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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Psalm XXIII
VIII. Henry Ainsworth
 
JEHOVAH 1 feedeth me, I shall not lack;
In grassy folds he down doth make me lye,
He gently leads me quiet waters by,
He doth return my soul: for his name sake
In paths of justice leads me quietly.        5
 
Yea, though I walk in dale of deadly shade,
Ile fear none ill, for with me thou wilt be;
Thy rod, thy staff, eke they shall comfort me:
Fore me a table thou hast ready made,
In their presence that my distressers be:        10
 
Thou makest fat mine head with ointing oil;
My cup abounds. Doubtless good and mercy
Shall all the days of my life follow me:
Also within Jehovah’s house I shall
To length of dayes repose me quietly.        15
 
Note 1. VIII. Henry Ainsworth.—This writer was one of the Non-conforming Clergy, who in 1604 left this country, and went to reside in Amsterdam. While there he wrote and published “The Booke of Psalmes: Englished both in prose and metre;” a copy of which is in the possession of the Editor. The version is accompanied with musical notes, and at the end there is a mass of learned annotations, which obtained the warm praise of Dr. Doddridge. Mr. Ainsworth died about 1623, leaving an “exemplary character for humility, sobriety, discretion, and unblameable virtue.” [back]
 
 
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