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us to be of one mind in thy holy city; that so,
peace being within her walls,” her citizens may give themselves to every profitable employment, and “plenteousness” of grace, wisdom, and truth, as well as of earthly blessings, may be in all her
palaces. Thus will she become a lively portrait of that place which is prepared for them that love one another, where, with one heart and one voice, they shall ascribe "salvation and glory to God and to the Lamb.”
8. For my brethren and companions' sake, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
In these concluding verses, the Psalmist declareth the two motives, which induced him to utter his best wishes, and to use his best endeavours, for the prosperity of Jerusalem ; namely, love of his brethren, whose happiness was involved in that of their city; and love of God, who had there fixed the residence of his glory. These motives are ever in force, and ought, surely, to operate with marvellous energy upon our hearts, to stir us up to imitate the pattern now before us, in fervent zeal and unwearied labour, for the salvation of men, and the glory of their great Redeemer; both which will then be complete, when the Church militant shall become triumphant, and the heavenly paradise shall be filled with plants taken from its terrestrial nursery.
Theodore Zuinger, of whom some account may be found in Thuanus, when he lay on his deathbed, took his leave of the world in a paraphrase on the foregoing Psalm ; giving it the same turn with that given to it above. I have never been able to get a sight of the original'; but one may venture, I believe, to say, that it has lost nothing in a translation of it by the late learned and pious Mr. Merrick ; which is so excellent, that I must beg leave to present it to the reader. Some of the lines are retained in his more literal poetical version, published in 1765. It may serve as a finished specimen of the noble and exalted use which a Christian may and ought to make of the Psalms of David.
1 Since the publication of the first edition, a learned friend has obliged me with a copy of these Latin verses of Zuinger, transcribed from the 303rd page of Vitæ Germanorum Medicorum, by Melchior Adamus. They are as follow :
O lux candida, lux mihi
Vitæ porta beatæ.
Lætus limina templi.
Augustam populo urbem :
Laudent voce perenni:
Cuncta in sæcla beati.
Cedunt omnia recte.
Largâ munera fundit.
Spesque Fidesque valete.
What joy, while thus I view the day
What transports fill my breast !
And leads me to his rest.
The festal morn, my God, is come,
Thy presence to adore ;
And tread th' ethereal floor.
E’en now to my expecting eyes
E'en now, with glad survey,
And shine with cloudless day.
Hither from earth's remotest end,
Their tribute hither bring:
And hail th' immortal King:
In her, ere time begun,
For Jesse's favour'd son.
Mother of cities ! O’er thy head
Delighted fix her stay.
Nor war's wild wastes deplore;
Has pour'd forth all her store.
Let me, blest seat, my name behold
In thee for ever dwell.
And faith and hope farewell!
ARGUMENT. This Psalm containeth, 1, 2, an act of confidence in God, with,
3, 4, a prayer for deliverance from that reproach and contempt
which infidelity and sensuality are wont to pour upon the afflicted people of God.
1. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
The Church, when distressed and persecuted upon earth, "lifteth up her eyes to him that dwelleth in the heavens,” from thence beholding and ordering all things here below. It is by his permission that she is depressed and insulted; and He only can deliver her out of the hands of her enemies.
2. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress ; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
The servants of God, like other servants, if they are injured, and suffer violence, expect redress and protection from the Master whose they are, and whom they serve.
Under the law of Moses, a master was to demand satisfaction, and to have it made him, for any hurt done to his servant. And shall not the best of Masters avenge the wrongs done to those who serve Him; and done, perhaps, because they serve Him? Without doubt, He will avenge them speedily, and reward the sufferers gloriously.
3. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us ; for, we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.
Unbelieving, ungodly, and worldly men, who are “at ease,” and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches, will always be ready to cast upon the afflicted servants of Christ some portion of that reproach and contempt, which were so plentifully poured upon their blessed Master, in