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But see the Virgin blest,
Hatb laid ber Babe to rest.

Time is our tedious Song should here have ending, Heav'ns youngest teemed Star,

Hath fixt ber polisht Car,

Her sleeping Lord with Handmaid Lamp attending: And all about the Courtly Stable,

Bright-barnest Angels sit in order serviceable.

A Paraphrase on Psalm 114

This and the following Psalm were don by the Author
at fifteen yeers old.

When the blest seed of Terah's faithfull Son,
After long toil their liberty bad won,

And past from Pharian fields to Canaan Land,
Led by the Strength of the Almighties hand,
Jehovah's wonders were in Israel shown,
His praise and glory was in Israel known.
That saw the troubl'd Sea, and shivering fled,
And sought to hide his froth-becurled bead
Low in the earth, Jordans clear Streams recoil,
As a faint bost that hath receiv'd the foil.
The high, buge-bellied Mountains skip like Rams
Amongst their Ews, the little Hills like Lambs.
Why fled the Ocean? And why skipt the Mountains?
Why turned Jordan toward bis Crystall Fountains?
Shake earth, and at the presence be agast
Of him that ever was, and ay shall last,
That glassy flouds from rugged rocks can crush,
And make soft rills from fiery flint-stones gush.

Psalm 136

Let us with a gladsom mind
Praise the Lord, for he is kind,
For his mercies ay endure,
Ever faithfull, ever sure.
Let us blaze bis Name abroad,

For of gods be is the God;
For, &c.

Olet us his praises tell,

That doth the wrathfull tyrants quell. For, &c.

That with his miracles doth make Amazed Heav'n and Earth to sbake. For, &c.

That by his wisdom did create

The painted Heav'ns so full of State.

For, &c.

That did the solid Earth ordain

To rise above the watry plain.
For, &c.

That by bis all-commanding might,

Did fill the new-made world with light.
For, &c.

And caus'd the Golden-tressed Sun,
All the day long his cours to run.
For, &c.

The borned Moon to shine by night,
Amongst ber Spangled sisters bright.
For, &c.

He with bis thunder-clasping band,
Smote the first-born of Egypt Land.
For, &c.

And in despight of Pharao fell,
He brought from thence bis Israel.
For, &c.

The ruddy waves be cleft in twain,
Of the Erythræan main.
For, &c.

The floods Stood Still like Walls of Glass,
While the Hebrew Bands did pass.
For, &c.

But full soon they did devour

The Tawny King with all bis power.
For, &c.

His chosen people be did bless
In the wasifull Wildernes.
For, &c.

In bloody battail be brought down
Kings of prowess and renown.
For, &c.

He foild bold Seon and bis host,
That rul'd the Amorrean coast.
For, &c.

And large-lim'd Og he did subdue,
With all bis over bardy crew.
For, &c.

And to bis Servant Israel,
He gave their Land therin to dwell.
For, &c.

He bath with a piteous eye
Bebeld us in our misery.
For, &c.

And freed us from the slavery

Of the invading enimy.

For, &c.

All living creatures he doth feed,
And with full band supplies their need.
For, &c.

Let us therfore warble forth

His mighty Majesty and worth
For, &c.

That his mansion bath on bigb
Above the reach of mortall ey.
For his mercies ay endure,
Ever faithfull, ever sure.

The Passion

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Ere-while of Musick, and Ethereal mirth,
Wherwith the stage of Ayr and Earth did ring,
And joyous news of heav'nly Infants birth,
My muse with Angels did divide to sing;
But beadlong joy is ever on the wing,

In Wintry solstice like the shortn'd light!
Soon swallow'd up in dark and long out-living night.

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