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All barbarous people and their princes too,
The very wandering Scythians do.
Continue us in wealth and state,
The power that did create can change the scene
This is true liberty, when freeborn men
LAUGHING, to teach the truth,
JOKING decides great things. Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
Bless's is the man who hath not walk'd astray
PSALM II. DONE Aug. 8, 1653. TERZETTE.
Why do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations
Muse a vain thing, the kings of th' earth upstand
With pow'r, and princes in their congregations Lay deep their plots together through each land
| Milton's father composed Psalm tunes; and metrical Psalmody was very popular in Milton's time.
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear?
Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear,
Their twisted cords: He who in heav'n doth dwell
Shall laugh; the Lord shall scoff them, then severe Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell
And fierce ire trouble them; but I, said 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 This day; ask of me, and the grant is made;
As thy possession I on thee bestow
The Heathen, and as thy conquest to be sway'd Earth’s utmost bounds: then shalt thou bring full low
With iron sceptre bruised, and them disperse
Like to a potter's vessel shiver'd so.
Be taught, ye Judges of the earth; with fear
Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse With trembling; kiss the Son lest he appear
In anger, and ye pérish in the way,
If once his wrath take fire like fuel sere. Happy all those who have in them their stay.
LORD, how many are my foes !
How many those
Many are they
Thee through my story
Th' exalter of my head I count:
Aloud I cried
For my sustain ?
The populous rout
Hast smote ere now
Of men abhorr’d
PSALM IV. Aug. 10, 1653.
ANSWER me when I call,
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies ?
i The verb used as a substantive.
“So 'disturb,’ in P. L, VI. 549."-TODD,