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9 So shall my soul, with praise, O God,
Extol thy wondrous love;
And on thy name with patience wait;
For this thy saints approve.


HE wicked fools must sure suppose
That God is but a name;

This gross mistake their practice shows,
Since virtue all disclaim.

2 The Lord look'd down from heav'n's high tow'r,

The sons of men to view;
To see if any own'd his pow'r,
Or truth or justice knew.

3 But all, he saw, were backward gone,
Degen'rate grown and base;
None for religion car'd, not one
Of all the sinful race.

4 But are those workers of deceit
So dull and senseless grown,
That they like bread my people eat,
And God's just pow'r disown?

5 Their causeless fear shall strangely grow;

And they, despis'd of God, Shall soon be foil'd; his hand shall throw

Their shatter'd bones abroad. 6 Would he his saving pow'r employ To break our servile band, Loud shouts of universal joy Should echo through the land. PSALM LIV.

ORD, save me, for thy glorious name,
And in thy strength appear,
To judge my cause; accept my pray'r,
And to my words give ear.
3 Mere strangers, whom I never wrong'd,
To ruin me design'd;

And cruel men, that fear no God,
Against my soul combin'd.

4,5 But God takes part with all my friends,

And he's the surest guard;
The God of truth shall give my foes
Their falsehood's due reward;

While I my grateful off rings bring,
And sacrifice with joy;
And in his praise my time to come
Delightfully employ.

7 From dreadful danger and distress The Lord hath set me free; Through him shall I of all my foes The just destruction'see..


NIVE ear, thou Judge of all the earth,

GAnd listen when I pray;

Nor from thy humble suppliant turn
Thy glorious face away.

2 Attend to this my sad complaint,
And hear my grievous moans;
While I my mournful case declare,
With artless sighs and groans.

3 Hark how the foe insults aloud! How fierce oppressors rage! Whose sland'rous tongues, with wrathful hate,

Against my fame engage.

4, 5 My heart is rack'd with pain; my soul

With deadly frights distress'd; With fear and trembling compass'd round,

With horror quite oppress'd.

6 How often wish'd I then, that I
The dove's swift wings could get;
That I might take my speedy flight,
And seek a safe retreat.

7, 8 Then would I wander far from hence,

And in wild deserts stray,

Till all this furious storm were spent, This tempest past away.


9 Destroy, O Lord, their ill designs, Their counsels soon divide; For through the city my griev'd eyes Have strife and rapine spy'd. 10 By day and night, on ev'ry wall They walk their constant round; And in the midst of all her strength Are grief and mischief found. 11 Whoe'er through ev'ry part shall


Will fresh disorders meet; Deceit and Guile their constant posts Maintain in ev'ry street. 12 For 'twas not any open foe

That false reflections made 2

For then I could with ease have borne
The bitter things he said:
'Twas none who hatred had profess'd,
That did against me rise;

For then I had withdrawn myself
From his malicious eyes.

13, 14 But 'twas e'en thou, my guide, my friend,

Whom tend'rest love did join; Whose sweet advice I valu'd most; Whose pray'rs were mix'd with mine. 15 Sure vengeance, equal to their crimes, Such traitors must surprise, And sudden death requite those ills They wickedly devise.

16, 17 But I will call on God, who still Shall in my aid appear;

At morn, at noon, at night, I'll pray;
And he my voice shall hear.


18 God has releas'd my soul from those That did with me contend; And made a num'rous host of friends My righteous cause defend. 19 For he, who was my help of old, Shall now his suppliant hear;

Aud punish them whose prosp'rous state] 12 To thee, O God, my vows are due,

Makes them no God to fear.

20 Whom can I trust, if faithless men
Perfidiously devise

To ruin me, their peaceful friend,
And break the strongest ties?

21 Though soft and melting are their

Their hearts with war abound; Their speeches are more smooth than oil,

And yet like swords they wound.

To thee I'll render praise.

13 Thou hast retriev'd my soul from

And thou wilt still secure
The life thou hast so oft preserv❜d,
And make my footsteps sure:
14 And thus protected by thy pow'r,
I may this life enjoy;
And in the service of my God
My lengthen'd days employ.

22 Do thou, my soul, on God depend,HY mercy, Lord, to me extends
And he shall thee sustain;
He aids the just, whom to supplant
The wicked strive in vain.

23 My foes, that trade in lies and blood,
Shall all untimely die;
Whilst I for health and length of days,
On thee, my God, rely.


Do thou, O God, in mercy help;

For man my life pursues;

To crush me with repeated wrongs,
He daily strife renews.

2 Continually my spiteful foes
To ruin me combine;

Thou see'st, who sitt'st enthron'd high,

What mighty numbers join.

On thy protection I depend;
And to thy wing for shelter haste,
Till this outrageous storm is pass'd.
2 To thy tribunal, Lord, I fly,
Thou sov'reign Judge, and God most

Who wonders hast for me begun,
And wilt not leave thy work undone.
3 From heav'n protect me by thine arm,
And shame all those who seek my harm;
To my relief thy mercy send,

And truth, on which my hopes depend.
4 For I with savage men converse,
Like hungry lions wild and fierce;
on With men whose teeth are spears, their

Envenom'd darts and two-edg'd swords.

But though sometimes surpris'd by 5 Be thou, O God, exalted high;


On danger's first alarm;

Yet still for succour I depend

On thy Almighty arm.

4 God's faithful promise I shall praise,
On which I now rely;

In God I trust, and, trusting him,
The arm of flesh defy.

5 They wrest my words, and make them

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A sense they never meant;
Their thoughts are all,with restless spite,
On my destruction bent.

6 In close assemblies they combine,
And wicked projects lay;
They watch my steps, and lie in wait
To make my soul their prey.
Shall such injustice still escape?
O righteous God, arise;

Let thy just wrath, too long provok'd,
This impious race chastise.
8 Thou numb'rest all my steps,


I was compell'd to flee;
My very tears are treasur'd up,
And register'd by thee.

9 When therefore I invoke thy aid,
My foes shall be o'erthrown;
For I am well assur'd that God


My righteous cause will own. 10,11 I'll trust God's word, and so despise The force that man san raise;

And, as thy glory fills the sky,
So let it be on earth display'd,
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.
6 To take me they their net prepar'd,
And had almost my soul ensnar'd;
But fell themselves, by just decree,
Into the pit they made for me.
7 O God, my heart is fix'd, 'tis bent,
Its thankful tribute to present;
And, with my heart, my voice I'll raise
To thee, my God, in songs of praise:
8 Awake, my glory; harp and lute,
No longer let your strings be mute;
And I, iny tuneful part to take,
Will with the early dawn awake.
9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound
To all the list'ning nations round
10 Thy mercy highest heav'n trans-

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Thy truth beyond the clouds extends.
11 Be thou, O God, exalted high;
And, as thy glory fills the sky,
So let it be on earth display'd,
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.

SPEAK, Oye judges of the earth,
If just your sentence bes

Or must not innocence appeal
To heav'n from your decree?
2 Your wicked hearts and judgments


Alike by malice sway'd;

Your griping hands, by weighty bribes, To violence betray'd.

3 To virtue strangers, from the womb
Their infant steps went wrong;
They prattled slander, and in lies
Employ'd their lisping tongue.

4 No serpent of parch'd Afric's breed
Does ranker poison bear;
The drowsy adder will as soon
Unlock his sullen ear.

5 Unmov'd by good advice, and deaf As adders they remain;

From whom the skilful charmer's voice Can no attention gain.

6 Defeat, O God, their threat'ning rage, And timely break their pow'r; Disarm these growling lions' jaws, E'er practis'd to devour.

7 Let now their insolence, at height, Like ebbing tides be spent ; Their shiver'd darts deceive their aim, When they their bow have bent. 8 Like snails let them dissolve to slime; Like hasty births, become Unworthy to behold the sun,

And dead within the womb.

9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots boil,

Tempestrous wrath shall come From God, and snatch them hence alive To their eternal doom.

10 The righteous shall rejoice to see Their crimes with vengeance meet; And saints in persecutor's blood

Shall dip their harmless feet. 11 Transgressors then with grief shall


Just men rewards obtain; And own a God, whose justice will The guilty earth arraign.


ELIVER me, O Lord, my God,
From all my spiteful foes;
In my defence oppose thy pow'r
To theirs, who me oppose.

2 Preserve me from a wicked race,
Who make a trade of ill;
Protect me from remorseless men,
Who seek my blood to spill.
3 They lie in wait, and mighty pow'rs
Against my life combine,
Implacable; yet, Lord, thou know'st,
For no offence of mine.

4 In haste they run about, and watch
My guiltless life to take;
Look down, O Lord, on my distress,
And to my help awake.

5 Thou, Lord of Hosts, and Israel's God,
Their heathen rage suppress;
Relentless vengeance take on those
Who stubbornly transgress.
6 At ev'ning, to beset my house,
Like growling dogs they meet;

While others through the city range, And ransack ev'ry street.

7 Their throats envenom'd slander breathe;

Their tongues are sharpen'd swords; Who hears? say they, or, hearing, dares

'Reprove our lawless words?'

But from thy throne thou shalt, 0

Their baffled plots deride;
And soon to shame and scorn expose
Their boasted heathen pride.

9 On thee I wait; 'tis on thy strength For succour I depend;

'Tis thou, O God, art my defence,
Who only can defend.

10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft
From danger set me free,
Shall crown my wishes, and subdue
My haughty foes to me.

11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at once;
Restrain thy vengeful blow;
Lest we, ungratefully, too soon
Forget their overthrow.

Disperse them through the nations round

By thy avenging pow'r; Do thou bring down their haughty pride,

O Lord, our shield and tow'r. 12 Now, in the height of all their hopes, Their arrogance chastise; Whose tongues have sinn'd without restraint,

And curses join'd with lies.

18 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race endures;

Thine anger, Lord, suppress;
That distant lands, by their just doom,
May Israel's God confess.

14 At ev'ning let them still persist
Like growling dogs to meet,
Still wander all the city round,
And traverse ev'ry street.
15 Then, as for malice now they do,
For hunger let them stray;
And yell their vain complaints aloud,
Defeated of their prey.

16 Whilst early I thy mercy sing,
Thy wondrous pow'r confess;
For thou hast been my sure defence,
My refuge in distress.

17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise,
O God, my strength, I'll sing;
Thou art my God, the rock from

My health and safety spring. PSALM LX. GOD,who hast our troops dispers'd, As we thy just displeasure mourn, To us, in mercy, Lord, return.

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2. Our strength, that firm as earth did


Is rent by thy avenging hand;
O! heal the breaches thou hast made:
We shake, we fall, without thy aid!
3 Our folly's sad effects we feel;
For, drunk with discord's cup we reel:
4 But now, for them who thee rever'd,
Thou hast thy truth's bright banner

5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect;
Lord, hear the pray'rs that we direct:
6 The holy God has spoke; and I,
O'erjoy'd, on his firm word rely:
To thee in portions I'll divide
Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride;
To Sichem, Succoth, next I'll join,
And measure out her vale by line."
7 Manasseh, Gilead, both subscribe
To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe;
Ephraim by arms supports my cause,
And Judah by religious laws.

8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be,
Nor Edom from my yoke get free;
Proud Palestine's imperious state
Shall humbly on our triumph wait.
9 But who shall quell these mighty

And clear my way to Edom's tow'rs? Or through her guarded frontiers tread The path that doth to conquest lead? 10 Ev'n thou, O God, who hath dispers'd Our troops; (for we forsook thee first;) Those whom thou didst in wrath for

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'Tis he treads down our proudest foes. PSALM LXI.

LORD hear my cry, regard my pray❜r, Which I, oppress'd with grief,

2 From earth's remotest parts address To thee for kind relief.

O lodge me safe beyond the reach
Of persecuting pow'r;

3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful foes Hast been my shelt'ring tow'r.

4 So shall I in thy sacred courts
Secure from danger lie;
Beneath the covert of thy wings,
All future storms defy.

5 In sign my vows are heard, once


I o'er thy chosen reign;

6 O! bless with long and prosp'rous life The king thou didst ordain."

7 Confirm his throne, and make his reign Accepted in thy sight;

And let thy truth and mercy both
In his defence unite.

8 So shall I ever sing thy praise, Thy name for ever bless; Devote my prosp'rous days to pay The vows of my distress. PSALM LXII.



Y soul for help on God relies;
From him alone my safety flows
Rock, my Health, that strength

To bear the shock of all my foes.
8 How long will ye contrive my fall,
Which will but hasten on your own?
You'll totter like a bending wall,

Or fence of uncemented stone. 4 To make my envy'd honours less, They strive with lies, their chief delight;

For they, though with their mouths they bless,

In private curse with inward spite. 5,6 But thou, my soul, on God rely; On him alone thy trust repose: My Rock and Health will strength sunply

To bear the shock of all my foes. 7 God does his saving health dispense, And flowing blessings daily send: He is my fortress and defence;

On him my soul shall still depend. 8 In him, ye people, always trust; Before his throne pour out your hearts;

For God, the merciful and just,

His timely aid to us imparts. 9 The vulgar fickle are and frail;

The great dissemble and betray; And, laid in Truth's impartial scale, The lightest things will both out weigh.

10 Then trust not in oppressive ways; By spoil and rapine grow not vain; Nor let your hearts, if wealth in


Be set too much upon your gain. 11 For God has oft his will express'd, And I this truth have fully known; To be of boundless pow'r possess'd

Belongs, of right, to God alone. 12 Though mercy is his darling grace, In which he chiefly takes delight; Yet will be all the human race According to their works requite. PSALM LXIII.

GOD, my gracious God, to thee My morning pray'rs shall offer'd be;

For thee my thirsty soul does pant: My fainting flesh implores thy grace Within this dry and barren place,

Where I refreshing waters want. 2 O! to my longing eyes, once more That view of glorious pow'r restore,

Which thy majestic house displays.

3 Because to me thy wondrous love Than life itself does dearer prove,

My lips shall always speak thy praise. 4 My life, while I that life enjoy, In blessing God I will employ;

With lifted hands adore his name: My soul's content shall be as great As theirs, who choicest dainties eat, While I with joy his praise proclaim. 6 When down Ilie, sweet sleep to find, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind;

And when I wake in dead of night: Because thou still dost succour bring, Beneath the shadow of thy wing I rest with safety and delight.

Their crimes disclos'd, shall make then be

Despis'd and shunn'd by all.

9 The world shall then God's pow confess,

And nations trembling stand, Convinc'd that 'tis the mighty work Of his avenging hand.

10 Whilst righteous men, whom God


In him shall gladly trust; And all the list'ning earth shall hear Loud triumphs of the just. PSALM LXV.

8 My soul, when foes would me devour, FOR thee, O God, our constant praise,

Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless


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.

LORD, hear the voice of my com


To my request give ear;
Preserve my life from cruel foes,
Aud free my soul from fear.

20! hide me with thy tend'rest care,
In 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.
To carry on their ill designs
They mutually agree;
They speak of laying private snares,
And think that none shall see.
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.
s Those slanders which their mouths
did vent,
Upon themselves shall fall;

In Sion waits, thy chosen seat; Our promis'd altars there we'll raise, And all our zealous vows complete. 2 0 thou, who to my humble pray'r Didst always bend thy list'ning ear, To thee shall all mankind repair,

And at thy gracious throne appear. 3 Our sins, though numberless, in vain To stop thy flowing mercy try; Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, And washest out the crimson dye. Blest is the man, who, near thee



Within thy sacred dwelling lives! Whilst we at humble distance taste The vast delights thy temple gives. 5 By wondrous acts, O God, most just, Have we thy gracious answer found In thee remotest nations trust,

And those whom stormy waves sur round.

6, 7 God, by his strength, sets fast the hills,

And does his matchless pow'r engage With which the sea's loud waves be stills,

And angry crowds' tumultuous rage. PART II.

8 Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lands dir may,

When they thy dreadful tokens view With joy they see the night and day Each other's track, by turns, pursue. 9 From out thy unexhausted store Thy rain relieves the thirsty ground; Makes lands, that barren were before, With corn and useful fruits abound. 10 On rising ridges down it pours,

And ev'ry furrow'd valley fills; Thou mak'st them soft with gen show'rs,

In which a blest increase distils. 11 Thy goodness does the circling you With fresh returns of plenty crow And where thy glorious paths appear, Th fruitful clouds drop fatness down. 12 They droon harren forests, chang'd By them to pastures fresh and green;

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