Sivut kuvina

Who them in danger can defend,

And all their wants supply. 5 Of us he oft has mindful been,

And Israel's house will bless; Priests, Levites, proselytes, e’en all

Who his great Name confess.
6 On you, and on your heirs, he will

Increase of blessings bring :
Thrice happy you, who fav’rites are

Of this almighty King !
7 Heaven's highest orb of glory he

His empire's seat designed ;
And gave this lower globe of earth

A portion to mankind. 8 They who in death and silence sleep,

To him no praise afford;
But we will bless for evermore

Our ever-living Lord.

Though in my trouble I exclaim'd,

All men are insincere.
10 O what return to God shall I

For all his goodness make ?
I'll praise his Name, and with glad zeal

The cup of blessing take.
11 I'll pay my vows among his saints,

Whose blood (howe'er despised
By wicked men) in God's account

Is always highly prized.
12 To thee I'll off ’rings bring of praise;

And while I bless thy Name,
The just performance of my vows

To all thy saints proclaim. 13 They in Jerusalem shall meet,

And in thy house shall join
To bless thy Name with one consent,

And mix their songs with mine.

[ocr errors]

PSALM 94. C. M.
From the cxvi. Psalm of David.
Y soul with grateful thoughts of love

Entirely is possessid,
Because the Lord vouchsafd to hear

The voice of my request.
2 Since he has now his ear inclined,

I never will despair;
But still in all the straits of life

To him address my prayer.
3 With deadly sorrows compass’d round,

With pains of hell oppress’d,
When troubles seized my aching heart,

And anguish racked my breast,-
4 On God's almighty Name I callid,

And thus to him I pray'd;
“Lord, I beseech thee save my soul,

With sorrows quite dismay’d.” 5 How just and merciful is God,

How gracious is the Lord;
Who saves the harmless, and to me

Does timely help afford.
6 Then, free from pensive cares, my soul,

Resume thy wonted rest;
For God has wondrously to thee

His bounteous love express'd.
7 When death alarm'd me, he removed

My dangers and my fears;
My feet from falling he secured,

And dried my eyes from tears.
8 Therefore my life's remaining years,

Which God to me shall lend,
Will I, in praises to his Name,

And in his service, spend. 9 In God I trusted, and of him

Did boast in greatest fear;

PSALM 95. C. M.
From the cxvii, Psalm of David.
AITH cheerful notes let all the earth

To heaven their voices raise;
Let all, inspired with godly mirth,

Sing solemn hymns of praise. 2 God's tender mercy knows no bound,

His truth shall ne'er decay:
Then let the willing nations round
Their grateful tribute pay.

PSALM 96. C. M.
From the cxviii. Psalm of David.
PRAISE the Lord, for he is good,

His mercies ne'er decay;
That his kind favours ever last,

Let thankful Israel say. 2 Their sense of his eternal love

Let Aaron's house express; And that it never fails, let all

That fear the Lord confess. 3 Far better 'tis to trust in God,

And have the Lord our friend, Than on the greatest human power

For safety to depend.
4 The Lord has been my help; the praise

To him alone belongs;
He is my Saviour and my strength,

He only claims my songs.
5 Joy fills the dwelling of the just,

Whom God has saved from harm;
For wondrous things are brought to pass

By his almighty arm.
6 He, by his own resistless power,

Has endless honour won;
The saving strength of his right hand
Amazing works has done.

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

7 God will not suffer me to fall,

But still prolongs my days;
That, by declaring all his works,

I may advance his praise.
8 When God had sorely me chastised,

'Till quite of hopes bereaved, His mercy from the gates of death

My fainting life reprieved.
9 Then open wide the temple gates

To which the just repair,
That I may enter in, and praise

My great deliv’rer there.
10 Within those gates of God's abode

To which the righteous press,
Since thou hast heard, and set me safe,

Thy holy Name I'll bless.
11 That which the builders once refused

Is now the corner-stone:
This is the wondrous work of God,

The work of God alone.
12 This day is God's; let all the land

Exalt their cheerful voice :
6 Lord, we beseech thee, save us now,

And make us still rejoice.”
13 Him that approaches in God's name

Let all th' assembly bless; “We that belong to God's own house

Have wish'd you good success."
14 God is the Lord, through whom we all

Both light and comfort find;
Fast to the altar's horns with cords

The chosen victim bind.
15 Thou art my Lord, O God, and still

I'll praise thy holy Name; Because thou only art my God,

I'll celebrate thy fame. 16 ( then with me give thanks to God,

Who still does gracious prove; And let the tribute of our praise

Be endless as his love.

But in the path which he directs

With constant care proceed.
4 Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, Lord,

To learn thy sacred will ;
And all our diligence employ

Thy statutes to fulfil.
5 ( then that thy most holy will

Might o'er my ways preside;
And I the course of all my life

By thy direction guide.
6 Then with assurance should I walk,

From all confusion free;
Convinced, with joy, that all my ways

With thy commands agree.
7 My upright heart shall my glad mouth

With cheerful praises fill,
When, by thy righteous judgements taught,

I shall have learn'd thy will.
8 So to thy sacred laws shall I

Entire observance pay:
O then forsake me not, my God,

Nor cast me quite away.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]


[ocr errors]

1 How shall the young preserve their ways

From all pollution free ?
By making still their course of life

With thy commands agree.
2 With hearty zeal for thee I seek,

To thee for succour pray;
O suffer not my careless steps

From thy right paths to stray.
2 Safe in my heart, and closely hid,

Thy word, my treasure, lies,
To succour me with timely aid

When sinful thoughts arise.
4 Secured by that, my grateful soul

Shall ever bless thy Name;
O teach me then by thy just laws

My future life to frame.
5 My lips, unlockd by pious zeal,

To others have declared
How well the judgements of thy mouth

Deserve our best regard.
OW bless'd are they who always keep 6 Whilst in the way of thy commands,

More solid joy I found,
Then had I been with vast increase

Of envied riches crown'd.
7 Therefore thy just and upright laws

Shall always fill my mind;
And those sound rules which thou prescrib’st

Entire respect shall find.
8 To keep thy statutes undefaced

Shall be my constant joy;

From the cxix. Psalm of David.

[ocr errors]

The pure and perfect way;
Who never from the sacred paths

Of God's commandments stray 2 How bless’d, who to his righteous laws

Have still obedient been;
And have, with fervent, humble zeal,

His favour sought to win!
3 Such men their utmost caution use

To shun each wicked deed;

The strict remembrance of thy word

Shall all my thoughts employ.

НЕ. .

PART III. GIMEL. C. M. 1 Be gracious to thy servant, Lord;

Do thou my life defend,
That I according to thy word

My time to come may spend.
2 Enlighten both my eyes and mind,

That so I may discern
The wondrous things which they behold,

Who thy just precepts learn.
3 My fainting soul is almost pined,

With earnest longing spent,
While always on the eager search

Of thy just will intent. 4 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud,

Whom still thy curse pursues :
Since they to walk in thy right ways

Presumptuously refuse.
5 But far from me, do thou, O Lord,

Contempt and shame remove;
For I thy sacred law affect

With undissembled love.
6 For thy commands have always been

My comfort and delight;
By them I learn with prudent care
To guide my steps aright.

1 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care,

Close to the dust doth cleave;
Revive me, Lord, and let me now

Thy promised aid receive.
2 To thee I still declared my ways,

And thou inclin’dst thine ear;
O teach me then my future life

By thy just laws to steer.
3 If thou wilt make me know thy laws,

And by their guidance walk,
The wondrous works which thou hast done

Shall be my constant talk.
4 But see, my soul within me sinks,

Press'd down with weighty care;
Do thou, according to thy word,

My wasted strength repair.
5 Far, far from me, be all false ways

And lying arts removed ;
But kindly grant I still may keep

The path by thee approved.
6 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth,

My happy choice I've made;
Thy judgements, as my rule of life,

Before me always laid.
7 My care has been to make my life
With thy commands agree:

O then preserve thy servant, Lord,

From shame and ruin free.
8 So in the way of thy commands

Shall I with pleasure run;
And, with a heart enlarged with joy,
Successfully go on.

C. M.
1 INSTRUCT me in thy statutes, Lord,

Thy righteous paths display;
And I from them, through all my life,

Will never go astray.
2 If thou true wisdom from above

Wilt graciously impart,
To keep thy perfect laws I will

Devote my zealous heart.
3 Direct me in the sacred ways

To which thy precepts lead;
Because my chief delight has been

Thy righteous paths to tread.
4 Do thou to thy most just commands

Incline my willing heart;
Let no desire of worldly wealth

From thee my thoughts divert. 5 From those vain objects turn mine eyes,

Which this false world displays :
But give me lively power and strength

To keep thy righteous ways.
6 Confirm the promise of thy word,

And give thy servant aid,
Who to transgress thy sacred laws

Is awfully afraid.
7 The censure and reproach I fear,

In mercy, Lord, remove;
For all the judgements thou ordain'st,

Are full of grace and love. 8 Thou know'st how after thy commands

My longing heart does pant;
O then make haste to raise me up,
And promised succour grant.

1 The constant blessing, Lord, bestow,

To cheer my drooping heart; To me, according to thy word,

Thy saving health impart. 2 So shall I, whosoe'er upbraids,

This ready answer make; “In God I trust, who never will

His faithful promise break.” 3 Then let not quite the word of truth

Be from my mouth removed ; Since still my ground of steadfast hope

Thy judgements, Lord, have proved. 4 So I to keep thy righteous laws Will all my study bend;

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

And constantly my time to come

In their observance spend.
5 My soul shall gladly walk at large,

From all oppression free,
Since I resolved to make my life

With thy commands agree.
6 My longing heart and ravish'd soul

Shall both o'erflow with joy,
When in thy loved commandments I

My happy hours employ.
7 Then will I to thy holy laws

Lift up my willing hands ;
My care and business then shall be
To study thy commands.

1 ACCORDING to thy promised grace,

Thy favour, Lord, extend;
Make good to me the word on which

Thy servant's hopes depend.
2 That only comfort in distress

Did all my griefs control;
Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round,

Revived my fainting soul.
3 Thy judgements then of ancient date

I quickly call’d to mind,
Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul

Did speedy comfort find.
4 Thy name, that cheerd my heart by day,

Has filld my thoughts by night :
I then resolved by thy just laws

To guide my steps aright.
5 That peace of mind, which has my soul

In deep distress sustain'd,
By strict obedience to thy will
I happily obtain'd.

1 0 Lord, my God, my portion thou

And sure possession art :
Thy words I steadfastly resolve

To treasure in my heart.
2 With all the strength of warm desire

I did thy grace implore;
Disclose, according to thy word,

Thy mercy's boundless store.
3 With deep reflection and strict care

On all my ways I thought;
And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,

My wand'ring steps I brought.
4 Prolonging not the time, my soul

Resolved without delay
To watch, that I might never more

From thy commandments stray.
5 To such as fear thy holy Name
Myself I closely join ;

1 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt

Most graciously, O Lord;
Repeated benefits bestow'd,

According to thy word.
2 Teach me the sacred skill by which

Right judgement is attain'd,
Who in belief of thy commands

Have steadfastly remain’d.
3 Before affliction stopp'd my course,

My footsteps went astray;
But I have since been disciplined

Thy precepts to obey.
4 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good,

And all thou dost is so;
On me, thy statutes to discern,

Thy saving skill bestow.
5 Tis good for me that I have felt

Affliction's chastening rod,
That I may duly learn and keep

The statutes of my God.
6 The law that from thy mouth proceeds,

Of more esteem I hold
Than richest mines, than thousand mines

Of silver and of gold.

[ocr errors]

1 To me, who am the workmanship

Of thy almighty hands,
The heavenly understanding gire,

To learn thy just commands.
2 My preservation to thy saints

Strong comfort will afford,
To see success attend my hopes,

Who trusted in thy word.
3 That right thy judgements are, I now

By sure experience see;
And that in faithfulness, O Lord,

Thou hast afflicted me.
4 O let thy tender mercy now

Afford me needful aid;
According to thy promise, Lord,

To me, thy servant, made.
5 To me thy saving grace restore,

That I again may live;
Whose soul can relish no delight

But what thy precepts give.
6 In thy blest statutes let my heart

Continue always sound;

That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot,
May never me confound.

1 My soul with long expectance faints

To see thy saving grace ;
Yet still on thy unerring word

My confidence I place.
2 My very eyes consume and fail

With waiting for thy word;
O when wilt thou thy kind relief

And promised aid afford ?
3 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore,

My drooping heart to cheer;
That by thy righteous statutes I
My life's whole course may steer.

1 For ever and for ever, Lord,

Unchanged thou dost remain;
Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns,

Does all their orbs sustain.
2 Through circling ages, Lord, thy truth

Immoveable shall stand,
As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st

By thine almighty hand.
3 All things the course by thee ordain'd

E’en to this day fulfil ;
They are thy faithful subjects all,

And servants of thy will.
4 Unless thy sacred law had been

My comfort and delight,
I must have fainted and expired

In dark affliction's night.
5 Thy precepts therefore from my thoughts

Shall never, Lord, depart;
For thou by them hast to new life

Restored my dying heart.
6 I've seen an end of what we call

Perfection here below;
But thy commandments, like thyself,
No change or period know.

MEM. C. M.
1 The love that to thy laws I bear

No language can display;
They with fresh wonders entertain

My raptured thoughts all day.
2 My feet with care I have refrain'd

From every sinful way,
That to thy sacred word I might

Entire obedience pay.
3 I have not from thy judgements stray'd,

By vain desires misled;
For, Lord, thou hast instructed me

Thy righteous paths to tread.
4 How sweet are all thy words to me!

O what divine repast !

How much more grateful to my soul

Than honey to my taste !
5 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I

With heav'nly skill am blest;
Through which the treach’rous ways of sin
I utterly detest.

PART XIV. NUN. C. M. 1 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. 2 I've vow'd, and from my covenant, Lord,

Will never start aside,
That in thy righteous judgements I

Will steadfastly abide.
3 Let still my sacrifice of praise

With thee acceptance find;
And in thy righteous judgements, Lord,

Instruct my willing mind.
4 Thy testimonies I have made

My heritage and choice;
For they, when other comforts fail,

My drooping heart rejoice.
5 My heart with early zeal began

Thy statutes to obey;
And, till my course of life is done,
Shall keep thine upright way.

PART XV. SAMECH. C. M. 1 DECEITFUL thoughts and practices

I utterly detest;
But to thy law affection bear

Too great to be express’d.
2 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower,

And shield art thou, O Lord ; I firmly anchor all my hopes

On thy unerring word. 3 Away from me, ye wicked men,

Approach not my abode; For firmly I resolve to keep

The precepts of my God.
4 According to thy gracious word,

From danger set me free;
Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,
That I repose on thee.

PART XVI. AIN. C. M. 1 Mine eyes, alas! begin to fail,

In long expectance held; Till thy salvation they behold,

And righteous word fulfilld. 2 To me, thy servant in distress,

Thy wonted grace display, And discipline my willing heart

Thy statutes to obey. 3 On me, devoted to thy fear, Thy sacred skill bestow,

« EdellinenJatka »