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3, 4 O then have mercy on us, Lord;.
been pleas'd to interpose; 2 Had he not then espous'd our cause
when men against us rose; 3, 4,.5 Their wrath had swallow'd us alive,
and rag'd without control;
had quite o'erwhelm’d our soul. 6 But prais'd be our eternal Lord,
who rescued us that day,
our threaten'd lives a prey. 7 Our soul is like a bird escap'd
from out the fowler's net; The snare is broke, their hopes are cross'd,
and we at freedom set. 8 Secure in his Almighty name
our confidence remains, Who, as he made both heaven and earth, of both sole Monarch reigns.
PSALM CXXV. 1 VHO place on Sion's God their trust,
Like her immoveable be fix'd
by his Almighty hand.
to guard them from their foes. 3 The wicked may afflict the just,
but ne'er too long oppress, Nor force him by despair to seek
base means for his redress. 4 Be good, O righteous God, to those
who righteous deeds affect; The heart that innocence retains,
let innocence protect. 5 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 CXXVI. 1 VHEN Sion's God her sons-recall'd
from long captivity,
It seem'd at first a pleasing dream
of what we wish'd to see:
we did our voice employ,
in thankful hymns of joy.
yet were compellid to own
our God for us had done.
we reap the glad success,
of Israel's captive bands.
to parch'd and thirsty lands;
may see our labours thrive,
our drooping hearts revive.
yet doubtless he shall come
the watchman wakes in vain.
and late to rest repair, Allow no respite to our toil,
and eat the bread of care.
he on his saints bestows;
their nights with sound repose.
are presents from the Lord;
as piety's reward.
when marching forth to war;
their parents' safeguard are.
with these prevailing arms;
at law or war's alarms.
PSALM CXXVIII. 1 HE man is blest that fears the Lord,
nor only worship pays,
to his appointed ways.
of his own labour feed;
his wishes all succeed.
her lovely fruit shall bring;
about his table spring. 4 Who fears the Lord shall prosper thus ;
him Sion's God shall bless, 5 And grant him all his days to see
Jerusalem's success. 6 He shall live on, till heirs from him
descend with vast increase ; Much bless'd in his own prosperous state, and more in Israel's peace.
PSALM CXXIX. 1 TROM my youth up, may Israel say,
they oft have me assaild, 2 Reduc'd me oft to heavy straits,
but never quite prevail'd. 3 They oft have plough'd my patient back
with furrows deep and long; 4 But our just God has broke their chains,
and rescu'd us from wrong.
be still the doom of those,
and Sion's God oppose.
untimely let them fade, Which too much heat, and want of root,
has blasted in the blade: 7 Which in his armis no reaper takes,
but unregarded leaves; No binder thinks it worth his pains
to fold it into sheaves. 8 No traveller that passes by
vouchsafes a minute's stop, To give it one kind look, or crave heaven's blessing on the crop.
PSALM CXXX. 1 TROM lowest depths of woe
to God I sent my cry ;
2 Lord, hear my supplicating voice,
and graciously reply: 3 Shouldst thou severely judge,
who can the trial bear? 4 But thou forgiv'st, lest we despond,
and quite renounce thy fear. 5 My soul with patience waits
for thee, the living Lord; My hopes are on thy promise built,
thy never-failing word. 6 My longing eyes look out
for thy enlivening ray, More duly than the morning watch,
to spy the dawning day. - Let Israel trust in God,
no bounds his mercy knows; The plenteous source and spring from whence
eternal succour flows; 8 Whose friendly streams to us
supplies in want convey; A healing spring to cleanse, and wash our guilt away.
PSALM CXXXI. 1 O
LORD, I am not proud of heart,
nor cast a scornful eye; Nor my aspiring thoughts employ
in things for me too high. 2 With infant innocence thou know'st
I have myself demean'd; Compos'd to quiet, like a babe
that from the breast is wean'd. 3 Like me let Israel hope in God,
his aid alone implore ; Both now and ever trust in him, who lives for evermore.
PSALM CXXXII. 1
in thy Let all the sorrows he endur'd
be ever in thy mind. 2 Remember what a solemn oath
to thee, his Lord, he swore; How to the mighty God he vow'd,
whom Jacob's sons adore; 3, 4 I will not into my house,
nor to my bed ascend; No soft repose shall close my eyes,
nor sleep my eye-lids bend; 5 Till for the Lord's design'd abode I mark the destin'd ground;
LET David, Lord, a constant place
Till I a decent place of rest
for Jacob's God have found. 6 Th' appointed place, with shouts of joy,
at Ephrata we found, And made the woods and neighb’ring fields
our glad applause resound. 7 O with due rev'rence let us then
to his abode repair ; And, prostrate at his footstool fall’n,
pour out our humble prayer. 8 Arise, O Lord, and now possess
thy constant place of rest; Be that, not only with thy ark,
but with thy presence, blest. 9, 10 Clothe thou thy priests with righteousness,
make thou thy saints rejoice; And, for thy servant David's sake,
hear thy Anointed's voice. 11 God sware to David in his truth,
nor shall his oath be vain, One of thy offspring after thee,
upon thy throne shall reign: 12 And if thy seed my cov'nant keep,
and to my laws submit, Their children too upon thy throne
for evermore shall sit. 13, 14 For Sion does in God's esteem,
all other seats excel; His place of everlasting rest,
where he desires to dwell. 15, 16 Her store, says he, I will increase,
her poor with plenty bless; Her saints shall shout for joy, her priests
my saving health confess. 17 There David's power shall long remain
in his successive line, And my anointed servant there
shall with fresh lustre shine. 18 The faces of his vanquish'd foes
confusion shall o'erspread; Whilst, with confirm'd success, his crown shall flourish on his head.
PSALM CXXXIII. 1 TOW 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 that precious oil,
wbich, pour'd on Aaron's head, Ran down his beard, and o’er his robes
its costly moisture'shed.