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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 les Have I transgressid ; and, though con- 3, 4 Thy thoughts are more on all thaa
demnd, Must own thy judgment right.
On lies than truth, employ'd; 5 In guilt each part was form Thy tongue delights in words, by which Or all this sinful frame,
The guiltless are destroy'd In guilt I was coceiv'd, and bom
5 God shall for ever blast thy hopes, The heir of sin and shame
And snatch thee suon away; 6 Yet thou, whose searching eye
Nor in thy dvelling-place permit, Does inward truth require,
Nor in the world, to stay In secret didst with wisdom's laws 6 The just, with
fear, shall sce My vender soul inspire
The downfall of thy pride 7 With hyssop purge ine, Lord,
And at thy sudden ruin And so I clean shall be
And thus thy fall deride : I shall with snow in whiteness vie,
7 " See there the man that hanghty 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 But I am like thuse olive-plants May with fresh strength rejoice
That shade God's temple round; 9, 10 Blot out my crying sins,
And cope with his indulgent grace Nor me in anger view
To be for ever crown
Extol thy wondrous love
And on thy name with patience wait;
For this thy saints approve 11 Withdraw not thou thy help,
PSALM Lin Nor cast me from thy sight;
THE wicked fools must sure suppose Nor let thy holy Spirit take
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 firm 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 his power To sinners will part
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,
Noue for religion car'd, not one
Of all the sinful race
So dull and senseless grown, 15 Du thou unlock my lips,
That they like bread my people eat, With sorrow clos'd and shame;
And God's just power disown? So shall my mouth thy wondrous praise 5 Their causeless fear shall strangely To all the world proclaim
growi 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 But 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 13
To break our servile band, By God mosi 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 Siou favour find, Or thy good will assur'a
And in thy strength appear.
name, And thy own city Aourish 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 wrong'd, And pleasing tribute pay;
To ruin me design'd; And sacrifice of choicest kind
And cruel men, that fear to God,
Against my soul combin'd.
4, 5 But God takes part with all tuy TN vain, Oman of lawless might,
And he's the surest guard :
Their falsehood's dne reward; 2 Thy wicked longue doth sland'rous 6 While I my grateful of'rings bring, Maliciously devise ;
(tales And sacrifice with joy;
And in his praise my time to come And made a num'rous host of friends Delightfully employ.
My righteous cause defend. 7 From dreadful danger and distress 19 For he, who was my help of old, The Lord hath set me free;
Shall now his suppliant hear : Through him shall I of all my foes And punish them whose pros, rous state The lust destruction see.
Makes them no God to ear.
20 Whom can I trust, if ithless men GIVE car, thou Judge of all the earth, Perfidiously devise
To ruin me, their peaceful friend, Nor from thy humble suppliant turn And break the strongest t.co ? Thy glorious face away
21 Though soft and melting art their 2 Attend to this my sad complaint,
words, And hear my grievous moans;
Their hearts with war abound; While I my mournful case declare, Their speeches are more smooth than oi., With artless siglas and groans.
And yel like swords they wound. 3 Hark how the loc insults aloud! 22 Do thou, my soul, on God depend, How fierce oppressors rage!
And he shall thee sustain ; Whose sland'rous longues, with wrathful ile aids the just, whom to supplant
Against my fame engage. (hate, The wicked strive in vain. 4, 5 My heart is rackd with pain; my 23 My foes that trade in lies and blood, soul
Shall all untimely die; With deadly frights distress'd; Whilst 1, for health and length of days, With fear and trembling compass 'd round, On thee, my God. rely
With horror quite oppress'd.
For man my life pursues ; And seek a safe retreat
To crush me with repeated wrongs, 7,8 Then would I wander far from hence, He daily strife renews. And in wild deserts stray,
2 Continually my spiteful foes Till all this furious storm were spent, To ruin me combine ; This tempest past away
Thou seest, who siltst enthron'd on high, PART 1
What mighty numbers join. 9 Destroy, O Lord, their all designs, 13 But though sometimes surpris'd by Their counsels soon divide ;
On danger's first alarm ; [fear, For through the city my griev'd eyes Yet still for succour I depend Have strife and rapir e spyd.
On thy Almighty arm. 10 By day and night, on every wall 4 God's faithful promise I shall praise,
They walk their constant round; On which I now rely ;
The arm of flesh defy 11 Whoe'er through every part shall 5 They wrest my words, and make them roam,
speak Will fresh disorders meet;
A sense they never meant ; Decei! and guile their constant posts Their thoughts are all, with restless spite, Maintain in every street.
On my destruction bent. 12 For 'twas not any open foe
6 lo close assemblies they combine, That false reflections made,
And wicked projects layi.
To make my soul their prey.
Orighteous God, arise ; For then I had withdrawn myself Let thy just wrath, too long provok'd, From his malicious eyes.
This impious race chastise. 13, 14 But 'twas e'en thou, my guide, my 8 Thou nuberest all my steps, since first friend,
I was compellid to flee; Whom tend'rest love did join; My very tears were treasur'd up, Whose sweet advice I valued most; And register'd by tnee.
Whose prayers were mix'd with mine. 9 When therefore 1 invoke thy aid, 15 Sure vengeance, equal to their crimes, My foes shall be o'erthrown; Such trailors must surprise,
For I am well assur'd that God And sudden death requite those ills My righteous cause will own. They wickedly devise.
10, il f'll trust God's word, and so de 16, 17 But I will call on God, who still
The force that man can raise ;
To thee I'll render praise.
13 Thou hast retriev'd my soul from 18 God has releas'd my soul from those
death; That did with me contend;
And thou wilt still secure
Shall in my
The life thou hast so oft preserv'd,
6 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 Let now their insolence, al height, My lengthen'd days employ
Like ebbing tides be spent :
Their shiver'd darts deceive their aim, TH, mercy, Lord, to me extend ; When they their bow have bent.
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, I ty,
And dead within the womb. Thou sov'reign Judge, and God most 9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots boil,
Tempestuous wrath shall come Who wonders hast for me begun,
From God, and snatch them hence alire 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 Shall dip their harmless feet. 4 For I with savage men converse, 11 Transgressors then with grief shall see Like hungry lions wild and fierce ; Just men rewards obtain; With men whose teeth are spears, their And own a God, whose justice will words
The guilty 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,
To theirs, who me oppose.
Protect me from remorseless men,
life combine, To thee, my God, in songs of praise : Implacable ; yet, Lord, thou know'st, 8 Awake, my glory; harp and lute, For no offence of mine. No longer let your strings be mute ; 4 In haste they run about, and watch And I, my tuneful part to take,
My guiltiess life to take ; Will with the early dawn awake. Look down, O Lord, on my distress, 9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound Aud to my help awake. To all the list’ning nations round; 5 Thou, Lord of Hosts, and Israel's Gol, 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, 6 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, PSALM LVID.
And ransack every street,
ye judges of the earth, 17 The throats en venom'd slander brenthe; If just your sentence be;
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 " (daros 2 Your wicked hearts and judgments are 8 Bat from thy throne thou shalt, O Lord Alike by malice sway'd;
Their baffled plots deride; Your griping hands. by weighty bribes, And soon to shame and scorn expose To violence betray'd
Their boasted heathen pride. 3 To virtue strangers, from the womb 9 On thee I wait; 'uis on thy strength Their infant steps went wrong i
For succour I depend ,
Who only can defend.
10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft The drowsy adder will as soon
From clanger set me free, Unlock his sullen ear.
Shall crown my wishes, and subdue 5 Unmov'd by good advice, and deaf
My haughty foes to me.
11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at once As adders they remain ;
Restrain thy vengeful blow; From whom the skilful charnier's voice Lest we, ungratefully, too soon Can no attention gain.
Forget their overthrow.
Disperse them through the nations round !! Do thou our fainting cause sustain; By thy avenging power ;
For human succours ere but rain. Do thou bring down their haughty pride, 12 Fresh strength and courage God be
O Lord, our shield and tower. 12 Now, in the height of all their hopes, 'Tis he treads down our proudest foes.
Their arrogance chastise
remotest part address Which I, oppress'd with grief,
, , endures, Thine anger, Lord, suppress;
To thee for kind relief. That distant lands, by their just duom,
O lodge me safe beyond the reach May Israei's God confess.
Of persecuting power ; 14 Ai evening let them still persist 3 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 So shall I in thy sacred courts And traverse every street.
Secure from danger lie. 15 Then, as for malice now they do,
Beneath the covert of thy wings, For bunger let them stray ;
All future storms defy. And yell their vain complaints aloud,
5 In sign my vows are heard, once more Defealed of their prey
1 o'er thy chosen reign 16 Whilst early I thy mercy sing,
60! bless with long and prosp'rous life Thy wondrous power confess;
The king thou didst ordain. For thou hast been my sure uefence,
7 Confirm his throne, and make his reign My refuge in distress.
Accepted in thy sight; 17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise,
And let thy truth and mercy both
In his defence unite.
Thy name for ever bless
Devoie my prosp'rous days to pay
'The vows of my distress. Forsaking those who left thee first; As we thy just displeasure mourn,
PSALM LXII. To us, in inerey, Lord, return. 3 Our strength, that firm as earth did M from him alone my safety flows ;
TY soul for help on God relies;
My Rock, my Health, that strength Is rent by thy avenging hand;
supplies O! heal ihe 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 effects 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 thce rever'd, Or sence of uncemented stone. Thou hast thy truth's bright banner 4 To make my envy'd honours 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 1, In private curse with inward spite.
5, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely ; To thee in portions I'll divide
On him alone thy trust repose :
To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe ; He is my fortress and defence;
18 In him, ye people, always trust; 8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be, Before bis 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 imparts. Shall humbly on our triumph wait. 9 The vulgar fickle are and frail ; 9 But who shall quell'these mighty. The great dissemble and betray; powers,
And, laid 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 l'hen trust not in oppressive The path that doth to conquest lead ? By spoil and rapine grow not vain ; 10 Evin thou. () God, who hast dispers'd Nor let your hearts, if wealth increase, Our troops (for we forsook thee first ;) Be set too much upon your gain, Those whom thou didst in wrath forsake, 11 For God bas oft his will express'd, Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make. And I this truth have fully knows;
To be of boundless power possess'd 17 But God, to anger justly movie,
His dreadful bow shall bend, 12 Though piercy 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
8 Those slanders which their mouths did According to their works requite.
vent, PSALM LXIII.
Upon themselves shall fall;
Their crimes disclos'd, shall make them be GOD, my gracious God, to thee
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 Within this dry and barren place,
And nations trembling stand,
Convinc'd that 'tis the mighty work Where I refreshing waters want.
Of his avenging hand. 20! to my longing eyes, once more,
10 Whilst righteous men, whom God That view of glorious power restore, Which thy majestic house displays ;
In him shall gladly trust; [secures 3 Because to me thy wondrous love And all the list ning earth shall hear T'han life itself does dearer prove,
Loud triumphs of the just. My lips shall always speak thy praise.
PSALM LXV. 4 My life, while that life enjoy, in blessing God I will einploy;
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 eat,
2 0 thou, who to my humble prayer While 1 with joy his praise proclaim. Didst always bend thy list'ning ear, 6 When down 1 lie, 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 :
3 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 sta in,
I rest with safety and delight. 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, 4 Blest is the man, who near thee plaed,
And washest out the crimson dye. 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 That seek my life shall lose their own. In thee remotest nations trust,
Have we thy gracious answer found : 10 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 longue, and lying voice, And does his matchless power engage, Thou. Lord, shalt silence and destroy. With which the sea's loud waves he stills, PSALM LXIV
And angry crowds' tumultuous rage.
PART 11. U To my request give ear i.
B Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lands Preserve my life from cruel foes,
dismay, And free iny soul from fear.
When they thy dreadful tokens view; 20! hide me with thy tend'rest care,
With joy they see the night and day In some secure retreat,
Ench 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, 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 fils : 4 Lurking in private, at the just Thou niak'st them sort with gentle show. They take their secret aim
In which a blest increase distils. [ers, And suddenly at him they shoot, 11 Thy goodness does the circling Fear Quite void of fear and shame.
With fresh returns of plenty crown; 5 10 carry on their ill
designs And where the 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 greca; 6 With utmost diligence and care The hills aboui, in order rang'd. Their wicked plots they lay;
I beauteous robes of joy are seet, The deep designs of all their hearts 13 Large focks with fleecy wouladurn Are only tu betray
Tise cheerful downs; the vallics bring