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36 The National Music of America.
And you of Dorchester your verses lengthen And with the text's own word you will them strengthen."
Mr. Shepard's own fault was evidently that
of scorning metre. But the warnings were
certainly necessary, for the poetry of the
" Bay Psalm-book" was often fearfully and
wonderfully made. A few examples may be
" Like as the heart panting doth bray after the water-brooks, even in such wise, O God, my soule
after Thee panting looks." (Ps. xlii, i.)
" I as a stranger am become unto my bretherren and am an aliant unto
my mother's childerren." (Ps. lxix, 8.)
" And sayd He would them waste; had not Moses stood (whom He chose) 'fore Him i'th breach : to turn his wrath lest that He should waste those."
(Ps. cvi, 23.)
" Therefore shall not ungodly men, rise to stande in the doome, nor shall the sinners with the just in their assemblie come." (Ps. I, 5).