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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Psalm viii

O LORD 1 our Governour,
  How excellent is thy name in all the world,
  Thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings
  hast thou establish’d strength because of thine adversaries,        5
  that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
  the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained—
What is man, that thou art mindful of him,
  and the son of man, that thou regardest him?        10
Thou hast set him but little lower than godhead,
  to crown him with glory and worship:
Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
  thou hast put all things under his feet;
All sheep and oxen,        15
  yea and the beasts of the field.
The fowls of the air and the fishes of the sea
  and whatsoever goeth thro’ the paths of the sea.
O Lord our Governour,
  How excellent is thy name in all the world!        20
Note 1. Psalm viii. An early psalm. In ver. 5 the familiar mistranslation of Elohim by Angels increases the difficulty of satisfying the reader. [back]

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