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1 LORD, Thou hast been our refuge: from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: Thou art GoD from everlasting, and world without end.

3 Thou turnest man to destruction : again Thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.

4 For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday: seeing that is past as a watch in the night.

5 As soon as Thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep: and fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up; but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.

7 For we consume away in Thy displeasure: and are afraid at Thy wrathful indignation.

8 Thou hast set our misdeeds before Thee : and our secret sins in the light of Thy Counte


9 For when Thou art angry all our days are gone: we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.

10 The days of our age are threescore years and ten: and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.

11 But who regardeth the power of Thy wrath : for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is Thy displeasure.

12 So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Turn Thee again, O Lord, at the last : and be gracious unto Thy servants.

14 0 satisfy us with Thy mercy, and that soon: so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15 Comfort us again now after the time that Thou hast plagued us: and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.

16 Shew Thy servants Thy work : and their children Thy glory.

17 And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper Thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper Thou our handy-work.

Glory be, &c.

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Penitential. 1 Hear my prayer, O LORD: and let my cry come unto Thee.

2 Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline Thine Ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.

3 For my days are consumed away like smoke: and my

bones are burnt up as it were a firebrand.

4 My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass : so that I forget to eat my bread.

5 For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to


flesh. 6 I am become like a pelican in the wilderness : and like an owl that is in the desert.

7 I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow: that sitteth alone upon the house-top.

. 9 For I have eaten ashes as it were bread : and mingled my drink with weeping;

10 And that because of Thine indignation and wrath : for Thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are gone like a shadow: and I am withered like grass.

12 But Thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever: and Thy remembrance throughout all generations.

23 He brought down my strength in my journey: and shortened my days,

24 But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age: as for Thy years, they endure throughout all generations.

25 Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth : and the heavens are the work of Thy Hands.

26 They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

27 And as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.

28 The children of Thy servants shall continue: and their seed shall stand fast in Thy sight.

Glory be, &c.


Thanksgiving 1 PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me praise His holy Name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul : and forget not all His benefits.

3 Who forgiveth all thy sin: and healeth all thine infirmities;

4 Who saveth thy life from destruction: and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness;

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5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things : making thee young and lusty as an eagle.

6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment: for all them that are oppressed with wrong.

7 He shewed His ways unto Moses : His works unto the children of Israel.

8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy : long-suffering, and of great goodness.

9 He will not alway be chiding: neither keepeth He His anger

for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins : nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.

11 For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth : so great is His mercy also toward them that fear Him.

12 Look how wide also the east is from the west: so far hath He set our sins from us.

13 Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the LORD merciful unto them that fear Him.

14 For He knoweth whereof we are made: He remembereth that we are but dust.

15 The days of man are but as grass : for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.

16 For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the merciful goodness of the LORD endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear Him; and His righteousness upon children's children;

18 Even upon such as keep His covenant: and think upon

His commandments to do them. 19 The Lord hath prepared His seat in heaven : and His kingdom ruleth over all.

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20 O praise the Lord, ye angels of His, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil His commandment, and hearken unto the voice of His word.

21 O praise the Lord, all ye His hosts : ye servants of His that do His pleasure.

22. O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of His, in all places of His dominion : praise thou the LORD, O my soul.

Glory be, &c.


1 I will lift


unto the hills : from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh even from the LORD: Who hath made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : and He that keepeth thee will not sleep.

4 Behold, He that keepeth Israel: shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord himself is thy keeper: the LORD is thy defence upon thy right hand;

6 So that the sun shall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: yea, it is even He that shall keep thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in: from this time forth for ever

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1 Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O LORD: Lord, hear my voice.

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