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Aud punish them whose prosp'rous state 12 To thee, O God, my vows are due ;
To thee I'll render praise.
And break the strongest ties? The life thou hast so oft preservid, 21 Though soft and melting are their And make my footsteps sure: words,
14 And thus protected by thy pow's, Their hearts with war abound; I may this life enjoy ; Their speeches are more smooth than And in the service of my God oil,
My lengthen'd days employ.
whom to supplant And to thy wing for shelter haste,
Till this outrageous storm is pass'd. 23 My foes, that trade in lies and blood, 2 To thy tribunal, Lord, I fly, Shall all'untimely die;
Thou sov'reign Judge, and God most
Who wonders hast for me begun,
And wilt not leave thy work undone.
And shame all those who seek my harm;
And truth, on which my hopes depend.
Like hungry lions wild and fierce ; Thou see'st, who sitt'st enthron’d on With men whose teeth are spears, their higb,
And, as thy glory fills the sky,
So let it be on earth display'd,
6 To take me they their net prepard,
But fell themselves, by just decree, In God I trust, and, trusting him, Into the pit they made for me. The arm of flesh 'defy.
7 O God, my heart is fix'd, 'tis bent, 5 They wrest my words, and make them Its thankful tribute to present;. speak
And, with my heart, my voice í'll raise A sense they never meant;
To thee, my God, in songs of praise : Their thoughts are all,with restless spite, : Awake, my glory; harp and lute, On my destruction bent.
No longer let your strings be mute; 6 In close assemblies they combine, And I, my tuneful part to take, And wicked projects lay,
Will with the early dawn awake. They watch my steps, and lie in wait 9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound To make my soul their prey.
To all the listning nations round; 7 Shall such injustice still escape? 10 Thy mercy highest heav'n transO righteous God, arise ;
cends; Let thy just wrath, too long provok'd, Thy truth beyond the clouds extende. This impious race chastise.
11 Be thou, o God, exalted high;
So let it be on earth display'd,
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.
the earth, 9 When therefore I invoke thy aid, If just your sentence bez
My foes shall be o'erthrown; Or must not innocence appeal
To heav'n from your decree?
The force that man san raise ; Alike by malice sway'd;
Your griping Dands, by weighty bribes, While others through the alty range, To violence betray'd.
And ransack ev'ry street. 3 To virtue strangers, from the womb 7 Their throats envenom'd slander Their infant steps went wrong ;
breathe; They prattled slander, and in lies Their tongues are sharpen'd swords ;
Employ'd their lisping tongue. Who hears ? say they, or, bearing, 4 No serpent of parch'd Afric's breed dares Does ranker poison bear;
"Reprove our lawless words? The drowsy adder will as soon
But from thy throne thou shalt, o Unlock his sullen ear.
Lord, 5 Unmov'd by good advice, and deaf Their baffled plots deride; As adders they remain;
And soon to shame and scorn expose From whom the skilful charmer's voice Their boasted heathen pride. Can no attention gain.
9' On thee I wait; 'tis on thy strength 6 Defeat, O God, their threat'ning rage, For succour I depend;
And timely hreak their pow'r ; | 'Tis thou, o God, art my defence,
10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so of 7 Let now their insolence, at height, From danger set me free, Like ebbing tides be spent;
Shall crown my wishes, and subdue Their shiver'd darts deceive their aim, My haughty foes to me.
When they their bow have bent. 11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at once; & Like snails let them dissolve to slime; Restrain thy vengeful blow; Like hasty births, become
Lest we, ungratefully, too soon Unworthy to behold the sun,
Forget their overthrow. And dead within the womb. Disperse them through the nations 9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots
By thy avenging pow'r; Tempestrous wrath shall come Do thou bring down their baughty From God, and snatch them hence alive pride, To their eternal doom.
O Lord, our shield and tow'r. 10 The righteous shall rejoice to see 12 Now, in the height of all their hopes,
Their crimes with vengeance meet; Their arrogance chastise ; And saints in persecutor's blood Whose tongues have sinn'd without reShall dip their harmless feet.
straint, 11 Transgressors then with grief shall And curses join'd with lies.
13 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race en Just men rewards obtain;
dures; And own a God, whose justice will Thine anger, Lord, suppress; The guilty earth arraign.
That distant lands, by their just doom,
May Israel's God confess.
14 At ev'ning let them still persist From all my spiteful foes;
Like growling dogs to meet, In my defence oppose thy pow'r
Still wander all the city round, To theirs, who me oppose.
And traverse ev'ry street. 2 Preserve me from a wicked race, 15 Then, as for malice now they do, Who make a trade of ill;
For hunger let them stray; Protect me from remorseless men, And yell their vain complaints aloud, Who seek my blood to spill.
Defeated of their prey. 3 They lie in wait, and mighty pow'rs 16 Whilst early I thy mercy sing, Against my life combine,
Thy wondrous pow'r confess; Implacable; yet, Lord, thou know'st, For thou hast been my sure defence, For no offence of mine.
My refuge in distress. 4 In haste they run about, and watch 17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise, My guiltless life to take ;
* O God, my strength, I'll sing ; Look down, O Lord, on my distress, Thou art my God, the rock from And to my help awake.
whence 5 Thou, Lord of Nosts, and Israel's God, My health and safety
spring. Their heathen rage suppress;
Forsaking those who left thee first 6 At ev’ning, to beset my house, As we thy just displeasure mourn,
Like growling dogs they meet; To us, in mercy, Lord, retum.
2 Our strength, that firm as earth did 8 So shall I ever sing thy praise,
Thy name for ever bless;
PSALM LXII. 3 Our folly's sad effects we feel;
My soul for help on God relies; For, drunk with discord's cup we reel: From him alone my safety flows 4 But now, for them who thee rever'd, My Rock, my Health, that strength Thou hast thy truth's bright banner supplies, rear'd.
To bear the shock of all my foes. 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect; 3 How long will ye contrive my fall, Lord, hear the pray’rs that we direct: Which will but hasten on your own? 6 The holy God has spoke; and I, You'll tctter like a bending wall, O'erjoy'd, on bis firm word rely:
Or fence of uncemented stone. To thee in portions I?ll divide 4 To make my envy'd honours less, Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride; They strive with lies, their chief dan To Sichem, Succoth, next I'll join,
light; And measure out her vale by line. For they, though with their mouths 7 Manasseh, Gilead, both subscribe
they bless, To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe; In private curse with inward spite. Ephraim by arms supports my cause, 5, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely; And Judah by religious laws.
On him alone thy trust repose: 8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be, My Rock and Health will strength supNor Edom from my yoke get free;
ply Proud Palestine's imperious state To bear the shock of all my foes. Shall humbly on our triumph wait. 7 God does his saving health dispense, 9 But who shall quell these mighty And flowing blessings daily send: pow'rs,
He is my fortress and defence; And clear my way to Edom's tow'rs? On him my soul shall still depend. Or through her guarded frontiers tread 8 In him, ye people, always trust; The path that doth to conquest lead? Before his throne pour out your 10 Evin thou, O God, who hath dispers'd hearts; Our troops ; (for we forsook thee first;) For God, the merciful and just, Those whom thou didst in wrath for- His timely aid to us parts. sake,
9 The vulgar fickle are and frail; Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make. The great dissemble and betray; 11 Do thou our fainting cause sustain; And, laid in Truth's impartial scale, For human succours are but vain. The lightest things will both out 12 Fresh strength and courage God be- weigb. stows:
10 Then trust not in oppressive ways; 'Tis he treads clown our proudest foes. By spoil and rapine grow not vain; PSALM LXI.
Nor let your hearts, if wealth inLORD bear mycry, regard my prayr, crease,
Be set too much upon your gain. 2 From earth's remotest parts address 11 For God has oft his will expressid, To thee for kind relief.
And I this truth have fully known; O lodge me safe beyond the reach To be of boundless powr possess'd Of persecuting pow'r;
Belongs, of right, to God alone. 3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful foes 12 Though mercy is his darling grace,
Hast been my shelt'ring tow'r. In which he chiefly takes delight; 4 So shall I in thy sacred courts Yet will be all the human race Secure from danger lie;
According to their works requite. Beneath the covert of thy wings,
GOD, my gracious God, to thee 5 In sign my vows are heard, once My morning pray’rs shall offer'd
For thee my thirsty soul does pant: 60! bless with long and prosp'rous life My fainting flesh implores thy grace
The king thou didst ordain. Within this dry and barren place, 7 Confirm
his throne, and make his reign Where I refreshing waters want. Accepted in thy sight;
2 0! to my longing eyes, once more And let thy truth and mercy both That view of glorious pow'r restore, In his defence unite.
Which thy majestic house displays.
3 Because to me thy wondrous love Their crimes disclos'd, shall make the Than life itself does dearer prove,
be y lips shall always speak thy praise. Despis’d and shunn'd by all. 4 My life, while that life enjoy, 9 The world shall then God's powt In blessing God I will employ;
confess, With listed hands adore his name: And nations trembling stand, á My soul's content shall be as great Convinc'd that 'tis the mighty work As theirs, who choicest dainties eat, Of his avenging hand.
While I with joy his praise proclaim. 10 Whilst righteous men, whom God 6 When down Ilie, sweet sleep to find,
secures, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind; In hin shall gladly trust;
And when I wake in dead of night: And all the list’ning earth shall hear ng Because thou still dost succour bring, Loud triumphs of the just. Beneath the shadow of thy wings
PSALM LXV. I rest with safety and delight.
TOR thee, O God, our constant praise, 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, In Sion waits, thy chosen seat; Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless Our promis'd altars there we'll raise, pow'r
And all our zealous vows complete. In her support is daily shown: 2 0 thou, who to my humble pray's 9 But those the righteous Lord shall slay, Didst always bepd thy list’ning ear, That my destruction wish; and they To thee shall all mankind repair,
That seek my life shall lose their own. And at thy gracious throne appear. 10 They by untimely ends shall die, 3 Our sins, though numberless, in vain Their flesh a prey to foxes lie;
To stop thy flowing mercy try; But God shall 6!l the king with joy: Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, 11 Who thee confess shall still rejoice, And washest out the crimson dye. Whilst the false tongue, and lying 4 Biest is the man, who, near thee voice,
plac'd, Thou, Lord, shalt silence and destroy. Within thy sacred dwelling lives! PSALM LXIV.
Whilst we at humble distance taste
The vast delights thy temple gives. plaint
5 By wondrous acts, O God, most just, To my request give ear;
Have we thy gracious answer found Preserve my life from cruel foes, In thee reinotest nations trust, Aud free my soul from fear.
And those whom stormy waves sur2 0! hide me with thy tend'rest care, round. In some secure retreat,
6, 7 God, by his strength, sets fast the From sinners that against me rise,
hills, And all their plots defeat.
And does bis matchless pow'r engage See bow, intent to work my harm, With which the sea's loud waves be
They whet their tongues like swords; stills, And bend their bows to shoot their And angry crowds' tumultuous rage. darts,
PART II. Sharp lies, and bitter words. 8 Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lands dis4 Lurking in private, at the just
may, They take their secret aim,
When they thy dreadiul tokens view And suddenly at him they shoot, With joy they see the night and day Quite void of fear and shame.
Each other's track, by turns, pursue. by To carry on their ill designs 19 From out thy unexhausted store They mutually agree;.
Thy rain relieves the tbirsty ground; They speak of laying private snares, Makes lands, that barren were before And think that none shall see.
With corn and useful fruits abound. With utmost diligence and care 10 On rising ridges down it pours, Their wicked plots they lay;
And ev'ry furrow'd valley fills; The deep designs of all their hearts Thou mak'st them soft with gente Are only to betray.
show'rs, 7 But God, to anger justly mov'd, In which a blest increase distils.
His dreadful bow shall bend, 11 Thy goodness does the circling Feu And on his fying arrow's point
With fresh returns of plenty cmwa; Bhall swift destruction send.
And where thy glorious paths appeat, 8 Those slanders which their mouths! Th. fruirful clouds drop fatness down. did vent,
12 Tbey dronkarren forests, changid Upon themselves shall falls
By them to pastures fresh and greeni
LORD alear the voice of my com
The hills about, in order rang'd,
if my heart had harbour'd sin, In beauteous robes of joy are seen. Would all my pray’rs disclaim. 13 Large flocks with fleecy wool adorn 19 But God to me, whene'er I cry'd,
The cheerful downs; the vallies bring His gracious ear did bend,
20 Then bless’d for ever be my God? L
ET all the lands, with shouts of joy, Who never, when I pray,
To God their voices raise; Withbolds his mercy from my soul
PSALM LXVII. 8 And let them say, How dreadful, Lord, To bless thy chosen race, In all thy works, art thou !
In mercy, Lord, incline; To thy great pow'r thy stubbotn foes And cause the brightness of thy face Shall all be forc'd to bow.
On ail thy saints to shine: 4 Through all the earth the nations 2 That so thy wondrous way round
May through the world be known; Shall thee their God confess; Wbile distant lands their tribute pay, And with glad hymns, their awful And thy salvation own. dread
13 Let diffring nations join Of thy great name express.
To celebrate thy fame; 5 0 come! behold the works of God; Let all the world, O Lord, combine And then with me you'll own,
To praise thy glorious name. That he to all the sons of men
4 O let them shout and sing Has wondrous judgment shown. With joy and pious mirth; 6 He made the sea become dry land, For thou, the righteous Judge and
Through which our fathers walk'd; King,
5 Let diftoring nations join 7 He, by his pow'r, for ever rules; To celebrate thy fame; His eyes the world survey ;
Let all the word, O Lord, combine
To praise thy glorious name.
6 Then shall the teeming ground
A large increase disclose; 8, 9 0! all ye nations, bless our God, And we with plenty shall be crown', And loudly speak his praise;
Which God, our God, bestows. Who keeps our souls alive, and still 7 Then God upon our land Confirms our steadfast ways.
Shall constant blessings show'r; 10 For thou hast try'd us, Lord, as fire And all the world in awe shall stand Does try the precious ore;
of his resistless pow'r., 11 Thou brought'st us into straits, where
ET God, the God of battle, rise, Oppressing burdens bore. 12 Insulting foes did us, their slaves, Let shameful rout their host surprise, Through fire and water chase;
Who spitefully his pow'r oppose. But yet, at last, thou brought'st us forth 2 As smoke in tempest's rage is lost, Into a wealthy place.
Or wax into the furnace cast; 13 Burnt-off“rings to thy house I'll So let their sacrilegious host bring,
Before his wrathful presence waste. And there my vows will pay,
S But let the servants of his will 14 Which I with solemn zeal did make His favour's gentle beams enjoy ; In trouble's dismal day.
Their apright hearts let gladness fill, 15 Then
shall the richest incense And cheerful songs their tongues endsmoke,
ploy. The fattest rams shall fall,
4 To bin your voice in anthems raise; The choicest goats from out the fold, Jehovah's awful vame he bears; And bullocks from the stall.
Ia bim rejoice, extol his praise, 16 O! come all ye that fcar the Lord, Who rides upon high-rolling spheron Attend with heedful care,
5 Him, from his empire of the skies, Whilst I what God for me has done To this low world compassion draws With grateful joy declare.
The orphan's claim to patronise, 17, 18 As I before his aid implor'd, And judge the injur'd widow's So now I praise his name;