The Lord will come and not be slow

The Lord will come and not be slow. John Milton* (1608-1674). In Milton’s second collection of poems, Poems, &c. upon Several Occasions (1673), are found his paraphrases of Psalms 80-88, prefaced with the words ‘April, 1648. J.M. Nine of the Psalms done into Metre, wherein all but what is in a different Character, are the very words of the Text, translated from the Original.’ By ‘different Character’ was meant italics, which scrupulously mark Milton’s deviation from the Hebrew. Verse 1 in modern books is altered from Milton’s Psalm 85 verse 13: Before him Righteousness shall go His Royal Harbinger, Then will he come, and not be slow His footsteps cannot...

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