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2 Our strength, that firm as earth did 8 So shall I ever sing thy praise,
stand,

Thy name for ever bless;
Is rent by thy avenging hand; Devote my prosp?rous days to pay
O! heal the breaches thou hast made: The vows of my distress.
We shake, we fall, without thy aid!

PSALM LXII. 3 Our folly's sad effects we feel;

My soul for help on God relies; For, drunk with discord's cup we reel: From him alone my safety flows 4 But now, for them who thee rever'd, My Rock, my Health, that strength Thou hast thy truth's bright banner supplies, rear'd.

To bear the shock of all my foes. 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect; 3 How long will ye contrive my fall, Lord, hear the pray’rs that we direct: Which will but hasten on your own? 6 The holy God has spoke; and I, You'll tctter like a bending wall, O'erjoy'd, on bis firm word rely:

Or fence of uncemented stone. To thee in portions I?ll divide 4 To make my envy'd honours less, Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride; They strive with lies, their chief dan To Sichem, Succoth, next I'll join,

light; And measure out her vale by line. For they, though with their mouths 7 Manasseh, Gilead, both subscribe

they bless, To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe; In private curse with inward spite. Ephraim by arms supports my cause, 5, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely; And Judah by religious laws.

On him alone thy trust repose: 8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be, My Rock and Health will strength supNor Edom from my yoke get free;

ply Proud Palestine's imperious state To bear the shock of all my foes. Shall humbly on our triumph wait. 7 God does his saving health dispense, 9 But who shall quell these mighty And flowing blessings daily send: pow'rs,

He is my fortress and defence; And clear my way to Edom's tow'rs? On him my soul shall still depend. Or through her guarded frontiers tread 8 In him, ye people, always trust; The path that doth to conquest lead? Before his throne pour out your 10 Evin thou, O God, who hath dispers'd hearts; Our troops ; (for we forsook thee first;) For God, the merciful and just, Those whom thou didst in wrath for His timely aid to us parts. sake,

9 The vulgar fickle are and frail; Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make. The great dissemble and betray; 11 Do thou our fainting cause sustain; And, laid in Truth's impartial scale, For human succours are but vain. The lightest things will both out 12 Fresh strength and courage God be weigb. stows:

10 Then trust not in oppressive ways; 'Tis he treads clown our proudest foes. By spoil and rapine grow not vain; PSALM LXI.

Nor let your hearts, if wealth inLORD bear mycry, regard my prayr, crease,

Be set too much upon your gain. 2 From earth's remotest parts address 11 For God has oft his will expressid, To thee for kind relief.

And I this truth have fully known; O lodge me safe beyond the reach To be of boundless powr possess'd Of persecuting pow'r;

Belongs, of right, to God alone. 3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful foes 12 Though mercy is his darling grace,

Hast been my shelt'ring tow'r. In which he chiefly takes delight; 4 So shall I in thy sacred courts Yet will be all the human race Secure from danger lie;

According to their works requite. Beneath the covert of thy wings,

PSALM LXIII. Al future storms defy.

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GOD, my gracious God, to thee 5 In sign my vows are heard, once My morning pray’rs shall offer'd

more I o'er thy chosen reign;

For thee my thirsty soul does pant: 60! bless with long and prosp'rous life My fainting flesh implores thy grace

The king thou didst ordain. Within this dry and barren place, 7 Confirm

his throne, and make his reign Where I refreshing waters want. Accepted in thy sight;

2 0! to my longing eyes, once more And let thy truth and mercy both That view of glorious pow'r restore, In his defence unite.

Which thy majestic house displays.

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3 Because to me thy wondrous love Their crimes disclos'd, shall make the Than life itself does dearer prove,

be y lips shall always speak thy praise. Despis’d and shunn'd by all. 4 My life, while that life enjoy, 9 The world shall then God's powt In blessing God I will employ;

confess, With listed hands adore his name: And nations trembling stand, á My soul's content shall be as great Convinc'd that 'tis the mighty work As theirs, who choicest dainties eat, Of his avenging hand.

While I with joy his praise proclaim. 10 Whilst righteous men, whom God 6 When down Ilie, sweet sleep to find,

secures, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind; In hin shall gladly trust;

And when I wake in dead of night: And all the list’ning earth shall hear ng Because thou still dost succour bring, Loud triumphs of the just. Beneath the shadow of thy wings

PSALM LXV. I rest with safety and delight.

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TOR thee, O God, our constant praise, 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, In Sion waits, thy chosen seat; Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless Our promis'd altars there we'll raise, pow'r

And all our zealous vows complete. In her support is daily shown: 2 0 thou, who to my humble pray's 9 But those the righteous Lord shall slay, Didst always bepd thy list’ning ear, That my destruction wish; and they To thee shall all mankind repair,

That seek my life shall lose their own. And at thy gracious throne appear. 10 They by untimely ends shall die, 3 Our sins, though numberless, in vain Their flesh a prey to foxes lie;

To stop thy flowing mercy try; But God shall 6!l the king with joy: Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, 11 Who thee confess shall still rejoice, And washest out the crimson dye. Whilst the false tongue, and lying 4 Biest is the man, who, near thee voice,

plac'd, Thou, Lord, shalt silence and destroy. Within thy sacred dwelling lives! PSALM LXIV.

Whilst we at humble distance taste

The vast delights thy temple gives. plaint

5 By wondrous acts, O God, most just, To my request give ear;

Have we thy gracious answer found Preserve my life from cruel foes, In thee reinotest nations trust, Aud free my soul from fear.

And those whom stormy waves sur2 0! hide me with thy tend'rest care, round. In some secure retreat,

6, 7 God, by his strength, sets fast the From sinners that against me rise,

hills, And all their plots defeat.

And does bis matchless pow'r engage See bow, intent to work my harm, With which the sea's loud waves be

They whet their tongues like swords; stills, And bend their bows to shoot their And angry crowds' tumultuous rage. darts,

PART II. Sharp lies, and bitter words. 8 Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lands dis4 Lurking in private, at the just

may, They take their secret aim,

When they thy dreadiul tokens view And suddenly at him they shoot, With joy they see the night and day Quite void of fear and shame.

Each other's track, by turns, pursue. by To carry on their ill designs 19 From out thy unexhausted store They mutually agree;.

Thy rain relieves the tbirsty ground; They speak of laying private snares, Makes lands, that barren were before And think that none shall see.

With corn and useful fruits abound. With utmost diligence and care 10 On rising ridges down it pours, Their wicked plots they lay;

And ev'ry furrow'd valley fills; The deep designs of all their hearts Thou mak'st them soft with gente Are only to betray.

show'rs, 7 But God, to anger justly mov'd, In which a blest increase distils.

His dreadful bow shall bend, 11 Thy goodness does the circling Feu And on his fying arrow's point

With fresh returns of plenty cmwa; Bhall swift destruction send.

And where thy glorious paths appeat, 8 Those slanders which their mouths! Th. fruirful clouds drop fatness down. did vent,

12 Tbey dronkarren forests, changid Upon themselves shall falls

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if my heart had harbour'd sin, In beauteous robes of joy are seen. Would all my pray’rs disclaim. 13 Large flocks with fleecy wool adorn 19 But God to me, whene'er I cry'd,

The cheerful downs; the vallies bring His gracious ear did bend,
A plenteous crop of full-ear'd cor, And to the voice of my request
And seem, for joy, to shout and sing. With constant love attend.
PSALM LXVI.

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ET all the lands, with shouts of joy, Who never, when I pray,

To God their voices raise; Withbolds his mercy from my soul
Sing psalms in bonour of his naine, Nor turns his face away.
And spread his glorious praise.

PSALM LXVII. 8 And let them say, How dreadful, Lord, To bless thy chosen race, In all thy works, art thou !

In mercy, Lord, incline; To thy great pow'r thy stubbotn foes And cause the brightness of thy face Shall all be forc'd to bow.

On ail thy saints to shine: 4 Through all the earth the nations 2 That so thy wondrous way round

May through the world be known; Shall thee their God confess; Wbile distant lands their tribute pay, And with glad hymns, their awful And thy salvation own. dread

13 Let diffring nations join Of thy great name express.

To celebrate thy fame; 5 0 come! behold the works of God; Let all the world, O Lord, combine And then with me you'll own,

To praise thy glorious name. That he to all the sons of men

4 O let them shout and sing Has wondrous judgment shown. With joy and pious mirth; 6 He made the sea become dry land, For thou, the righteous Judge and

Through which our fathers walk'd; King,
Whilst to each other, of his might Shalt govern all the earth.
With joy his people talk'd.

5 Let diftoring nations join 7 He, by his pow'r, for ever rules; To celebrate thy fame; His eyes the world survey ;

Let all the word, O Lord, combine
Let no presumptuous man rebel

To praise thy glorious name.
Against his sov'reign sway.

6 Then shall the teeming ground
PART II.

A large increase disclose; 8, 9 0! all ye nations, bless our God, And we with plenty shall be crown', And loudly speak his praise;

Which God, our God, bestows. Who keeps our souls alive, and still 7 Then God upon our land Confirms our steadfast ways.

Shall constant blessings show'r; 10 For thou hast try'd us, Lord, as fire And all the world in awe shall stand Does try the precious ore;

of his resistless pow'r., 11 Thou brought'st us into straits, where

PSALJI LXVIII.

ET God, the God of battle, rise, Oppressing burdens bore. 12 Insulting foes did us, their slaves, Let shameful rout their host surprise, Through fire and water chase;

Who spitefully his pow'r oppose. But yet, at last, thou brought'st us forth 2 As smoke in tempest's rage is lost, Into a wealthy place.

Or wax into the furnace cast; 13 Burnt-off“rings to thy house I'll So let their sacrilegious host bring,

Before his wrathful presence waste. And there my vows will pay,

S But let the servants of his will 14 Which I with solemn zeal did make His favour's gentle beams enjoy ; In trouble's dismal day.

Their apright hearts let gladness fill, 15 Then

shall the richest incense And cheerful songs their tongues endsmoke,

ploy. The fattest rams shall fall,

4 To bin your voice in anthems raise; The choicest goats from out the fold, Jehovah's awful vame he bears; And bullocks from the stall.

Ia bim rejoice, extol his praise, 16 O! come all ye that fcar the Lord, Who rides upon high-rolling spheron Attend with heedful care,

5 Him, from his empire of the skies, Whilst I what God for me has done To this low world compassion draws With grateful joy declare.

The orphan's claim to patronise, 17, 18 As I before his aid implor'd, And judge the injur'd widow's So now I praise his name;

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6 'Tis God, who from a foreigo soil Ev'n rebels shall partake thy grace,

Restores poor exiles to their home; And humble proselytes repair Dakes captives free, and fruitless toil To worship at thy dwelling-place, Their proud oppressor's righteous And all the world pay homage there. doom.

19 For benefits each day bestow'd, + 'Twas so of old, when thou didst lead Bę daily his great name ador'd,

In person, Lord, our armies forth; 20 Who is our Saviour, and our God, Stratige terrors tbro' the desert spread, Of life and death the sov'reign Lord.

Convulsions shook tbe astonish'd earth. 21 But justice for his harden'd foes % The breaking clouds did rain distil, Proportion'd vengeance hath decreed, And heaven's high arches shook with To wound the hoary head of those fear:

Who in presumptuous crimes proceed. How then shoald Sinai's humble hill 22 The Lord hatb thus in thunder spoke:

Of Israel's God the presence hear? As I subdu'd proud Bashan's king, Thy hand, at famish'd earth's com- Once more I'll break my people's yoke, plaint,

And from the deep my servants bring. Reliev'd her from celestial stores, 23 Their feet shall with a crimson flood And when thy heritage was faint, Of slaughter'd foes be cover'd o'er; Assuay'd the drought with plenteous Nor earth receive such impious blood, show'rs.

But leave for dogs the unhallow'd 10 There savages had rang'd before, gore.' At ease thou mad'st our tribes reside;

PART III. And, in the desert, for the

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24 When, marching to thy blest abode, Thy gen'rous bounty did provide. The wond'ring multitude survey'd PART II.

The pompous state of thee, our God, 11 Thou gav'st the word; we sally'd In robes of majesty array'd;. forth,

25 Sweet singing Levites led the var; And in that pow'rful word o'ercame; Loud instruments brought up the rear; Whilevirgin-troops,with songs of mirth, Between both troops, a virgin-train

In state our conquest did proclaim. With voice and timbrel charm'd the 12 Vast armies, by such gep'rals led,

As vet had ne'er receiv'd a foil, 26 'This was the burthen of their song: Forsook their camp with sudden dread, In full assemblies bless the Lord;

And to our women left the spoil. "All who to Israel's tribes belong, 13 Though Egypt's drudges you have Of Israel's God the praise record.' been,

27 Nor little Benjamin alone Your army's wing shall shine as bright From neighb'ring bounds did there As dores, in golden sun-shine seen,

attend, Or silver'd o'er with paler light. Nor only Judah's nearer throne 14 'Twas so, when God's Almighty hand Her counsellors in state did send;

O'er scatter'd kings the conquest won; But Zebulon's remoter seat, Our troops, drawn up on Jordan's strand, And Naphtali's more distant coast, lligh Salmon's glitt'ring snow out. The grand procession to complete, shone.

Sent their triber, a princely host. 15 From thence to Jordan's farther 28 Thus God to strength and unior coast

brought And Bashan's hill we did advance: Our tribes, at strife till that blest hour; No more her height shall Bashan boast, This work, which thou, O God, hast But that she's God's inheritance.

wrought, 16 But wherefore (though the honour's Confirm with fresh recruits of pow's. great)

29 To visit Salem, Lord, descend, Should this, 0 mountain, swell your And Sion, thy terrestrial throne; pride?

Where kings with presents shall attend For Sion is his chosen seat,

And thee with offer'd crowns atone. Were he for ever will reside. 30 Break down the spearmen's rankt

, 17 His chariots numberless; his pow'rs

who threat Åre heav'nly hosts, that wait his will; Like pamper'd herds of savage might; His presence now fills Sion's tow'rs, Their silver armour'd chiefs defeat, As once it honour'd Sinai's hill.

Who in destructive war delight. 18 Ascending bigh, in triumph thou 31 Egypt shall then to God stretch forth Captivity hast captive led;

Her hands, and Afric homage bring; and on thy people didst bestow 32 The scatter'd kingdoms of the earth

The spoil or armies once their dread. Their common sov'reign's praises sing ;

up,

38 Who, mounted on the loftiest sphere 15 Control the deluge, ere ft spread,

Of ancient heav'n, sublimely rides; And roll its waves above my head; From whence his dreadful voice we Nor deep destruction's open pit hear,

To close her jaws on me permit. Like that of warring winds and tides. 16 Lord, hear the humble pray’r I make, 34 Ascribe the power to God most high: For thy transcending goodness' sake; or humble Israel he takes care; Relieve thy supplicant once more Whose strength from out the dusky sky, From-thy abounding mercy's store.

Darts shining terrors through the air. 17 Nor from thy servant hide thy face 35 How dreadful are the sacred courts, Make haste, for desp'rate is my case; Where God has fix'd his earthly 18 Thy timely succour interpose, throne !

And shield me from remorseless foes. His strength his feeble saints supports, 19 Thou know'st what infamy and scorn To give God praise, and him alone. I from my enemies have borne ; PSALM LXIX.

Nor can their close dissembled spite, AVE me, o God, from waves that roll, or darkest plots escape thy sight,

20 Reproach and grief have broke my 2 With painful steps in mire I tread,

heart; And ueluges o'erflow my head. I look'd for some to take my part, 3 With restless cries my spirits faint, To pity or relieve my pain; My voice is hoarse with long complaint; But look'd, alas! for both in vain. My sight decays with tedious pain, 21 With hunger pined, for food I call; Whilst for my God I wait in vain. Instead of food, they gave me gall; 4 My hairs, though nunı’rous, are but And when with thirst my spirits sink, few,

They give me vinegar to drink. Compard with foes that me pursue 22 Their tables, therefore, to their health With groundless hate; grown now of Shall prove a snare, a trap their wealtb; might

23 Perpetual darkness seize their eyes, To execute their lawless spite. And sudden blasts their hopes surprise They force me, guiltless, to resign,

24 On them thou shalt thy fury pour, As rapine, what by right was mine: Till thy fierce wrath their race devours 6 Thou, Lord, my innocence dost see, 25 And make their house a dismal cell, Nor are my sins conceal'd from thee. Where none wille'er vouchsafe to dwell. 6 Lord God of hosts, take timely care, 26 For new afflictions they procurd Lest, for my sake, thy saints despair; For him who had thy stripes endur'd; 7 Since I have suffer'd for thy name And made the wound, thy scourge had Reproach, and hid my face in shame:

torn, 8 A stranger to my country grown,

To bleed afresh, with sharper scorn. Nor to my nearest kindred known; 27 Sin shall to sin their steps betray, A foreigner, expos’d to scorn

Till they to truth have lost the way: By brethren of my mother born. 28 Froin life thou shalt exclude thede 9 For zeal to thy lov'd house and name souls, Consumes me like devouring flame; Nor with the just their names enrol. Concern'd at their affronts to thee, 29 But me, howe'er distress'd and poor, More than at slanders cast on me. Thy strong salvation shall restore; 10 My very tears and abstinence 30 Thy pow'r with songs I'U then prør They construe in a spiteful sense:

claim, 11 When cloth'd with sackcloth for And celebrate, with thanks, thy name. their sake,

31 Our God shall this more highly prize, They me their common proverb make. Than herds or flocks in sacrifice; 12 Their judges at my wrongs do jest, 32 Which humble saints with joy shall Those wrongs they ought to have re see, dress'd;

And hope for like redress with me. How should I then expect to be 33 For God regards the poor's com From libels of lewd drunkards free!

plaint; 13 Bui, Lord, to thee I will repair Sets pris'ners free from close restraint: For help, with humble, timely pray'r; 54 Let heav'n, earth, sea, their voices Relieve me from thy mercy's store;

raise, Display thy truth's preserving pow'r. And all the world resound bis praise. 14 from threatning dangers me relieve, 35 For God will Sion's walls erect; And from the mire my fiet retrieve; Fair Judah's cities he'll protect; From spiteful focs in safely keep,

Till all her scatter'd sons repair And saatch me from the ragiog deep. To undisturt'd possession mere

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