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86 This blessing they shall, at their í Pursue and take him, whilst no hope death,

of timely aid is nigh.' To their religious heirs bequeath; 12 But thou, my God, withdraw not far, And they to endless ages more

For speedy help I call :
Of such as his blest name adore. 13 To shame and ruin bring my foes,
PSALM LXX.

That seek to work my fall.
LORD, to my relief draw near; 14 But as for me, my steadfast hope

Shall on thy pow'r depend;
For my delivrance, Lord, appear,

And I in grateful songs of praise And add to that deliv'rance speed. My time to come will spend. 2 Confusion on their heads return,

PART II. Who to destroy my soul combine; 15 Thy righteous acts, and saring Let them, defeated, blush and mourn, health,

Ensnar'd in their own vile design. My mouth shall still declare; 3 Their doom let desolation be; Unable yet to count them all,

With shame their malice be repaid, Though summ'd with utmost care. Who mock'd my confidence in thee, 16 While God yoachsafes me his support, And sport of my afflictions made.

I'll in his strength go on; 4 While those who hu.nbly seek thy All other righteousness disclaim,

And mention his alone. To joyful triumphs shall be rais'd ; 17 Thou, Lord, bast taught me from m And all who prize thy saving grace,

youth With me shall sing, The Lord be To praise thy glorious name; prais'd.

And, ever since, thy wondrous works 5 Thus, wretched though I am and Have been my constant theme. poor,

18 Then now forsake me not, when I The mighty Lord of me takes care: Am grey and feeble grown; Thou, God, who only canst restore,

Till I to these and future times, • To my relief with speed repair. Thy strength and pow'r bave shown. PSALM LXXI.

19 How high thy justice soars, O God!

How great and wondrous are In theeI put my steadfast trust;

The nighty works which thou hast done! Incline thine ear, and save my soul ; Who inay with thee compare!

For righteous is thy name. 20 Me, whom they hand has sorely 3 Be thou my strong abiding-place, pressid, To which I may resort;

Thy grace shall yet relieve; 'Tis thy decree that keeps me safe; And from the lowest depth of woe, Thou art my rock and fort.

With tender'care retrieve. 4,5 From cruel and ungodly men 21 Through thee my time to come shall be Protect and set me free;

With pow'r and greatness crown'd; For, from my earliest youth till now, And me, who dismal years bave passed My hope has been in thee.

Thy comforts shall surround. 6 Thy constant care did safely guard 22 Then I with psaltery and barp, My tender infant days;

Thy truth, O Lord, will praise; Thou took'st me from my mother's To thee, the God of Jacob's race, wornb,

My voice in anthems raise. To sing tly constant praise.

23 Then joy shall fill my mouth, and 7, 8 While some on me with wonder songs gaze,

Employ my cheerful voice; Thy hand supports me still ; My grateful soul, by thee redeem'd, Thy honour, therefore, and thy praise, Shall in thy strength rejoice.

My mouth shall always fill. 24 My tongue thy just and righteous Reject not then thy servant, Lord,

acts When I with age decay;

Shall all the day proclaim ; Forsake me not when, worn with years, Because thou didst confound my foes, My vigour fades away.

And brought'st them all to shame. U My foes against my fame and me

PSALM LXXII.
With crafty malice speak;
Against my soul they lay their snares,

LORD let thy just decrees the king And mutual counsel take:

And let his son, throughout his reign, 11 His God,' say they, 'forsakes him Thy righteous laws respect. now,

2 So shall he still thy people judge On whom he did rely,

With pure and upright mind;

Whilst all the helpless poor shall him A handful, sown on mountains-top,
Their just protector find.

A mighty crop shall bear: * Then hills and nountains shall bring Its fruits, like cedars shook by winds, forth

A rattling noise shall yield;
The happy fruits of peace;

The city too shall thrive, and vie
Which all the land shall own to be For pienty with the field.
The work of righteousness:

17 The mem'r of his glorious name 4 Wbilst he the poor and needy race Through endless years shall run;

Swall rule with gentle sway; His spotless fame sliall shine as briglit And from their

humbie necks shall take And lasting as the sun. Oppressive yokes away,

In him the nations of the world 5 In ev'ry heart thy awful fear

Shall be completely bless'd, Shall then be rooted fast,

And his unbounded happiness As long as sun and moon endure,

By ev'ry tongue confess'd. Or time itself shall last.

18 i'hen bless'd be God, the mighty 6 le shall descend like rain, that cheers

Lord, The meadow's second birth;

The God whom Israel fears; Or like warm show'rs, whose gentle who only wondrous in his works, drops

Beyond compare appears. Refresh the thirsty earth.

19 Let earth be with his glory fill'd; 7 In his blest days the just and good

For ever bless his name; Shall be with favour crown'd; Whilst to his praise the list’ning world The happy land shall ev'ry where Their giad assent proclaim. With endless peace abound.

PSALM LXXIII. 8 His uncontroli'd doininion shall

Ameartha a certa in proof, his plain From sea to sea extend;

That God will to his saints be kind; Begin at proud Euphrates' streams, That all whose hearts are pure and At nature's limits end.

clean 9 To him the savage nations round Shall his protecting favour find.

Shall bow their servile heads; 2,3 Till this sustaining truth I knew, A. His vanqush'd foes shall lick the dust, My staggʻring feet had almost fail'd

Where he his conquest spreads. I griev'd the sinners' wealth to view, 10 The king of Tarshish, and the isles, And envy'd when the fools prevail'd. Shall costly presents bring;

4, 5 They to the grave in peace descend, From spicy Sheba gifts shall come, And, whilst they live, are þale and And wealthy Saba's king.

strong; 11 To him shall ev'ry king on earth No plagues or troubles them offend, His humble homage pay;

Which oft to other men belong. And did

ring nations gladly join 6, 7 With pride, as with a chain, they're To ownı his righteous sway.

held, 12 For he shall set the needy free, And rapine seems their robe of states

When they for succuur cry; Their eyes stand out, with fatness Sball save the helpless and the poor,

swelld; And all their wants supply:

They grow, beyond their wishes, great PART II.

8,9 With hearts corrupt, and lofty talán 13 His providence for needy souls Oppressive methods they defend;.

Shall due supplies prepare; Their tongue through all the earth does And over their defenceless lives

walk; Shall watch with tender care.

Their blasphemies to heav'n ascend, 14 He shall preserve and keep their souls 10 And yet admiring crowds are found, From fraud and rapine free;

Who servile visits duly make;. And, in his sight, their gailtless blood Because with plenty they abound, Of mighty price shall be.

of which their fatt'ring slaves par 15 Therefore shall God his life and reign

take. To many years extend;

11 Their fond opinions these pursue, Whilst eastern princes tribute pay, Till they with them profanely cry, And golien presents send.

| How should the Lord our actions view! For bin shall constant prayers be made, • Canhe perceive who dwells so high?" Through all his pirosp'rous days;

12 Lehold the wieked! these are they His just dominion shali afford

Who openly their sins profess; Alasting them of praise.

And yet their wealth's increas'd each 16 Of useful grain, through all the land,

day, Great plenty shall appear;

ind all their actions meet suocess.

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13, 14 Then have I cleans'd my heart, By thee redeem'd; and Zian's mount, said I,

Where once thy glory shone. And wash'd my hands from guilt in s o come and view our ruin'd state; vain,

How long our troubles last; •If all the day oppress'd I lie,

See how the foe, with wicked rage, And ev'ry morning suffer pain.' Has laid thy temple waste. 15 Thus did I once to speak intend; 4 Thy foes blaspheme thy name; where

But, if such things I rashly say,
Thy children, Lord, I must offend, Thy zealous servants pray'd,
And basely should their cause betray. The heathen there, with haughty ponip,
PART II.

Their banners have display d. 16, 17 To fathom this, my thoughts I 5, 6 Those curious carvings, which did

bent, But found the case too hard for me; Advance the artist's fame, Till to the house of God I went; With axe and hammer they destroy,

Then I their end did plainly see. Like works of vulgar frame. 18 How inigi. soe'er advane'd, they all 7 Thy holy temple they have burn'd;

On slipp'ry places loosely stand; And what escap'd the flame, Thence into ruin headlong fall, Has been profan d, and quite defacia,

Cast down by thy avenging hand. Though sacred to thy name. 19,20 How dreadful and how quick their 8 Thy worship wholly to destroy fate!

Maliciously they aim'd; Despis'd by thee, when they're de- And all the sacred places burn'd, stroy'd;

Where we thy praise proclaim'd. As waking men with scorn do treat 9 Yet of thy presence thou vouchsaf'st The fancies that their dreams em No tender signs to send; ploy'd.

We have no prophet now, that knows 21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief When this sad state shall end. opprest,

PART II. My reins were rack'd with restless 10 But, Lord, how long wilt thou perpains;

mit So stupid was 1, like a beast,

Th'insulting foe to boast? Who

no reflecting thought retains. Shall all the honour of thy name 23, 24 let still thy presence me sup

Forevermore be lost? ply'd,

11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong And thy right hand assistance gave; right hand, Thou firsi shalt with thy counsel guide, And on thy patient breast,

And then to glory me receive. When vengeance calls to stretch it 25 Whom then in heav'n, but thee alone, forth,

Have I, whose favours I require? So calmly lett'st it rest? Throughout the spacious earth there's 12 Thou heretofore, with kingly pow'r, none

In our defence hast fought; That I besides thee can desire. For us, throughout the wand'ring world, 26 My, trembling flesh, and aching Hast great salvation wrought. heart,

13 'Twas thou, O God, who didst the sea May often fail to succour me;

By thy own strength divide; But God shall inward strength impart, Thou break'st the wat'ry monster's And my eternal portion be.

head; 27 ] or they that far from thee remove, The waves o'erwhelm'd their pride. Shall into sudr'en ruin fall;

14 The greatest, fiercest of them all, If after other gods they rove,

That seem'd the deep to sway, Thy vengeance shall destroy them all. Was by thy pow'r destroy'd, and made 28 But as for me, 'tis good and just To savage beasts a prey.

That I should still to God repair; 15 Thou clav'st the solid rock, and In him I always put my trust,

mad'st And will his wondrous works declare. The waters largely flow; PSALM LXXIV.

Again, thou mad'st through parted W\Wibe Lou no more return? THY bast thou cast us off, o God?

streams

Thy wand'ring people go. O! why against thy chosen flock 16 Thine is the cheerful day, and thine Does thy fierce anger burn?

The black return of night; 2 Think on thy ancient purchase, Lord, Thou hast prepar'd the glorious sun, The land that is thy own,

And ev'ry feebler ligbt.

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17 By thee the borders of the earth The bitter dregs, and be condemn'd
In perfect order stand;

To drink the very lees.
The summer's warmth, and winter's cold, 9 His prophet, I, to all the world
Attend on thy command.

This message will relate;
PART III.

The justice then of Jacob's God

My song shall celebrate. 18 Remember, Lord, how scornful foes 10 The wicked's price I will reduce, Have daily urg'd our shame;

Their cruelty disarın;
And how the foolish people have Exalt tbe just, and seat him high
Blaspbem'd thy holy name.

Above the reach of larm.
19 O! free thy mourning turtle-dove,
By sinful crowds beset;

.PSALM LXXVI. Nor the assembly of thy poor

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IN Judah the Almighty's known, For evermore forget.

Almighty there by wonders shown; 20 Thy ancient cov'nant, Lord, regard, His name in Jacob does excel : And make thy promise good;

2 His sanctu'ry in Salem stands; For now each corner of the land The Majesty that heaven commands, Is fill'd with men of blood.

In Sion condescends to dwell. 21 O! let not the oppress'd return 3 He brake the bow and arrows there,

With sorrow cloth'd, and shame; i The shield, and temper'd sword, and But let the helpless and the poor

spear; For ever praise thy name.

There slain the mighty army lay: 22 Arise, o God, in our behalf; 4 Whence Sion's fame through earth is Thy cause and ours maintain;

spread, Remember how insulting fools

Of greater glory, greater dread, Each day thy name profane.

Than bills where robbers lodge their 28 Make thou the boasting of thy foes

prey. For evermore to cease;

5 Their valiant chiefs, who came for Whose insolence, if unchastis'd,

spoil, Will more and more increase.

Themselves met there a shameful foil:
PSALM LXXV.

Securely down to sleep they lay;
But wak'd no more, their stoutest band

Ne'er lifted one resisting band
To thee, with thanks repair; 'Gainst his, that did their legions slay.
For, that thy name to us is nigh, 6 When Jacob's God began to frown,

Thy wondrous works declare. Both horse and charioteers, o'erthrown 2 In Israel when my throne is fix'd, Together slept in endiess night: With me shall justice reign:

7 When thou, whom earth and heaven 3 The land with discord shakes; but I

revere, The sinking frame sustain.

Dost once with wrathful look appear, 4 Deluded wretches I advis'd

What mortal power can stand thy Their errors to redress;

sight? And warn'd bold sinners, that they 8 Pronounc'd from heaven, earth heard should

its doom, Their swelling pride suppress. Grew hush'd with fear, when thou did'st 5 Bear not yourselves so high, as if

come No pow'r could your's restrain; 9 The meek with justice to restore: Submit your stubborn necks, and learn 10 The wrath of man shall yield thee To speak with less disdain :

praise; 6 For that promotion, which to gain Its last attempts but serve to raise Your vain ambition strives,

The triumphs of Almighty power. From neither east nor west, nor yet 11 Vow to the Lord, ye nations; bring From southern climes arrives.

Vow'd presents to the eternal King: 7 For God the great disposer is,

Thus to his name due reverence pay, And sov'reign Judge alone, 12 Who proudest potentates can quell, Who casts the proud to earth, and lifts To earthsy kings inore terrible, The humble to a throne.

Than to their trembling subjects they. 8 His band holds forth a dreadful cup; With purple wine 'tis crown'd;

PSALM LXXVII.

mo Deals out to nations round.

Did graciously repair:
Of this his saints sometimes may taste; 2 In trouble's dismal day I sought
But wicked men shall squeeze

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All night my fest'ring wound did run; Thy wondrous passage, where no sight No med'cine gave relief:

Thy footsteps can descry. My soul no comfort would admit; 20 Thou lead'st thy people like a flock My soul indulg'd lier gries.

Safe through the desert land, % I thought on God, and favours past; B; Moses, their meek skilful guide, But that increas'd my pain:

And Aaron's sacred band.
I found my spirit more oppress'd,

PSALM LXXVIII.
The more I did complain.
Thou my eyes

devout attention lend;
My grief is swellú io that excess, Let the instruction of my mouth
I sigh, but cannot speak.

Deep in your hearts descend. 8 I call'á to mind the days of old, 2 Ny iongue, by inspiration taught, With signal mercy crown'd;

Shall parables untold, Those famous years of ancient times, Dark oracles, but understood, For miracles renown'd.

And own'd for truths of old : 6 By night I recollect my songs,

3 Which we from sacred registers On former triumphs made;

Of ancient times have known, Then search, consult, and ask my heart, And our forefathers' pious care

Where's now that wandrous aid? To us has handed down. 7 Has God for ever cast us off?

4 We will not hide them from our sons; Withdrawn his favours quite ?

Our offspring shall be taught 8 Are both his mercy and his truth The praises of the Lord, whose strength Retired to endless night?

Has works of wonder wrought. 9 Can bis long practised love forget 5 For Jacob he this law ordain'd, Its wonted aids to bring?

This league with Israel made; Has he in wrath shut up and seal'd With charge to be from age to age, His mercy's healing spring ?

From rade to race, convey'd. 10 I said, my weakness hints these fears ;16 That generations yet to come But I'll my fear's disband;

Should to their unborn heirs T'll yet remember the Most High, Religiously transmit the same, And years of his right hand.

And they again to theirs. 11 I'll call to mind his works of old, 7 To teach them that in God alone The wonders of his might;

Their hope securely stands; 12 On them my heart shall meditate, That they should ne'er his works forget, My tongue shall them recite.

But keep his just commards. 13 Safe lodgd from human search on 8 Lest, like their fathers, they might high,

prove O God, thy counsels are !

A stiff rebellious race,
Who is so great a God as ours? False-hearted, fickle to their God,
Who can with him compare?

Unsteadfast in his grace. 14 Long since a God of wonders thee 9 Such were revolting Ephraim's sons, Thy rescu'd people found;

Who, though to warfare bred, 15 Long since hast thou thy chosen seed And skilful archers, arm’d with bows,

With strong deliverance crown'd. From field ignobly fled. 16 When thee, O God, the waters saw, 10, 11 They falsified their league with The frighted billows shrunk;

God,
The troubled depths themselves for fear His orders disobey'd,.
Beneath their channels sunk.

Forgot his works and miracles 17 The clouds pour'd down, while rend Before their eyes display'd. ing skies

12 Nor wonders, which their fathers Did with their noise conspire; .

saw, Thy arrows all abroad were sent,

Did they in mind retain, Wing’d with avenging fire.

Prodigious things in Egypt done, 18 Heaven with thy thunder's voice was And Zoan's fertile plain. torn,

13 He cut the seas to let them pass, Whilst all the lower world

Restraind the pressing flood; With lightnings blaz'd, earth shook, and While piled on heaps, on either side seem'd

The solid waters stood. Fron her foundations hurl'd. 14 A wondrous pillar led them on, 19 Through rolling streams thou find'st Compos'd of shade and ligbt; thy way,

A sheltering cloud it proved by day, Thy paths in waters lie;

A leading fire by night

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