Sir Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, countess of Pembroke
William A. Ringler, Jr. (ed.), The Poems of Sir Philip Sidney
Critical ApparatusPsalm XXII
Deus Deus meus
- 11 My God my God why hast Thou me forsaken?
- Critical Apparatus2 Woe me, from me why is Thy presence taken?
- 3 So farr from seing myne unhealthfull eyes,
- 4 So farr from hearing to my roaring cryes.
- 52 O God my God I cry while day appeareth;
- 6 But God Thy eare my crying never heareth.
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus7 O God the night is privy to my plaint,
- Critical Apparatus8 Yet to my plaint Thou hast not audience lent.
- 93 But Thou art Holy and dost hold Thy dwelling
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus10 Where Israel Thy lawdes is ever telling;
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus114 Our Fathers still in thee their trust did beare,
- 12 They trusted and by Thee deliverd were.
- 135 They were set free when they upon Thee called,
- 14 They hop'd on Thee, and they were not appalled.
- pg 299156 But I a worm, not I of mankind am,
- 16 Nay shame of men, the people's scorning game.
- 177 The lookers now at me poore wretch be mocking,
- 18 With mowes and nodds they stand about me flocking.
- Critical Apparatus198 Let God help him (say they) whom he did trust;
- Editor’s Note20 Let God save him, in whom was all his lust.
- Critical Apparatus219 And yet ev'en from the womb thy self did'st take me;
- Critical Apparatus22 At mother's breastes, thou didst good hope betake me.
- 2310 No sooner my child eyes could look abroad,
- 24 Than I was giv'en to Thee, Thou wert my God.
- 2511 O be not farr, since pain so nearly presseth,
- 26 And since there is not One, who it redresseth.
- 2712 I am enclosed with young Bulls' madded route,
- 28 Nay Basan mighty Bulls close me about.
- Critical Apparatus2913 With gaping mouthes, these folks on me have charged,
- 30 Like lions fierce, with roaring jawes enlarged.
- 3114 On me all this, who do like water slide;
- 32 Whose loosed bones quite out of joint be wryde;
- Critical Apparatus33Whose heart with these huge flames, like wax o're heated,
- 34 Doth melt away though it be inmost seated.
- 3515 My moystning strength is like a potsherd dride,
- 36 My cleaving tongue close to my roofe doth bide.
- Critical Apparatus37And now am brought, alas, brought by Thy power
- 38 Unto the dust of my death's running hower;
- 3916 For bawling doggs have compast me about,
- Critical Apparatus40 Yea worse than doggs, a naughty wicked rout.
- 41My humble hands, my fainting feet they peirced;
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus4217 They look, they gaze, my boanes might be rehearsed;
- 43 Of my poore weedes they do partition make
- 4418 And do cast lots, who should my vesture take.
- 4519 But be not farr O Lord, my strength, my comfort;
- 46 Hasten to help me, in this deep discomfort.
- 4720 Ah! from the sword yet save my vital sprite,
- 48 My desolated life from dogged might.
- Critical Apparatus4921 From lion's mouth O help, and shew to heare me
- 50 By aiding when fierce unicorns come neare me.
- 5122 To Brethren then I will declare Thy Fame,
- pg 30052 And with these Words, when they meet, prayse Thy Name.
- 5323 Who feare the lord all prayse and glory beare him;
- Critical Apparatus54 You Isra'el's seed, you come of Jacob, feare him.
- 5524 For he hath not abhorrd nor yet disdain'd
- Critical Apparatus56 The seely wretch with foule affliction staind,
- 5725 Nor hidd from him his face's faire appearing;
- 58 But when he calld this lord did give him hearing.
- 59 In congregation great I will prayse Thee,
- 60 Who feare Thee shall my vowes performed see.
- 6126 The' afflicted then shall eat, and be well pleased,
- 62 And God shall be by those his seekers praysed.
- 63 Indeed O you, you that be such of mind,
- 64 You shall the life that ever liveth find.
- Critical Apparatus6527 But what? I say from earth's remotest border
- 66 Unto due thoughts mankind his thoughts shall order,
- 67 And turn to God, and all the Nations be
- 68 Made worshipers before Almighty Thee.
- 6928 And reason, since the Croune to God pertaineth,
- 70 And that by right upon all Realmes he raigneth.
- 7129 They that be made even fatt, with earth's fatt good,
- 72 shall feed and laud the giver of their food.
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus73To him shall kneel who to the dust be stricken,
- 74 Even he whose life no help of man can quicken.
- 75 As they so theirs, Him shall their ofspring serve,
- 76And God shall them in his own court reserve.
- 77 They shall to children's children make notorious
- 78 His righteousness, and this his doing glorious.
2 me from B.
7–8 C and M contain unique revisions:
- The night (O God) my Plainte haue wholie spent
- yet to my Plainte thow hast no Audience lent C.
- O God the night in moane to thee I spend
- Yet to my moanc thou dost no audience lend. M.
7–8. The revisions in C and M eliminate the imperfect 'plaint—lent' rhyme.
8 not] no A.
10 lawdes is] lawcs are B.
10 lawdes. Geneva reads 'praises'.
11 in] to B A. Woodford notes: 'in exp[unged].'
11 in. Geneva reads, 'Our fathers trusted in thee'.
19 (say they)] they say, B.
20 lust, pleasure, delight.
21 did'st] did B.
22 breastes] breast B.
29 mouthes, these] mouth those B.
33 flames B.
37 alas B.
40 doggs B.
42 look B.
gaze] gazed K.
42 rehearsed, enumerated.
49 mouth] mouths B.
54 Iacob B.
56 staind. B.
65 remotest] remoted'st K A.
73–78 om.K F I X. K notes: '3 verses wanting'[i.e. verses 29–31 of the Psalter]. Woodford notes: 'Instead of the four last Verses it stood thus [Quotes 73–78]. But these six verses are scratched out as being two supernumerary, & in the margin is writen as I conceiue under Sr Philips oun hand, leaue space for this staff, viz ye staffe wch I haue set in ye text.' The Countess of Pembroke's revision appears in B, set in the text by Woodford, and in A J:
- To him shall kneel even who to dust be stricken
- Even he whose life no help of man can quicken
- His service shall from child to child descend
- His Doomes one age shall to another send.
73–78. The Countess of Pembroke's revision, not made until after K F I X had been copied, eliminates Sidney's final half-stanza. Geneva reads: 'All they that be fat in the earth, shall eate and worship: all they that go downe into the dust, shall bow before him, even he that cann not quicken his owne soule. Their seede shall serve him: it shall be counted unto the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousnes unto a people that shall be borne, because he hath done it.'