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Sic, cum suavis amantium corona
Languescet mihi decidentque gemmæ,
Amissos mihi subsequi sodales
Quamprimum liceat! Quis optet esse
Caris atque fidelibus superstes
Et tristem hunc habitare solus orbem ?

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Therefore,—to speak, and to avoid the first;
And then, in speaking, not to incur the last, –
Definitively thus I answer you.
Your love deserves my thanks; but my desert
Unmeritable shuns your high request.
First, if all obstacles were cut away,
And that my path were even to the crown,
As my ripe revenue and due of birth ;
Yet so much is my poverty of spirit,
So mighty and so many my defects,
That I would rather hide me from my greatness,
(Being a bark to brook no mighty sea,) .
Than in my greatness covet to be hid,
And in the vapour of my glory smother'd.
But, God be thank'd, there is no need of me;
(And much I need to help you, if need were) ;
The royal tree hath left us royal fruit,
Which, mellow'd by the stealing hours of time,
Will well become the seat of majesty,
And make, no doubt, us happy by his reign.
On him I lay what you would lay on me,
The right and fortune of his happy stars,
Which God defend that I should wring from him !

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1. O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.

2. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

3. O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name:

4. For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

THE SAME TRANSLATED.

Omnes Terræ jubilate,
Läti Deum adorate,
Cumque cantu festinate

In conspectum Domini.

Dominum scitote Deum
Nobis esse, solum eum;
Deus est qui nos creavit;
Sumus illi, quos curavit,

Pecus atque populi.

Ejus ante portam state,
Ejus curias intrate ;
Nomen ejus collaudate;

Redditote gratias.

Namque Deus laude dignus,
Semper clemens et benignus,
Serus vindex peccatorum;
Inque sæcla sæculorum

Durat ejus veritas.

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