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To set on Pharaoh as his
passe, Which soone with wombes insatiably wide, Loos'd from their late bounds by the Almightie's
power, Come raging in, enclosing euery side, And the Egyptians instantly deuour. The sling, the stiffe bowe, and the sharpned launce, Floating
confusdly on the waters rude, They which these weapons lately did aduance, Perish in sight of them that they pursude: Clashing of armours and the rumorous sound Of the sterne billowes in contention stood, Which to the shores doe euery way rebound, As doth affright the monsters of the flood. Death is discern’d triumphantly in armes, On the rough seas his slaughterie to keepe, And his colde selfe in breath of mortals warmes Vpon the dimpled bosome of the deepe. There might you see a checkquer'd ensigne swim About the bodie of the enui'd dead, Serue for a hearse or couerture to him Ere while did waft it proudly 'bout his head: The warlike chariot turn'd vpon
the backe, With the dead horses in their traces tide, Drags their fat carkasse through the foamie
That drew it late vndauntedly in pride.
There floats the bar'd steed with his rider drown'd,
Whose foot in his caparison is cast,
Who late with sharpe spurs did his courser
Himselfe now ridden with his strangled beast.
The waters conquer (without helpe of hand)
For them to take, for which they neuer toile,
And like a quarrie cast them on the land,
As those they slew they left to them to spoile.
In eightie-eight' at Douer that had beene To view that nauie (like a mighty wood) Whose sailes swept heauen, might eas’lie there
haue seene How puissant Pharaoh perish'd in the floud. What for a conquest strictly they did keepe, Into the channel presently was pour'd ; Castilian riches scatter'd on the deepe, That Spaine's long hopes had sodainly deuour'd. Th' afficted English rang'd along the strand, To waite what would this threatening power betide, Now when the Lord with a victorious hand In his high iustice scourg'd the Iberian pride.
Now when to Sina they approched neare,
God calls vp Moyses to the mount aboue,
And all the rest commaundeth to forbeare,
Nor from the bounds assign’d them to remoue.
For who those limits loosely did exceede,
Which were by Moyses mark'd them out beneath,
The Lord had irreuocably decreed
With darts or stones should surely die the death:
Where as the people in a wondrous fright,
(With hearts transfixed euen with frosen blood)
Beheld their leader openly in sight
Passe to the Lord, where he in glory stood.
Thunder and lightning led him down the ayre,
Trumpets celestial sounding as he came,
Which struck the people with astounding feare,
Himselfe inuested in a splendorous flame.
Sina before him fearfully did shake,
Couer'd all ouer in a smouldering smoake,
As ready the foundation to forsake,
On the dread presence of the Lord to looke.
Erect your spirits, and lend attentiue ear,
To marke at Sina what to you is said.
Weake Moyses now you shall not simply heare,
The son of Amram and of Iacobed ;
But He that Adam did imparadise,
And lent him comfort in his proper blood,
And saued Noah, that did the arke deuise,
When the old world else perish'd in the flood;
To righteous Abraham Canaan franckly lent,
And brought forth Isaac so extreamly late,
Jacob so faire and many children sent,
And rais'd chast Joseph to so high estate;
He whose iust hand plagu'd Egypt for your sake,
That Pharaoh's power so scornefully did mock,
Way for his people through the sea did make,
Gaue food from Heauen and water from the rock.
Whilst Moyses now in this cloud-couered hill
Full forty dayes his pure aboade did make,
Whilst that great God, in his almighty will,
With him of all his ordinances spake:
The decalogue from which religion tooke
The being; sinne and righteousnesse began
The different knowledge, and the certaine booke
Of testimony betwixt God and man:
The ceremoniall as judicious lawes,
From his high wisdome that receiu'd their ground,
Not to be altred in the smallest clause,
But, as their Maker, wondrously profound.
The composition of that sacred phane,
Which as a symbol curiously did shew,
What all his six daye's workmanship containe,
Whose perfect modell his owne finger drew.
The Lord! he is my saving light,
Whom should I therefore feare ?
He makes my foes to fall, whose teeth
Would me in sunder teare.
Though hostes of men besiege my soule,
My heart shall neuer dread;
So that within his court and sight,
My life may still be led.
For in his Church from trouble free
He shall me keepe in holde ;
In spight of foes, his wrondrous prayse
My song shall still unfold.
Have mercie, Lord, therefore, on me,
And heare me when I cry;
Thou bidst me looke with hope on thee;
For help to thee I fly.
In wrath therefore hide not thy face,
But be thou still my aide;
Though parents fayle thou wilt assist-
Thy promise so hath said.
Teach me thy truth, and thy right path,
Least that the enemy
Prevaile against my life; whose tongues
Entrap me treacherously.
My heart would fainte for feare, unless
My faith did build on thee;
My hope's my God, and comfort's strength,
Who will deliver me.
PSALME CXXI. Vnto the hils I lift my eyes,
From whence my helpe shall grow;
Euen to the Lord which fram'd the heauens,
And made the deeps below.
He will not let my feete to slip;
My watchman neither sleepes :
Behold the Lord of Israell still
His flocke in safety keepes.
The Lord is my defence; he doth
About me shadow cast;
By day nor night the sunne nor moone
My limbs shall burne or blast.
He shall preserue me from all ill,
And me from sinne protect ;
My going in, and comming forth,
He euer shall direct.
A VERSION OF THE LORD'S PRAYER.
Our Father which in heauen art,
Lorde! hallowed be thy name:
Thy kingdome come, thy will be done,
In heauen and earth the same.
Giue us this day our daily bread;
Our trespasses forgiue,
As we for other men's offence
Doe freely pardon giue.
Into temptation leade us not,
But 'liuer us from ill;
For thine all kingdome, glory, powre,
Is now, and euer will.