THE FIRST PSALM IN SONNET FORM.
How blessed is the man who walketh not
In counsel of ungodly men, nor stands
With sinners, in their way, nor casts his lot
With scorners, in their seat. The Lord's demands
Are his delight and in His Law, by night
And day, he meditates. A fruitful tree
Shall he be like, whose leafage knows no blight,
Fed by the stream, blest with prosperity.
The wicked flee, like chaff before the wind,
And, therefore, in the judgment shall not stand;
Nor sinners, in the congregation, find
A place with righteous men—at God's right hand;
Jehovah knoweth well the righteous way—
Ungodliness shall perish in that Day!
—REV. JOSEPH C. BOOTH.
Morning Herald [Gloversville, NY]. September 4, 1918: 3 cols 1-2.
THE 23RD PSALM IN SONNET FORM
Jehovah is my Shepherd; therefore I
Shall never want. In pastures green He makes
Me lie and by the silent waters takes
Me there to rest; my soul restores and by
His Name He guideth me in paths that lie
In righteousness. Yes in the valley wakes
My soul, assured my Shepherd ne'er forsakes
His sheep. Thy rod and staff bring comfort nigh!
A table spread before my foes appears;
My head with oil Thou hast anointed, Lord!
My cup of Joy with blessings runneth o'er.
Thy goodness, loving kindness, all my years
Shall follow me—according to Thy Word.
And in Thy House I'll dwell forever—more!
Rev. Joseph C. Booth.
Morning Herald. November 11, 1918: 7 col 3.