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TO THE SAME. CYRIAC, this three years day these eyes, thougla
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
10 In liberty's defence, my noble task, Of which all Europe rings from side to side. This thought might lead me through the world's
vain mask Content though blind, had I no better guides
Brought to me, like Alcestis, from the grave,
Rescued from death by force, though pale and faint. Mine, as whom wash'd from spot of childbed taint 5
Purification in the old law did save,
Full sight of her in Heav'n without restraint,
Her face was veil'd; yet to my fancied sight 10
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shin'd So clear, as in no face with more delight. But O, as to embrace me she inclin'd, Iwak’d; she fled; and day brought back my night:
Done into verse, 1653. BLESS'D is the man who hath not walk'd astray In counsel of the wicked, and i'th' way Of sinners hath not stood, and in the seat Of scorners hath not sat. But in the great Jehovah's law is ever his delight, And in his law he studies day and night. He shall be as a tree which planted grows By wat’ry streams, and in his season knows To yield his fruit, and his leaf shall not fall, And what he takes in hand shall prosper all. 10 Not so the wicked, but as chaff which fann'd The wind drives, so the wicked shall not stand In judgment, or abide their trial then, Nor sinners in th' assembly of just men. For the Lord knows the upright way of the just, 15 And the way of bad men to ruin must.
Done Aug. 8, 1653. Terzetti. 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
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear?
Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear,
Their twisted cords: He who in Heav'n doth dwell
And fierce ire trouble them; but I, saith he,
Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) On Sion my holy' hill. A firm decree
I will declare: the Lord to me bath 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
Th' heathen; and, as thy conquest to be sway'd,
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 Sun lest he appear
In anger, and ye perish in the way,
If once his wrath take fire, like fuel sere. Happy all those who have in him their stay !
August 9, 1653.
When he fled from Absalom.
How many those
Many are they
Thee, through my story,
TL'exalter of my head I count:
Aloud I cry'd
For my sustain
The populous rout
of men abhorr'u Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the
August 10, 1653.
Now pity me, and hear my earnest pray’r.
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies?
15 (For whom to choose he knows ;)
Jehovah from on high
Will hear my voice, what time to him I cry.
of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Lift up the favour of thy count'nance bright. 30
35 With vast increase their corn and wine abounds. In peace at once will I Both lay me down and sleep; For thou alone dost keep Me safe where'er I lie; As in a rocky cell Thou, Lord, alone, in safety mak'st me dwell.
August 12, 1653.
My meditation weigh;
Shalt in the morning hear;