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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
XXII. TO THE SAME.
To outward view, of blemish or of fpot,
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,
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.
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
PSALM 1. Done into verse, 1653.
In counsel of the wicked, and i' th’ way
Muse a vain thing, the kings of th’earth upstand
Lay deep their plots together through each land
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
Anointed have my king (though ye rebel)
I will declare; the Lord to me hath faid;
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
In anger, and ye peril in the way,
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 ?
Th' exalter of my head I count;
And heard me from his holy mount,
15 The populous rout I fear not, though incamping round about
They pitch against me their pavilions.
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
34 Psalm IV. Aug. 10, 1653.
God of my righteousnels, In straits and in distress Thou didft me diGnthral
And set at large; now (pare,
5 Now pity me, and hear my
prayer. Great ones, how long will ye
My glory have in scorn,
How long be thus forborn
To love, to feek, to prize,
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies ?
Chose to himself apart,
15 (For whom to chose he knows)
Jehovah from on high
Will hear my voice what time to him I cry.
Speak to your hearts alone,
Upon your beds, each one,
Offer the offerings just
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust,
Who yet will thew us good ?
Talking like this world's brood;
On us lift up the light,
Lift up the favour of thy count'nance bright,
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
Both lay me down and Neep,
For thou alone doft keep
As in a rocky cell
PSALM v. Aug. 12. 16530
My meditation weigh,
My King and God; for unto thee I pray:
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,