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THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON
Stricken in yeares, and full of dayes,
and nature almost spent, To set his sonne vpon that Throne,
his minde was fully bent.
2 For fearing lest that he should dye,
without the choyse of one: That might as he had done before
sit still on Israels Throne: And to preuent the discord that
amongst his sonnes might rise, He pickes out one, and makes him King,
before Death closd his eyes.
3 Whose name was Salomon, a man,
of rare, and excellent parts: Yea, such a man he was, that if
any by their deserts Might claime a Crowne, then Salomon,
of whom the earth did ring, Deserud it, and none fitter could
olde Dauid chuse for King.
4 Such was his wisedome, that the Queene
of Sheba from the South Came, for to heare those words that did
proceede out of his mouth: Which when sh'ad heard, pronounc'd them blest,
and happy for to be: That his Attendants were, and did
wayte on his Maiestie. »
5 His wisedome made him shine more bright
then did the Roabes he wore, And made him in the peoples sight
to be respected more, Then all the costly Iemms that hee,
or ornaments had on: Or then the Throne that thus adorn'd,
he vsd to sit vpon.