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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Psalmi Davidici
LVIII. Henry Peacham
 
TO 1 sundrie keies doth Hilarie compare
The holy Psalmes of that propheticque king,
’Cause in their natures so disposed they are,
That, as it were, by sundry dores they bring
  The soule of man, opprest with deadly sinne,        5
  Vnto the throne where he may mercy winne.
 
For wouldst thou in thy Saviour still reioyce,
Or for thy sinnes, with teares, lament and pray,
Or sing his praises with thy heart and voice,
Or for his mercies giue him thankes alway?        10
  Set David’s Psalmes a mirror to thy mind,
  But with his zeale and heavenly spirit wind.
 
Note 1. LVIII. Henry Peacham, Master of Arts, published in 1612 a work entitled “Minerva Britanna, or a Garden of Heroical Devises, furnished and adorned with Emblemes and Impresas of sundry natures, newly devised, moralized, and published.” Posterior to the reign of King James, Peacham wrote “The Valley of Varietie: or Discourse fitting for the Times, containing very learned and rare passages out of antiquitie, philosophy, and history.” [back]
 
 
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