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My life down to the earth, and roll
Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire;
So the assemblies of each nation
Judge me, Lord; be judge in this
Upon me cause at length to cease
And their power that do amiss.
But the just establish fast,
Since thou art the just God that tries
God is a just judge and severe,
Already, and for him intended
The tools of death that waits him near.
(His arrows purposely made he
He digg'd a pit, and delved it deep,
His mischief, that due course doth keep,
Then will I Jehovah's praise
August 14, 1653.
O JEHOVAH our Lord, how wondrous great
Out of the tender mouths of latest bearth,
Hast founded strength, because of all thy foes, To stint the enemy, and slack the avenger's brow, That bends his rage thy providence to oppose.
When I behold thy heavens, thy fingers' art,
The moon and stars, which thou so bright hast set
In the pure firmament, then saith my heart,
That him thou visit'st, and of him art found?
With honour and with state thou hast him crowned.
O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him lord;
Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no dearth. O Jehovah our Lord, how wondrous great
And glorious is thy name through all the earth!
SCRAPS FROM THE PROSE WRITINGS.
FROM "OF REFORMATION TOUCHING CHURCH DISCIPLINE IN ENGLAND," 1641
[DANTE, Inferno, xix. 115.]
AH, Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
[PETRARCH, Sonnet 107.]
FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty,
'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn,
[ARIOSTO, Orl. Fur. xxxiv. Stanz. 80.] THEN passed he to a flowery mountain green, Which once smelt sweet, now stinks as odiously: This was that gift (if you the truth will have) That Constantine to good Sylvestro gave.
FROM THE APOLOGY FOR SMECTYMNUUS,
[HORACE, Sat. i. 1, 24.]
LAUGHING to teach the truth
What hinders? as some teachers give to boys
[HORACE, Sat. i. 10, 14.]
JOKING decides great things
Stronglier and better oft than earnest can.
[SOPHOCLES, Electra, 624.]
'TIS you that say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
FROM AREOPAGITICA, 1644.
[EURIPIDES, Supplices, 438.]
THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men,
FROM TETRACHORDON, 1645.
WHOM do we count a good man? Whom but he
FROM "THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES," 1649.
[SENECA, Her. Fur. 922.]
THERE can be slain
No sacrifice to God more acceptable