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17 By thee the borders of the earth The bitter dregs, and be condemn'd In perfect order stand;
To drink the very lees.
This message will relate;
The justice then of Jacob's God
My song shall celebrate. 18 Remember, Lord, how scornful foes 10 The wicked's pride I will reduce, Have daily urg'd our shame;
Their cruelty disarm;
Above the reach of larm.
.PSALM LXXVI. Nor the assembly of thy poor
'N Judah the Almighty's known, For evermore forget.
Almighty there by wonders shown; 20 Thy ancientcov'nant, Lord, regard, His name in Jacob does excel :
And make thy promise good; 2 His sanctu'ry in Salem stands; For now each corner of the land
The Majesty that heaven commands, Is fill'd with men of blood.
In Sion condescends to dwell. 21 O! let not the oppress'd return 3 He brake the bow and arrows there,
With sorrow cloth'd, and shame; i The shield, and temper'd sword, and But let the helpless and the poor
spear; For ever praise tly name.
There slain the mighty army lay: 22 Arise, o God, in our behalf; 4 Whence Sion's fame through earth is Thy cause and ours maintain;
spread, Remember how insulting fools
of greater glory, greater dread, Each day thy name profane.
Than bills where robbers lodge their 29 Make thou the boasting of thy foes
prey. Forevermore to cease;
5 Their valiant chiefs, who came for Whose insolence, if unchastis’d,
spoil, Will more and more increase.
Themselves met there a shameful foil: PSALM LXXV.
Securely down to sleep they lay;
But wak'd no more, their stoutest band , , Ne'er lifted one resisting band To thee, with thanks repair; 'Gainst his, that did their legions slay. For, that thy name to us is nigh, 6 When Jacob's God began to frown,
Thy wondrous works declare. Both horse and charioteers, o'erthrown 2 In Israel when iny throne is fix'd, Together slept in endless night: With me shall justice reign:
7 When thou, whom earth and heaven 3 The land with discord shakes; but I
revere, The sinking frame sustain.
Dost once with wrathful look appear, 4 Deluded wretches I advis'd
What mortal power can stand thy Their errors to redress;
sight? And warnd bold sinners, that they 8 Pronounc'd from heaven, earth heard should
its doom, Their swelling pride suppress. Grew hush'd with fear, when thou did'st 5 Bear not yourselves so high, as if
No pow'r could your's restrain;. 9 The meek with justice to restore: Submit your stubborn necks, and learn 10 The wrath of man shall yield thee To speak with less disdain :
praise; 6 For that promotion, which to gain Its last attempts but serve to raise Your vain ambition strives,
The triumphs of Almighty power. From neither east nor west, nor yet 11 Vow to the Lord, ye nations; bring From southern climes arrives.
Vow'd presents to the eternal King: 7 For God the great disposer is,
Thus to his name due reverence pay, And sov'reign Judge alone,
12 Who proudest potentates can quell, Who casts the proud to earth, and lifts To earthly kings more terrible, The humble to a throne.
Than to their trembling subjects they. 8 His hand holds forth a dreadful cup;
Did graciously repair:
My God with bumble prayer.
All night my fest'ring wound did run; Thy wondrous passage, where no sight No med'cine gave relief:
Thy footsteps can descry. My soul no comfort would admit; 20 Thou lead'st thy people like a flock My soul indulg'd lier gries.
Safe through the desert land, % I thought on God, and favours past; B; Moses, their meek skilful guide, But that increas'd my pain:
And Aaron's sacred band.
devout attention lend;
Deep in your hearts descend. 8 I call'á to mind the days of old, 2 Ny iongue, by inspiration taught, With signal mercy crown'd;
Shall parables untold, Those famous years of ancient times, Dark oracles, but understood, For miracles renown'd.
And own'd for truths of old : 6 By night I recollect my songs,
3 Which we from sacred registers On former triumphs made;
Of ancient times have known, Then search, consult, and ask my heart, And our forefathers' pious care
Where's now that wandrous aid? To us has handed down. 7 Has God for ever cast us off?
4 We will not hide them from our sons; Withdrawn his favours quite ?
Our offspring shall be taught 8 Are both his mercy and his truth The praises of the Lord, whose strength Retired to endless night?
Has works of wonder wrought. 9 Can bis long practised love forget 5 For Jacob he this law ordain'd, Its wonted aids to bring?
This league with Israel made; Has he in wrath shut up and seal'd With charge to be from age to age, His mercy's healing spring ?
From rade to race, convey'd. 10 I said, my weakness hints these fears ;16 That generations yet to come But I'll my fear's disband;
Should to their unborn heirs T'll yet remember the Most High, Religiously transmit the same, And years of his right hand.
And they again to theirs. 11 I'll call to mind his works of old, 7 To teach them that in God alone The wonders of his might;
Their hope securely stands; 12 On them my heart shall meditate, That they should ne'er his works forget, My tongue shall them recite.
But keep his just commards. 13 Safe lodgd from human search on 8 Lest, like their fathers, they might high,
prove O God, thy counsels are !
A stiff rebellious race,
Unsteadfast in his grace. 14 Long since a God of wonders thee 9 Such were revolting Ephraim's sons, Thy rescu'd people found;
Who, though to warfare bred, 15 Long since hast thou thy chosen seed And skilful archers, arm’d with bows,
With strong deliverance crown'd. From field ignobly fled. 16 When thee, O God, the waters saw, 10, 11 They falsified their league with The frighted billows shrunk;
Forgot his works and miracles 17 The clouds pour'd down, while rend- Before their eyes display'd. ing skies
12 Nor wonders, which their fathers Did with their noise conspire; .
saw, Thy arrows all abroad were sent,
Did they in mind retain, Wing’d with avenging fire.
Prodigious things in Egypt done, 18 Heaven with thy thunder's voice was And Zoan's fertile plain. torn,
13 He cut the seas to let them pass, Whilst all the lower world
Restraind the pressing flood; With lightnings blaz'd, earth shook, and While piled on heaps, on either side seem'd
The solid waters stood. Fron her foundations hurl'd. 14 A wondrous pillar led them on, 19 Through rolling streams thou find'st Compos'd of shade and ligbt; thy way,
A sheltering cloud it proved by day, Thy paths in waters lie;
A leading fire by night
15 When drought oppress'd them, And all around their spreading camp
The ready booty lay.
29 They fed, were fill'd; he gave them He cleft the rock, whose dinty breast
leave Dissolv'd into a tide.
Their appetites to feast; 16 Streams from the solid rock he 30, 31 Yet stili their wanton lust cray'd brought,
on, Which down in rivers fell,
Nor with their hunger ceas'd, That, trav'ling with their camp, each But whilst in their luxurious mouths day
They did their danties chew,
The wrath of God smote down their
And Israel's chosen slew.
32 Yet still they sinn'd, vor would af
His miracles belief:
Consum'd their lives in grief.
turn'd Can God,' say they, prepare
To God with early cry;, .A table in the wilderness,
35 Own'd him the Rock of their de Set out with various fare?
And gushing streams ensu’d; 36 But this was feign'd submission all;
37 Their heart was still perverse, ner 21 The Lord with indignation heard:
Firm in his league abide.
Nor did with death chastise;
Or would not let it rise.
That could not long reraain; Their wants so oft supplyd; A murm”ing wind, that's quickly past, 23 Though he had made his clouds dis- And ne'er returns again. charge
40 How oft did they provoke him there, Provisions down in showers;
How oft his patience grieve,
Their fainting souls relieve!
41 They tempted him by turning back
When Israel's God refused to be
By their desires confined.
That their redemption brought;
43_His signs in Egypt, wondrous works 25 Thus man with angels' sacred food, In Zoan's valley wrought. Ungrateful man was fed;
44 He turn'd their rivers into blood, Not sparingiy, for still they found That man and beast forbore, A pleteous table spread.
And rather choose to die of thirst, 26 From heaven he made an east wind Than drink the putrid gore. blow,
45 He sent devouring swarms of flies; Then did the south command
Hoarse frogs anney'd their soil;
The harvest of their toil.
47 Tbeir vines with battering bail were 28 Within their trenches be let fall
broke; The luscious easy prey;
With frost the fig-tree dies;
48 Lightning and hail made flocks and 65 Then, as a giant rous'd from sleep, herds
bad throughly warmd, One general sacrifice.
Shouts out aloud, the Lord awak'd, 19 He turn'd his anger loose, and set And his proud foe alarm'd. No time for it to cease;
66 He smote their host, that from the field And with their plagues ill angels sent, A scatter'd remuant came, Their torments to increase.
With wounds imprinted on their backs 50 He clear'd a passage for his wrath of everlasting shame. To ravage uncontroli'd;
67 With conquest crown'd, he Josephs The murain on their firstlings seiz'd,
tents In every field and fold.
And Ephraim's tribe forsook ; 51 The deadly pest from beast to man, 63 But Judah chose, and Sion's mount From field :o city, came;
For his lov'd dwelling took. It slew their heirs, their eldest hopes, 69 Mis temple he erected there, Through all the tents of Ham.
With spires exalted high ; 52 But his own tribe, like folded sheep, While deep, and fix'ı, as those of earth
He brought from their distress; The strong foundations lie.
He for his choice did own, 53 He led them on, and in their way And from the sheepfolds him advanc'd No cause of fear they found;
To set on Judah's throne. But marcb'd securely through those 71 From tending on the teeming ewes deeps
He brought him forth to feed In which their foes were drown'd. His own inheritance, the tribes 34 Nor ceas'd his care, till them he Of Israel's chosen seed. brought
72 Exalted thus, the monarch prov'd Safe to his promised land;
A faithful shepherd still; And to his holy mount, the prize He fed tbem with an upright heart, Of his victorious hand.
And guided them with skill. 35 To them the outcast heathen's land
J9 bosts Made Israel's tribes reside.
Have thy possession seiz'd!
Thy sacred house they have defiled, 56 Yet still they tempted, still provok'd Thy holy city raz'd!
The wrath of God most high; 2 The mangled bodies of thy saints Nor would to practise his commands Abroad unbury'd lay; Their stubborn hearts apply ;.
Their flesh exposd to savage beasts, 57 But in their faithless fathers' steps And ray’nous birds of prey. Perversely chose to go;
3 Quite through Jerus'lem was their They turn'd aside, like arrows shot
blood From some deceitful bow.
Like common water shed; 68 For him to fury they provok'd And none were left alive to pay With altars set on high;
Last duties to the dead. And with their graven images 4 The neighb'ring lands our small reInflam'd his jealousy.
mains 69 When God heard this, on Israel's tribes With loud reproaches wound; His wrath and hatred fell;
And we a laughing-stock are made 60 He quitted Shiloh, and the tents To all the nations round.
Where once he chose to dwell. 5 How long wilt thou be angry, Lord! 61 to vile captivity his ark,
Must we for ever mourn His glory to disdain,
Shall thy devouring jealous rage, 62 His people to the sword he gave, Like fire, for ever burn?
Nor would his wrath restrain. 6 On forcign lands, that know not thee, 63 Destructive war their ablest youth Thy heavy vengeance shower; Untimely did confound;
Those sinful kingdoms let it crush, No virgin was to th' altar led,
That bave not own'd thy power. With nuptial garlands crown'd. 7 For their devouring jaws have preyt 64 In fight the sacrificer fell,
On Jacob's chosen race; The priest a victim bled,
And to a barren desert turn'd And widows, who their death should Their fruitful dwelling place. mourn,
8 O think not on our former sing Themselves of grief were dead. But speedily prevent
The utter ruin of thy saints,
Which, bless'd with thy indulgent ray, Almns with sorrow spent.
O'er all the land did widely shoot. 9 Thor in of our salvation, help, 10, 11 The hills were cover'd with its And in our souis from blame;
shade, So shail our pardon and defence
Its goodly boughs did cedars seem; Exalt thy glorious name.
Its branches to the sea were spread, 10 Let infidels, that scoffing say,
Aud reach'd to proud Euphrates' " Where is the God they boast”
stream. In vengeance for thy slaughter'd saints, 12 Why then hast thou its hedge o'erPerceive thee to their cost.
thrown, 11 Lord, hear the sighing pris'ner's Which thou hast made so firm and moans,
strong? Thy saving power extend;
Whilst all its grapes, defenceless grown, Preserve the wretches doonu'd to die, Are pluck'd by those that pass along. From that untimely end.
13 See how the bristling forest-boar 12 On them who us oppress let all With dreadful fury lays it waste; Our sufferings be repaid;
Hark! how the savage monsters roar, Make their confusion seven times more And to their helpless prey make haste, Than what on us they laid.
PART III. 13 So we, thy people and thy flock, Shall ever praise thy name;
14 To thee, O God of hosts, we pray; And with glad hearts our grateful Thy wonted goodness, Lord, renews thanks,
From heaven, thy throne, this vine sur From age to age proclaim.
vey PSALM LXXX.
And her sad state with pity view.
15 Behold the vineyard made by thee, O Israel's Shepherd, Joseph's Guide,
Which thy right hand did guard so Our prayers to thee vouchsafe to
long; hear; Thou that dost on the Cherubs ride,
And keep that branch from danger free,
Which for thyself thou mad'st so Again in solemn state appear. 2 Behold how Benjamin expects,
16 To wasting flames 'tis made a prey, With Ephraim and Manasseh join'd,
And all its spreading cut down; In our deliv'rance the effects Of thy resistless strength to find.
At thy rebuke they soon decay, 3 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou
And perish at thy dreadful frown. The lustre of thy face display;
17 Crown thou the King with good suc
cess, And all the ills we suffer now, Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away.
By thy right hand secur'd from 4 0 thou, whom heavenly hosts obey,
wrong; How long shall thy fierce anger burn! The Son of Man in mercy bless, How long thy suffering people pray,
Whom forthyself thou mad'st so strong. And to their prayers have no return ? 18 So shall we still continue free
From whatsoe'er deserves thy blame; 5 When hungry, we are forc'd to drench Our scanty food in floods of woe;
And, if once more reviv'd by thee, When dry, our raging thirst we quench
Will always praise thy holy name. With streams of tears that largely flow. 19. Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou
The lustre of thy face display; 6 For us the heathen nations round,
And all the ills we suffer now,
Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away.
PSALM LXXXI. 7 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou The lustre of thy face display;
TWich loud applauses sing;
God, our never-failing strength, And all the ills we suffer now, Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away.
And jointly make a cheerful noise
To Jacob's awful King.
2 Compose a hymn of praise, and touch
Let psalteries and pleasant harps And, casting out the heathen race, Your grateful skill employ. Didst plant it with thine own right hand, 3 Let trumpets at the great new mood And firmly fix it in their place.
Their joyful voices raise, 9 Before it thou prepar'dst the way, To celebrate th' appointed time,
And mad'st it take a lasting root, The soleinn day of praise,