Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PSALM 8. DOMINE DOMINUS, by OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE

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PSALM 8. DOMINE DOMINUS, by            
First Line: O lord that rul'st our mortal line
Last Line: How through the world thy name doth shine.

O Lord that rul'st our mortal line,
How through the world Thy name doth shine,
That hast of Thine unmatched glory
Upon the heavens engraven the story.
From sucklings hath Thy honor sprung,
Thy force hath flowed from baby's tongue
Whereby Thou stop'st Thine enemy's prating,
Bent to revenge and ever hating.
When I upon the heavens do look,
Which all from Thee their essence took,
When moon and stars my thoughts beholdeth
Whose life no life but of Thee holdeth,
Then think I, ah, what is this man,
Whom that great God remember can?
And what the race of him descended
It should be ought of God attended.
For though in less than angel's state
Thou planted hast this earthly mate
Yet hast Thou made even him an owner
Of glorious crown, and crowning honor.
Thou placest him upon all lands
To rule the works of Thine own hands
And so Thou hast all things ordained
That even his feet have on them reigned.
Thou under his dominion placed
Both sheep and oxen wholly hast,
And all the beasts forever breeding
Which in the fertile fields be feeding,
The bird free burgess of the air,
The fish of sea the native heir,
And what things else of waters traceth
The unworn paths, His rule embraceth.
O Lord that rulest our mortal line,
How through the world Thy name doth shine.

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