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URE wicked fools must needs suppose
That God is nothing but a name;
Corrupt and lewd their practice grows;
No breast is warm d with holy flame.
2 The Lord look’d down from
And all the sons of men did view,
To see if any own'd his power;
If any truth or justice knew. .
3 But all, he saw, were gone aside,
All were degen'rate grown and base;
None took religion for their guide,
Not one of all the sinful race. .
4. But can these workers of deceit
Be all so dull and senseless grown,
That they, like bread, my people eat,
...And God's Almighty power disown 2
5 How will they tremble then for fear,
When his just wrath shall them o'ertake?
For to the righteous God is near,
And never will their cause forsake.
6 Ill men, in vain, with scorn expose
Those methods which the good pursue;
Since God a refuge is for those -
Whom his just eyes with favour view.
7 Would he his saving power employ
To break his people's servile band,
Then shouts of universal joy -
Should loudly echo through the land.
Lo: who's the happy man that may
To thy blest courts repair,
Not stranger-like, to visit them,
But to inhabit there?
2 ”Tis he, whose every thought and deed ,
By rules of virtue moves;
Whose gen’rous tongue disdains to speak
The thing his heart disproves.
3 Who never did a slander forge,
His neighbour's fame to wound;
Nor hearken to a false report,
By malice whisper’d round.
4. Wi. vice, in all its pomp and power,
Can treat with just neglect;
And piety, though clothed in rags,
5 Who to his plighted vows and trust
Has ever firmly stood;
And though he promise to his loss,
He makes his promise good.
6 Whose soul in usury disdains
His treasure to employ;
Whom no rewards can ever bribe
The guiltless to destroy.
7 The man, who by his steady course
Has happiness insur’d,
When earth's foundation shakes, shall stand,
By providence secur'd.
Poo. me from my cruel foes,
And shield me, Lord, from harm;
Because my trust I still repose
On thy Almighty arm.
2 My soul all help but thine does slight,
All gods but thee disown;
Yet can no deeds of mine requite
The goodness thou hast shown.
3 But those that strictly virtuous are,
And love the thing that's right,
To favour always, and prefer,
Shall be my chief delight.
4 How shall their sorrows be increas'd, Who other gods adore! Their bloody offerings I detest, Their very names abhor. 5 My lot is fall’n in that blest land Where God is truly known; He fills my cup with lib’val hand, 'Tis he supports my throne. |6 In nature's most delightful scene My happy portion lies; |The place of my appointed reign All other lands outvies. |7 Therefore my soul shall bless the Lord, Whose precepts give me light; And private counsel still afford In sorrow’s dismal night. 8 I strive each action to approve To his all-seeing eye; No danger shall my hopes remove, Because he still is nigh. |9 Therefore my heart all grief defies, | My glory does rejoice; |My flesh shall rest, in hope to rise, | Wak’d by his powerful voice. |10 Thou, Lord, when I resign my breath, My soul from hell shalt free; Norlet thy Holy One in death The least corruption see. 11 Thou shalt the paths of life displayy Which to thy presence lead; Where pleasures dwell without allay, And joys that never fade.
To my just plea and sad complaint
Attend, O righteous Lord;
And to my prayer, as 'tis unfeign'd,
A gracious ear afford.
2. As in thy sight I am approv'd,
So let my sentence be; -
And with impartial eyes, O Lord,
My upright dealing see.
3 For thou hast search'd my heart by day,
And visited by night; .
And, on the strictest trial, found
Its secret motions right.
Nor shall thy justice, Lord, alone
My heart’s designs acquit;
For I have purpos'd that my tongue
Shall no offence commit.
4 I know what wicked men would do,
Their safety to maintain;
But me thy just and mild commanda
From bloody paths restrain.
5 That I may still, in spite of wrongs,
My innocence secure,
O guide me in thy righteous ways,
nd make my footsteps sure.
6 Since, heretofore, I ne'er in vain
To thee my prayer address'd;
O! now, my God, incline thine ear
To this my just request.
7. The wonders of thy truth and love
In my defence engage;
Thou, whose right hand preserves thy saints
From their oppressor's rage.
8, 9 O' keep me in thy tend’rest care;
Thy shelt’ring wings stretch out,
To guard me safe from savage foes,
That compass me about:
10 Overgrown with luxury enclos'd
In their own fat they lie;
And, with a proud blaspheming mouth,
Both God and man defy.
11 Well may they boast, for they have now
My paths encompass'd round;
Their eyes at watch, their bodies bow’d,
And couching on the ground;
12 In posture of a lion set,
When greedy of his prey;
Or a young lion, when he lurks
Within a covert way.
13 Arise, O Lord, defeat their plots,
Their swelling rage control;
From wicked men, who are thy sword,
Deliver thou my soul:
14. From worldly men, thy sharpest scourge,
Whose portion's here below;
Who, fill'd with earthly stores, aspire
No other bliss to know.
15 Their race is num’rous, that partake
Their substance while they live;
Their heirs survive, to whom they may
The vast remainder give.
16. But I, in uprightness, thy face
Shall view without control;
And, waking, shall its image find
Reflected in my soul.
1, 2 O change of time shall ever shock
My firm affection, Lord, to thee;
For thou hast always been my rock,
A fortress and defence to me.
Thou, my deliv’rer art, my God;
My trust is in thy mighty power;
Thou art my shield from foes abroad,
At home my safeguard and my tower.
3 To thee I will address my prayer,
To whom all praise we justly owe;
So shall I, by thy watchful care,
Be guarded from my treacherous foe.
4, 5 By floods of wicked men distress'd,
With seas of sorrow compass'd round,
With dire infernal pangs oppress'd,
In death's unwieldly fetters bound;
6 To heaven I made my mournful prayer,
To God address'd my humble moan;
Who graciously inclinid his ear,
And heard me from his lofty throne.
7. When God arose my part to take,
The conscious earth was struck with fear;
The hills did at his presence shake,
Nor could his dreadful fury bear.
8 Thick clouds of smoke dispers'd abroad,
Ensigns of wrath before him came;
Devouring fire around him glow’d,
That coals were kindled at its flame.
9 He left the beauteous realms of light,
Whilst heaven bow'd down its awful head;
Beneath his feet substantial night
Was like a sable carpet spread.
10.The chariot of the King of kings,
Which active troops of angels drew,
On 8 strong tempest's rapid wings,
With most amazing swiftness flew.
11312 Black watery mists and clouds conspir’d,
With thickest shades, his face to veil;
But at his brightness soon retird,
And fell in showers of fire and hail.
PART III. 16. The Lord did on my side engage; From heaven, his throne, my cause upheld; And snatch'd me from the furious rage Of threat’ning waves, that proudly swell’d. 17, God his resistless power employ'd My strongest foes attempts to break; Who else with ease had soon destroy’d The weak defence that I could make. 18. Their subtle rage had near prevail'd, When I distress'd and friendless lay; But still, when other succours fail'd, God was my firm support and stay. 19_From dangers that enclos'd me round, He brought me forth and set me free; For some just cause his goodness found, That mov’d him to delight in me. 20. Because in me no guilt remains, God does his gracious help extend; * are free from bloody stains; herefore the Lord is still my friend. 21, 22 For I his judgments keep in sight, In his just paths I always trod; I never did his statutes slight, Nor loosely wander'd from my God. 23, 24. But still my soul, sincere and pure, Did even from darling sins refrain; His favours therefore yet endure, Because my heart and hands are clean.
25, 26 Thou suit'st, O Lord, thyrighteous ways
To various paths of human-kind;
They who for mercy merit praise,
With thee shall wondrous mercy find.
Thou to the just shalt justice show;
The pure thy purity shall see:
Such as perversely choose to go,
Shall meet with due returns from thee.
27, 28 That he the humble soul will save,
And crush the haughty's boasted might,
In me the Lord an instance gave,
Whose darkness he has turn'd to light.
29 On his firm succour Irely'd,
And did o'er num’rous foes prevail;
Nor fear'd, whilst he was on my side,
The best defended walls to scale.
30. For God's design shall still succeed,
His word will bear the utmost test;
He's a strong shield to all that need,
And on his sure protection rest.
31 Who then deserves to be ador’d,
But God, on whom my hopes depend?
Or who, except the mighty Lord,
Can with resistless power defend?
PSALM XIX. HF heavens declare thy glory, Lord, Which that alone can fill; The firmament and stars express Their great Creator’s skill. 2 The dawn of each returning day Fresh beams of knowledge brings; And from the dark returns of night Divine instruction springs. 3 Their powerful language to no realm Or region is confin’d; 'Tis nature's voice, and understood Alike by all mankind. 4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense Through earth's extent display; Whose bright contents the circling sun Does round the world convey. 5 No bridegroom on his nuptial day Has such a cheerful face; No giant does like him rejoice To run his glorious race. 6 From east to west, from west to east, His restless course he goes; And, through his progress, cheerful light And vital warmth bestows.
PART II. 7 God’s perfect law converts the soul; Reclaims from false desires; With sacred wisdom his sure word The ignorant inspires. 8 The statutes of the Lord are just, And bring sincere delight; His pure commands in search of truth Assist the feeblest sight. 9 His perfect worship here is fix’d, On sure foundations laid; His equal laws are in the scales Of truth and justice weigh'd; 10. Of more esteem than golden mines, Or gold refin’d with skill; More sweet than honey, or the drops. That from the comb distil. 11 My trusty counsellors they are, And friendly warnings give; Divine rewards attend on those Who by thy precepts live. 12 But what frail man observes how o He does from virtue fall O cleanse me from my secret faults, Thou God that know'st them all! 13 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord, Dominion have o'er me; That, by thy grace preserv'd, I may The great transgression flee. 14 So shall my prayer and praises be With thy acceptance blest; And I secure on thy defence, My strength and Saviour, rest.
PSALM XX. To Lord to thy request attend, And hear thee in distress; The name of Jacob’s God defend, And grant thy arms success: 2 To aid thee from on high repair, And strength from Sion give; 3 Remember all thy offerings there, Thy sacrifice receive: 4. To compass thy own heart’s desire Thy counsels still direct; Make kindly all events conspire
5 To thy salvation, Lord, for aid We cheerfully repair, With banners in thy name display’d; “The Lord accept thy prayer.” 6 Our hopes are fix’d, that now the Lord Our sov’reign will defend; From heaven resistless aid afford, And to his prayer attend. 7 Some trust in steeds for war design'd; On chariots some rely; Against them all we’ll call to mind #. power of God most high. 8 But from their steeds and chariots thrown, Behold them through the plain, Disorder'd, broke, and trampled down, Whilst firm our troops remain. 9 Still save us, Lord, and still proceed Our rightful cause to bless; Hear, King of heaven, in times of need, The prayers that we address.
HE king, O Lord, with songs of praise Shall in thy strength rejoice; . With thy salvation crown'd, shall raise To heaven his cheerful voice. 2 For thou, whate'er his lips request, Not only dost impart; But hast, with thy acceptance, blest The wishes of his heart. 3 Thy goodness and thy tender care Have all his hopes outgone; A crown of gold thou mad'st him wear, And sett'st it firmly on. 4 He pray’d for life; and thou, O Lord, Didst to his prayer attend, And graciously to him afford A life that ne'er shall end. 5 Thy sure defence through nations round Has spread his glorious name; And his successful actions crown'd With majesty and fame. 6 Eternal blessings thou bestow'st, And mak’st his joys increase; Whilst thou to him unclouded show'st The brightness of thy face.
7 Because the king on God alone
For timely aid relies;
His mercy still supports his throne,
And all his wants supplies.
8 But, righteous Lord, thy stubborn foes
Shall feel thy heavy hand;
Thy vengeful arm shall find out those
That hate thy mild command.
9 When thou against them dost engage,
Thy just but dreadful doom
Shall, like a glowing oven’s rage,
Their hopes and them consume.
10 Nor shall thy furious anger cease,
Or with their ruin end;
But root out all their guilty race,
And to their seed extend.
11 For all their thoughts were set on ill,
Their hearts on malice bent;
But thou with watchful care didst still
The ill effects prevent.
12 While they their swift retreat shall make,
To 'scape thy dreadful might,
Thy swifter arrows shall o'ertake,
And gall them in their flight.
13 Thus, Lord, thy wondrous strength disclose, And thus exalt thy fame; Whilst we glad songs of praise compose To thy Almighty name. PSALM XXII. A/IY God, my God, why leav'st thou me !. When I with anguish faint : O! why so far from me remov’d, And from my loud complaint 2 2 All day, but all the day unheard, To thee do I complain; With cries implore relief all night, But cry all night in vain. 3 Yet thou art still the righteous Judge Of innocence oppress'd; And therefore Israel’s praises are Of right to thee address'd. 4, 5 On thee our ancestors rely’d, And thy deliv'rance found; With pious confidence they pray’d, And with success were crown'd. 6 But I am treated like a worm; Like mone of human birth; Not only by the great revil'd, But made the rabble’s mirth. 7 With laughter all the gazing crowd My agonies survey; They shoot the lip, they shake the head, And thus deriding say : 8 “In God he trusted, boasting oft “That he was heaven's delight; “Let God come down to save him now, “And own his favourite.”
PART II. 9 Thou mad'st my teeming mother’s womb A living offspring bear; When but a suckling at the breast, I was thy early care. 10 Thou, guardian-like, did'st shield from wronos My helpless infant days; And since hast been my God, and guide, Through life's bewilder'd ways. 11. Withdraw not then so far from me, When trouble is so nigh; O send me help ! thy help, on which I only can rely. 12 High-pamper’d bulls, a frowning herd, From Basan’s forest met, With strength proportion'd to their rage Have me around beset. 13 They gape on me, and every mouth A yawning grave appears; The desert lion's savage roar Less dreadful is than theirs.
PART III. 14 My blood like water's spill'd, my joints Are rack’d and out of frame; Mi. heart dissolves within my breast, ike wax before the flame. 15 My strength, like potter's earth, is parch'd; My tongue cleaves to my jaws; And to the silent shades of death My fainting soul withdraws. 16 Like blood hounds, to surround me, they In pack'd assemblies meet: They pierc'd my inoffensive hands; They pierc'd my harmless feet. 17 My body's rack'd, till all my bones Distinctly may be told;
Yet such a spectacle of woe As pastime they behold. 18 As spoil, my garments they divide, Lots for my vesture cast; 19 Therefore approach, O Lord, my strength, And to my succour haste. 20 From their sharp swords protect thou me, Of all but life bereft; Nor let my darling in the power Of cruel dogs be left. 21 To save me from the lion's jaws, Thy present succour send; As once, from goring unicorns, Thou didst my life defend. 22 Then to my brethren I’ll declare The triumphs of thy name; In presence of assembled saints Thy glory thus proclaim: 23 “ &: worshippers of Jacob's God, “All you of Israel’s line, “O praise the Lord, and to your praise “Sincere obedience join. 24 “He ne'er disdain’d on low distress “To cast a gracious eye; “Nor turn’d from poverty his face, “But hears its humble cry.”
25 Thus, in thy sacred courts, will I
My cheerful thanks express;
In presence of thy saints perform
The vows of my distress.
26. The meek companions of my grief
Shall find my table spread;
And all that seek the Lord shall be
With joys immortal fed.
27 Then shall the glad converted world
To God their homage pay;
And scatter’d nations of the earth
One sov’reign Lord obey.
28 'Tis his supreme prerogative
O'er subject kings to reign;
*Tis just that he should rule the world,
Who does the world sustain.
29. The rich, who are with plenty fed,
His bounty must confess;
The sons of want, by him reliev’d,
Their gen’rous Patron bless.
With humble worship to his throne
They all for aid resort;
That power, which first their beings gave,
Can only them support.
30, 31 Then shall a chosen spotless race,
Devoted to his name,
To their admiring heirs his truth,
And glorious acts, proclaim.
To Lord himself, the mighty Lord,
Vouchsafes to be my guide;
The Shepherd, by whose constant care
My wants are all supply'd,
2 Intender grass he makes me feed,
And gently there repose;
Then leads me to cool shades, and where
Refreshing water flows.
3 He does my wand'ring soul reclaim,
And, to his endless praise,
Hinstruct with humble zeal to walk
In his most righteous ways.
# I pass the gloomy vale of death,
From fear and danger free;
Toft spacieus earth is all the Lord's,
The Lord's her fulness is;
The world, and they that dwell therein,
By sov’reign right are his.
2 He fram’d and fix’d it on the seas;
And his Almighty hand,
Upon inconstant floods, has made
The stable fabric stand.
3 But for himself, this Lord of all
One chosen seat design'd;
O! who shall to that sacred hill
Deserv’d admittance find 2
4 The man, whose hands and heart are pure,
Whose thoughts from pride are free;
Who honest poverty prefers
To gainful perjury.
5 This, this is he, on whom the Lord
Shall shower his blessings down;
Whom God, his Saviour, shall vouchsafe
With righteousness to crown.
6 Such is the race of saints, by whom
The sacred courts are trod;
And such the prosolytos that seek
The face of Jacob’s God.
7 Erect your heads, eternal gates;
Unfold, to entertain
The King of Glory: see! he comes
With his celestial train.
8 Who is the King of Glory? who?
The Lord, for strength renown'd;
In battle mighty; o'er his foes
Eternal victor crown'd.
9 Erect your heads, ye gates; unfold
In state to entertain
The King of Glory: see! he comes
With all his shining train.
10 Who is the King of Glory who?
The Lord of hosts renown'd;
Of Glory he alone is King,
Who is with glory crown'd.