THE PSALMS OF DAVID|
By Sir Philip Sidney
I. HEARE me, O, heare me when I call,
O God, God of my equity!
Thou setd'st me free when I was thrall,
Haue mercy therfore still on me,
And hearken how I pray to Thee.
2. O men, whose fathers were but men,
Till when will ye My honour high
Staine with your blasphemys; till when
Such pleasure take in vanity,
And only hunt where lyes do ly?
3. Yet know this too that God did take,
When He chose me, a godly one;
Such one, I say, that when I make
My crying plaints to Him alone,
He will giue good eare to my moane.
4. O, tremble then with awfull will,
Sinne from all rule in you depose,
Talk with yor heart and yet be still;
And when your chamber you do close
Your selues, yet to your selues disclose.
5. The sacrifices sacrify
Of just desires, on justice stayd;
Trust in the Lord that cannot ly.
Indeed full many folk haue said,
From whence shall come to us such ayd?
6. But, Lord, lift thou vpon our sight
The shining clearness of Thy face,
Where I haue found more heart's delight
Then they whose stoare in harvest space
Of grain and wine fills stoaring-place.
7. So I in peace and peacefull blisse
Will lay me down and take my rest;
For it is Thou, Lord, Thou it is,
By power of whose owne only brest
I dwell, layd vp in Safetie's neast.
Sidney, Philip. The Complete Poems of Sir Philip Sidney. vol. III.
Alexander B. Grosart, Ed. London: Chatto & Windus, 1877. 86-8.
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