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TSADDI. 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom
wrong'd innocence may trust; And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord,
in all respects are just. 138 Most just and true those statutes were,
which thou didst first decree; And all with faithfulness perform’d,
succeeding times shall see. 139 With zeal my flesh consumes away,
my soul with anguish frets, To see my foes contemn at once
thy promises and threats. 140 Yet each neglected word of thine,
howe'er by them despis'd, Is pure, and for eternal truth
by me thy servant, priz'd. 141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate,
contempt from all I find; Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive
thy precepts from my mind. 142 Thy righteousness shall then endure,
when time itself is past; Thy law is truth itself, that truth
which shall for ever last. 143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and dread,
to compass me unite; Beset with danger, still I make
thy precepts my delight. 144 Eternal and unerring rules
thy testimonies give: Teach me the wisdom that will make my soul for ever live.
ΚΟΡΗ. 145 With my whole heart to God I callid,
Lord, hear my earnest cry; And I thy statutes to perform
will all my care apply.
O save me, that I may
and steadfastly obey.
prevented, while I cry'd To him, on whose engaging word
my hope alone rely'd. 148 With zeal have I awak'd before
the midnight watch was set, That I of thy mysterious word
might perfect knowledge get.
149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice,
and wonted favour show: O quicken me, and so approve
thy judgment ever true. 150 My persecuting foes advance,
and hourly nearer draw; What treatment can I hope from them
I that violate thy law.? 151 Though they draw nigh, my comfort is,
thou, Lord, art yet more near; Thou, whose commands are righteous all,
thy promises sincere. 152 Concerning thy divine decrees,
my soul has known of old, That they were true, and shall their truth to endless ages hold.
RESCH. 153 Consider my affliction, Lord,
and me from bondage draw; Think on thy servant in distress,
who ne'er forgets thy law. 154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me
thy timely aid afford; With beams of mercy quicken me,
according to thy word. 155 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st
salvation far away; 'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from them
who from thy statutes stray. 156 Since great thy tender mercies are
to all who thee adore ; According to thy judgments, Lord,
my fainting hopes restore. 157 A numerous host of spiteful foes
against my life combine; But all too few to force my soul
thy statutes to decline. 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,
and was with grief oppress'd, To see with what audacious pride
thy covenant they transgress'd. 159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord,
how I thy precepts love; Otherefore quicken me with beams
of mercy from above. 160 As from the birth of time thy truth
has held through ages past, So shall thy righteous judgments firm
to endless ages last.
SCHIN. -161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause,
conspire my blood to shed,
to fill my heart with dread.
with heavenly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
have such transporting charms. 163 Perfidious practices and lies
I utterly detest;
too vast to be exprest. 164 Seven times a day, with grateful voice,
thy praises I resound,
with truth and justice crown'd.
who truly love thy law;
nor frowning danger awe.
and though so long delay'd,
all thy commands obey'd.
and constantly obey'd; Because the love I bore to them
thy service easy made.
I never yet withdrew;
attend, O gracious Lord;
according to thy word.
before thy throne appear;
relief draw near.
the tribute of their praise, When thou thy counsels hast reveald,
and taught me thy just ways. 172 My tongue the praises of thy word
shall thankfully resound, Because thy promises are all
with truth and justice crown'd.
173 Let thy Almighty arm appear,
and bring me timely aid;
my heart's free choice have made.
thy saving grace restor'd ;
thy heavenly laws afford.
my great Restorer's praise;
my fainting soul shall raise. 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, till I
despair my way to find ;
and from the rage of sland'ring tongues.
O thou perfidious tongue, to thee!
the constant fuel thou shalt be.
in barren Mesech's desert soil !
who live on nought but theft and spoil. 6 My hapless dwelling is with those Who peace
and amity oppose, and pleasure take in other's harms: 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek; But when to them of peace I speak, they straight cry out, To arms, to arms.
PSALM CXXI. 1
10 Sion's bill I lift my eyes,
from thence expecting aid; 2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God,
who heaven and earth has made.
thy Guardian will not sleep:
will Israel's monarch keep.
5 Shelter'd beneath th’ Almighty's wings
thou shalt securely rest, 6 Where neither sun por moon shall theě
by day or night molest. 7 From common accidents of life
his care shall guard thee still; 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and foes
that lie in wait to kill. 9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,
thy God shall thee defend;
our tribes devoutly say,
and keep your festal day! 2 At Salem's courts we must appear,
with our assembled powers, 3 In strong and beauteous order rang'd,
like her united towers. 4 'Tis thither, by divine command,
the tribes of God repair, Before his ark to celebrate
his name with praise and prayer. 5 Tribunals stand erected there,
where equity takes place: There stand the courts and palaces
of royal David's race. 6 O, pray we then for Salem's peace,
for they shall prosp'rous be, Thou holy city of our God,
who bear true love to thee. 7 May peace within thy sacred walls
a constant guest be found; With plenty and prosperity
thy palaces be crown'd. 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends
no less than brethren dear, I'll pray---May peace in Salern's towers
a constant guest appear. 9 But most of all I'll seek thy good,
and ever wish thee well,
For mercy wait my longing eyes;