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83 My skin like shrivell'd parchment They with fresh wonders entertain
My ravish'd thoughts all day.
98 Through thy commands I wiser grow Yet no affliction me can force
Than all my subtile foes';
For thy sure word doth me direct,
99 From me my former teachers now
Because thy sacred precepts I 85 The proud have digg d a pit for me, My constant study make. That have no other foes,
100 In understanding I excel
The sages of our days;
Because by thy unerring rule
101 My feet with care I have refrain'd
That to thy sacred word I might 87 With close designs against my life Entire obedience pay.
They had almost prevail'd; 102 I have not from thy judgments But in obedience to thy will,
By vain desires misled;
My drooping heart to cheer; Thy righteous paths to tread.
O what divine repast!
How much more grateful to my soul 89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
Than honey to my taste!
104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I
With heav'nly skill am blest,
Through which the treach'rous ways
I utterly detest.
105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
The way of truth to show;
A watch-light to point out the path
In which I ought to go.
106 I swear, and from my solemn oath
Will never start aside,
That in thy righteous judgments I
Will steadfastly abide.
107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, 93 Thy precepts, therefore, from my
That I can bear no more,
According to thy word do thou
My fainting soul restore.
108 Let still my sacrifice of praise
With thee acceptance find;
And, in thy righteous judgments, Lord,
Instruct my willing mind.
My soul they cannot awe,
Nor with continual terrors keep
From thinking on thy law.
110 My wicked and inveterate foes 96 I've seen an end of what we call
For me their snares bave laid;
Yet I have kept the upright path,
Nor from thy precepts stray'd.
111 Thy testimonies I have niade
My heritage and choice; 47 The love that to thy laws I bear For they, when other comforts fail, No language can display;
My drooping heart rejuice.
112 My heart with early zeal began When men with open violence Thy statutes to obey,
Thy sacred law destroy. And till my course of life is done, 127 Yet their contenipt of thy commande Shall keep thy upright way.
But makes their value rise
In my esteem, wbo purest gold,
Compared with them, despise. 113 Deceitful thoughts and practices
128 Thy precepts therefore I account, I utterly detest;
In all respects, divine ; But to thy law affection bear
They teach me to discern the right, Too great to be exprest.
And all false ways decline. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord;
PE. I firmly anchor all my hopes
129 The wonders wbich thy laws contaia On thy unerring word.
No words can represent; 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Therefore to learn and practise them Approach not my abode;
My zealous heart is bent. For firmly I resolve to keep
130 The very entrance to thy word - The precepts of my God.
Celestial light displays, 116 According to thy gracious word, And knowledge of true happiness From danger set me free;
To simplest minds conveys. Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,
131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, That I repose in thee.
And faintiog with desire; 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,
That of thy wise commands I might And rescued from distress;
The sacred skill acquire. To thy decrees continually
132 With favour, Lord, look down on My just respect address.
me, 118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, Who thy relief implore; · Who from thy statutes stray'd;
As thou art wont to visit those Their vile deceit, the just reward
Who thy blest name adore. Or their own falsehood made.
133 Directed by thy heavenly word 119 The wicked from thy holy land
Let all my footsteps be ;Thou dost like dross remove; Nor wickedness of any kind I therefore, with such justice charm’d, Dominion have o'er me. Thy testimonies love.
134 Release, entirely set me free 120 Yet, with that love they make me
From persecuting hands, dread,
That, unmolested, I may learn Lest I should so offend,
And practise thy commands. When on transgressors I behold
135 On me, devoted to thy fear, Thy judgments thus descend.
Lord, make thy face to shine;
Thy statutes both to know and keep, 121 Judgment and justice I have loved ;) My heart with zeal incline. O therefore, Lord, engage
136 My eyes to weeping fountains tum, In my defence, nor give me up
Whence briny rivers flow, To my oppressor's rage.
To see mankind against thy laws 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me,
In bold defiance go.
137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,
whom In long expectance held;
Wrong'd innocence may trust; Till thy salvation they behold,
And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord, And righteous word fulfill'd.
In all respects are just. 124 To me, thy servant, in distress, 138 Most just and true those statutes Thy wonted grace display,
were, And discipline my willing heart
Which thou didst first decree; Thy statutes to obey.
And all with faithfulness perform'd, 125 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Succeeding times shall see. Thy sacred Skill bestow,
139 With zeal my flesh consumes away, That of thy testimonies I
My soul with anguish frets, The full extent may know.
To see my foes contemn at once 136 'Tis time, high time for thee, o Thy promises and threats. Lord,
140 Yet each neglected word of thine, Try vengeance to employa
Home'er lay them despised;
Is pure, and for eternal truth
154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me By me, thy servant, prized.
Thy timely aid afford;
According to thy word.
'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from When time itself is past;
Who from thy statutes stray.
156 Since great thy tender mercies are
According to thy judgments, Lord,
My fainting hopes restore.
Against my life combine ;
Thy statutes to decline.
And was with griet oppressid,
To see with what audacious pride
Thy cov'nant they transgress'do
How I thy precepts love;
Otherefore quicken me with beams
160 As from the birth of time thy truth Thy testimonies throughly know,
Has held through ages past,
So shall thy righteous judgmonts, firm,
161 Though mighty tyrants, without 148 With zeal have I awaked before
Conspire my blood to shed,
To fill my heart with dread.
With heavenly rapture warms;
Have such transporting charms.
I utterly detest;
Too vast to be exprest.
With truth and justice crown'd.
165 Secure, substantial peace have thery
No smiling inischief them can tempt Tbat they were true, and shall their Nor frowning danger awe. truth
166 For thy salvation I bave hoped, To endless ages hold.
And though so long letryd,
With cheerful zoal and strictest caro
All thy commands obey'd.
And constantly obey'd;
Thy service easy made.
168 From strict observance of thy laws;7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek; I never yet withdrew;
But when to them of peace I speak, Convinced that my most secret ways They straigbt cry out, To arms, to Are open to thy view. TAU.
10 189 Te my request and earnest cry, TO
From thence expecting aid; Attend, O gracious Lord;
2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God Inspire my heart with heavenly skill,
Who heaven and earth has made. According to thy word.
3 Tben thou, my soul, in safery rest, 170 Let my repeated prayer at last
Thy guardian will not sleep; Before thy throne appear;
4 His watchful care, that Israel guards, According to thy plighted word,
Will Israel's monarch keep. For my relief draw near.
5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's 171 Then shall my grateful lips return
wings The tribute of their praise,
Thou shalt securely rest, When thou thy counsels hast reveald,
6 Where neither sun nor Moon shall And taught me thy just ways.
thee 172 My tongue the praises of thy word Shall thankfully resound,
Ey day or night molest.
7 From common accidents of life Because thy promises are all
His care shall guard thee still ; With truth and justice crown'd. 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and 179 Let thy Almighty arm appear,
foes And bring me timely aid;
That lie in wait to kill. For I the laws thou hast ordain'd
9 At home, abroad, in peace,
war, Niy heart's free choice have made.
Thy God shall thee defend; 174 My soul has waited long to see Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage Thy saving grace restored;
Safe to thy journey's end.
And keep your festal day! 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, 2 At Salem's courts we must appear, till I
With our assembled powers, Despair my way to find;
3 In strong and beauteous order ranged, Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek,
Like her united towers,
The tribes of God repair,
His name with praise and prayer. To God, who never yet deny'd 5 Tribunals stand erected there,
To rescue me, oppress'd with wrongs; Where equity takes place: 2 Once more, O Lord, deliv'rance send, There stand the courts and palaces From lying lips my soul defend,
Of royal David's race. And from the rage of slandering 6 0, pray we then for Salem's peace, tongues.
For they shall prosp'rous be,
o thou perfidious tongue, to thee! 7 May peace within thy sacred walls 4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; A constant guest be found;
of lasting flames, that fiercely burn, With plenty and prosperity
The constant fuel thou shalt be. Thy palaces be crown'd. 3 But, O! how wretched is my doom, 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and Who am a sojourner become
friends In barren Mesech's desert soil !
No less than brethren dear, With Kedar's wicked tents enclosed, I'll pray-May peace in Salem's towers, To lawless savages exposed,
A constant gue appear. Wboliyeon Dought but theft and spoil. 9 But most of aiitli seek thy good, & My hapless dwelling is with those And ever wish thee well, Who peace and amity oppose,
For Sion and the temple's sake, And pleasure take in others' barms: Where God vousbsafes to dwell.
And sung our great Restorer's praise On thee, who dwell'st above the
In thankful hymns of joy.
Our heathen foes repining stood, For mercy wait my longing eyes; Yet were compen'd to own As servants wait their masters' hands, That great and wondrous was the And maids their mistresses' commands. work S, 4 O then have mercy on us, Lord; Our God for us had done. Thy gracious aid to us afford; 3 • Twas great,' say they, ' 'twas won To us, whora cruel foes oppress,
drous great ; Grown rich and proud by our distress. Much more should we confess, PSALM CXXIV.
The Lord has done great things ,whereof H , say, We reap the glad success.
Been pleased to interpose; 4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord, 2 Had he not then spoused our cause, Of Israel's captive bands, When men against us rose;
More welcome than refreshing showers 3, 4, 5 Their wrath had swallow'd us To parch'd and thirsty lands; alive,
5 That we, whose work commenced in And raged without control;
tears, Their spite and pride's united foods May see our labours thrive,
Had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul. Till finish'd with success, to make 6 But praised be our eternal Lord, Our drooping hearts revive. Who rescued us that day,
6 Though he desponds that sows his Nor to their savage jaws gave up
grain, Our threaten'd lives a prey.
Yet doubtless he shall come 7 Our soul is like a bird escaped To bind his full-ear'd sheaves, and bring From out the fowler's net;
The joyful harvest home. The snare is bruke, their hopes are
PSALM CXXVII. crossid,
E build with fruitless cost, unlede And we at freedom set. 8 Secure in his Almighty wame Unless the Lord the city keep, Our confidence remains,
The watchman wakes in vain. Who, as he made both heaven and 2 In vain we rise before the day, earth,
And late to rest repair, Of both sole Monarch reigns. Allow no respite to our toil, PSALM CXXV.
And eat the bread of care. HO place on Sion's God their Supplies of life, with ease to them, trust,
He on his saints bestows; Like Sion's rock shall stand; He crowns their labours with succesul Like her immoveable be fix'd
Their nights with sound repose. By his Almighty hand.
3 Children, those comforts of our life, 2 Look how the hills on every side Are presents from the Lord; Jerusalem enclose;
He gives a num'rous race of heirs, So stands the Lord around his saints, As piety's reward.
To guard them from their foes. 4 As arrows in a giant's hand, 3 The wicked may afflict the just, When marching forth to war; But ne'er too long oppress,
Ev'n so the sons of sprightly youth, Nor force him by despair to seek Their parents safeguard are. Base means for his redress.
5 Happy the man whose quiver's fillid, 4 Be good, O righteous God, to those With these prevailing arms;
Who righteous deeds affect; He need not fear to meet his foe,
PSALM CXXVIII. 5 All those who walk in crooked paths, THE
man is blest that fears the
Lord, Cut off th' unjust, but crown the saints Nor only worship pays, With lasting peace and joy. But keeps his steps confined with care PSALM CXXVI.
To his appointed ways. W" THEN Sion's God her sons recalla 2 He shall upon the sweet returns From long captivity,
of his own labour feed; It seem'd at first a pleasing dream Without dependence live, and see Of what we wish'd to see:
His wishes all succeed. 2 But soon in unaccustom'd mirth, 3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine We did our voice employ,
Her lovely fruit shall bring;