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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Psalme XCI
VI. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
 
Qui habitat.

TO him the Highest keepes
  In closet of his care;
Who in th’ Allmightie’s shadow sleepes,
  For one affirme I dare:
Jehova is my fort,        5
  My place of safe repaire;
My God, in whom of my support
  All hopes reposed are.
 
From snare the fowler laies,
  He shall thee sure unty:        10
The noisome blast that plaguing straies
  Untoucht shall passe thee by.
Soft hiv’d with wing and plume
  Thou in his shrowd shalt ly,
And on his truth noe lesse presume,        15
  Then most in shield affy.
 
Not mov’d with frightfull night,
  Nor arrow shott by day:
Though plague, I say, in darknesse fight,
  And wast at noontide slay.        20
Nay, allbe thousands here,
  Ten thousands there decay;
That ruine to approach thee nere
  Shall finde no force nor way.
 
But thou shalt live to see,        25
  And seeing to relate,
What recompences shared be
  To ev’ry godlesse mate.
When once thou mak’st the Lord
  Protector of thy state,        30
And with the Highest canst accord
  To dwell within his gate:
 
Then ill, nay, cause of ill,
  Shall farr excluded goe:
Nought thee to hurt, much lesse to kill,        35
  Shall nere thy lodging grow.
For angells shall attend
  By him commanded soe,
And thee in all such waies defend
  As his directions show.        40
 
To beare thee with regard
  Their hands shall both be spred;
Thy foote shall never dash too hard
  Against the stone misled.
Soe thou on lions goe,        45
  Soe on the aspick’s head;
On lionet shall hurtlesse soe
  And on the dragon tread.
 
Loe, me, saith God, he loves,
  I therefore will him free:        50
My name with knowledge he approves,
  That shall his honor be.
He asks when paines are rife,
  And streight receiv’d doth see
Help, glory, and his fill of life,        55
  With endlesse health from me.
 
 
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