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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
“God is my strength”
XCVII. John Marbeck
 
2 SAM. XXII. 2–7.

GOD 1 is my strength; in him I will
  Put all my hope and trust;
For I do finde him vnto me
  Both mercifull and iust.
 
He is my shield, the horne of health,        5
  My tower that is so strong;
My refuge and my Sauiour,
  From taking any wrong.
 
I will on him call day and night,
  Who worthy is of prayse;        10
Not doubting then but that I shall
  Preserued be alwayes.
 
The pangs of death gat me about,
  And griped me full sore;
The flowing floods of wicked men        15
  Did fray me more and more.
 
The sorrowes of the hell or graue
  Me compassed about;
The snares were set to trappe me in,
  That I should not get out.        20
 
Then in my trouble did I call
  Unto the Lord on hye,
Who from out of his holy place
  Gaue eare vnto my cry.
 
Note 1. XCVII. John Marbeck.—He was organist of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. He wrote “The Holie Historie of King Dauid, drawn into English meetre for the youth to reade,” which was published in 1579. [back]
 
 
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