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I BLESS God, my soul; thou, LORD, alone
Possessest empire without bounds,
Eternal majesty surrounds,
And glory for a garment take;
Thy canopy of state to make.
His palace chambers in the skies;
The swift-wing'd steeds with which he flies.
His ministers heaven's palace fill;
All prompt to do their sovereign's will.
My breath, I will that breath employ;
For which thy wisdom we adore!
'Till nature's hand can grasp no more,
In sense of common want agree;
And have their daily alms from thee,
Without their trouble to provide ;
The craving world, is all supplied.
The num'rous ranks of creatures mourn ;
Decay, and to their dust return.
5 Again thou send'st thy spirit forth,
Inspiring vital energies;
Joyous, her new creation sees.
Firm fix'd thy providential care;
PSALM 84. II. 3.
From the civ. Psalm of David. 1 HOW manifold thy works, O LORD,
In wisdom, power, and goodness wrought!
And ocean with thy wonders fraught:
For thee their hidden treasures keep. 2 By thee alone the living live,
Hide but thy face, their comforts fly;
Take thou away their breath, they die;
And life renews the gladden'd earth. 3 Joy in his works JEHOVAH takes,
Yet to destruction they return;
Touches the mountains, and they burn:
PSALM 85. C. M.
From the cv. Psalm of David.
Invoke his sacred Name;
His matchless deeds proclaim. 2 Sing to his praise in lofty hymns,
His wondrous works rehearse;
And subject of your verse.
Alone to be adored ;
That humbly seek the LORD.
Devoutly still implore;
His face for ever more.
Keep thankfully in mind;
And laws to us assign'd,
PSALM 86. L. M.
From the cvi. Psalm of David.
The fountain of eternal love;
Has stood, and shall for ever last.
Not only vast, but numberless ?
His tribute of immortal praise ? 3 Happy are they, and only they,
Who from thy judgments never stray ;
But always practise what they know. 4 Extend to me that favor, LORD,
Thou to thy chosen dost afford ;
Let thy salvation visit me.
Thy saints in full prosperity;
And count thy people's triumph mine. 6 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd,
His Name eternally confessid ;
PART I. III. 1. 1 MAGNIFY Jehovah's Name;
For his mercies ever sure,
To eternity endure.
Gather'd out of every land,
Pluck'd from the destroyer's hand. 3 In the wilderness astray,
In the lonely waste, they roam,
Far from refuge, shelter, home:4 To the LORD their God they cry;
He inclines a gracious ear,
Rescues them from all their fear : 5 Them to pleasant lands he brings,
Where the vine and olive grow; Where, from verdant hills, the springs
Through luxuriant vallies flow.
1 Tay wondrous power, Almighty LORD,
That rules the boist'rous sea,
Who tempt that dang’rous way. 2 At thy command the winds arise,
And swell the tow'ring waves; While they astonish'd mount the skies,
And sink in gaping graves. 3 Dismay'd they climb the wat'ry hills,
Dismay'd they plunge again;
And finds his courage vain. 4 Then to the LORD they raise their cries,
He hears their loud request,
And lays the floods to rest.
They see the storm allay'd :
There, let their vows be paid !
The goodness of the LORD!
His wondrous love record !
i O GOD, my heart is fully bent
To magnify thy Name;
Shall celebrate thy fame.
Thy warbling notes delay;
Prevent the dawni ay.
Thy wonders I will tell,
That round about us dwell;
The highest heaven transcends, And far beyond th' aspiring clouds Thy faithful truth extends.
5 Be thou, O God, exalted high
Above the starry frame;
PSALM 89. II. 2.
From the cx. Psalm of David.
1 THE LORD unto my Lord thus spake :
Sit thou in state at my right hand:
Subjected to thy just command. 2 “Thee, in thy power's triumphant day, The willing people shall obey;
And, when thy rising beams they view, Shall all, (redeem'd from error's night) Appear more numerous and bright
Than crystal drops of morning dew." 3 The LORD hath sworn, nor sworn in vain, That, like Melchisedec's, thy reign
And priesthood shall no period see: Anointed Prince! thou, bending low, Shalt drink where darkest torrents flow, Then raise thy head in victory!
PSALM 90. L. M.
From the exi. Psalm of David.
1 PRAISE ye the LORD! our God to praise
My soul her utmost power shall raise ;
Of saints, his praise shall be my song. 2 His works, for greatness though renown'd,
His wondrous works with ease are found
And in the pious search delight.
And universal glory claim;
Shall to eternal ages last.
To keep his wondrous works in mind;
That good and gracious is our LORD. 5 His bounty, like a flowing tide,
Has all his servants' wants supplied ;
His cov'nant with our fathers sign'd. 6 Just are the dealings of his hands,
Immutable are his commands,