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Whilst all the helpless poor shall him
Then hills and mountains shall bring
The happy fruits of peace;
As long as sun and moon endure,
6 Ile shall descend like rain, that cheers
The meadow's second birth;
Or like warm show'rs, whose gentle Who only wondrous in his works,
Beyond compare appears. 19 Let earth be with his glory fill'd; For ever bless his name;
Refresh the thirsty earth.
7 In his blest days the just and good
A handful, sown on mountains-top,
15 Therefore shall God his life and reign
Whilst eastern princes tribute pay,
For him shall constant prayers be made,
A lasting theme of praise.
16 of useful grain, through all the land,
The God whom Israel fears;
Whilst to his praise the list'ning world
T length, by certain proofs, 'tis plain That God will to his saints be kind: That 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 I 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 anti strong;
No plagues or troubles them offend,
6, 7 With pride, as with a chain, they're
13, 14' Then have I cleans'd my heart,' By thee redeem'd; and Zion's mount, said I, Where once thy glory shone.
'And wash'd my hands from guilt in 8 O! come and view our ruin'd state;
If all the day oppress'd I lie,
4 Thy foes blaspheme thy name; where
And basely should their cause betray.
PART II. 16, 17 To fathom this, my thoughts bent,
But found the case too hard for me;
Then I their end did plainly see.
Cast down by thy avenging hand.
Despis'd by thee, when they're de-
As waking men with scorn do treat
21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief
My reins were rack'd with restless 10 But, Lord, how long wilt thou perpains;
Thy zealous servants pray'd,
So stupid was I, like a beast,
Who no reflecting thought retains.
And thy right hand assistance gave;
That I besides thee can desire.
May often fail to succour me;
Thy vengeance shall destroy them all. 28 Put as for me, 'tis good and just
That I should still to God repair;
And will his wondrous works declare.
THY best thou cast us off, O God?
Advance the artist's fame,
We have no prophet now, that knows
Th' insulting foe to boast?
11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong
And on thy patient breast, When vengeance calls to stretch it forth,
So calmly lett'st it rest?
12 Thou heretofore, with kingly pow'r,
The waves o'erwhelm'd their pride.
15 Thou clav'st the solid rock, and
The waters largely flow;
Again, thou mad'st through parted
Thy wand'ring people go.
16 Thine is the cheerful day, and thine
17 By thee the borders of the earth
18 Remember, Lord, how scornful foes
20 Thy ancient cov'nant, Lord, regard,
For ever praise thy name. 22 Arise, O God, in our behalf;
Thy cause and ours maintain; Remember how insulting fools
Each day thy name profane. 23 Make thou the boasting of thy foes For evermore to cease; Whose insolence, if unchastis'd,
Will more and more increase.
The bitter dregs, and be condemn'd
Exalt the just, and seat him high
Almighty there by wonders shown; His name in Jacob does excel: 2 His sanctu'ry in Salem stands; The Majesty that heaven commands, In Sion condescends to dwell.
3 He brake the bow and arrows there, The shield, and temper'd sword, and spear;
There slain the mighty army lay: 4 Whence Sion's fame through earth is spread,
Of greater glory, greater dread,
5 Their valiant chiefs, who came for spoil, Themselves met there a shameful foil: Securely down to sleep they lay; But wak'd no more, their stoutest band Ne'er lifted one resisting hand
'Gainst his, that did their legions slay. 6 When Jacob's God began to frown, Both horse and charioteers, o'erthrown Together slept in endless night: 7 When thou, whom earth and heaven
Dost once with wrathful look appear, What mortal power can stand thy sight?
8 Pronounc'd from heaven, earth heard its doom,
All night my fest'ring wound did run;
I call'd to mind the days of old,
6 By night I recollect my songs,
Withdrawn his favours quite? 8 Are both his mercy and his truth Retired to endless night?
9 Can his long practised love forget Its wonted aids to bring?
Has he in wrath shut up and seal'd
11 I'll call to mind his works of old,
12 On them my heart shall meditate, My tongue shall them recite.
13 Safe lodg'd from human search on high,
O God, thy counsels are! Who is so great a God as ours? Who can with him compare? 14 Long since a God of wonders thee Thy rescu'd people found; 15 Long since hast thou thy chosen seed With strong deliverance crown'd. 16 When thee, O God, the waters saw, The frighted billows shrunk; The troubled depths themselves for fear Beneath their channels sunk. 17 The clouds pour'd down, while rending skies
Did with their noise conspire;. Thy arrows all abroad were sent, Wing'd with avenging fire.
18 Heaven with thy thunder's voice was
Thy wondrous passage, where no sight
20 Thon lead'st hy people like a flock
19 Through rolling streams thou find'st
thy way, Thy paths in waters lie;
A stiff rebellious race,
9 Such were revolting Ephraim's sons,
10, 11 They falsified their league with
His orders disobey'd,
12 Nor wonders, which their fathers
Did they in mind retain,
13 He cut the seas to let them pass,
Whilst all the lower world With lightnings blaz'd, earth shook, and While piled on heaps, on either side The solid waters stood.
From her foundations hurl'd.
14 A wondrous pillar led them on,
15 When drought oppress'd
where no stream
them, And all around their spreading camp The ready booty lay.
29 They fed, were fill'd; he gave them leave
The wilderness supply'd,
He cleft the rock, whose flinty breast
16 Streams from the solid rock he
Which down in rivers fell,
Nor with their hunger ceas'd.
That, trav'lling with their camp, each But whilst in their luxurious mouths
Renew'd the miracle.
The wrath of God smote down their
17 Yet there they sinn'd against him
Provoking the Most High,
In that same desert where he did
That did his power distrust,
Can God,' say they,' prepare
A table in the wilderness,
20 He smote the flinty rock, 'tis true, And gushing streams ensu'd;
And long'd for meat, not urg'd by want,|
Consum'd their lives in grief.
19 Then utter'd their blaspheming 34 When some were slain, the rest re
Their appetites to feast;
30, 31 Yet still their wanton lust crav'd
And Israel's chosen siew.
From his celestial stores;
24 Though tasteful manna was rain'd
32 Yet still they sinn'd, nor would af ford
His miracles belief:
33 Therefore through fruitless travels
Sustaining corn receive.
25 Thus man with angels' sacred food,
Not sparingly, for still they found
26 From heaven he made an east wind
To God with early cry;
35 Own'd him the Rock of their defence,
Their wants so oft supply'd;
23 Though he had made his clouds dis
40 How oft did they provoke him there, How oft his patience grieve,
Provisions down in showers;
And when earth fail'd, reliev'd their In that same desert where he did
Their fainting souls relieve!
A murming wind, that's quickly past,
41 They tempted him by turning back
When Israel's God refused to be
Their hunger to relieve;
That their redemption brought;
43 His signs in Egypt, wondrous works
Then did the south command
27 To rain down flesh like dust, and 46 Locusts and caterpillars reap'd
The harvest of their toil.
Like sea's unnumber'd sand.
47 Their vines with battering hail were
28 Within their trenches he let fall
The luscious easy prey;
With frost the fig-tree dies;