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His children, like young olive plants,

PSALM CXXXI. About his table spring. 4 Who fears the Lord shall prosper O Lord, I am not proud of bearty thus;

Nor my aspiring thoughts employ Him Sion's God shall bless,

In things for me too high. 3 And grant him all his days to see 2 With infant innocence thou know'st Jerusalem's success.

I have myself demean'd; 6 He shall live on, till heirs from him

Composed to quiet, like a babe Descend with vast increase;

That from the breast is wean'd Much blessid in his own prosp'rous state, 3 Like me let Israel hope in God, And more in Israel's peace.

His aid alone implore;
PSALM CXXIX.

Both now and ever trust in him,

say, Who lives for evermore. They oft have me assuild,

PSALM CXXXII. 2 Reduced me oft to heavy straits, But never quite prevail d.

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ET David, Lord, a constant place 3 They oft have plough'd my patient In thy remembrance find; back

Let all the sorrows he endured With furrows deep and long;

Be ever in thy mind. 4 Butour just God has broke their chains, 2 Remember what a solemr. oath And rescued us from wrong.

To tbee, his Lord, he swore; 5 Defeut, confusion, shameful rout How to the mighty God he vow'd, Be still the doom of those,

Whom Jacob's sons adore; Their righteous doom, who Sion hate, 3, 4 I will not go into my house, And Sion's God oppose.

Nor to my bed ascend; 6 Like corn upon our houses' tops, No soft repose shall close my eyes, Untimely let them fade,

Nor sleep my eye-lids bend; Which too much heat, and want of root, 5 Till for the Lord's design'd abode Has blasted in the blade:

I mark the destined ground; 7 Which in his arms no reaper takes, Till I a decent place of rest But unregarded leaves;

For Jacob's God have found. No binder thinks it worth his pains 6 Th’ appointed place, with sbouts of To fold it into sheaves.

joy, 8 No traveller that passes by

At Ephrata we found, Vouchsafes a minute's stop, And made the woods and neighb'ring To give it one kind look, or crave

fields Heaven's blessing on the crop. Our glad applause resound. CXXX.

7 O with due reverence let us then

To his abode repair; FEOMG lowest depths of woe

And, prostrate at his foot-stool fall'n, 2 Lord, hear ny supplicating voice, Pour out our humble prayer. And greciously reply:

8 Arise, O Lord, and pow possess 3 Shouldst thou severely judge, Thy constant place of rest; Who can the trial bear?

Be that, not only with thy ark, 4 But thou forgiv'st, lest we despond, But with thy presence, blest.

And quite renounce thy fear. 9, 10 Clothe thon thy priests with righ5 My sou, with patience waits

teousness, For thee, the living Lord;

Make thou thy saints rejoice; My hopes are on thy promise built, And, for thy servant David's sake, Thy never failing word.

Hear thy Ancinted's voice. 6 My longing eyes look out

11 God sware to David in his truth, For thy enlivening ray,

Nor shall bis oath be vain, More duly than the morning watch, One of thy offspring after thee, To spy the dawning day.

Upon by throne shall reign: 7 Let Israel trust in God,

12 And if ihy seed my cov'uant keep, No bounds his mercy knows;

And to my laws submit, The plenteous source and spring from Their children too upon thy throne whence

For evermore shall sit. Eternal succour flows;

13, 14 For Sion does, in God's és 8 Whose friendly streams to us

teem, Supplies in want convey ;

All other seats excel;
A healing spring, a spring to cleanse, His place of everlasting rest,
And wash our guilt away.

Where he desires to dwell.

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15, 16 Her store, says he, I will increase, 6 For he, with unresisted strength,
Her poor with plenty bless;

Performs his sov'reign will,
Her saints shall shout for joy, her priests In heaven and earth, and watery storen
My saving health confess.

That earth's deep caverns fill.
17 There David's power shall long re- 7 He raisés vapours from the ground,
main

Which, poised in liquid air,
In his successive line,

Fall down at last in showers, through
And my anointed servant there

which Shall with fresh lustre shine.

His dreadful lightnings glare.
18 The faces of his vanquish'd foes / 8 He from his store-house brings the
Confusion shall o'erspread;

winds;
Whilst, with confirm'd success, his crown And he, with vengeful hand,
Shall flourish on his bead.

he first-born slew of man and beast,

Through Egypt's mourning land. PSALM CXXXIII.

9 He dreadful signs and wonders show'd OW vast must their advantage be,

Through stubborn Egypt's coasts;

Nor Pharaoh could his plagues escape, Who live like brethren, and consent

N r all bis num'rous hosts.
In offices of love!

10, 11 Twas he that various nations 2 True love is like that precious oil,

smote,
Whicb, pour'd on Aaron's heal, And mighty kings suppress'd;
Ran down his beard, and o'er his robes Sihon and Og, and all besides,
Its costly moisture shed.

Who Canaan's land possess'd.
S 'Tis like refreshing dew, which does

12, 13 Their land upon his chosen race On Hermon's top distil;

He firinly did entail; like the early drops that fall

For which his fame shall always last, On Sion's fruitful hill.

His praise shall never fail. 4 For Sion is the chosen seat,

14 For God shall soon his people's cauße Where the Almighty King

With pitying eyes survey;
The promised biessing has ordain'd, Repent him of his wrath, and turn
And life's eternal spring.

His kindled rage away.

15 Those idols, whose false worship PSALM CXXXIV.

spreads
LESS God, ye servants, that attend O'er all the heathen lands,

Are made of silver and of gold,
That in his temple, night by night,

The work of human hands. With humble reverence wait: 16, 17 They move not their fictitious 2,3 Within his house lift up your hands, tongues, And bless his holy name:

Nor see with polish'd eyes; From Sion bless thy Israel, Lord, Their counterfeited ears are deaf, Who earth and heaven didst frame. No breath their mouth supplies.

18 As senseless as themselves are they PSALM CXXXV.

That all their skill apply
And magnify his name;

aid rely. Let all the servants of the Lord 19 Their just returns of thanks to God His worthy praise proclaim.

Let grateful Israel pay; 2 Praise him all ye that in his house Nor let the priests of Aaron's race Attend with constant care ;

To bless the Lord delay. With those that to bis outmost courts 20 Their sense of his unbounded love! With humble zeal repair.

Let Levi's house express; 3 For this our truest interest is, And let all those who fear the Lord, Glad hymns of praise to sing ;

His name for ever bless. And with loud songs to bless his name, 21 Let all with thanks his wondrou A most delightful thing.

works 4 For God his own peculiar choice In Sion's courts proclaim; The sons of Jacob makes;

Let them in Salem, where he dwells, And Israel's offspring for his own

Exalt his holy name.
Most valued treasure takes.

PSALM CXXXVI. 5 That God is great, we often have

TO God the mighty Lord
By glad esperience found;

Your joyful thanks repeat;
And seen how he, with wondrous power, To him due praise afford,
Above all gode is crown'de.

As good as be is great:

B'Epon his soieran stare

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For God does prove

For God will prove
Our constant friend,

Our constant friend,
His boundless love

His boundless love
Shall never end.

Shall never end. 2,3 To him, whose wondrous power

PSALM CXXXVII.
All other gods obey,
Whom earthly kings adore,

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HEN we, our weary limbs to rest. This grateful homage pay:

stream, For God, &c.

We wept with cloleful thoughts opprest 4, By his Almighty band

And Sion was our mournful theme. Amazing works are wrought; 12 Our harps, that when with joy we The heavens by his command

sung, Were to perfection brought:

Were wont their tuneful parts to bear, For God, &c.

With silent strings neglected hung 6 He spread the ocean round

On willow trees, that wither'd there. About the spacious land;

3 Meanwhile our foes, who all conspired And made the rising ground

To triumph in our slavish wrongs,
Above the waters stand:

Music and mirth ot us required,
For God, &c.

Come, sing us one of Sion's songs.' 7, 8, 9 Through heaven he did display 4 How shall we tune our voice to sing, His nura'rous hosts of light;

Ortouch our barps with skilsul hands? The sun to rule by day,

Shall hymns of joy to God, our King,
Tbe moon and stars by night:

Be sung by slaves in foreign lands?
For God, &c.

5 O Salem, our once happy seat: 10, 11, 12 de struck the first-born dead Whey I of thee forgetful prove, of Egypt's stubborn land;

Let then my trembling hand forget And thence his people led

The speaking strings with art to more! With his resistless hand:

6 If I to mention thee forbear, For God, &c.

Eternal silence serze my tongue; 13 14 by him the raging sea,

Or if I sing one cheerful air, As if in pieces rent,

Till tay deliv'rance is my song. Disclosed a middle way,

7 Re nember, Lord, how Edom's race, Throuh which his people went: In thy own city's fatal day, For God, &c.

Cry'd out, “Her stately walls deface, 15 Where soon he overthrew

* And with the ground quite level iar? Proud Pharaoh and his host, 8 Proud Babel's daughter, doom'd to be Who, daring to pursue,

of grief and woe the wretched prey, Were in the hws lost:

Bless d is the man who shall to thee For God,&c.

The wrongs thou laidst on us repay. 16,17 19 arough deserts vast and wila 9 Thrice bless'd, who with just rage He jel the chosen seed;

possest, And f:mous princes foil'd,

And deaf to all the parents' moans, And made great monarchs bleed: Shall snatch thy infants from the For God, &c.

breast, 19, 20 Sihuni, whose potent band

And dash their heads against the stones Great kimon's sceptre sway'd;

PSALM CXXXVIII. And Og, wh - Storn command

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TITH my whole heart, my God and Rich Bashan's land obey'd:

King,
Par God, &c.

Thy praise I will proclaim; 21, 22 And, of nis wondrous grace,

Before the gods with joy I'U sing,
Then lande whom he destroy'd, And bless thy holy name.
He gave to snael's rare,

2 I'll worship at thy sacred seat, To be by them enjoy'd :

And, with thy love inspired, T'or God, &c.

The prnises of thy truth repeat, 23, 24 lie, in our depth of woes,

O'er all thy works admired. On us with favour thought,

3 Thou graciously inclinedst thine esi. And from our cruel foes

When I to thee did cry; In peace and safety brought: And when my soul was press'd with fest, Por God, &c.

Didst inward strength supply. 25, 26 He does the food supply, 4 Therefore shall every earthly prince On which all reatures live

Thy name with praise pursue, To God, who reigns on bigt,

Whom these admired events oonvince Eternal praises give:

This add thy works as gue.

5 They all thy wondrous ways, O Lord, 15 Thine eyes my substance did survey;

With cheerful songs shall bless; Whilst yet a lifeless nass it !ay, Ami all thy glorious acts recurd, In secret how exactly wroughi, Thy awful power confess.

Ere from its dark inclosure irought. 6 For God, alihough enthroned on high, 16 Thou didst the shapeless emiryo see,

Does thence the poor respect; Its parts were registered by thee; The proud far off his scornful eye Thou se.wist the daily growth they look, Beholds with just neglect.

Form'd by the model of thy book. 7 Though I with troubles am oppress'd, 17 Let me ackuowledge too, O God, He shall my foes disarm,

That since this maze of life I trod, Relieve my soul when most distress'd, Thy thoughts of love to me surinouns

And keep me safe from harm. The power of numbers to recount. 8 The Lord, whose mercies ever last, 18 Far sooner could I reckou o'er Sball fix my happy state:

The sands upon the ocean's shore; And mindful of his favours past, Each morn revising what I've done, Shall his own work complete. I find th'accouet but new begun. PSALM CXXXIX.

19 The wicked thou shalt slay, o God. T10Lord, by strictest search bast Depart from me, yenen of blond,

20 "Whose tongues heaven's Majesty My rising up and lying down;

profane, My secret thougbts are known to thee, and take tho Almighty's name in vain. Known long before conceived by me. 21 Lord, hate not I their impirus crew, 3 Thine eye my bed and path surveys,

Who thee with enmity pursue? My public haunts and private ways; And does not grief my beart oppress, A Thou know'st what "tis my lips would When reprobates thy laws transgress vent,

22 Who practise emnity to thee My yet unutter'd words' intent.

Shall utmost hatred have frem me; 5 Surrounded by thy power I stand; Such men I utterly detest, On every side I find thy hand:

As if they were my foes profest. 6 O skill, for human reach too bigh! 23, 24 Search, try, o God, my thoughts Too dazzling bright for mortal eye!

and heart, 7 O could I so perfidious be,

If mischief lurk in any part; To think of once deserting thee,

Correct me where I go astray, Where, Lord, could I thy influence shun? And guide me in thy perfect way. Or whither from thy presence run?

PSALM CXL. 8 If up to heaven I take my flight, Tis there, thou dwell'st, enthroned in PRESERYE me, Lord, from crafty If down to bell's infernal plains,

of treacherous intent; 'Tis there Almighty vengeance reigns. 2 And from the sons of violence, 9 If I the morning's wings could gain, On open mischief bent. And fly beyond the western main, 8 Their slandering tongue the serpent's 10 Thy swifter hand would first arrive, sting And there arrest thy fugitive.

In sharpness does exceed; 11 Or, should I try to shun thy sight Between their lips the gall of asps 1 Beneath the sable wings of night; And adder's venom breed.

One glance from thee, one piercing ray, 4 Preserve me, Lord, from wicked banda, Would kindle darkness into day.

Nor leave my soul forlorn, 12 The veil of night is no disguise, A prey to sons of violence, No screen from thy all-searching eyes; Who have my ruin sworn. Through midnight shades thou findst 5 The proud for me have laid their snare, thy way,

And spread their wily net; As in the blazing noon of day.

With traps and gins, where'er I move, 13 Thou know'st the texture of my i find my steps beset. heart,

6 But thus environ'd with distress, My reins, and every vital part;

Thou art my God, I said:
Each single thread in nature's loom, Lord, hear my supplicating voice,
By thee was cover'rl in the womb.

That calls to thee for aid.
14 I'll praise thee, from whose bands 1? O Lord, the God whose saving
came,

strength
A work of such a curious frame;

Kind succour did convey,
The wonders thou in me bast shown, And cover'd my advent'rous bend
My soul with grateful joy must own. In battle's doubtful day;

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To these. Lord, my cries ascendo,

& Permit not their anjust designs

PSALM CXLII. To answer their desire;

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To God, with mournful voice, Lest they, encouraged by success,

In deep distress I pray'd: To bolder crimes aspire.

2 Made him the umpire of my cause, 8 Let first their chiefs the sad effects

My wrongs before him laid. Of their injustice mourn ;

3 Thou didst my steps direct, The blast of their envenom'd breath When my grieved soul despair'd; Upon themselves return.

For wbere I thought to walk secure, 10 Let them who kindie first the flame, They had their traps prepared. Its sacrifice become;

4 I look, but found no friend The pit they diyy'd for me be made To own me in distress; Their own untimely tomb).

All refuge fail'd, no ban vouchsafed 11 Though slander's breath may raise a His pity or redress. storm,

5 To God at last I pray'd; It quickly will decay;

Thou, Lord, my refuge art, Their rage does but the torrent swell, My portion in the land of life, Thul lears themselves aw:y.

Till life itself depart.
12 God will assert the poor man's cause, 6 Reduced to greatest straits,
And speedy succour give:

To thee I make my moan;
The just shall celebrate his praise, O save me from oppressing foes,
And in his presence live.

For me too powerful grown.

7 That I may praise thy name, PSALM CXLI.

My soul irom prison bring; 10

Whilst of thy kind regard to me
haste to my

Assembled sainis shall sing.
And with accustom'd pity hear
The accents of my grief,

PSALM CXLIII. 2 Instead of offerings, let my prayer TORD, hear my prayer, and to my ery

Like morning incense rise;
My lifted hand supply the place In thy accustom'd faith and truth
Of eyening sacrifice.

A gracious answer send.
8 From hasty language curb my tongue, 2 Nor at thy strict tribunal bring
And let a constant guard

Thy servant to be try'd; Atill keep the portal of my lips

For in thy sight no living man With wary silence barr'd.

Can e'er be justified. 4 From wicked men's designs and deeds 3 The spiteful foe pursues my life, My heart and hands restrain;

Whose coinforts all are fled; For let me in the booty share

He drives me into caves as dark of their unrighteous gain.

As mansions of the dead. 3 Let upright men reprove my faults, 4 My spirit therefore is o'erwhelm'de And I shall think them kind;

And sinks within my breast; Like balm that heals a wounded head, My mournful heart grows desolate, I their reproof shall find;

With heavy woes oppresi. And, in return, my fervant prayer 5 I call to mind the days of old, I shall for them address,

And wonders thou hast wrought; When they are tempted and reduced, My former dangers and escapes Like me, to sorc distress.

Employ my musing thought. 6 When skulking in Engedi's rock, 6 To thee my hands in humble prayer I to their chief's appeal,

I ferrently stretch out; If one reproachful word I spoke, My soul for thy refreshment thirsts, When I had power to kill.

Like land oppress'd with drought. 7 Yet us they persecute to death; 7 Hear me with speed; my spirit faile; Our scatter'd ruins lie

Thy face no longer hide,
As thick as from the hewer's axe Lest I become forlorn, like them
The sever'd splinters fiy.

That in the grave reside.
& But, Lord, to thee I still direct 8 Thy kindness early let me bear,
My supplicating eyes;

wbose trust on the depends O leave not destitute my soul,

Teach me the way where I should go Whose trust on thee relies.

My soul to thee ascends. 9 Do thou preserve me from the snares 9 16 thou, O Lord, from all my foeg That wicked bands have laid;

Preserve and set me free;
Let them in their own nets be caught, A safe retreat against their rage
While my escape is made.

My soul implores from thee.

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