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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;

98 Through thy commands I wiser grow Yet no affliction me can force

Than all my subtile foes';
Thy statutes to forget.

For thy sure word doth me direct,
84 How many days must I endure And all my ways dispose.
Of sorrow and distress?

99 From me my former teachers now
When wilt thou judgment execute May abler counsel take;
On them who me oppress?

Because thy sacred precepts I 85 The proud have digg d a pit for me, My constant study make. That have no other foes,

100 In understanding I excel
But such as are averse to thee,

The sages of our days;
And thy just laws oppose.

Because by thy unerring rule
86 With sacred truth's eternal laws I order all my ways.
All thy commands agree;

101 My feet with care I have refrain'd
Men persecute me without cause; From every sinful way,
Thou, Lord, my helper be.

That to thy sacred word I might 87 With close designs against my life Entire obedience pay.

They had almost prevail'd; 102 I have not from thy judgments But in obedience to thy will,

My duty never fail'd.

By vain desires misled;
88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, For, Lord, thou hast instructed me

My drooping heart to cheer; Thy righteous paths to tread.
That by thy righteous statutes I 103 Ilow sweet are all thy words to me!
My life's whole course may steer.

O what divine repast!

How much more grateful to my soul 89 For ever and for ever, Lord,

Than honey to my taste!
Unchanged thou dost remain;

104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I

With heav'nly skill am blest,
Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns,
Does all their orbs sustain.

Through which the treach'rous ways

of sin
90 Thro' circling ages, Lord, thy truth
Immoveable shall stand,

I utterly detest.
As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st

By thy Almighty hand.
91 All things the course by thee ordaiu'd

105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
E'en to this day fulfil ;

The way of truth to show;
They are thy faithful subjects all,

A watch-light to point out the path

In which I ought to go.
And servants of thy will.
92 Unless thy sacred law had been

106 I swear, and from my solemn oath

Will never start aside,
My comfort and delight,
I must have fainted, and expired

That in thy righteous judgments I
In dark aiiction's night.

Will steadfastly abide.

107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, 93 Thy precepts, therefore, from my

That I can bear no more,
Shall never, Lord, depart;

According to thy word do thou
For thou by them hast to new life

My fainting soul restore.
Restored my dying heart.

108 Let still my sacrifice of praise
94 As I am thine, entirely thine,

With thee acceptance find;
Protect me, Lord, from harm,

And, in thy righteous judgments, Lord,
Who have thy precepts sought to know, 109 Though ghastly dangers me sur-

Instruct my willing mind.
And carefully perform.
95 The wicked have their ambush laid

My guiltless life to take;

My soul they cannot awe,

Nor with continual terrors keep
But in the midst of danger I

From thinking on thy law.
Thy word my study make.

110 My wicked and inveterate foes 96 I've seen an end of what we call

For me their snares bave laid;
Perfection here below;

Yet I have kept the upright path,
But thy coinmandments, like thyself,

Nor from thy precepts stray'd.
No change or period know.

111 Thy testimonies I have niade

My heritage and choice; 47 The love that to thy laws I bear For they, when other comforts fail, No language can display;

My drooping heart rejuice.

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112 My heart with early zeal began When men with open violence Thy statutes to obey,

Thy sacred law destroy. And till my course of life is done, 127 Yet their contenipt of thy commande Shall keep thy upright way.

But makes their value rise

In my esteem, wbo purest gold,

Compared with them, despise. 113 Deceitful thoughts and practices

128 Thy precepts therefore I account, I utterly detest;

In all respects, divine ; But to thy law affection bear

They teach me to discern the right, Too great to be exprest.

And all false ways decline. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord;

PE. I firmly anchor all my hopes

129 The wonders wbich thy laws contaia On thy unerring word.

No words can represent; 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Therefore to learn and practise them Approach not my abode;

My zealous heart is bent. For firmly I resolve to keep

130 The very entrance to thy word - The precepts of my God.

Celestial light displays, 116 According to thy gracious word, And knowledge of true happiness From danger set me free;

To simplest minds conveys. Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,

131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, That I repose in thee.

And faintiog with desire; 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,

That of thy wise commands I might And rescued from distress;

The sacred skill acquire. To thy decrees continually

132 With favour, Lord, look down on My just respect address.

me, 118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, Who thy relief implore; · Who from thy statutes stray'd;

As thou art wont to visit those Their vile deceit, the just reward

Who thy blest name adore. Or their own falsehood made.

133 Directed by thy heavenly word 119 The wicked from thy holy land

Let all my footsteps be ;Thou dost like dross remove; Nor wickedness of any kind I therefore, with such justice charm’d, Dominion have o'er me. Thy testimonies love.

134 Release, entirely set me free 120 Yet, with that love they make me

From persecuting hands, dread,

That, unmolested, I may learn Lest I should so offend,

And practise thy commands. When on transgressors I behold

135 On me, devoted to thy fear, Thy judgments thus descend.

Lord, make thy face to shine;

Thy statutes both to know and keep, 121 Judgment and justice I have loved ;) My heart with zeal incline. O therefore, Lord, engage

136 My eyes to weeping fountains tum, In my defence, nor give me up

Whence briny rivers flow, To my oppressor's rage.

To see mankind against thy laws 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me,

In bold defiance go.
And so shall this distress

Prove good for me; nor shall the proud
My guiltless soul uppress,

137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,

whom In long expectance held;

Wrong'd innocence may trust; Till thy salvation they behold,

And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord, And righteous word fulfill'd.

In all respects are just. 124 To me, thy servant, in distress, 138 Most just and true those statutes Thy wonted grace display,

were, And discipline my willing heart

Which thou didst first decree; Thy statutes to obey.

And all with faithfulness perform'd, 125 On me, devoted to thy fear,

Succeeding times shall see. Thy sacred Skill bestow,

139 With zeal my flesh consumes away, That of thy testimonies I

My soul with anguish frets, The full extent may know.

To see my foes contemn at once 136 'Tis time, high time for thee, o Thy promises and threats. Lord,

140 Yet each neglected word of thine, Try vengeance to employa

Home'er lay them despised;

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Is pure, and for eternal truth

154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me By me, thy servant, prized.

Thy timely aid afford;
141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate, With beams of mercy quicken me,
Contempt from all I fird,

According to thy word.
Yęt no affronts or wrongs can drive 155 From harden'd sinners thou to
Thy precepts from my mind.

142 Thy righteousness shall then en- Salvation far away;

'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from When time itself is past;

Thy law is truth itself, that truth

Who from thy statutes stray.
Which shall for ever last.

156 Since great thy tender mercies are
143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, To all who thee adore;
and dread,

According to thy judgments, Lord,
To compass me unite;

My fainting hopes restore.
Beset with danger, still I make 157 A num'rous host of spiteful foes
Thy precepts my delight.

Against my life combine ;
144 Eternal and unerring rules But all too few to force my soul
Thy testimonies give:

Thy statutes to decline.
Teach me the wisdom that will make 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,
My soul for ever live.

And was with griet oppressid,

To see with what audacious pride

Thy cov'nant they transgress'do
145 With my whole heart to God I call?d, 159 Yet while they slight, consider,
Lord, hear my earnest cry ;

And I thy statutes to perform

How I thy precepts love;
With all my care apply.

Otherefore quicken me with beams
146 Again more fervently I pray'd, Of mercy from above.
O save me, that I may

160 As from the birth of time thy truth Thy testimonies throughly know,

Has held through ages past,
Ånd steadfastly obey.

So shall thy righteous judgmonts, firm,
147 My earlier prayer the dawning day To endless ages last.
Prevented, while I cry'd

To him, on whose engaging word.
My hope alone rely'd.

161 Though mighty tyrants, without 148 With zeal have I awaked before

The midnight watch was set,

Conspire my blood to shed,
That I of thy mysterious word Thy sacred word has power alone
Might perfect knowledge get.

To fill my heart with dread.
149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, 162 And yet that word my joyful breast
And wonted favour show:

With heavenly rapture warms;
O quicken me, and so approve Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
Thy judgment ever true.

Have such transporting charms.
150 My persecuting foes advance, 163 Perfioious practices and lies
And hourly nearer draw;

I utterly detest;
What treatment can I hope from them But to thy laws affection bear,
That violate thy law?

Too vast to be exprest.
151 Though they draw, nigh, my com- 164 Seven times a day, 'with grateful

Thou, Lord, art yet more near; Thy praises I resound,
Thou, whose commands are righteous Because I find thy judgments all

With truth and justice crown'd.
Thy promises sincere.

165 Secure, substantial peace have thery
152 Concerning thy divine decrees, Who truly love thy law;
My soul has known of old,

No smiling inischief them can tempt Tbat they were true, and shall their Nor frowning danger awe. truth

166 For thy salvation I bave hoped, To endless ages hold.

And though so long letryd,

With cheerful zoal and strictest caro

All thy commands obey'd.
153 Consider my affliction, Lord, 167 Thy testimonies I have kept,
And me from bondage draw;

And constantly obey'd;
Think on thy servant in distress, Because the love I bore to therg
Who ne'er forgets thy law.

Thy service easy made.

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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 straigbt cry out, To arms, to Are open to thy view. TAU.


10 189 Te my request and earnest cry, TO

From thence expecting aid; Attend, O gracious Lord;

2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God Inspire my heart with heavenly skill,

Who heaven and earth has made. According to thy word.

3 Tben thou, my soul, in safery rest, 170 Let my repeated prayer at last

Thy guardian will not sleep; Before thy throne appear;

4 His watchful care, that Israel guards, According to thy plighted word,

Will Israel's monarch keep. For my relief draw near.

5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's 171 Then shall my grateful lips return

wings The tribute of their praise,

Thou shalt securely rest, When thou thy counsels hast reveald,

6 Where neither sun nor Moon shall And taught me thy just ways.

thee 172 My tongue the praises of thy word Shall thankfully resound,

Ey day or night molest.

7 From common accidents of life Because thy promises are all

His care shall guard thee still ; With truth and justice crown'd. 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and 179 Let thy Almighty arm appear,

foes And bring me timely aid;

That lie in wait to kill. For I the laws thou hast ordain'd

9 At home, abroad, in peace,


war, Niy heart's free choice have made.

Thy God shall thee defend; 174 My soul has waited long to see Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage Thy saving grace restored;

Safe to thy journey's end.
Kor comfort knew, but what thy laws,

Thy heavenly laws, afford.
* MP portemen verstorfe, that dismay sing O Curasaney sound to bear
Whose justice, from the depths of woe, Up, Israel, to the temple haste,
My fainting soul shall raise.

And keep your festal day! 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, 2 At Salem's courts we must appear, till I

With our assembled powers, Despair my way to find;

3 In strong and beauteous order ranged, Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek,

Like her united towers,
Who keeps thy laws in mind. 4 Tis thither, by divine command,

The tribes of God repair,
Before bis ark to celebrate

His name with praise and prayer. To God, who never yet deny'd 5 Tribunals stand erected there,

To rescue me, oppress'd with wrongs; Where equity takes place: 2 Once more, O Lord, deliv'rance send, There stand the courts and palaces From lying lips my soul defend,

Of royal David's race. And from the rage of slandering 6 0, pray we then for Salem's peace, tongues.

For they shall prosp'rous be,
What little profit can accrue, Tkou boly city of our God,
And yet what heavy wrath is due, Who bear true love to thee.

o thou perfidious tongue, to thee! 7 May peace within thy sacred walls 4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; A constant guest be found;

of lasting flames, that fiercely burn, With plenty and prosperity

The constant fuel thou shalt be. Thy palaces be crown'd. 3 But, O! how wretched is my doom, 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and Who am a sojourner become

friends In barren Mesech's desert soil !

No less than brethren dear, With Kedar's wicked tents enclosed, I'll pray-May peace in Salem's towers, To lawless savages exposed,

A constant gue appear. Wboliyeon Dought but theft and spoil. 9 But most of aiitli seek thy good, & My hapless dwelling is with those And ever wish thee well, Who peace and amity oppose,

For Sion and the temple's sake, And pleasure take in others' barms: Where God vousbsafes to dwell.


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And sung our great Restorer's praise On thee, who dwell'st above the

In thankful hymns of joy.

Our heathen foes repining stood, For mercy wait my longing eyes; Yet were compen'd to own As servants wait their masters' hands, That great and wondrous was the And maids their mistresses' commands. work S, 4 O then have mercy on us, Lord; Our God for us had done. Thy gracious aid to us afford; 3 • Twas great,' say they, ' 'twas won To us, whora cruel foes oppress,

drous great ; Grown rich and proud by our distress. Much more should we confess, PSALM CXXIV.

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

Been pleased to interpose; 4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord, 2 Had he not then spoused our cause, Of Israel's captive bands, When men against us rose;

More welcome than refreshing showers 3, 4, 5 Their wrath had swallow'd us To parch'd and thirsty lands; alive,

5 That we, whose work commenced in And raged without control;

tears, Their spite and pride's united foods May see our labours thrive,

Had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul. Till finish'd with success, to make 6 But praised be our eternal Lord, Our drooping hearts revive. Who rescued us that day,

6 Though he desponds that sows his Nor to their savage jaws gave up

grain, Our threaten'd lives a prey.

Yet doubtless he shall come 7 Our soul is like a bird escaped To bind his full-ear'd sheaves, and bring From out the fowler's net;

The joyful harvest home. The snare is bruke, their hopes are

PSALM CXXVII. crossid,

E build with fruitless cost, unlede And we at freedom set. 8 Secure in his Almighty wame Unless the Lord the city keep, Our confidence remains,

The watchman wakes in vain. Who, as he made both heaven and 2 In vain we rise before the day, earth,

And late to rest repair, Of both sole Monarch reigns. Allow no respite to our toil, PSALM CXXV.

And eat the bread of care. HO place on Sion's God their Supplies of life, with ease to them, trust,

He on his saints bestows; Like Sion's rock shall stand; He crowns their labours with succesul Like her immoveable be fix'd

Their nights with sound repose. By his Almighty hand.

3 Children, those comforts of our life, 2 Look how the hills on every side Are presents from the Lord; Jerusalem enclose;

He gives a num'rous race of heirs, So stands the Lord around his saints, As piety's reward.

To guard them from their foes. 4 As arrows in a giant's hand, 3 The wicked may afflict the just, When marching forth to war; But ne'er too long oppress,

Ev'n so the sons of sprightly youth, Nor force him by despair to seek Their parents safeguard are. Base means for his redress.

5 Happy the man whose quiver's fillid, 4 Be good, O righteous God, to those With these prevailing arms;

Who righteous deeds affect; He need not fear to meet his foe,
The heart that innocence retains,' At law or war's alarms.
Let innocence protect.

PSALM CXXVIII. 5 All those who walk in crooked paths, THE

man is blest that fears the

Lord, Cut off th' unjust, but crown the saints Nor only worship pays, With lasting peace and joy. But keeps his steps confined with care PSALM CXXVI.

To his appointed ways. W" THEN Sion's God her sons recalla 2 He shall upon the sweet returns From long captivity,

of his own labour feed; It seem'd at first a pleasing dream Without dependence live, and see Of what we wish'd to see:

His wishes all succeed. 2 But soon in unaccustom'd mirth, 3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine We did our voice employ,

Her lovely fruit shall bring;


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