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83 My skin like shrivell'd parchment They with fresh wonders entertain
My ravish'd thoughts all day.
That long in smoke is set; Yet no affliction me can force
105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
A watch-light to point out the path
106 I swear, and from my solemn oath Will never start aside,
That in thy righteous judgments I
107 Since I with griefs am so opprest,
My soul they cannot awe, Nor with continual terrors keep From thinking on thy law. 110 My wicked and inveterate foes For me their snares have laid; Yet I have kept the upright path, Nor from thy precepts stray'd. 111 Thy testimonies I have made My heritage and choice; For they, when other comforts fail, My drooping heart rejoice.
112 My heart with early zeal began
113 Deceitful thoughts and practices
But to thy law affection bear
The precepts of my God.
Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,
117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,
To thy decrees continually
Of their own falsehood made.
120 Yet, with that love they make me dread,
Lest I should so offend, When on transgressors I behold Thy judgments thus descend.
121 Judgment and justice I have loved
122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me,
And righteous word fulfill'd.
The full extent may know.
126 'Tis time, high time for thee, O
Thy vengeance to employ
Who thy relief implore;
And practise thy commands.
Lord, make thy face to shine;
137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in
Wrong'd innocence may trust;
138 Most just and true those statutes
Which thou didst first decree;
Is pure, and for eternal truth
When time itself is past; Thy law is truth itself, that truth Which shall for ever last. 143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and dread,
147 My earlier prayer the dawning day Prevented, while I cry'd
To compass me unite;
158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,
145 With my whole heart to God I call'd, 159 Yet while they sight, consider,
146 Again more fervently I pray'd,
154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me
155 From harden'd sinners thou re
'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from
Who from thy statutes stray.
156 Since great thy tender mercies are
How I thy precepts love;
O therefore quicken me with beams
160 As from the birth of time thy truth
161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause,
Conspire my blood to shed,
But to thy laws affection bear,
164 Seven times a day, with grateful
Thy praises I resound,
No smiling mischief them can tempt,
168 From strict observance of thy laws 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek;
My heart's free choice have made. 174 My soul has waited long to see Thy saving grace restored; Nor comfort knew, but what thy laws, Thy heavenly laws, afford. 175 Prolong my life, that I may sing My great kestorer's praise; Whose justice, from the depths of woe, My fainting soul shall raise. 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, till I
Despair my way to find;
Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek,
IN deep distress I oft have cry'd
who never yet
To rescue me, oppress'd with wrongs; 2 Once more, O Lord, deliv'rance send, From lying lips my soul defend,
And from the rage of slandering tongues.
What little profit can accrue, And yet what heavy wrath is due,
O thou perfidious tongue, to thee! 4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn;
Of lasting flames, that fiercely burn,
In barren Mesech's desert soil!
Who live on nought but theft and spoil. My hapless dwelling is with those Who peace and amity oppose,
And pleasure take in others' harms:
From thence expecting aid;
4 His watchful care, that Israel guards,
5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's
Thou shalt securely rest,
6 Where neither sun nor moon shall
By day or night molest.
7 From common accidents of life
8 From the blind strokes of chance, and
That lie in wait to kill.
9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,
"Twas a joyful sound to hear
At Salem's courts we must appear,
In strong and beauteous order ranged,
4 'Tis thither, by divine cominand,
His name with praise and prayer.
Of royal David's race.
6 O, pray we then for Salem's peace,
Who bear true love to thee.
Thy palaces be crown'd.
No less than brethren dear,
9 But most of all I'll seek thy good,
thee, who dwell'st above the skies,
For mercy wait my longing eyes;
HAD not the Lord, may Israel say,
Been pleased to interpose; 2 Had he not then espoused our cause, When men against us rose; 3, 4, 5 Their wrath had swallow'd us alive,
And raged without control; Their spite and pride's united floods Had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul. 6 But praised be our eternal Lord, Who rescued us that day, Nor to their savage jaws gave up Our threaten'd lives a prey. 7 Our soul is like a bird escaped From out the fowler's net; The snare is broke, their hopes cross'd,
And we at freedom set.
THO place on Sion's God trust,
And sung our great Restorer's praise
That great and wondrous was the work
Our God for us had done. 3Twas great,' say they, 'twas won drous great
Much more should we confess,
4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord,
5 That we, whose work commenced in tears,
May see our labours thrive,
6 Though he desponds that sows his grain,
Yet doubtless he shall come
To bind his full-ear'd sheaves, and bring The joyful harvest home.
8 Secure in his Almighty name
Our confidence remains,
Who, as he made both heaven and 2 In vain we rise before the day,
Of both sole Monarch reigns.
And late to rest repair,
Like Sion's rock shall stand;
2 Look how the hills on every side
So stands the Lord around his saints,
TE build with fruitless cost, unless the pile Unless the Lord the city keep, The watchman wakes in vain.
their Supplies of life, with ease to them, He on his saints bestows;
He crowns their labours with success,
4 As arrows in a giant's hand,
When marching forth to war; Ev'n so the sons of sprightly youth, Their parents safeguard are. 5 Happy the man whose quiver's fill'd With these prevailing arms; He need not fear to meet his foe, At law or war's alarms.
5 All those who walk in crooked paths, THE Lord,
The Lord shall soon destroy,
HEN Sion's God her sons recall'd
man is blest that fears the
Nor only worship pays,
But keeps his steps confined with care
3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine, Her lovely fruit shall bring;