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Teach me the wisdom that will make
My soul for ever live.

1 With my whole heart to God I call d–

Lord, hear my earnest cry;
And I thy statutes to perform

Will all my care apply.
2 Again more fervently I pray'd-

O save me, that I may
Thy testimonies fully know,

And steadfastly obey.
3 My earlier prayer the dawning day

Prevented, while I cried
To him upon whose faithful word

My hope alone relied.
4 Lord, hear my supplicating voice,


That of thy testimonies I

The full extent may know.
4 Thy laws and precepts I account

In all respects divine;
They teach me to discern the right,
And all false ways decline.

1 The wonders which thy laws contain

No words can represent; Therefore to learn and practise them

My zealous heart is bent.
2 The very entrance to thy word

Celestial light displays,
And knowledge of true happiness

To simplest minds conveys.
3 With eager hopes I waiting stood,

And wonted favour show;
O quicken me, and so approve

Thy judgements ever true.
5 Concerning thy divine commands

My soul has known, of old,
That they were true, and shall their truth

To endless ages hold.

And fainting with desire,
That of thy wise commands I might

The sacred skill acquire.
4 With favour, Lord, look down on me,

Who thy relief implore ;
As thou art wont to visit those

Who thy blest Name adore. 5 Directed by thy heavenly word

Let all my footsteps be; Nor wickedness of any kind

Dominion have o'er me. 6 On me, devoted to thy fear,

Lord, make thy face to shine: Thy statutes both to know and keep My heart with zeal incline.

1 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom

Wrong'd innocence may trust;
And, like thyself, thy judgements, Lord,

In all respects are just.
2 Most just and true those statutes were

Which thou didst first decree; And all with faithfulness perform'd

Succeeding times shall see. 3 Lord, each neglected word of thine,

Howe'er by men despised, Is pure, and for eternal truth

By me, thy servant, prized.
4 Thy righteousness shall then endure

When time itself is past;
Thy law is truth itself, that truth

Which shall for ever last.
5 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and dread,

To compass me unite;
Beset with danger, still I make

Thy precepts my delight. 6 Eternal and unerring rules Thy testimonies give :

1 CONSIDER my affliction, Lord,

And me from bondage draw;
Think on thy servant in distress,

Who ne'er forgets thy law.
2 Defend my cause, and me to save

Thy timely aid afford;
With beams of mercy quicken me,

According to thy word.
3 From hardend sinners thou remov'st

Salvation far away;
'Tis just thou should'st withdraw from them

Who from thy statutes stray.
4 Since great thy tender mercies are

To all who thee adore;
According to thy judgements, Lord,

My fainting hopes restore.
5 Consider, O my gracious God,

How I thy precepts love;
O therefore quicken me with beams

Of mercy from above.
6 As from the birth of time thy truth

Has held through ages past,
So shall thy righteous judgements firm

To endless ages last.


1 Thy sacred word my joyful breast

With heav'nly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,

Have such transporting charms.

8 Though like a sheep that's lost I've stray'd,

And from thy ways declined,
Do thou, O Lord, thy servant seek,

Who keeps thy laws in mind.

2 Perfidious practices and lies

I utterly detest;
But to thy laws affection bear,

Too vast to be express’d.
3 Sev'n times a day, with grateful voice,

Thy praises I resound,
Because I find thy judgements all

With truth and justice crown'd.
4 Secure, substantial peace have they

Who truly love thy law;
No smiling mischief them can tempt,

Nor frowning danger awe.
5 For thy salvation I have hoped,

And, though so long delay'd,
With cheerful zeal and anxious care

All thy commands obey'd.
6 Thy testimonies I have kept,

And constantly obey'd ;
Because the love I bore to them

Thy service easy made.
7 From strict observance of thy laws

I never yet withdrew;
Convinced that my most secret ways
Are open to thy view.

1 To my request and earnest cry

Attend, O gracious Lord;
Inspire my heart with heav'nly skill,

According to thy word.
2 Let my repeated prayer at last

Before thy throne appear;
According to thy plighted word,

For my relief draw near.
3 Then shall my grateful lips return

The tribute of their praise,
When thou thy counsels hast reveald,

And taught me thy just ways.
4 My tongue the praises of thy word

Shall thanksully resound;
For thy commands are right, thy laws

With truth and justice crown'd.
5 Let thy almighty arm appear,

And bring me timely aid ;
For I the laws thou hast ordain'd

My heart's free choice have made.
6 My soul has waited long to see

Thy saving grace restored ;
Nor comfort knew, but what thy laws,

Thy heav'nly laws, afford.
7 Prolong my life, that I may sing

My great Restorer's praise;
Whose justice, from the depths of woe,

My fainting soul shall raise.

PSALM 98. C. M.
From the cxxi. Psalm of David.
10 Sion's hill I lift my eyes,

From thence expecting aid;
From Sion's hill and Sion's God,

Who heaven and earth has made. 2 He will not let thy foot be moved,

Thy guardian will not sleep; Behold, the God who slumbers not

Will favour'd Israel keep.
3 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's wings,

Thou shalt securely rest,
Where neither sun nor moon shall thee

By day or night molest.
4 From common accidents of life

The Lord shall guard thee still 'Tis even he that shall preserve

Thy soul from every ill.
5 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,

Thy God shall thee defend;
Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage,

Safe to thy journey's end.

PSALM 99. C. M.

From the cxxii. Psalm of David.

'TWAS a joyful sound, to hear

Our tribes devoutly say,
Up, Israel, to the temple haste,

And keep your festal-day! 2 At Salem's courts we must appear,

With our assembled powers,
In strong and beauteous order ranged

Like her united towers.
3 'Tis thither, by divine command,

The tribes of God repair, Before his ark to celebrate

His Name with praise and prayer. 4 O, ever pray for Salem's peace;

For they shall prosp’rous be, Thou holy city of our God,

Who bear true love to thee. 5 May peace within thy sacred walls

A constant guest be found; With plenty and prosperity

Thy palaces be crown'd. 6 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends

No less than brethren dear, I'll pray-May peace in Salem's towers A constant guest appear.

7 But most of all I'll seek thy good,

And ever wish thee well,
For Sion and the temple's sake,

Where God vouchsafes to dwell.

PSALM 100. C. M.

From the cxxiv. Psalm of David,
QOAD not the Lord, may Israel say,

On Israel's side engaged,
The foe had quickly swallow'd us,

So furiously he raged.
2 Had not the Lord himself vouchsafed

To check his fierce control, The adversary's dreary flood

Had overwhelm'd our soul.
3 But praised be our eternal Lord,

Who left us not his prey;
The snare is broke, his rage disarm’d,

And we again are free.
4 Secure in God's almighty Name

Our confidence remains
The God who made both heav'n and earth,

or both sole monarch reigns.

PSALM 103. C. M.

From the coxviii. Psalm of David.
CHE man is blest that fears the Lord,

Nor only worship pays,
But keeps his steps confined with care

To his appointed ways.
2 He shall upon the sweet returns

Of his own labour feed;
Without dependence live, and see

His wishes all succeed.
3 Who fears the Lord shall prosper thus;

Him Sion's God shall bless,
And grant hiin all his days to see

Jerusalem's success.

PSALM 101. C. M.
From the cxxv. Psalm of David.
)HO place on Sion's God their trust,

Like Sion's rock shall stand;
Like her immoveably be fix'd

By his almighty hand. 2 Look how the hills on every side

Jerusalem enclose;
So stands the Lord around his saints,

To guard them from their foes.
3 Be good, O righteous God, to those

Who righteous deeds affect; The heart that innocence retains,

Let innocence protect.
4 All those who walk in crooked paths,

The Lord shall soon destroy;
Cut off th’ unjust, but crown the saints

With lasting peace and joy.

PSALM 104. S. M.
From the exxx. Psalm of David.
FROM lowest depths of woe

To God I sent my cry;
Lord, hear my supplicating voice,

And graciously reply.
2 Should'st thou severely judge,

Who can the trial bear?
But thou forgivost, lest we despond,

And quite renounce thy fear.
3 My soul with patience waits

For thee, the living Lord;
My hopes are on thy promise built

Thy never-failing word.
4 My longing eyes look out

For thy enliv’ning ray,
More duly than the morning watch

To spy the dawning day.
5 Let Israel trust in God,

No bounds his mercy knows;
The plenteous source and spring from whence

Eternal succour flows:
6 Whose friendly streams to us

Supplies in want convey;
A healing spring, a spring to cleanse

And wash our guilt away.

PSALM 102. C. M.
From the cxxvii. Psalm of David.
E build with fruitless cost, unless

The Lord the pile sustain;
Unless the Lord the city keep,

The watchman wakes in vain. 2 In vain we rise before the day,

And late to rest repair, Allow no respite to our toil,

And eat the bread of care.
3 Supplies of life, with ease to them,

He on his saints bestows;
He crowns their labors with success,
Their nights with safe repose.

PSALM 105. III. 1.
From the cxxxi. Psalm of David.
ORD, for ever at thy side

Let my place and portion be:
Strip me of the robe of pride,

Clothe me with humility.
2 Meekly may my soul receive

All thy Spirit hath reveald;
Thou hast spoken-I believe,

Though the oracle be seald.
3 Humble as a little child,

Weaned from the mother's breast, By no subtleties beguiled,

On thy faithful word I rest.

4 Israel! now and evermore

In the Lord Jehovah trust;
Him, in all his ways, adore,
Wise, and wonderful, and just.

PSALM 106. C. M.
From the cxxxii. Psalm of David.
WITH due rev’rence, let us all

To God's abode repair;
And, prostrate at his footstool fallin,

Pour out our humble prayer. 2 Arise, O Lord, and now possess

Thy constant place of rest; Be that, not only with thy ark,

But with thy presence bless’d. 3 Clothe thou thy priests with righteousness

Make thou thy saints rejoice; And, for thy servant David's sake,

Hear thy anointed's voice.
4 Fair Sion does, in God's esteem,

All other seats excel;
His place of everlasting rest,

Where he desires to dwell.
5 Her store th’ Almighty will increase,

Her poor with plenty bless ; Her saints shall shout for joy, her priests His saving health confess.

PSALM 107. C. M.

From the cxxxiii. Psalm of David. VYOW vast must their advantage be,

How great their pleasure prove, Who live like brethren, and consent

In offices of love!
2 True love is like the precious oil,

Which, pour'd on Aaron's head,
Ran down his beard, and oʻer his robes

Its costly fragrance shed.
3 'Tis like refreshing dew, which does

On Hermon's top distill ;
Or like the early drops, that fall

On Sion's favour'd hill.
4 For Sion is the chosen seat

Where the Almighty King
The promis'd blessing has ordain’d,
And life's eternal spring.

PSALM 108. C. M.
From the cxxxiv. Psalm of David.
LESS God, ye servants, that attend

Upon his solemn state;
That in his temples hallow'd courts

With humble rev'rence wait. 2 Within his house lift up your hands,

And bless his holy Name:
From Sion bless thy Israel, Lord,

Who earth and heaven didst frame.

PSALM 109. C. M.
From the cxxxy. Psalm of David.
PRAISE the Lord with one consent,

And magnify his Name;
Let all the servants of the Lord

His worthy praise proclaim. 2 Praise him, all ye that in his house

Attend with constant care;
With those that to his outmost courts

With humble zeal repair.
3 For God his own peculiar choice

The sons of Jacob makes;
And Israel's offspring for his own

Most valued treasure takes.
4 That God is great, we often have

By glad experience found; And seen how he, with wondrous power,

Above all gods is crown'd.
5 For he, with unresisted strength,

Performs his sovereign will,
In heaven and earth, and wat’ry stores

That earth's deep caverns fill.
6 Their just returns of thanks to God

Let grateful Israel pay; Nor let anointed Aaron's race

To bless the Lord delay.
7 Their sense of his unbounded love

Let Levi's house express;
And let all those who fear the Lord,

His Name for ever bless. 8 Let all with thanks his wondrous works

In Sion's courts proclaim;
Let them in Salem, where he dwells,

Exalt his holy Name.

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PSALM 110. II. 4.
From the cxxxvi. Psalm of David.
O God, the mighty Lord,

Your joyful thanks repeat;
To him due praise afford,
As good as he is great:
For God does prove

Our constant friend;
His boundless love

Shall never end. 2 To him, whose wondrous power

All other gods obey,
Whom earthly kings adore,
Your grateful homage pay:

For God, &c. 3 By his almighty hand

Amazing works are wrought; The heavens by his command Were to perfection brought : For God, &c.

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4 He spread the ocean round

3 Thou graciously inclin’dst thine ear, About the spacious land ;

When I to thee did cry; And bade the rising ground

And, when my soul was press'd with fear,
Above the waters stand :

Didst inward strength supply.
For God, &c.

4 For God, although enthroned on high, 5 By him the heavens display

Does thence the poor respect ;
Their num'rous hosts of light, The proud, far off, his scornful eye
The sun to rule by day,

Beholds with just neglect.
The moon and stars by night: 5 Though I with troubles am oppressid,
For God, &c.

He shall my foes disarm, 6 He, in our depth of woes,

Relieve my soul when most distress'd, On us with favour thought;

And keep me safe from harm. And from our cruel foes

6 The Lord, whose mercies ever last, In peace and safety brought :

Shall fix my happy state;
For God, &c.

And, mindful of his favours past, 7 He does the food supply

Shall his own work complete.
On which all creatures live:
To God, who reigns on high,

PSALM 113. L. M.
Eternal praises give:

From the cxxxix. Psalm of David.
For God will prove

HOU, Lord, by strictest search hast
Our constant friend;

His boundless love

My rising up and lying down;
Shall never end.

My secret thoughts are known to thee,
PSALM 111. L. M.

Known long before conceived by me.
From the cuxxvii. Psalm of David.

2 Thine eye my bed and path surveys,
VAHEN we, our wearied limbs to rest, My public haunts and private ways:
Sat down by proud Euphrates'

Thou know'st what 'tis my lips would rent, stream,

My yet unutter'd words’ intent.
We wept, with doleful thoughts 3 Surrounded by thy power I stand,

On every side I find thy hand:
And Sion was our mournful theme.

O skill for human reach too high! 2 Our harps, that, when with joy we sung,

Too dazzling bright for mortal eye!
Were wont their tuneful parts to bear,

4 From thy all-seeing Spirit, Lord,
With silent strings neglected hung

What hiding-place does earth afford ? On willow-trees that wither'd there.

O where can I thy influence shun, 3 O Salem, our once happy seat,

Or whither from thy presence run?
When I of thee forgetful prove,

5 If up to heaven I take my flight,
Let then my trembling hand forget

'Tis there thou dwell'st enthroned in light; The speaking strings with art to move! If to the world unseen, my God, 4 If I to mention thee forbear,

There also hast thou thine abode.
Perpetual silence be my doom;

6 If I the morning's wings could gain, Or if my chiefest joy compare

And fly beyond the western main;
With thee, Jerusalem, my home!

E’en there, in earth's remotest land,
PSALM 112. C. M.

I still should find thy guiding hand.
From the cxxxviii. Psalm of David.

7 Or, should I try to shun thy sight
ITH my whole heart, my God and

Beneath the sable wings of night,

One glance from thee, one piercing ray,
Thy praise I will proclaim;

Would kindle darkness into day.
Before the mighty I will sing,

8 The veil of night is no disguise, And bless thy holy Name.

No screen froin thy all-searching eyes; 2 I'll worship at thy sacred seat, And, with thy love inspired,

As in the blazing noon of day. The praises of thy truth repeat,

9 Thou know'st the texture of my heart, O’er all thy works admired.

My reins in every vital part:

Through midnight shades thou find’st thy way,

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