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20 For man, how great soe'er his state, ET all the list’ning world attend,
Unless he's truly wise,
As like a sensual beast he lives, Let high and low, and rich and poor,
So like a beast he dies. With joint consent give ear.
PSALM L. 3 My mouth with sacred wisdom fill'd, Shall good advice impart;
"HE Lord hath spoke, the mighty God The sound result of prudent thoughts, Digested in my heart.
From dawning light, till day declines : To parables of weighty sense
The list'ning earth his voice hath heard, I will my ear incline;
And he from Sion hath appear'd, Whilst to iny tuneful harp I sing
Where beauty in perfection shines. Dark words of deep design.
3, 4 Our God shall come, and keep no more 5 Why should my courage fail in times Misconstru'd silence, as before; Of danger and of doubt,
But wasting dames before him send: When sinners, that would me supplant,
Around shall tempests fiercely rage, Have compass'd me about?
Whilst he does heav'n and earth engage 6 Those men, that all their hope and trust His just tribunal to attend. In heaps of treasure place,
5,6 Assemble all my saints to me, And boast in triumph, when they see (Thus runs the great divine decree) Their ill-got wealth increase,
That in my lasting cov'nant live, 7 Are yet unable from the grave
And off'rings bring with constant care : Their dearest friend to free;
The heav'ns his justice shall declare; Nor can, by force of bribes, reverse
For God himself shall sentence give. Th’ Almighty Lord's decree.
7, 8 Attend, my people; Israel, hear ; 8,9 Their vain endeavours they must quit; Thy strong accuser I'll appear; The price is held too high ;
Thy God, thy only God, am I; No su ms can purchase such a grant,
'Tis not of off'rings I complain, That man should never die.
Which, daily in my temple slain, 10 Not wisdom can the wise exempt,
My sacred altar did supply. Nor fools their folly save;
9 Will this alone atonement make! But both must perish, and in death
No bullock from thy stall l'll take, Their wealth to others leave.
Nor he-goat from thy fold accept: 11 For though they think their stately seats
10 The forest beasts, that range along, Shall ne'er to ruin fall,
The cattle too, are all my own, But their remembrance last in lands
That on a thousand hills are kept. Which by their names they call;
11 I know the fowls, that build their nests 12 Yet shall their fame be soon forgot, In craggy rocks; and savage beasts, How great soe'er their state ;
That loosely haunt the open fields : With beasts their memory, and they, 12 If seiz'd with hunger I could be, Shall share one common fate.
I need not seek relief from thee,
Since the world's mine, and all it yields. PART II.
13 Think'st thou that I have any need 13 How great their folly is, who thus On slaughter'd bulls and goats to feed, Absurd conclusions make!
To eat their flesh and drink their blood ? And yet their children, unreclaim'd, 14 The sacrifices I require, Repeat the gross mistake.
Are hearts which love and zeal inspire, 14 They all, like sheep to slaughter led, And vows with strictest care made good. The prey of death are made;
15 In time of trouble call on me, Their beauty, while the just rejoice,
And I will set thee safe and free; Within the grave shall fade.
And thou returns of praise shalt make. 15 But God will yet redeem my soul; 16 But to the wicked thus saith God: And from the greedy grave
How dar'st thou teach my laws abroad, His greater power shall set me free,
Or in thy mouth my cov'nant take? And to himself receive.
17 For stubborn thou, confirm'd in sin, 16 Then fear not thou, when worldly men Hast proof against instruction been, In envy'd wealth abound;
And of my word didst lightly speak: Nor though their prosp'rous house increase, 18 When thou a subtle thief didst see, With state and honour crown'd.
Thou gladly with him didst agree, 17 For when they're summon'd hence by And with adult'rers didst partake. death,
19 Vile slander is thy chief delight; They leave all this behind;
Thy tongue, by envy mov’d, and spite, No shadow of their former pomp
Deceitful tales does hourly spread: Within the grave they find:
20 Thou dost with hateful scandals wound 18 And yet they thought their state was blest, Thy brother, and with lies confound Caught in the flatt'rer's snare,
The offspring of thy mother's bed. Who with their vanity comply'd,
21 These things didst thou, whom still I strove And prais’d their worldly care.
To gain with silence, and with love, 19 lo their forefather's steps they tread; Till thou didst wickedly surmise, And when, like them, they die,
That I was such a one as thou; Their wretched ancestors and they
But I'll reprove and shame thee now, In endless darkness lie.
And set thy sins before thine eyes.
22 Mark this, ye wicked fools, lest I
And thy own city flourish long, Let all my bolts of vengeance fly,
By lofty walls secur’d. Whilst none shall dare your cause to own: 19 The just shall then attend, 23 Who praises me, due honour gives; And pleasing tribute pay; And to the man that justly lives
And sacrifice of choicest kind
Upon thy altar lay.
N vain, O man of lawless might,
Since God, the God in whom I trust,
Vouchsafes his favour still. Thy wonted mercy find. 2, 3 Wash off my foul offence,
2 Thy wicked tongue doth sland'rous tales And cleanse me from my sin;
Maliciously devise; For I .confess my crime, and see
And, sharper than a razor set,
It wounds with treach'rous lies. How great my guilt has been. $ Against thee, Lord, alone,
3, 4 Thy thoughts are more on ill than goods And only in thy sight,
On lies than truth, employ’d;
The guiltless are destroy'd. 5 In guilt each part was form'd
5 God shall for ever blast thy hopes, Of all this sinful frame;
And snatch thee soon away ; In guilt I was conceiv'd, and born
Nor in thy dwelling-place permit, The heir of sin and shame.
Nor in the world, to stay. 6 Yet thou, whose searching eye
16 The just, with pious fear, shall see Does inward truth require,
The downfal of thy pride; In secret didst with wisdom's laws
And at thy sudden ruin laugh, My tender soul inspire,
And thus thy fall deride: 7 With hyssop purge me, Lord,
17 “See there the man that haughty was, And so I clean shall be;
“ Who proudly God defy’d, I shall with snow in whiteness vie,
“ Who trusted in his wealth, and still When purify'd by thee.
“On wicked arts rely’d." 8 Make me to hear with joy
8 But I am like those olive-plants Thy kind forgiving voice;
That shade Gou's temple round; That so the bones which thou hast broke
And hope with his indulgent grace May with fresh strength rejoice.
To be for ever crown'd. 9, 10 Blot out my crying sins,
9 So shall my soul, with praise, O God, Nor me in anger view :
Extol thy wondrous love; Create in me a heart that's elean,
And on thy name with patience wait;
For this thy saints approve.
HE wicked fools must sure suppose 11 Withdraw not thou thy help,
That God is but Nor cast me from thy sight;
This gross mistake their practice shows, Nor let thy holy spirit take
Since virtue all disclaim. Its everlasting flight.
2 The Lord look'd down from heav'n's high 12 The joy thy favour gives,
tower, Let me again obtain;
The sons of men to view; And thy free Spirits firm support
To see if any own'd his power, My fainting soul sustain. 13 So I thy righteous ways
Or truth or justice knew. To sinners will impart;
3 But all, he saw, were backward gone,
Degen’rate grown and base; Whilst my advice shall wicked men
None for religion car’d, not one To thy just laws convert.
Of all the sinful race. 14 My guilt of blood remove,
4 But are those workers of deceit My Saviour, and my God;
So dull and senseless grown, And my glad tongue shall loudly tell
That they like bread my people eat, Thy righteous acts abroad.
And God's just power disown? 15 Do thou unlock my lips,
5 Their causeless fear shall strangely grows; With sorrow clos'd and shame; So shall my mouth thy wondrous praise
And they, despis’d of God,
Sball soon be foiid ; his hand shall throw To all the world proclaim. 16 Could sacrifice atone,
Their shatter' l bones abroad.
6 Would he his saving power employ Whole flocks and herds should die;
To break our servile hand,
Loud shouts of universal joy 17 A broken spirit is
Should echo through the land.
And in thy strength appear, 18 let Sion favour find,
To judge my cause; accept my prayer, Of thy good will assur'd;
And to my words give car.
3 Mere strangers, whom I never wrong'd, 116, 17 But I will call on God, who still To ruin me design'd;
Shall in my aid appear; And cruel men, that fear no God,
At morn, at noon, and night, I'll pray; Against my soul combin'd.
And he my voice shall hear. 4, 5 But God takes part with all my friends,
18 God has releas'd my soul from those Their falshood's due reward ;
That did with me contend; & While I my grateful off'rings bring, And made a num'rous host of friends And sacrifice with joy ;
My righteous cause defend. And in his praise my time to come
19 For he, who was my help of old, Delightfully employ.
Shall now his suppliant hear; 7 From dreadful danger and distress
And punish them whose prosp'rous statte The Lord hath set me free;
Makes them no God to fear. Through him shall I of all my foes
20 Whom can I trust, if faithless men The just destruction see.
To ruin me, their peaceful friend,
And break the strongest ties?
21 Though soft and melting are their words, And listen when I pray ;
Their hearts with war abound; Nor tiom thy humble suppliant turn
Their speeches are more smooth than oil, Thy glorious face away.
And yet like swords they wound. 2 Attend to this my sad complaint,
22 Do thou, my soul, on God depend, And hear my grievous moans;
And he shall thee sustain ; While I my mournful case declare,
He aids the just, whom to supplant With artless sighs and groans.
The wicked strive in vain. 3 Hark how the foe insults aloud!
23 My foes, that trade in lies and blood, How fierce oppressors rage!
Shall all untimely die;
On thee, my God, rely. 4, 5 My heart is rack'd with pain; my soul
For man my life pursues; 6 How often wish'd I then, that I
To crush me with repeated wrongs, The dove's swift wings could get;
He daily strife renews. That I might take my speedy flight, 2 Continually my spiteful foes And seek a safe retreat.
To ruin me combine; 7, 8 Then would I wander far from hence, Thou see'st, who sitt'st enthron'd on high, And in wild deserts stray,
What mighty numbers join.
On danger’s first alarm;
Yet still for succour I depend 9 Destroy, O Lord, their ill designs,
On thy Almighty arm. Their counsels soon divide;
4 God's faithful promise I shall praise, For through the city my griev'd eyes
On which I now rely ; Have strife and rapine spy’d.
In God I trust, and, trusting him, 10 By day and night, on every wall
The arm of flesh dety. They walk their constant round;
5 They wrest my words, and make them speak And in the midst of all her strength
A sense they never meant; Are grief and mischief found.
Their thoughts are all, with restless spite, 11 Whoe'er through every part shall roam, On my destruction bent. Will fresh disorders meet;
6 In close assemblies they combines Deceit and guile their constant posts
And wicked projects lay ; Maintain in every street.
They watch my steps, and lie in wait 12 For 'twas not any open foe
To make my soul their prey. That false reflections made;
7 Shall such injustice still escape? For then I could with ease have borne
O righteous God arise ; The bitter things he said:
Let thy just wrath, too long provok'd, 'Twas none who hatred had profess'd,
This impious race chastise. That did against me rise;
8 Thou numb'rest all my steps, since first For then 1 had withdrawn myself
I was compell’d to flee; From his malicious eyes.
My very tears are treasur'd up, 13, 14 But 'twas e’en thou, my guide, my And register'd by thee. friend,
9 When therefore I invoke thy aid, Whom tend'rest love did jain;
My foes shall be o'erthrown; Whose sweet advice I valued most;
For I am well assur'd that God Whose prayers were mix'd with mine. My righteous cause will own. 15 Sure vengeance, equal to their crimes, 10, 11 l'il trust God's word, and so despise. Such traitors inust surprise,
The force that man can raise; And sudden death requite those ills
12 Tothee, O God, my vows are due; They wickedly devise.
To thee I'! render praise.
13 Thou hast retrier'd my soul from death; 16 Defeat, O God, their threat'ning rage, And thou wilt still secure
And timely break their power; The life thou hast so oft preserv'd,
Disarm these growling lions' jaws, And make my foot-steps sure:
E’er practis'd to devour. 14 That thus protected by thy power, 7 Let now their insolence, at height, I may this light enjoy ;
Like ebbing tides be spent ; And in the service of my God
Their shiver'd darts deceive their aim, My lengthen'd days employ.
When they their bow have bent.
8 Like snails let them dissolve to slime; PSALM LVII.
Like hasty births, become "HY mercy, Lord, to me extend; Unworthy to behold the sun, On thy protection I depend;
And dead within the womb.
9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots boil, Till this outrageous storm is pass'd.
Tempestuous wrath shall come
From God, and snatch them hence alive
10 The righteous shall rejoice to see
Their crimes with vengeance meet;
11 Transgressors then with grief shall see
And own a God, whose justice will
The guilty earth arraign.
ELIVER me, O Lord, my God,
In my defence oppose thy power
To theirs, who me oppose.
Who make a trade of ill;
Protect me from remorseless men,
Who seek my blood to spill.
Against my life combine,
For no offence of mine.
My guiltless life to take;
Look down, O Lord, on my distress,
And to my help awake.
Their heathen rage suppress;
Who stubbornly transgress
6 At ev’ning, to beset my house,
Like growling dogs they meet;
While others through the city range,
And ransack every street.
7 Their throats envenom'd slander breathe; PSALM LVIII.
Their tongues are sharpen'd swords; PEAK, O ye judges of the earth, “ Who hears?" say they, “or, hearing, dareg If
“Reprove our lawless words?” Or must not innocence appeal
8 But from thy throne thou shalt, O Lord, To heaven from your decree?
Their baffled plots deride;
And soon to shame and scorn expose
Their boasted heathen pride.
For succour I depend;
Who only can defend.
10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft
From danger set me free,
My haug foes to me.
11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at once; Unlock his sullen ear.
Restrain thy vengeful blow;
Forget their overthrow.
skilful charmer's voice Disperse them through the nations round Can po attention gain.
By thy avenging power ;
Do thou bring down their haughty pride, O lodge me safe beyond the reach
Of persecuting power;
Hast been my shelt'ring tower. Whose longues have sinn'd without restraint, 4 So shall I in thy sacred courts And curses join'd with lies.
Secure from danger lie; 13 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race endures, Beneath the covert of thy wings, Thine anger, Lord, suppress;
All future storms defy. That distant lands, by their just doom, 5 In sign my vows are heard, once more May Israel's God confess.
I o'er thy chosen reign; 14 At ev’ning let them still persist
6 O! bless with long and prosp'rous life Like growling dogs to meet,
The king thou didst ordain. Still wander all the city round,
7 Confirm his throne, and make his reign And traverse every street.
Accepted in thy sight;
In his defence unite.
Thy name for ever bless; 16 Whilst early I thy mercy sing,
Devote my prosp'rous days to pay Thy wondrous power confess;
The vows of ray distress. For thou hast been my sure defence,
PSALM LXII. My refuge in distress. 17 To thee with never-ceasing praise,
soul for help on God relies;
From him alone my safety iows:
My Rock, my Health, that strength supplies
To bear the shock of all my foes.
3 How long will ye contrive my fall,
Which will but hasten on your own?
You'll totter like a bending wall,
Or fence of uncemented stone.
4 To make my envy'd honours less, 2 Our strength, that firm as earth did stand, For they, though with their mouths they bless,
They strive with lies, their chief delight; Is rent by thy avenging hand; O! heal the breaches thou hast made:
In private curse with inward spite. We shake, we fall, without thy aid!
5, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely;
On him alone thy trust repose: 3 Our folly's sad effects we feel; For, drunk with discord's cup we reel:
My Rock and Health will strength supply
To bear the shock of all my foes. 4 But now, for them who thee rever'd, Thou hast thy truth's bright banner rear'd.
17 God does his saving health dispense, 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect;
And flowing blessings daily send: Lord, hear the prayers that we direct:
He is my fortress and defence; 6 The holy God has spoke; and I,
On him my soul shall still depend. O’erjoy’d, on his firm word rely:
8 In him, ye people, always trust; To thee in portions I'll divide
Before his throne pour out your hearts; Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride;
For God, the merciful and just, To Sichem, Succoth next I'll join,
His timely aid to us imparts. And measure out her vale by line.
9 The vulgar fickle are and frail; 7 Manasseh, Gilead, both subscribe
The great dissemble and betray; To
And, laid in truth's impartial scale, my commands, with Ephraim's tribe; Ephraim by arms supports my cause,
The lightest things will both outweigh., And Judah by religious laws.
10 Then trust not in oppressive ways; 8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be,
By spoil and rapine grow not vain ; Nor Edom from my yoke get free;
Nor let your hearts, if wealth increase, Proud Palestine's imperious state
Be set too much upon your gain., Shall hambly on our triumph wait.
11 For God has oft his will express’d, 9 But who shall quell these mighty powers,
And I this truth have fully known;
To be of boundless power possess'd
Belongs, of right, to God alone.
12 Though mercy is his darling grace, 10 Ev’n thou, O God, wbo hast dispers’d
In which he chiefly takes delight;
Yet will he all the human race
According to their works requite.
God, my gracious God, to thee
My morning prayers shall offer'd be; 12 Fresh strength and courage God bestows: For thee my thristy soul does pant: 'Tis he treads down our proudest foes. My fainting flesh implores thy grace PSALM LXI.
Within this dry and barren place,
Where I refreshing waters want. Which I, oppress'd with grief, 2 0! to my longing eyes, once more 2 From eartli's remotest parts address That view of glorious power restore, To thee for kind relief.
Which thy majestic house displays :