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4 Against thee, Lord, alone,

And, sharper than a razor set, And only in thy sight,

It wounds with treach 'rous lies Have I transgress'd; and, though con-13, 4 Thy thoughts are more on ill than demn'd,

good, Must own thy judgment right.

On lies than truth, employ'di 5 In guilt each part was form'd

Thy tongue delights in words, by which Of all this sinful frame,

The guiltless are destroy'd. In guilt I was conceiv'd, and bom 5 God shall for ever blast thy hopes, The heir of sin and shame

And snatch thee soon a way; 6 Yet thou, whose searching eye

Nor in thy d velling place pernut, Does inward truth require,

Nor in the world, to stay In secret didst with wisdom's laws 6 The just, with pious fear, shall see My tender soul inspire

The downfall of thy pride : 7 With hyssop purge ine, Lord,

And at thy sudden ruin laugh. And so I clean shall be :

And thus thy fall deride : I shall with snow in whiteness vie,

7 " See there the man that haughty was When purity'd by thee :

" Who proudly God defy'd, 8 Make me to hear with joy

* Who trusted in his wealth, and still Thy kind forgiving voice ;

" Un wicked arts rely'd." That so the bones which thou hast broke 8 But I am like those olive-plants May with fresh strength rejoice.

That shade God's temple round; 9, 10 Bloi out my crying sins,

And hope with his indulgent grace Nor me in anger view :

To be for ever crown'a Create in me a heart that's clean,

9 So shall my soul, with praise, O God, An upright mind renew

Extol thy wondrous love

And on thy name with patience wait; PART 11

For this thy saints approve 11 Withdraw not thou thy help,

PSALM LIII Nor cast me from thy sight;

THE wicked fools must sure suppose Nor let thy holy Spirit take

1 That God is but a name Its everlasting flight.

This gross mistake their practice shows, 12 The joy thy favour gives,

Since virtue all disclaim Let me again obtain;

2 The Lord look'd down from heavens And thy free Spirit's frm support

high tower, My fainting soul sustain

The sons of men to view , 13 So I thy righteous ways

To see if any own'd bis power To sinners will impart;

Or truth or justice knew Whilst my advice shall wicked men

3 But all, he saw, were backward gone, To thy just laws convert.

Degen'rate grown and base ; 14 My guilt of blood remove,

None for religion car'd, not one My Saviour and my God;

Of all the sinful race And my glad tongue shall loualy tell

4 But are those workers of deceit Thy righteous acts abroad

So dull and senseless grown, 15 Do thou unlock my lips,

That they like bread my people cat, With sorrow clos'd and shane;

And God's just power disown? So shall my mouth thy wondrous praise 5 Their causeless fear shall strangely To all the world proclaim

grow 16 Could sacrifice atone,

And they, despis'd of God, Whole flocks and herds should die ; Shall soon be foil'd : his hand shall throw Bit on such off'rings thou disdain'st

Their shatter'd bones abroad. To cast a gracious eye

6 Would he his saving power employ 17 A broken spirit is

To break our servile band. By God most highly priz'd;

Loud shouts of universal joy By him a broken contrite heart

Should echo through the land. Shall never be despis'd

PSALM LIV. 18 Let Sion favour find,

IT ORD, save me, ferthy glorious name, Or thy good will assur'd;

And in thy strength appear. And thy own city fourish long,

To judge my cause ; accept my prayer, By lofty walls secur'd.

And to my words give ear 19 The just shall then attend,

3 Mere strangers, whom I never wrongd, And pleasing tribute pay:

To ruin me design'd; And sacrifice of choicest kind

And cruel men, that fear no God,
Upon thy altar lay

Against my soul combin'd.

4, 5' But God takes part with all my TN vain, O man of lawless might,

frievds, I Thou boast'st thyself in ill;

And he's the surest guard :
Since God, the God in whom I trust, The God of truth shall give my foes
Vouchsafes bis favour still.

Their falsehood's dne reward; 2 Thy wicked tongue doth sland'rous 6 While I my grateful off'ringa bring, Maliciously devise ;

(tales) And sacrifice with joy;


The life thou hast so oft preserv'd, 16 Defeat, O God, their threat'ning rage And make my footsteps sure:

And timely break their power; 14 That thus protected by thy power, Disarm these growling lions' jaws, I may this life enjoy;

E'er practis d to devour And in the service of my God

17 Lel now their insolence, at height, My lengthen'd days employ

Like ebbing tidrs be spent :

Their shiver'd darts deceive their aim, THY mercy, Lord, to me extend ; When they their bow have bent. 1 On thy protection I depend;

8 Like snails let them dissolve to slime; And to thy wing for shelter haste, | Like hasty births, become Till this outrageous storm is pass'd. Unworthy to behold the sun, 2 To thy tribunal, Lord, 1 Ay,

| And dead within the wonb. Thou sov'reign Judge, and God most 9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots boil, high,

Tempestuous wrath shall come Who wonders hast for me begun, From God, and snatch them hence alive And wilt not leave thy work undone. To their ete mal doom 3 From heaven protect me by thine arm, 10 The righteous shall rejoice to see And shame all those who seek my harm; Their crimes with vengeance meet; To my relief thy mercy send

And saints in persecutors' blood And truth, on which my hopes depend L Shall dip their harmless feet. 4 For I with savage men converse, n Transgressors then with grief shall see Like hungry lions wild and fierce;

Just men rewards obtain With men whose leeth are spears, their And own a God, whose justice will words

1 The guilly earth arraign Envenom'd darts, and two-edg'd swords. 5 Be thou, O God, exalted high;

PSALM LIX And, as thy glory fills the sky,

ELIVER me, O Lord, my God
So let it be on earth display'd,

From all my spiteful foes ;
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd. In my defence oppose thy power
6 To take me they their net prepar'd, To theirs, who me oppose.
And had almost my soul ensnard; 12 Preserve me from a wicked race,
But fell themselves, by just decree, Who make a trade of ill;
Into the pit they made for me.

Protect me from reinorseless men,
7 O God, my heart is fir'd, 'tis bent, Who seek my blood to spill.
Its thankful tribute to present;

|3 They lie in wait, and mighty powers And, with my heart, my voice I'll raise Against my life combine, To thee, my God, in songs of praise : Implacable; yet, Lord, thou know'st, 8 Awake, my glory; harp and lute, 1 For no offence of mine. No longer let your strings be mute ; 14 In haste they run about, and watch And I, my tuneful part to take,

My guiltless life to take; Will with the early dawn awake.

Look down, O Lord, om my distress, 9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound And to my help awake. To all the list ning nations round; 5 Thou, Lord of Hosts, and Israel's God, 10 Thy mercy highest hea ven transcends; Their heathen rage suppress; Thy truth beyond the clouds extends. Relentless vengeance take on those 11 Be thou, o God, exalted high ;

Who stubbornly transgress. And, as thy glory fills the sky,

16 At evening, to beset my house, So let it be on earth display'd.

Like growling dogs they meet;
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd While others through the city range,

And ransack every street.
SPEAK, O ye judges of the earth, 7 The throats en venom'd slander breatbe;
If just your sentence be ;

Their tongues are sharpen'd swords; Or must not innocence appeal

Who hears say they, or, hearing, To heaven from your decree ?

"Reprove our lawless words?" (darts 2 Your wicked hearts and judgments are 18 But from thy throne thou shalt, O Lord Alike by mnalice sway'd;

| Their baffled plots deride; Your griping hands by weighty bribes, And soon to shame and scor expose To violence betray'd.

Their boasted heathen pride. 3 To virtue strangers, from the womb 9 On thee I wait ; 'tis on thy strength Their infant steps went wrong i

For succour I depend They prattled slander, and in lies

'Tis thou, O God, art my defence, Employ'd their lisping longue.

Who only can defend. 4 No serpent of parchd Afric's breed 10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft Does rankeroison bear;

From danger set me free The drowsy adder will as soon

Shall crown my wishes, and subdue Unlock his sullen ear.

My haughty foes to me. 5 Uomov'd by good advice, and deaf 11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at onces As adders they remain ;

Restrain thy vengeful blow; From whom the skilful charmer's voice Lest we, ungratefully, too soon Can no attention gain.

1 Forget their overdrow.

Disperse them through the nations round, 11 Do thou our fainting cause sustain; By thy avenging power;

For human succours are but vam. Do thou bring down their haughty pride, 12 Fresh strength and courage God le O Lord, our shield and tower.

stows: 12 Now, in the height of all their hopes, 'Tis he trends down our proudest foes.

Their arrogance chastise ;
Whose tongues have sign'd without re-

And curses join'd with lies.

IT ORD, hear my cry, regard my prayer, 13 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race

U Which I, oppress'd with grief,

2 From earth's remotest part address endures, Thine anger, Lord, suppress;

To thee for kind relief.
That distant lands, by their just duom. 10 lodge me safe beyond the reach
May Israei's God confess.

Of persecuting power ; 14 Ai evening let them still persist

13 Thou, who so oft from spiteful focs Like growling dogs to meet,

Hast been my shelt'ring lower. Still wander all the city round,

4 Se shall I in thy sacred courts And taxverse every street

Secure from danger lie 15 Then, as for malice now they do,

Beneath the covert of thy wings, For hunger let them stray

All future storms defy. And yell their vain complaints aloud,

5 In sign my vows are beard, once more Defeated of their prey

lo'er thy chosen reign ; 16_Whilst early I thy merey sing,

6 O! bless with long and prosp'rous life Thy wondrous power confess;

The king thou didsi ordain. For thou hast been my sure uefence,

17 Confirm his throne, and make his reign My refuge in distress

Accepted in thy sight; 17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise,

a sine praise. And let thy truth and mercy both O God, my strength, I'll singi

In his defence unite.
Thou art my God, The Rock from whencel® So shall I ever sing thy praise,
My health and safety spring

Thy name for ever Lless;

Devole my proap'rous days to pay
GOD, who hast our troops dispersal The vows of my distress.

Borsaking those who left thee first; As we thy just displeasure mouru,

PSALM LXII. To us, in mercy, Lord, return.

M Y soul for help on God relies ; 9 Our strength, that firm as carth did 111 From him alone my safety flows: stand,

My Rock, my Health, that strength Is rent by thy avenging hand;

supplies O! heal the breaches thou hast made To bear the shock of all my foes. We shake, we fall, without thy aid! 3 How long will ye contrive my fall 8 Our folly's sad efferts we feel ; | Which will but hasten on your own ? For, drunk with discord's cup we reel. You'll totter like a bending wall, 4 But now, for them who thee rever'd, Or fence of ancemented stone. Thou hast thy truth's bright banner 4 To make my envy'd bonours less, rear'd.

They strive with lies, their chief delight; 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect; For they, though with their mouths they Lord, hear the prayers that we direct

bless, 6 The holy God has spoke ; and I,

in private curse with inward spite. O'erjoy'd, on his firm word rely : 15, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely ; To thee in portions I'll divide

| On him alone thy trust repose : Fair Sichem's soil, Samarin's pride : My Rock and Health will strength supply To Sichem. Succoth next I'll join,

To bear the shock of all my foes. And measure out her vnle by line, 17 God does his saving health dispense, 7 Manasseh, Gilead, buth subscribe And flow ng blessings daily send : To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe; He is my fortress and defence ; Ephraim by arms supports my cause, On him my soul shall still depend. And Judah by religious laws.

8 In him, ye people, always trust; 8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be. Before his throne pour out your hearts; Nor Edom from my yoke get free ; For God, the merciful and just, Proud Palestine's imperious state

His timely aid to us iinparts. Shall humbly on our triumph wait. 9 The vulgar fickle are and frail ; 9 But who shall quell these mightyl The great dissemble and betray ; powers,

And, leid in truth's impartial scale, And clear my way to Edom's towers? The lightest things will both outweigh. Or through her guarded frontiers tread 10 then trust not in oppressive ways; The path that doth to conquest lead ? By spoil and rapine grow not vain ; 10 Even thou. ( God, who hast dispers'd Nor let your bearts, if wealth increase, Our troops (for we forsook thee first :) Be set too much upon your gain. Those whom thou didst in wrath forsake, il For God has oft his will expressd, Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make.

And I this truth have (ully known;

To be of boundless power possess'd 7 But God, to arger justly moy'd,
Belongs, of right, to God alone.

His dreadful bow shall bend, 12 Though mercy is his darling grace, And on his flying arrow's point In which he chiefly takes delight;

Shall swift destruction send. Yet will he all the human race

18 Those slanders which their mouths did According to their works requite.


Upon themselves shall fall :

Their crimes disclos'd, shall make them be O GOD, my gracious God, to thee

My morning prayers shall offer'd be ; l. Despis'd and shunn'd by all. For thee my thirsty soul does pant :

9 The world shall then God's power

confess, My fainting flesh implores thy grace

And nations trembling stand,
Within this dry and harren place,
Where I refreshing waters want.

Convinc'd that 'tis the nighty work

Of bis avenging hand. 20! to my longing eyes, once more, That view of glorious power restore,

10 Whilst righteous men, whom God

1 In hin shall gladly trust; Which thy majestic house displays;


And all the list ning earth shall hear 3 Because to me thy wondrous love han life itself does dearer prove,

Loud triumphs of the just. My lips shall always speak thy praise.

PSALM LXV. 4 My life, while I that life enjoy,

TOR thee, O God, our constant praise In blessing God I will employi

T in Sion waits, thy chosen seat; With lifted hands adore his name:

Our promis'd altars there we'll raise, 5 My soul's content shall be as great

| And all our zealous vows complete. As theirs, who choicest dainties eal, 2 thou, wlio to my humble prayer

While I with joy his praise proclaim. Didst always bend thy list'ning ear, 6 When down Ilie, sweet sleep to find, To thee shall all mankind repair, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind;

And at thy gracious throne appear. And when I wake in dead of night : 13 Our sins, though numberless, in vain 7 Because thou still dost succour bring, To stop thy flowing mercy tryi Beneath the shadow of thy wing Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, I rest with safety and delight.

And washest out the crimson dye. 9My soul, when foes would me devour,14 Blest is the man who near thee plac', Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless Within thy sacred dwelling lives! power

Whilst we at humble distance taste In her support is daily shown:

The vast delights thy temple gives. 9 But those The righteous Lord shall slay, 5 By wondrous acts, O God, most just, That my destruction wish ; and they

Have we thy gracious answer found : That seek my life shall lose their own. In thee remotest nations trust, JO They by untimely ends shall die,

And those whom stormy waves sur Their flesh a prey to foxes lie;

round. But God shall fill the king with joy. 6. 7 God, by his strength, sets fast the 11 Who thee confess sball still rejoice ;

hills, Whilst the false tongue, and lying voice, And does his matchless power engage, Tbou. Lord, shalt silence and destroy. With which the sea's loud waves he stills, PSALM LXIV

And angry crowds' tumultuous inge. TORD, hear the voice of my complaint,

PART II. U To my request give ear i.

18. Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lanuls Preserve my life from cruel foes,

dismay, And free my soul from fear.

| When they thy dreadful tokens view; 2 O! hide me with thy tend'rest care, With joy they see the night and day In some secure retreat,

Each other's track, by turns, pursue, From sinners that against me rise, 9 From out thy unexhausted store And all their plots defeat.

Thy rain relieves the thirsty ground; 3 See how, intent to work my harm, Makes lands, that barren were before,

They whet their tongues like swords, I With corn and useful fruits abound. And bend their bows to shoot their darts, 10 On rising ridges down it pours, Sharp lies, and bitter words.

And every furrow'd valley fills: 4 Lurking in private, at the just

Thou niak'st them soft with gentle show. They take their secret aim;

In which a blest increase distils. {ers, Ard suddenly at him they shoot,

11 Thy goodness does the circling year Quite void of fear and shame.

With fresh returns of plenty crown ; 5 To carry on their ill designs

And where thy glorious paths appear, They mutually agree;

The fruitful clouds drop fatness down, They speak of laying private snares, 12 They drop on barren forests, changed And think that none shall see.

By them to pastures fresh and green; 6 With utmost diligence and care The hills about, in order rang'd, Their wicked plots they lay ;

In beauteous robes of joy are seen, The deep designs of all their hearts 13 Large Aocks with fleecy wool adur Are only tu betray

The cheerful downs; the vallies bring

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