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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

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105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
The way of truth to show;

A watch-light to point out the path
In which I ought to go.

106 I swear, and from my solemn oath Will never start aside,

That in thy righteous judgments I
Will steadfastly abide.

107 Since I with griefs am so opprest,
That I can bear no more,
According to thy word do thou
My fainting soul restore.
108 Let still my sacrifice of praise
With thee acceptance find;
And, in thy righteous judgments, Lord,
109 Though ghastly dangers me sur-
Instruct my willing mind.


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
Thy statutes to obey,
And till my course of life is done,
Shall keep thy upright way.


113 Deceitful thoughts and practices
I utterly detest;

But to thy law affection bear
Too great to be exprest.
114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower,
And shield art thou, O Lord;
I firmly anchor all my hopes
On thy unerring word.
115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness,
Approach not my abode;
For firmly I resolve to keep

The precepts of my God.
116 According to thy gracious word,
From danger set me free;

Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,
That I repose in thee.

117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,
And rescued from distress;

To thy decrees continually
My just respect address.
118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth,
Who from thy statutes stray'd;
Their vile deceit, the just reward

Of their own falsehood made.
119 The wicked from thy holy land
Thou dost like dross remove;
therefore, with such justice charm'd,
Thy testimonies love.

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
O therefore, Lord, engage
In my defence, nor give me up
To my oppressor's rage.

122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me,
And so shall this distress
Prove good for me; nor shall the proud
My guiltless soul oppress.
123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,
In long expectance held;
Till thy salvation they behold,

And righteous word fulfill'd.
124 To me, thy servant, in distress,
Thy wonted grace display,
And discipline my willing heart
Thy statutes to obey.
125 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Thy sacred skill bestow,
That of thy testimonies I

The full extent may know.

126 'Tis time, high time for thee, O


Thy vengeance to employ

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Who thy relief implore;
As thou art wont to visit those
Who thy blest name adore.
183 Directed by thy heavenly word
Let all my footsteps be;.
Nor wickedness of any kind
Dominion have o'er me.
134 Release, entirely set me free
From persecuting hands,
That, unmolested, I máy learn

And practise thy commands.
135 On me, devoted to thy fear,

Lord, make thy face to shine;
Thy statutes both to know and keep,
My heart with zeal incline.
136 My eyes to weeping fountains turn,
Whence briny rivers flow,
To see mankind against thy laws
In bold defiance go.


137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in

Wrong'd innocence may trust;
And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord,
In all respects are just.

138 Most just and true those statutes


Which thou didst first decree;
And all with faithfulness perform'd,
Succeeding times shall see.
159 With zeal my flesh consumes away,
My soul with anguish frets,
To see my foes contemn at once
Thy promises and threats.
140 Yet each neglected word of thine,
Howe'er hy them despised,

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Is pure, and for eternal truth
By me, thy servant, prized.
141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate,
Contempt from all I find,
Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive
Thy precepts from my mind.
142 Thy righteousness shall then en-

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;
Beset with danger, still I make
Thy precepts my delight.
144 Eternal and unerring rules
Thy testimonies give:
Teach me the wisdom that will make
My soul for ever live.

158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,
And was with grief oppress'd,
To see with what audacious pride
Thy cov'nant they transgress'd.


145 With my whole heart to God I call'd, 159 Yet while they sight, consider,
Lord, hear my earnest cry;
And I thy statutes to perform
With all my care apply.

146 Again more fervently I pray'd,
O save me, that I may
Thy testimonies throughly know,
And steadfastly obey.

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154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me
Thy timely aid afford;
With beams of mercy quicken me,
According to thy word.

155 From harden'd sinners thou re
Salvation far away;

'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from


Who from thy statutes stray.

156 Since great thy tender mercies are
To all who thee adore;
According to thy judgments, Lord,
My fainting hopes restore.
157 A num'rous host of spiteful foes
Against my life combine;
But all too few to force my soul
Thy statutes to decline.


How I thy precepts love;

O therefore quicken me with beams
Of mercy from above.

160 As from the birth of time thy truth
Has held through ages past,
So shall thy righteous judgments, firm,
To endless ages last.


161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause,

Conspire my blood to shed,
Thy sacred word has power alone
To fill my heart with dread.
162 And yet that word my joyful breast
With heavenly rapture warms;
Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
Have such transporting charms.
163 Perficious practices and lies
I utterly detest;

But to thy laws affection bear,
Too vast to be exprest.

164 Seven times a day, with grateful

Thy praises I resound,
Because I find thy judgments all
With truth and justice crown'd.
165 Secure, substantial peace have they
Who truly love thy law;

No smiling mischief them can tempt,
Nor frowning danger awe.
166 For thy salvation have hoped,
And though so long delay'd,
With cheerful zeal and strictest care
All thy commands obey'd.
167 Thy testimonies I have kept,
And constantly obey'd;
Because the love I bore to them
Thy service easy made.

168 From strict observance of thy laws 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek;
I never yet withdrew;
But when to them of peace I speak,
Convinced that my most secret ways They straight cry out, To arms, to
Are open to thy view.



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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,
Who keeps thy laws in mind.


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,
The constant fuel thou shalt be.
5 But, 0! how wretched is my doom,
Who am a sojourner become

In barren Mesech's desert soil!
With Kedar's wicked tents enclosed,
To lawless savages exposed,

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;
2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God
Who heaven and earth has made.
3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest,
Thy guardian will not sleep;

4 His watchful care, that Israel guards,
Will Israel's monarch keep.

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
His care shall guard thee still;

8 From the blind strokes of chance, and

That lie in wait to kill.

9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,
Thy God shall thee defend;
Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage
Safe to thy journey's end."


"Twas a joyful sound to hear
Our tribes devoutly say,
Up, Israel, to the temple haste,
And keep your festal day!


At Salem's courts we must appear,
With our assembled powers,


In strong and beauteous order ranged,
Like her united towers,

4 'Tis thither, by divine cominand,
The tribes of God repair,
Before his ark to celebrate

His name with praise and prayer.
5 Tribunals stand erected there,
Where equity takes place:
There stand the courts and palaces

Of royal David's race.

6 O, pray we then for Salem's peace,
For they shall prosp'rous be,
Thou holy city of our God,

Who bear true love to thee.
7 May peace within thy sacred wall
A constant guest be found;
With plenty and prosperity

Thy palaces be crown'd.
8 For my dear brethren's sake, and

No less than brethren dear,
I'll pray-May peace in Salem's tower,
A constant guest appear.

9 But most of all I'll seek thy good,
And ever wish thee well,
For Sion and the temple's sake,
Where God vouchsafes to dwell.

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thee, who dwell'st above the skies,


For mercy wait my longing eyes;
As servants wait their masters' hands,
And maids their mistresses' commands.
3, 4 0 then have mercy on us, Lord;
Thy gracious aid to us afford;
To us, whom cruel foes oppress,
Grown rich and proud by our distress.

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
In thankful hymns of joy.
Our heathen foes repining stood,
Yet were compen❜d to own

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,
The Lord has done great things,whereof
We reap the glad success.

4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord,
Of Israel's captive bands,
More welcome than refreshing showers
To parch'd and thirsty lands;

5 That we, whose work commenced in tears,

May see our labours thrive,
Till finish'd with success, to make
Our drooping hearts revive.

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,
Allow no respite to our toil,
And eat the bread of care.

Like Sion's rock shall stand;
Like her immoveable be fix'd
By his Almighty hand.

2 Look how the hills on every side
Jerusalem enclose;


So stands the Lord around his saints,
To guard them from their foes.
3 The wicked may afflict the just,
But ne'er too long oppress,
Nor force him by despair to seek
Base means for his redress.
4 Be good, O righteous God, to those
Who righteous deeds affect;
The heart that innocence retains,

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,
Their nights with sound repose.
3 Children, those comforts of our life,
Are presents from the Lord;
He gives a num'rous race of heirs,
As piety's reward.

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,
Cut off th' unjust, but crown the saints
With lasting peace and joy.


HEN Sion's God her sons recall'd
From long captivity,
It seem'd at first a pleasing dream
Of what we wish'd to see:
2 But soon in unaccustom'd mirth,
We did our voice employ,

man is blest that fears the

Nor only worship pays,

But keeps his steps confined with care
To his appointed ways.
2 He shall upon the sweet returns
Of his own labour feed;
Without dependence live, and see
His wishes all succeed.

3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine, Her lovely fruit shall bring;

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