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PART 1.

THE ENGLISH POEMS.

ENGLISH POEMS.

A PARAPHRASE ON PSALM CXIV.

This and the following Psalm were done by the author at fifteen

years old.

WHEN the blest seed of Terah's faithful son
After long toil their liberty had won,
And passed from Pharian fields to Canaan-land,
Led by the strength of the Almighty's hand,
Jehovah's wonders were in Israel shown,
His praise and glory was in Israel known.
That saw the troubled sea, and shivering fled,
And sought to hide his froth-becurlèd head
Low in the earth; Jordan's clear streams recoil,
As a faint host that hath received the foil.
The high huge-bellied mountains skip like rams
Amongst their ewes, the little hills like lambs.
Why fled the ocean? and why skipped the mountains ?
Why turned Jordan toward his crystal fountains ?
Shake, Earth, and at the presence be aghast
Of Him that ever was and aye shall last,
That glassy floods from rugged rocks can crush,
And make soft rills from fiery flint-stones gush.

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126 PSALM CXXXVI. PARAPHRASED.

PSALM CXXXVI.

LET us with a gladsome mind
Praise the Lord, for he is kind;

For his mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze his name abroad,
For of gods he is the God;

For his, etc.

O let us his praises tell,
Who doth the wrathful tyrants quell;

For his, etc.

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Who with his miracles doth make
Amazed heaven and earth to shake;

For his, etc.

Who by his wisdom did create
The painted heavens so full of state ;

For his, etc.

Who did the solid earth ordain
To rise above the watery plain ;

For his, etc.

Who, by his all-commanding might,
Did fill the new-made world with light ;

For his, etc.

And caused the golden-tressèd sun
All the day long his course to run ;

For his, etc.

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The hornèd moon to shine by night
Amongst her spangled sisters bright;

For his, etc.
He, with his thunder-clasping hand,
Smote the first-born of Egypt land ;

For his, etc.

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And, in despite of Pharao fell,
He brought from thence his Israel ;

For his, etc.
The ruddy waves he cleft in twain
Of the Erythræan main ;

For his, etc.
The floods stood still, like walls of glass,
While the Hebrew bands did pass;

For his, etc.
But full soon they did devour
The tawny king with all his power;

For his, etc.

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His chosen people he did bless
In the wasteful wilderness;

For his, etc.
In bloody battle he brought down
Kings of prowess and renown ;

For his, etc.
He foiled bold Seon and his host,
That ruled the Amorrean coast;

For his, etc.
And large-limbed Og he did subdue,
With all his over-hardy crew;

For his, etc.

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