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Toward solid good what leads the nearest way; For other things mild Heav'n a time ordainsr And disapproves that care, though wife in show, That with superfluous burden loads the day, And when God fends a chearful hour, refrains.
To the fame.
Cyriac, this three years day these eyes, though clear-
Of fun, or moon, or star throughout the year, 5
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
Right onward. What supports me, dost thou ask? The conscience, Friend, to'have lost them overIn liberty's defence, my noble task, ply'd
Of which all Europe talks from side to side, (mask 'This thought might lead me thro' the world's vain
Content though blind, had I no better guide.
On his deceased WIFE. Methought I saw my late espoused saint Brought to me like Alcestis from the grave, Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gave, Rescued from death by force, tho' pale and faint.
Mine, as whom wafli'd from spot of child-bed taint 5
Came vested all in white, pure as her mind:
So clear, as in no face with more delight.
I wak'd, flie fled, and day brought back my night.
P S A L. I. Done into verse, 1653.
BLess'd is the man who hath not walk'd astray
And in his law he studies day and night.
Nor Nor sinners in the assembly of just men.
For the Lord knows th'upright way of the just, 15
And the way of bad men to ruin must.
P S A L. II. done Aug. 8. 1653. Ferzette.
WHY do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations Muse a vain thing, the kings of th'earth upWithpow'r.andprinces in theircongregations (stand Lay deep their plots together through each land
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear? 5
Let us break off, fay they, by strength of hand Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear,
Their twisted cords: HewhoinHeav'ndoth dwell
Shall laugh, the Lord shall scoff them, then severe Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell 10
And fierce ire trouble them; but I, faith he,
Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) On Sion, my holy' hill. A firm decree
I will declare; the Lord to me hath said,
Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee 15
This day; ask of me, and the grant is made;
As thy possession I on thee bestow
Th' Heathen, and as thy conquest to be sway'd Earth's utmost bounds: them shalt thoubringfulllow
With iron scepter bruis'd, and them disperse 20
Like to a potter's vessel shiver'd so.
Be taught ye Judges of the earth; with fear
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Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse With trembling; kiss the Son lest he appear 25 In anger and ye perish in the way, If once his wrath take sire like fuel fere. Happy all those who have him in their stay.
PS AL. III. Aug. g. 1653. When he fie d from
LORD how many are my foes!
No help for him in God there lies.
Aloud I cry'd 10
Unto Jehovah, he full soon reply'd
The populous rout
Hast smote ere now 20
On On the cheek-bone all my foes, Of men abhorr'd Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord; Thy blessing on thy people flows.
P S A L. IV. Aug. 10. 1653.
ANSWER me when I call,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest pray'r.
Still to love vanity, 10
To love, to seek, to prize
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies? Yet know the Lord hath chose, Chose to himself apart,
The good and meek of heart 15
(For whom to choose he knows)
Will hear my voice what time to him I cry.
Speak to your hearts alone, 20
Upon your beds, each one,
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