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With songs

His saints with strength he will supply, And still my soul in every sta
And bless his own with constant peace.

To God for succour flies.

T'LL celebrate thy praises, Lord, 7 Those mercies thou hast shown,

I'll cheerfully express;
To raise my drooping head, and check For thou hast seen my straits, and knows
My foes' insulting joy,

My soul in deep distress 2, 3 In my distress I cry'd to thee, 8 When Keilab's treach'rous race Who kindly didet relieve,

Did all my strength enclose, And from the grave's expecting jaws Thou gav'st my feet a larger space, My hopeless life retrieve.

To shun my watchful foes. 4 Thus to his courts, ye saints of his, 9 Thy mercy, Lord, display, of praise repair ;

And hear my just complaint ; With me commemorate his truth, For both my soul and Alesh decay And providential care

With griel and hunger faint. 5 His wmth has but a moment's reign, 10 Sad thoughts my life oppress; His favour no decay;

My years are spent in groans ; Your night of grief is recompens'd My sins have made my strength decrease, With joy's returning day

And e'en consum d

my bones. 6 But I, in prosp'rous days presum'd; | My foes my suff'rings mock'd; No sudden change I fear'd;

My neighbours did upbraid; Whilst in my sunshine of success, My friends, at sight of me, were shock'de No low'ring cloud appear'd.

And fled, as men dismay'd. 7 But soon I found thy favour, Lord, 12 Forsook by all am I, My empire's only trust;

As dead, and out of mind; For when thou hid'st thy face, I saw And like a shatter'd vessel lie, My honour laid in dust.

Whose parts can ne'er be join'd. 8 Then, as I vainly had presum'd, 13 Yet sland'rous words they speak, My error I confess'd;

And seem my power to dread; And thus with supplicating voice, Whilst they together counsel take, Thy mercy's throne addressid

My guiltless blood to shed. 9 " What profit is there in my blood, 14 But still my steadfast trust

Congeal'd by death's cold night? I on thy belp repose : " Can silent ashes speak thy praise, That thou, my God, art good and justo " Thy wondrous truth recite ?

My soul with comfort knows. 10 « Hear me, O Lord, in mercy hear;

PART III. " Thy wonted aid extend;

15 Whate'er events betide, Do thou send help, on whom alone Thy wisdom times them all; "I can for help depend "

Then, Lord, thy servant safely hide 11 "Tis done ! thou hast my mournful From those that seek his fall.

To songs and dances turn'd; [scene 16 The brightness of thy face Invested me with robes of state,

To me, O Lord, disclose : Who late in sackcloth mourn'd. And, as thy mercies still increase, 12 Exalted thus, I'll gladly sing

Preserve me from my foes Thy praise in grateful verse;

17 Me from dishonour save, And, as thy favours endless are,

Who still have call'd on thee;
Thy endless praise rehearse.

Let that, and silence in the grave,

The sinner's portion be
EFEND me, Lord, from shame, 18 Do thou their tongues restrain,

Whose breath in lies is spent ;
As just and righteous is thy name, Who false reports, with proud disdain,
From danger set me free.

Against the righteous vent, 2 Bow down thy gracious ear,

19 How great thy mercies are And speedy suiccour send;

To such as fear thy name, Do thou my steadfast rock appear, Which thou for those that trust thy care, To shelter and defenci,

Dost to the world proclaim ! 3 Since thou, when foes oppress, 20 Thou keep'st them in

thy sight, My rock and fortress art,

From proud oppressors free To guide me torth from this distress,

From tongues that do in strife delight, Thy wonted help impart. 4 Release me from the snare,

They are preserv'd by thee.

With glory and renown
Which they have closely laid;

God's name be ever bless'd;
Since 1, O God, my strength, repair
To thee alone for aid.

Whose love, in Keilah's well-fenr' town,

Was wondrously express'd! 5 To thee, the God of truth,

22 I said, in hasty flight, My life, and all that's mine,

" I'm banish'd from thine eyes ;" (For thou preserv'dst me from my Yet still thou keep'st me in thy sight, willingly resign.

[youth) And heard'st my earnest cries 6 All vain designs I hate

23 O! all ye saints, the Lord Of those that trust in lies;

With eager love pursue

Who to the just will help afford, 7 The swelling foods, together roll'd, And give the proud their due.

He makes in heaps to lie ; 24 Ye that on God rely,

And lays, as in a store-house safe, Courageously proceed ;

The wat'ry treasures by
For he will still your hearts supply 8, 9 Let earth, and all that dwell therein,
With strength, in time of need.

Before him trembling stand;

For, when he spake the word.'was made;

"Twas fix'd at his command. HE's blestwhose sins have perdon

10 He, when the heathen closely plot, No more in judgment to appear;

Their counsels undermines; 2 Whose guilt remission has obtain'd,

His wisdom ineffectual makes And whose repentance is sincere.

The people's rash designs. 3 While I conceal'd the fretting sore,

11 Whale'er the mighty Lord decrees, My bones consum'd without relief;

Shall stand for ever sure ; All day did I with anguish roar,

The settled purpose of his heart But no complaints assuag'd my grief.

To ages shall endure. 4 Heavy on me thy hand remain'd,

PART II. By day and night alike distress'd, 12 How happy then are they, to whom Till quite of vital moisture drain'd,

The Lord for God is known ! Like land with summer's drought op

Whom he, from all the world besides,

Has chosen for his own. press'd. 5 No sooner I my wound disclos'd,

13, 14, 15 He all the nations of the earth, "The guilt that tortur'd me within,

From heaven, his throne, survey'd; But thy forgiveness interpos d,

He saw their works, and view'd their And mercy's healing balm pour'd in.

thoughts ; 6 True penitents shall thus succeed,

By him their hearts were made. Who seek thee whilst thou may'st be

16, 17 No king is safe by num'rous found;

hosts ; And, from the common deluge freed,

Their strength the strong deceives : Shall see remorseless sinners drown'd. No manag'd horse, by force or speed, Thy favour, Lord, in all distress,

His warlike rider saves. My tower of refuge I must own;

18, 19 'Tis God, who those that trust in Thou shalt my haughty foes suppress,

Beholds with gracious eyes ;

[him And me with songs of triumph crown.

He frees their soul from death; Their 8 In my instruction then confide,

Io Lime of dearth supplies. [want, Ye that would truth's safe path des.

20, 21 Our soul on God with patience Your progress I'll securely guide, [ery, Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice,

Our help and shield is he ; (waits; And keep you in my watchful eye. 9 Submit yourselves to wisdom's rule,

Because we trust in thee. Like men that reason have attain'd;

22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord, Not like th' ungovern'd horse and mule,

Do thou to us extend;
Whose fury must be curb'd and

Since we, for all we want or wish,
On thee alone depend.

10 Sorrows on sorrows multiply'd,
The harden'd sinner shall confound;

THn trouble and in joy,

THROUGH all the changing scenes But them who in his truth confide,

[of life, Blessings of mercy shall surround, The praises of my God shall still 11 His saints, that have perform'd his

My heart and tongue employ. laws,

2 Or his deliv'rance 1 will boast,

Till all that are distrest,
Their life in triumph shall employ;
Let them, as they alone have cause,

From my example comfort take,
In grateful raptures shout for juy.

And charm their griefs to rest.

30! magnify the Lord with me, PSALM XXXIII.

With me exall his name : , joy,

4 When in distress to him I callid, Their cheerful voices raise ;

He to my rescue came. For well the righteous it becomes 5 Their drooping hearts were soon reTo sing glad songs of praise.

Who look'd to him for aid ; (fresh'd 2, 3 Let harpe, and psalteries, and lules, Desir'd success in every face In joyful concert meet

A cheerful air display'd. And new-made songs of loud applause 6 "Behold," say they, "behold the man, The harmony complete

"Whom providence reliev'd ; 4,5 For faithful is the word of God; “ The man so dang 'rously beset, His works with truth abound;

"So wondrously retriev'd!” He justice loves; and all the earth 7 The hosts of God encamp around Is with his goodness crown'd..

The dwellings of the just; 6 By his Almighty Word, at first, Delivrance he affords to all The heav'nly arch was rear'd;

Who on his succour trust. And all the beauteous hosts of light 80 I make but trial of his love, Al his command appear'd.

Experience will decide


How blest they are, and only they, 6 And when, through dark and slipp'rt Who in his truth confide.

They strive his rage to shun, (ways, 9 Fear him, ye saints; and you will then His vengeful ministers of wrath Have nothing else to fear :

Shall goad them as they run. Make you his servire your delight, 7 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong, Your wants shall be his care

They hid their treach'rous snare; 10 While hungry lions lack their prey, And, for my harmless soul, a pit The Lord will food provide

Did, without cause, prepare , For such as put their trust in him,

8 Surpris'd by mischiefs unforeseen, And see their needs supply'd.

By their own arts betray'd,

Their feet shall fall

into the net, 11 Approach, ye piously dispos'd,

Which they for me bad laid And any mistruction hear;

9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's great I'll teach you the true discipline

For this deliv'rance bless, (name Of his religious fear.

And, by his saving health secur'd, 12 Let him who length of life desires, Its grateful joy express

And prosp'rous days would see. 10 My very bones shall say, “Lord, 13 From sland'ring language keep his " Who can compare with thee! tongue,

" Who selt'st the poor and helpless mas His lips from falsehood free ;

From strong oppressors free." 14 The crooked paths of vice decline,

PART 11.
And virtue's ways pursue ;
Establish peace, where tis begun;

11 False witnesses, with torg'd comAnd where 'tis lost, renew.

Against my truth combin'd; (plaints, 15 The Lord from heaven beholds the

And to my charge such things they laid, With favourable eyes;


As I had ne'er design'd.

12 The good which I to them had done, And, when distress'd, his gracious ear

With evil they epaid ; Is open to their cries; 16 Bul lums his wrathful look on those

And did, by malice undeserv'd, Whom merey can't reclaim,

My harmless life invade. To cut them off and from the earth

13 But as for me, wisen they were sick, Blot out their hated name.

I still in sackcloth mourn'd; 17 Delivrance to his saints he gives,

I pray'd and fasted, and my prayer When his relief they crave;

To my own breast return'd. 18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart,

14 Had they my friends or brethren And contrite spirit save 19 The wicked oft, but still in vain,

I could have done no more ; Against the just conspire ;

Nor with more decent signs of grief 20 For under their affliction s weight

A mother's loss deplore

15 How diff'rent did their carriage prove He keeps their bones entire 21 The wicked, from their wicked arts,

In times of my distress! Their ruin shall derive

When they, in crowds, together met,

Did savage joy express Whilst righteous men, whom taey detest,

The rabble too, in num'rous throngs, Shall them and theirs survive.

By their example came i 22 For God preserves the souls of those Who on his truth depend;

And ceas'd not, with reviling words,

To wound my spotless fame.
To them, and their posterity,
His blessings shall descend.

16 Scoffers, that noble tables haunt,

And earn their bread with lies, GAINST all those that strive with

Did gnash their teeth, and sland'ring Aca Lord, assertomy right? [me,

Maliciously devise.

[jests With such as war unjustly wage,

17 Bat, Lord, how long wilt thou look Do thou my battles fight.

On my behalf appear; 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield

And save my guiltless soul, which they, Upon thy warlike arm

Like ravning beasts, would tear. Stand up. 6 God, in my defence,

PART 111. And keep me safe from harm.

18 So I, before the list'ning world, 3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their Shall grateful thanks express; course,

And where the great assembly meets, That haste my blood to spill ;,

Thy name with praises bless Say to my soul, “ I am thy health, 19 Lord, suffer not my causeless foes,

"And will preserve thee still." Who me unjustly hate, 4 Let them with abame be cover'd o'er, With open joy, or secret signs, Who my destruction sought;

To mock my, sad And such

as my harm devise, 20 For they, with hearts averse to peace, Be to confusion brought.

Industriously devise, 5 Then shall they fly, dispers'd like chaff Against the men of quiet minds Before the driving wind;

To forge malicious lies. God's vengeful minister of wrath 21 Nor with these private arts content, Shall follow close behind.

Aloud they vent their spite;


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And say, “At last we found him out, 11 Whilst prido's insulting foot would “ He did it in our sight "

spurn, 22 But thou, who dost both them and And wicked hands my life surprise,

With righteous eyes survey, [me 12 Their mischiefs on themselves return; Assert my innocence, (Lord,

Down, down they're fallin. no more to And keep not far away

rise. 23 Stir up thyself in my behalf;

PSALM XXXVII. To judgment, Lord, awake;

THOUGH wicked men grow rich or Thy righteous servant's cause, O God,

great, To thy decision take.

Yet let not their successful state 24 Lord, as my heart has upright been, Thy anger or thy envy raise ; Let me thy justice find;

2 For they, cut down like tender grass, Nor let my cruel foes obtain

Or like young flowers, away shall pass, The triumph they design'd.

Whose blooming beauty soon clecay25 O! let them not, amongst themselves, 3 Depend on God, and him obey, In boasting language say,

So thou within the land shalt stay, " At length our wishes are complete ; Secure from danger and from want : * At last he's made our prey.

4 Make his commands thy chief delight; 26 Let such as in my harm rejoic'd, And he, thy duty to requite, For shame their faces hide;

Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. And foul dishonour wait on those

5 In all thy ways trust thou the Lord, That proudly me defy'd :

And he will needful help afford, 27 Whilst they with cheerful voicessbout, To perfect every just design;

Who my just cause befriend; 6 He'll make, like light, serene and clear And bless the Lord, who loves to make Thy clouded innocence appear, Success his saints attend.

And as a mid-day sun to shine. 28 So shall my tongue thy judgments 7 With quiet mind on God depend, sing,

And patiently for him attend; Inspir'd with grateful joy;

Nor let thy anger fondly rise, And cheerful hymns, in praise of thee, Though wicked nen with wealth abound, Shall all my days employ.

And with success the plots are crown'd

Which they maliciously devise.

8 From anger cease, and wrath forsako

Let no ungovern d passion make
His wicked purpose would

disguise; Thy wav'ring heart espouse their But reason whispers to my heart,

crime; He ne'er sets God before his eyes. 9 For God shall sinful men destroy ; 2 He sooths himself, retir'd from sight; Whilst only they the land enjoy.

Secure he thinks his treach'rous game; Who trust on him, and avait his time Till his dark plots, expos'd to light, 10 How soon shall wicked men decay!

Their false contriver brand with shame. Their place shall vanish quite away, 3 In deeds he is niy foe confess'd,

Nor bv .ne strictest search be found; Whilst with his tongue he speaks me 11 Whilst humble souls possess the fair:

earth, True wisdom's banish'd from his breast, Rejoicip still with godly mirth. And vice has sole dominion there. With

eace and plenty always crown'd. 4 His wakeful malice spends the night

PART II In forging his accurs d designs : 12 While sinful crowds, with false de. His obstinate ungen'rous spite No execrable means declines.

Against the righteous few combine 5 But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure hope, And gnash their teeth and threat'ning Above the heavenly orb ascends ;

stand; Thy sacred truth's unmeasur'd

13 God shall their empty plots deride, Beyond the spreading sky extends. And laugh at their defeated pride : 6 Thy justice like the hills remains; He sees their ruin near at hand.

Unfathom'd depths thy judgments are; 14 They draw the sword, and bend the Thy providence the world sustains ; The poor and needy to o'erthrow, (bow, The whole creation is thy care.

And men of upright lives to slay 7 Since of thy goodness all partake, 15 But their strong bows shall soon be With what assurance should the just

broke, Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make, Their sharpen'd weapon's mortal stroke

And saints to thy protection trust! Through their own hearts shall force 8 Such guests shall to thy courts be led,

To banquet on thy love's repast; 16 A little, with God's favour bless'd, And drink, as from a fountain's head, That's by one righteous man possessid, Of joys that shall for ever last

The wealth of many bad excels; 9 With thee the springs of life remain; 17 For God supports the just man's Thy presence is eternal day:

cause ; 10 O let thy saints thy favour gain; But as for those that break his lows, To upright hearts thy truth display. Their unsuccessful power he quello


its way:

18 His constant care the upright guides, 37 Observe the perfect man with care, And over all their life presides

And mark all such as upright are Their portion shall for ever last : Their roughest days in peace shall ends 19 They, when distress o'erwhelms the 38 While on the latter end of those earth,

Who dare God's sacred will oppose, Shall be unmov d, and even in dearth A common ruin shall attend.

The happy fruits of plenty taste. 39 God to the just will aid a fford; 20 Not so the wicked man, and those Their only safeguard is the Lord; Who proudly dare God's will oppose ; Their strength in time of need is he:

Destruction is their hapless share: 40 Because on him they still depend, Like fat of lambs, their hopes, and they, The Lord will timely succour send, Shall in an instant melt away,

And from the wicked set them free. And vanish into smoke and air.



THY chast'ning wrath, O Lord, re. 21 While sinners, brought to sad decay, Though I deserve it all; (strain, Still borrow on, and never pay.

Nor let at once on me the storm
The just have will and power to give ; Or thy displeasure fall
22 For such as God vouchsafes to bless, 2 ln every wretched part of me
Shall peaceably the earth possess;

Thy arrows deep remain ;
And those he curses shall not live. Thy heavy hand's afflicting weight
23 The good man's way is God's de- I can no more sustain
He orders all the steps aright [light; 3 My flesh is one continued wound,

Of him that moves by his command; Thy wrath so fiercely glows; 24 Though he sometimes may be dis- Betwist my punishment and guilt tress'd,

My bones have no repose Yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd; 4 My sins, which to a deluge swell,

For God upholds him with his hand. My sinking head o'erflow, 25 From my first youth, till age pre- And, for my feeble strength to bear, vailid,

Too vast a burden

grow. I never saw the righteous fail'd, 5 Stench and corruption fill my wounds,

Or want o'ertake his numerous race; My folly's just return i 26 Because compassion fill'd bis heart, 6 With trouble I am warp'd and bow'd, And he did cheerfully impart,

And all day long 1 mourn. God made his offspring's wealth in- 7 A loath'd disease afflicts my loins, crease.

Infecting every part; 27 With caution shuu each wicked deed, 8 With sickness worn, 1 groan and roar In virtue's ways with zeal proceed, Through anguish of my heart. And so prolong your happy days;

PART II. 28 For God, who judgment loves, does 9 But, Lord, before thy searching eyes Preserve his saints secure from ill, (still

All my desires appear; While soon the wicked race decays.

And sure my groans have been too loud, 29, 30, 31 The upright shall possess the Not to have reach'd thine ear.

10 My heart's oppress'd, my strength His portion shall for ages stand;

My eyes depriv'd of light ; (decay'd,
His mouth with wisdom is supply'd ; 11 Friends, lovers, kinsmen gaze aloof
His tongue by rules of judgment moves; On such a dismal sight.
His heart the law of God approves 12 Meanwhile, the foes that seek my life
Therefore his footsteps never slide. Their snares to take me set ;

Vent slanders, and contrive all day
32 In wait the watchful sinner lies, To forge some new deceit:
In vain the righteous to surprise ; 13 But I, as if both deaf and dumb,
In vain his ruin does decree :

Nor heard, nor once reply'd ; 33 God will not him defenceless leave, 14 Quite deaf and dumb, like one whose To his revenge expos'd, but save;

tongue And, when he's sentenc'd, set him With conscious guilt is tyd. free.

15 For, Lord, to thee I do appeal, 34 Wait still on God; keep his com- Mine innocence to clear ; And thou, exalted in the land, (mand, Assur'd that thou, the righteous God,

Thy bless'd possession ne'er shall quit: My injur'd cause wilt hear. The wicked soon destroy'd shall be, 16 " Hear me," said 1, " lest my proud And at his dismal tragedy

" A spiteful joy display:

[foes Thou shalt a safe spectator sit. “ Insulting, if they see my foot 35 The wicked I in power have seen, " But once to go astray." And, like a bay.tree, fresh and

green, 17 And, with continual grief oppressid, That spreads its pleasant branches To sink I now begin; round:

18 To thee, O Lord, I will confess, 36 But he was gone as swift as thought; To thee bewail my sin. And, though in every place I soughi, 19 Bat whilst I languish, my proud for

No sign or (rack of him I found. Their strength and vigour boast;


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