man! thy ioys abound:        5
Thyn house thy cheerful hands shall rear:
And labours iust, with blessing cround,
Shall feeding fruit still plenteous fear.
Thy wife, a vine on wall disspred,
In fruitful love hast ioious met,        10
Thy children sweet, in virtue bred,
Fair olive-plants, thy boord beset.
So thus God’s fear thus graced shall be;
From Sion deer thee God shall bless,
And quiet home shall plentie see,        15
And life contented long possess.
That all thy days delighted ey
Jerusalem’s great weal may vieu,
And wasting life itself espy
In children’s children to renue.        20
O thankful then God’s love alure,
Stil righteous life with care maintain,
So happie long maist thou endure,
So peace to Israel long remain.
Note 1. IX. Sir Edwin Sandys.—He wrote “Sacred Hymns: consisting of Fifte Select Psalms of David and others, paraphristically turned into English verse. And by Robert Tailour set to be sung in five parts, and also to the Viole, and Lute, or Orph-arion. Published for the use of such as delight in the exercise of music in her original honour. London, 1616.” It is uncertain whether the paraphrast was Sir Edwin Sandys, the second son of the venerable Archbishop of York, or another individual bearing both his title and his name, who lived at Latimers, in Buckinghamshire. [back]

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