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3 Because to me thy wondrous love Than life itself does dearer prove, My lips shall always speak thy praise. * My life, while 1 that life enjoy, In blessing God I will employ; With lifted hands adore his name: 5 My soul's content shall be as great As theirs who choicest dainties eat, While I with joy his praise proclaim. 6 When down !". sweet sleep to find, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind; And when I wake in dead of night: 7. Because thou still dost succour bring, Beneath the shadow of thy wing I rest with safety and delight. 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless power In her support is daily shown: 9 But those the righteous Lord shall slay, That my destruction wish; and they That seek my life shall lose their own. 10. They by untimely ends shall die, Their flesh a prey to foxes lie; But God shall fill the king with joy: 11. Who thee confess shall still rejoice; Whilst the false tongue, and lying voice, Thou, Lord, shalt silence and destroy. PSALM LXIV. ORD, hear the voice of my complaint, To my request give ear; Preserve my life from cruel foes, And free my soul from fear. 2 O! hide me with thy tend’rest care, la some secure retreat, From sinners that against me rise, And all their plots defeat. 3 See how, intent to work my harm, They whet their tongues like swords; And bend their bows to shoot their darts, Sharp lies, and bitter words. 4 Lurking in private, at the just They take their secret aim; And suddenly at him they shoot, Quite void of fear and shame. 5 To carry on their ill designs They mutually agree; They speak of laying private snares, And think that none shall see. 6 With utmost diligence and care Their wicked plots they lay; The deep designs of all their hearts Are only to betray. 7 But God, to anger justly mov’d, His dreadful bow shall bend, And on his flying arrow’s point Shall swift destruction send. 8 Those slanders which their mouths did vent, Upon themselves shall fall; Their crimes disclos'd, shall make them be Despis'd, and shunn’d by all. 9 The world shall then God’s power confess, And nations trembling stand, Convinc'd that 'tis the mighty work Of his avenging hand: 10 Whilst righteous men, whom God secures, In him shall gladly trust; And all the list’ning earth shall hear Loud triumphs of the just. PSALM LXV. OR thee, O God, our constant praise,
In Sion waits, thy chosen seat;
Our promis'd altars there we’ll raise,
8 Thou, Lord, dost barb’rous lands dismay,
PART II. 8, 9 O! all ye nations, bless our God, And loudly speak his praise; Who keeps our souls alive, and still Confirms our steadfast ways. 10 For thou hast try’d us, Lord, as fire Does try the precious ore; 11 Thou brought’st us into straits, where we Oppressing burdens bore. 12 Insulting foes did us, their slaves, Through fire and water chase; But yet, at last, thou brought'st us forth Into a wealthy place. 13 Burnt-off’rings to thy house I’ll bring, And there my vows will pay, 14 Which I with solemn zeal did make In trouble's dismal day. 15 Then shall the richest incense smoke, The fattest rams shall fall, The choicest goats from out the fold, And bullocks from the stall. 16 O! come all ye that fear the Lord, Attend with heedful care, Whilst I what God for me has done With grateful joy declare. 17, 18 As I before his aid implor’d, So now l praise his name; Who, if my heart had harbour’d sin, Would all my prayers disclaim. 19 But God to me, whene’er I cry’d, His gracious ear did bend, And to the voice of my request With constant love attend. 20 Then bless'd for ever be my God, Who never, when I pray, Withholds his mercy from my soul, Nor turns his face away.
0 bless thy chosen race, In mercy, Lord, incline; And cause the brightness of thy face On all thy saints to shine: 2 That so thy wondrous way May through the world be known; While distant lands their tribute pay, And thy salvation own. 3 Let diff'ring.nations join To celebrate thy fame; Let all the world, O Lord, combine To praise thy glorious name. 4 O let them shout and sing With joy and pious mirth; For thou, the righteous Judge and King, Shalt govern all the earth. 5 Let diff'ring nations join To celebrate thy fame; Let all the world, O Lord, combine To praise thy glorious name. 6 Then shall the teeming ground A large increase disclose; And we with plenty shall he crown'd, Which God, our God, bestows. 7 Then God upon our land Shall constant blessings shower; And all the world in awe shall stand Of his resistless power. - PSALM LXVIII. ET God, the God of battle, rise, And scatter his presumptuous foes; Let shameful rout their host surprise, Whospitefully his power oppose.
2. As smoke in tempest's rage is lost, Or wax into the furnace cast; So let their sacrilegious host Before his wrathful presence waste. 3 But let the servants of his will His favour’s gentle beams enjoy; Their upright hearts let gladness fill, And cheerful songs their tongues employ. 4. To him your voice in anthems raise; Jehovah's awful name he bears; In him rejoice, extol his praise, Who rides upon high-rolling spheres. 5 Him, from his empire of the skies, To this low world compassion draws, The orphan's claim to patronize, And judge the injur’d widow’s cause. 6 'Tis God, who from a foreign soil Restores poor exiles to their home; Makes captives free, and fruitless toil Their proud oppressor's righteous doom. 7 'Twas so of old, when thou didst lead In person, Lord, our armies forth; Strange terrors through the desert spread, Convulsions shook #. astonish’d earth. 8 The breaking clouds did rain distil, And heaven's high arches shook with fear: How then should Sinai’s humble hill Of Israel's God the presence bear? 9 Thy hand, at famish’d earth's complaint, Reliev'd her from celestial stores, And when thy heritage was faint, Assuag'd the drought with plenteous show’rs. 10 Where savages had rang'd before, At ease thou mad'st our tribes reside; And, in the desert, for the poor Thy gen’rous bounty did provide. - PART II. 11 Thou gav'st the word; we sally’d forth, And in that powerful word o'ercame ; While virgin-troops, with songs of mirth, In state our conquest did proclaim. 12 Vast armies, by such gen’rals led, As yet had ne'er receiv'd a foil,
Forsook their camp with sudden dread,
And to our women left the spoil. 13 Though Egypt’s drudges you have been, Your army's wing shall shine as bright
As doves, in golden sun-shine seen,
Or silver'd o'er with paler light. 14 'Twas so, when God’s almighty hand O'er scatter'd kings the conquest won; Our troops, drawn up on Jordan's strand, High Salmon's glitt’ring snow outshone. 15 From thence to Jordan’s farther coast, And Bashan’s hill we did advance; No more her height shall Bashan boast, But that she’s God’s inheritance. 16. But wherefore (though the honour's great) Should this, O mountain, swell your pride? For Sion is his chosen seat, Where he for ever will reside. 17. His chariots numberless; his powers Are heavenly hosts, that wait his will; His presence now fills Sion's towers, As once it honour’d Sinai’s hill. 18. Ascending high, in triumph thou Captivity hast captive led; And on thy people didst bestow The spoil of armies once their dread. Ev’n rebels shall partake thy grace,
And humble proselytes repair
To worship at thy dwelling-place, And all the world pay homage there. 19 For benefits each day bestow'd, Be daily his great name ador’d, 20 Who is our Saviour, and our God, Of life and death the sov’reign Lord. 21 But justice for his harden’d foes Proportion’d vengeance hath decreed, To wound the hoary head of those Who in presumptuous crimes proceed. 22 The Lord hath thus in thunder spoke: “As I subdu’d proud Bashan's king, * Once more I’ll break my people's yoke, “And from the deep my servants bring. 23 “ Their feet shall with a crimson flood “Of slaughter'd foes be cover'd o'er; * Nor earth receive such impious blood, “But leave for dogs th’ unhallow’d gore.” PART III. 24. When, marching to thy blest abode, The wond'ring multitude survey’d The pompous state of thee, our God, In robes of majesty array’d; 25 Sweet singing Levites led the van; Loud instruments brought up the rear; 1Between both troops, a virgin-train With voice and timbrel charm'd the ear. 26 Thais was the burthen of their song; “Im full assemblies bless the Lord; ** All who to Israel’s tribes belong, “Of Israel’s God the praise record.” 27 Nor little Benjamin alone From neighboring bounds did there attend, Nor only Judah’s nearer throne Her counsellors in state did send; TBut Zebulon's remoter seat, And Napthali's more distant coast, The grand procession to complete, Sent up their tribes, a princely host. 28 Thus God to strength and union brought Our tribes, at strife till that blest hour; This work, which thou, O God, hast wrought, Confirm with fresh recruits of power. 29 To visit Salem, Lord, descend, And Sion, thy terrestrial throne; Where kings with presents shall attend, And thee with offer'd crowns atone. 30 Break down the Spearmen's ranks, who threat Like pamper'd herds of savage might; Their silver-armour’d chiefs defeat, Who in destructive war delight. 31 Egypt shall then to God stretch forth Her hands, and Afric homage bring; 32 The scatter'd kingdoms of the earth Their common Sov’reign's praises sing; 33 Who, mounted on the loftiest sphere Of ancient heaven, sublimely rides; From whence his dreadful voice we hear, Like that of warring winds and tides. 34. Ascribe the power to God most high: Of humble Israel he takes care; Whose strength, from out the dusky sky, Darts shining terrors through the air. 35 How dreadful are the sacred courts, Where God has fix’d his earthly throne! His strength his feeble saints supports, To give God praise, and him alone.
2. With painful steps in mire I tread, And deluges o'erflow my head. : 3 With restless cries my spirits faint, My voice is hoarse with long complaint; My sight decays with tedious pain, Whilst for my God I wait in vain. 4 My hairs, though num’rous, are but few, Compar'd with foes that me pursue With groundless hate; grown now of might To execute their lawless spite, They force me, guiltless, to resign, As rapine, what by right was mine: 5 Thou, Lord, my innocence doth see, Nor are my sins conceal’d from thee. 6 Lord God of hosts, take timely care, Lest, for my sake, thy saints despair; 7 Since I have suffer'd for thy name Reproach, and hid my face in shame: 8. A stranger to my country grown, Nor to my nearest kindred known; A foreigner, expos'd to scorn By brethren of my mother born. 9. For zeal to thy lov’d house and name Consumes me like devouring flame; Concern’d at their affronts to thee, More than at slanders cast on me. 10 My very tears and abstinence They construe in a spiteful sense: 11. When cloath’d with sackcloth for their sake, They me their common proverb make. 12 Their judges at my wrongs dojest, Those wrongs they ought to have redress'd; How should I then expect to be From libels of lewd drunkards free? 13 But, Lord, to thee I will repair For help, with humble, timely prayer; ... Relieve me from thy mercy’s store; Display thy truth’s preserving power. 14 From threat’ning dangers me relieve, And from the mire my feet retrieve; From spiteful foes in safety keep, And snatch me from the raging deep. 15 Control the deluge, ere it spread, And roll its waves above my head; Nor deep destruction’s open pit To close her jaws on me permit. 16 Lord, hear the humble prayer I make, For thy transcending goodness' sake; Relieve thy supplicant once more From thy abounding mercy’s store. 17 Nor from thy servant hide thy face; Make haste, for desperate is my case; 18 Thy timely succour interpose, And shield me from remorseless foes. 19 Thou know'st what infamy and scorn I from my enemies have borne; Nor can their close dissembled spite, Or darkest plots escape thy sight.
20 Reproach and grief have broke my heart; I look’d for some to take my part, To pity or relieve my pain; But look’d, alas! for both in vain. 21 With hunger pin'd, for food I call; Instead of food, they give me gall; And when with thirst my spirits sink, They give me vinegar to drink. 22 Their tables, therefore, to their health Shall prove a snare, a trap their wealth; 23 Perpetual darkness seize their eyes, And sudden blasts their hopes surprise. 24 On them thou shalt thy fury pour,
Till thy fierce wrath their race devour;
25 And make their house a dismal cell, Where none will e'er vouchsafe to dwell. 26 For new afflictions they procur'd For him who had thy stripes endur'd; And made the wound, thy scourge had torn, To bleed afresh, with sharper scorn. 27 Sin shall to sin their steps betray, Till they to truth have lost the way: 28 From life thou shalt exclude their soul, Nor with the just their names enrol. 29 But me, howe'er distress'd and poor, Thy strong salvation shall restore; 30 Thy power with songs I’ll then proclaim, And celebrate with thanks thy name. 31 Our God shall this more highly prize, , Than herds or flocks in sacrifice; 32 Which humble saints with joy shall see, And hope for like redress o nae. 33 For God regards the poor's complaint; Sets pris’ners free from close restraint: 34 Let heaven, earth, sea, their voices raise, And all the world resound his praise. 35 For God will Sion's walls erect; Fair Judah’s cities he'll protect; Till all her scatter’d sons repair To undisturb’d possession there. 36 This blessing they shall, at their death, To their religious heirs bequeath; And they to endless ages more Of such as his blest name adore. PSALM LXX. O Lord, to my relief draw near; For never was more pressing need; For my deliv'rance, Lord, appear, And add to that deliv'rance speed. 2 Confusion on their heads return Who to destroy my soul combine; Let them, defeated, blush and mourn, Ensnar'd in their own vile design. 3 Their doom let desolation be; With shame their malice be repaid, Who mock'd my confidence in thee, And sport of my afflictions made. 4. While those who humbly seek thy face, To joyful triumphs shall be rais’d; And all who prize thy saving grace, With me shall sing, The Lord be prais’d. 5 Thus, wretched though I am and poor, The mighty Lord of me takes care: Thou, God, who only can'st restore, To my relief with speed repair. PSALM LXXI. I. thee I put my steadfast trust; Defend me, Lord, from shame; Incline thine ear, and save my soul; For righteous is thy name. 3 Be thou my strong abiding-place, To which I may resort; *Tis thy decree that keeps me safe; Thou art my rock and fort. 4, 5 From cruel and ungodly men Protect and set me free; For, from my earliest youth till now, My hope has been in thee. 6 Thy constant care did safely guard My tender infant days; Thou took'st me from my mother’s womb, To sing thy constant praise. 7, 8 While some on me with wonder gaze, Thy hand supports me still; Thy honour, therefore, and thy praise, My mouth shall always fill.
9 Reject not then thy servant, Lord, When I with age decay ; Forsake me not when, worn with years, Mv vigour fades away. 10 My foes against my fame and me With crafty malice speak; Against my soul they lay their snares, And mutual counsel take: 11 “His God,” say they, “forsakes him now, “On whom he did rely ; “Pursue and take him, whilst no hope “Of timely aid is nigh.” 12 But thou, my God, withdraw not far, For speedy help I call: 13 To shame and ruin bring my foes, That seek to work my fall. 14. But as for me, my steadfast hope Shall on thy power depend; And I in grateful songs of praise My time to come will spend. PART II. 15 Thy righteous acts, and saving health, My mouth shall still declare; Unable yet to count them all, Though summ'd with utmost care. 16 While God vouchsafes me his support, I’ll in his strength go on; All other righteousness disclaim, And mention his alone. 17 Thou, Lord, hast taught me from my youth To praise thy glorious name; And, ever since, thy wondrous works Have been my constant theme. 18 Then now forsake me not, when I Am grey and feeble grown; Till I to these and future times Thy strength and power have shown. 19 How high thy justice soars, O God! How great and wondrous are The mighty works which thou hast done! Who may with thee compare! 20 Me, whom thy hand has sorely press'd, * Thy grace shall yet relieve; And from the lowest depth of woe, With tender care retrieve. 21 Through thee, my time to come shall be With power and greatness crown'd; And me, who dismal years have pass'd, Thy comforts shall surround. 22 Then I with psaltery and harp, Thy truth, O Lord, will praise; To thee, the God of Jacob's race, My voice in anthems raise. 23 Then joy shall fill my mouth, and songs Employ my cheerful voice; My grateful soul by thee redeem’d, §§ in thy strength rejoice. 24 My tongue thy just and righteous acts Shall all the day proclaim; Because thou didst confound my foes, And brought'st them all to shame. PSALM LXXII. ORD, let thy just decrees the king In all his ways direct; And let his son, throughout his reign, Thy righteous laws respect. 2 So shall he still thy people judge With pure and upright mind; Whilst all the helpless poor shall him . Their just protector find.
3 Then hills and mountains shall bring forth The happy fruits of peace; ,
Which all the land shall own to be The work of righteousness: 4. Whilst he the poor and needy race Shall rule with gentle sway; And from their humble necks shall take Oppressive yokes away. 5 In every heart thy awful fear Shall then be rooted fast, As long as sun and moon endure, Or time itself shall last. 6 He shall descend like rain, that cheers The meadow’s second birth; Or like warm showers, whose gentle drops Refresh the thirsty earth. 7 In his blest days §: and good Shall be with favour crown'd; The happy land shall every where With endless peace abound. 8 His uncontrol’d dominion shall From sea to sea extend; Begin at proud Euphrates’ streams, t nature’s limits end. 9 To him the savage nations round Shall bow their servile heads; His vanquish’d foes shall lick the dust, here he his conquests spreads. 10. The king of Tarshish, and the isles, Shall costly presents bring; From spicy Sheba gifts shall come, And wealthy Saba's king. 11_To him shall every king on earth His humble homage pay; And diff'ring nations gladly join To own his righteous sway. 12 For he shall set the needy free, When they for succour cry; Shall save the helpless and the poor, And all their wants supply.
13. His providence for needy souls Shall due supplies prepare; And over their defenceless lives Shall watch with tender care. 14. He shall preserve and keep their souls From fraud and rapine free; And, in his sight, their guiltless blood Of mighty price shall be. 15. Therefore shall God his life and reign To many years extend; Whilst eastern princes tribute pay, And golden presents send. For him shall constant prayers be made, Through all his prosp’rous days; His just dominion shalf afford A lasting theme of praise. 16. Of useful grain, through all the land, Great plenty shall appear; A handful, sown on mountains-top, A mighty crop shall bear : Its fruits, like cedars shook by winds, ...A rattling noise shall yield; The city too shall thrive, and vie For plenty with the field. 17. The mem'ry of his glorious name Through endless years shall run; His spotless fame shall shine as bright And lasting as the sun. In him the nations of the world Shall be completely bless'd, And his unbounded happiness By every tongue confess'd,
A T length, by certain proofs, 'tis plain That God will to his saints be kind; 'I hat all whose hearts are pure and clean Shall his protecting favour find. 2, 3 Till this sustaining truth I knew, My stagg’ring feet had almost fail'd; 1 griev'd the sinners’ wealth to view, And envy’d when the fools prevail’d.' 4, 5 They to the grave in peace descend, And, whilst they live, are hale and strong; No plagues or troubles them offend, Which oft to other men belong. 6, 7 With pride, as with a chain they’re held, And rapine seems their robe of state;
They grow, beyond their wishes, great. 8, 9 With hearts corrupt, and lofty talk,
Oppressive methods they defend; Their tongue through all the earth does walk; Their blasphemies to heaven ascend. 10. And yet admiring crowds are found, Who servile visits duly make; *\ Because with plenty they abound, Of which their flatt’ring slaves partake. 11. Their fond opinions these pursue, Till they with them profanely cry, “How should the Lord our actions view “Can he perceive who dwells so high " 12 Behold the wicked! these are they Who openly their sins profess; And yet their wealth’s increas'd each day, And all their actions meet success. 13, 14 “Then have 1 cleans'd my heart,” said I, “...And wash'd my hands from guilt, in vain, “If all the day oppress'd I lie, “And every morning suffer pain.” 15 Thus did I once to speak intend; But, if such things 1 rashly say, Thy children, Lord, I must offend, nd basely should their cause betray.
16, 17 To fathom this my thoughts 1 bent, But found the case too hard for me; Till to the house of God I went ; Then I their end did plainly see. 18. How high soe'er advanc'd, they all On slipp’ry places loosely stand; Thence into ruin headlong fall, Cast down by thy avenging hand. 19, 20 How dreadful and how quick their fate". Despis’d by thee, when they’re destroy’d; As waking men with scorn do treat The fancies that their dreams employ’d. 21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief opprest, My reins were rack'd with restless pains; So stupid was I, like a beast, Who no reflecting thought retains. 23, 24 Yet still thy presence me supply'd, And thy right hand assistance gave; Thou first shalt with thy counsel guide,
And then to glory me receive.