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For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains, And disapproves that care, though wise in show: That with fuperfluous burden loads the day,

And when God sends a cheerful hour refrains, 14

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XXII. TO THE SAME.
NYRIAC, this three years day these eyes, tho'clear,

To outward view, of blemish or of fpot,
Bereft of light, their seeing have forgot,
Nor to their idle orbs doth fight appear
Of fun, or moon, or star throughout the year, 5

Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not Against Heav'n's hand or will, nor bate a jot Of heart or hope ; but still bear up and steer

Right onward. What supports me ? dost thou ask: The conscience, friend, to have lost them over-ply'd

In Liberty's defence, my noble task,
Of which all Eurupe talks from side to fide.

This thought might lead me thro'the world's vain mafk Content, though blind, had I no better guide. 14

XXIII. ON HIS DECEASED WIFE.
ETHOUGHT I saw my late efpoufed saint

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Whom Jove’s great fon to her glad husband gave, Rescu'd from death by force, though pale and faint. Mire, as whom wafh'd from spot of child bed taint 5

Purification in the old law did save,

And luch, as yet once more I trust to have Full fight of her in Heav'n without restraint,

Came vested all in white, pure as her mind: Her face was veild, yet to my fancied fight

Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shin'd So clear, as in no face with more delight.

But o as to embrace me she inclin'd, I wak’d, the fled, and day brought back my night. 14

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PSALM 1. Done into verse, 1653.

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In counsel of the wicked, and i' th’ way
Of finners hath not stood, and in the seat
Of scorners hath not fat. But in the great
Jehovah's law is ever his delight,

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And in his law he studies day and night.
He thall be as a tree which planted grows
By watry streams, and in the season knows
To yield his fruit, and his leaf shall not fall,
And what he takes in hand shall prosper all. TO
Not to the wicked, but as chaff which fann'd
The wind drives, so the wicked shall not stand
In judgment, or abide their trial then,
Nor finners in the assembly of just men.
For the Lord knows the upright way of the justy
And the way of bad men to ruin must.

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PSALM 11. Done Aug. 8, 1653. Ierzette.
THY do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations

Muse a vain thing, the kings of th’earth upstand
With power, and princes in their congregations

Lay deep their plots together through each land
Against the Lord and his Meffiah dear?

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Let us break off, they say, by strength of hand
Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear,

Their twisted cords: he who in Heav'n doth dwell Shall laugh, the Lord shall scoff them, then severe

Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell jo
And fierce ire trouble them ; but I, faith he,

Anointed have my king (though ye rebel)
On Sion my holy hill. A firm decree

I will declare; the Lord to me hath faid;
Thou art my son, I have begotten thee

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This day; ask of me, and the grant is made;
As thy poffeffion. I on thee bettow

Th’ Heathen, and as thy conquest to be sway'd Earth's utmost bounds: them Thalt thou bring full low, With iron scepter bruis'd, and them disperle

Like to a potter's veffel shiver'd so.

And now be wise at length ye kings averse, Be taught ye judges of the earth; with fear

Jehovah ferve, and let your joy converse
With trembling; kiss the Son left he appear 25

In anger, and ye peril in the way,
If once his wrath take fire like fuel fere.

Happy all those who have in him their stay. 28 PSALM II. Aug. 9, 1653. When he fled from Absalon,

L MOD how many are thy foes ?

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How many

those
That in arms against me rife!
Many are they
That of my life distrustfully thus far,

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No help for hiin in God there lies.
But thou, Lord, art my shield, my glory,
Thee through my story

Th' exalter of my head I count;
Aloud I cry'd
Unto Jehovah, he full soon reply'd

And heard me from his holy mount,
I lay and Nept, I wak'd again,
For my sustain
Was the Lord. Of many millions

15 The populous rout I fear not, though incamping round about

They pitch against me their pavilions.
Rise, Lord, save me my God, for thou
Hast smote ere now

On the cheek-bone all my foes,
Of men abhorr'd
Haft broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord;
Thy blessing on thy people flows.

34 Psalm IV. Aug. 10, 1653.

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God of my righteousnels, In straits and in distress Thou didft me diGnthral

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And set at large; now (pare,

5 Now pity me, and hear my

earnest

prayer. Great ones, how long will ye

My glory have in scorn,

How long be thus forborn
Still to love vanity,

To love, to feek, to prize,

Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies ?
Yet know the Lord hath chofe,

Chose to himself apart,
The good and meek of heart

15 (For whom to chose he knows)

Jehovah from on high

Will hear my voice what time to him I cry.
Be aw'd, and do not fin,

Speak to your hearts alone,

Upon your beds, each one,
And be at peace within.

Offer the offerings just

Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust,
Many there be that say

Who yet will thew us good ?

Talking like this world's brood;
But, Lord, thus let me pray,

On us lift up the light,

Lift up the favour of thy count'nance bright,
Into my heart more joy

And gladness thou hast put,

Than when a year of glut
Their fores doth over-cloy,
And from their plenteous grounds

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With valt increase their corn and wine abounds.
In peace at once will I

Both lay me down and Neep,

For thou alone doft keep
Me lafe where'er I lie;

As in a rocky cell
Thou, Lord, alone in safety mak'it me dwell.

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PSALM v. Aug. 12. 16530
TEHOVAH to my words give ear,

My meditation weigh,
The voice of my complaining hear,

My King and God; for unto thee I pray:
Jehovah thou my early voice

5 Shalt in the morning hear, I'th' morning I to thee with choice

Will rank my pray’rs, and watch till thou appear. For thou art not a God that takes In wickedness delight;

10 Evil with thee no biding makes,

Fools or mad men stand not within thy light. All workers of iniquity

Thou hat'st; and them unbleit Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie;

15 The bloody' and guileful man God doth detest, But I will in thy mercies dear

Thy numerous mercies go Into thy house; I in thy fear

Will tow'rds thy holy temple worship low. Lord lead me in thy righteousness,

Lead me because of those That do observe if I transgress,

Set thy ways right before, where my step goes. For in his falt'ring mouth, unstable,

25 No word is firm or footh ; Their inside, troubles miserable;

An open grave their throat, their tongue they Imooth. God, find them guilty, let them fall By their own counsels quell'd ;

30 Push them in their rebellions all

Still on; for against thee they have rebellid. Then all who trust in thee shall bring

Their joy, while thou from blame Defend'At them, they shall ever fing

35 And Shall triumph in thee; who love thy name. For thou Jehovah wilt be found

To bleis the juft man still,

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