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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Psalm XLIII
XLIV. Francis Davison
 
I APPEALE, oh God! to thee;
Oh, give sentence, Lord, with me,
And defend my helples cause
’Gainst such men as hate thy lawes:
Oh deliuer me from those        5
That deceitfully can gloze.
 
For thou art the God of whom
All my strength and help doth come:
Why, oh why hast thou from thee
So estrang’d and parted me?        10
And why doth my pace, so slowe,
Me deiected, heartles, showe,
While insulting enemies
Prest me with their iniuries?
Oh send out thy truth and light        15
To instruct and lead me right,
To conduct me to thy hill
And thy dwelling, holy still.
 
Then vnto thyne altar I
With oblations will hye,        20
Offring these to thee, who art
Joy and gladnes to my heart;
And vpon my harp will sing
Praise to thee, O God my King!
 
O my soule, oh, why art thou        25
So cast downe? so heauy now?
And why art thou in my breast
So disturbed of thy rest?
Wayt on God, be patient,
And in him be confident.        30
Yet I will remaine the same,
To give thankes to his great name;
For he is my God of might,
Who my countenance setts right.
 
 
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