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

O PRAISE the Lord where goodness dwells,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
O praise the God all gods excells,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Praise him that is of lords the Lord,        5
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
Who only wonders doth afford,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Whose skillfull art did vault the skies,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:        10
Made earth above the waters rise,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Who did the luminaries make,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
The sun, of day the charge to take,        15
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
The moone and starrs in night to raign,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
Who Egypt’s eldest-born hath slayn,
  For his bounty endeth never.        20
 
And brought out Israël from thence,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
With mighty hand and strong defence,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Who cutt in two the russhy sea,        25
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
And made the middest Jacob’s way,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Who Pharao and his army droun’d,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:        30
And led his folk through desert ground,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Greate kings in battaile overthrew,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
Yea, mighty kings, most mighty slew,        35
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Both Sehon king of Amorites,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
And Ogg the king of Bashanites,
  For his bounty endeth never.        40
 
For heritage his kingdoms gave,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
His Israëll to hold and have,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Who minded us dejected low,        45
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:
And did us save from force of foe,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
Who fills with foode each feeding thing,
  For his kindnesse lasteth ever:        50
Praise God, who is of heav’ns the king,
  For his bounty endeth never.
 
 
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