Sunday, May 11, 2014

"And call ye this . . . ?"

And call yee this to utter what is just,
     You that of justice hold the sov'raign throne?
And call yee this to yeld, O sonnes of dust,
     To wronged brethren ev'ry man his own?

     Ps 58:1 (Si vere utique), as rendered by Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, 1561-1621, in The Sidney Psalter.  The Psalms of Sir Philip Sydney and the Countess of Pembroke, ed. J. C. A. Rathmell (Garden City, NY:  Anchor Books, Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1963), 133 (133-134).  Modernized version in Donald Davie, The new Oxford book of Christian verse (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1981), 53 (53-54).

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