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9 Let wicked arts and wicked men
together be o'erthrown; But guard the just, thou God, to whom
the hearts of both are known. 10, II God me protects, not only me,
but all of upright heart; And daily lays up wrath for those
who from his laws depart. 12 If they perfift, he whets his sword,
his bow stands ready bent ; 13 Ev'n now, with swift destruction wing'a
his pointed shafts are sent. 14 The plots are fruitless which my
foe unjustly did conceive ; 15 The pit he digg'd for me, has prov'd
his own untimely grave. 16 On his own head his spite returns,
whilft I from harm am free; On him the violence is fall’n,
which he design'd for me. 17 Therefore will I the righteous ways
of Providence proclaim ;
within this earthly frame, Through all the world how great art thou !
how glorious is thy name! In heav'n thy wond'rous acts are sung,
nor fully reckon'd there; 2 And yet thou mak'st the Infant tongue
thy boundless praise declare. Through thee the weak confound the strong
and crush their haughty foes; And so thou quell'st the wicked throng,
that thee and thine oppose. 3 When Heav'n, thy beauteous work on high,
employs my wond'ring fight;
with stars of feebler light; 4 What's man, say I, that, Lord, thou lov'st
to keep him in thy mind?
Or what his offspring, that thou prov'st
to them so wond'rous kind ? 5 Him next in pow'r thou didst create
to thy celestial train; 6 Ordain'd, with dignity and state,
o'er all thy works to reign. 7 They jointly own his pow'rful sway;
the beasts that prey or graze; 8 The bird that wings its airy way ;
the fish that cuts the seas. 9 O thou, to whom all creatures bow
within this earthly frame,
I will my heart prepare ;
thy wond'rous works declare.
exalted pleasures bring; Whilft to thy name, O thou Most High,
triumphant praise I sing. 3 Thou mad'st my haughty foes to turn
Their backs in shameful flight: Struck with thy presence, down they fell,
they perith'd at thy fight. 4 Against insulting foes advanc'd,
thou didst my cause maintain ; My right asserting from thy throne,
where truth and justice reign. 5 The insolence of heathen pride
thou hast reduced to shame; Their wicked offspring quite destroyed,
and blotted out their name. 6 Mistaken foes, your haughty threats
are to a period come; Our city stands, which you design'd
to make our common tomb. 7, 8 The Lord for ever lives, who has
his righteous throne prepar'd, Impartial justice to dispense,
to punish or reward.
9 God is a constant fure defence
against oppressing rage ;
in our behalf engage. 10 All those who have his goodness prov'd
will in his truth confide ;
that on his help rely’d.
from Sion, his abode ;
he'll call the poor to mind :
relief from him shall find.
which Ipiteful foes create, Thou that has refcu'd me so oft
from death's devouring gate. 14 In Sion then I'll fing thy praise,
to all that love thy name ;
thy faving pow'r proclaim.
the heathen pride is laid ;
are heedlessly betray’d.
the mighty Lord is known;
are shamefully o'ertbrown. 17 No single finner shall escape,
by privacy obfcur'd;
by numbers be secur’d. 18 His suff’ring faints, when most distress’d
he ne'er forgets to aid ;
though for a time delay’d.
and let not man o'ercome ;
Descend to judgment, and pronounce
the guilty heathen's doom. 20 Strike terror through the nations round,
till, by consenting fear,
why hid'st thou now thy face,
call for thy wonted grace?
which they for others lay. 3 For straight they triumph, if success
their thriving crimes attend; And fordid wretches, whom God hates,
perversely they commend. 4 To own a pow'r above themselves,
their haughty pride disdains ; And therefore in their stubborn mind
no thought of God remains. 5 Oppressive methods they pursue,
and all their foes they slight; Because thy judgments unobserv'd,
are far above their sight. 6 They fondly think their prosp'rous state
shall unmolested be ; They think their vain designs shall thrive,
from all misfortunes free. 7 Vain and deceitful is their speech,
with curses fill’d, and lies ; By which the mischief of their heart
they study to disguise. 8 Near public roads they lie conceald,
and all their art employ, The innocent and poor at once
to rifle and destroy. 9 Not lions, couching in their dens,
surprise their heedless prey With greater cunning, or express
more savage rage than they.
10 Sometimes they act the harmless man,
and modest looks they wear ; That so deceiv'd, the poor may less their sudden onset fear.
of their unrighteous deeds S;
nor their oppreffion heeds.
stretch forth thy mighty arm ; And, by the greatness of thy pow'r,
defend the poor from harm.
and, proudly boasting, say,
“ he never will repay."
impartially dost try;
on thee for aid rely. 15
Defenceless let the wicked fall,
of all their strength bereft ; Confound, O God, their dark designs,
till no remains are left. 16 Affert thy just dominion, Lord,
which shall forever stand; Thou who the heathen didst expel
from this thy chosen land. 17 Thou hear'st the humble supplicants,
that to thy throne repair ; Thou first prepar'st their hearts to pray,
and then accept'st their pray’r. 18 Thou, in thy righteous judgment, weigh'st
the fatherless and poor ;
a refuge always nigh,
to distant mountains fly?