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6 In nature's most delightful scene my happy portion lies j

The pliice of my appointed reign all other lands outvies.

7 Therefore my soul shall bless the Lord, whose precepts give me light;

And private counsel still afford in sorrow's dismal night.

8 I strive each action to approve to his all-swing eye*

No danger shall my hopes remove, ■ because he still is nigh.

9 Therefore my heart all grief defies, my glory does rejoice;

My flesh shall rest, in hope to rise, "waked by his powerful voice.

10 Thou, Lord, when I resign my breath, my soul from hell shalt free;

Nor let thy Holy One in death the least corruption see'

11 Thou shalt the paths of life display,
which to thy presence lead;

Where pleasures dwell without allay,
and joys that never fade.

TO my just plea and sad complaint,
attend, O righteous Lord;
And to my prayer, as 'tis unfeign'd,
a gracious ear afford.

2 As in thy sight I am approved, so let my sentence be;

And with impartial eyes, 0 Lord, my upright dealing see.

3 For thou hast search'd my heart by and visited by night; t^J't

And, on the strictest trial, found

its secret motions right. Nor shall thy justice, Lord, alone

my heart's designs acquit; For I have purposed that my tongue

shall no offence commU.

4 I know what wicked men would do, their safety to maintain;

But me thy just and mild commands from bloody paths restrain.

5 That I may still, in spite of wrongs, my innocence secure,

0 guide me in thy righteous ways,

and make my footsteps sure. 'j Since, heretofore, I ne'er in vain

to thee my prayer address'd; O! now, my <rod, incline thine ear

to this my just request 7 The wonders of thy truth and love

in my defence engage; Thou, whose right hand preserves thy saints

from their oppressor's rage. PART II. £,90! keep me in thy tenderest care;

thy sheltering wings stretch out. To guard me safe from savage foes,

that compass me about: 10 OVrtrrown with luxury, enclosed

in their own fat they lie,

And, with a proud blaspheming mouth, ■ both God and man defy.

11 U ,'ll iniiy they ooast^ for they have my paths encompass'd round; {now

Their eyes at watch, their bodies bow'd, and couching on the ground

12 In posture ofa lion set, when greedy of his prey;

Or a young lion, wheu he lurks within a covert way.

13 Arise, O Lord, defeat their plots, their swelling rage control;

From wicked men, who are thy sword, deliver thou my soul:

14 From worldly men, thy sharpest

scourge, whose portion's here below; Who, fill'd with earthly stores, aspire no other bliss to know.

15 Their race is numerous, that partake their substance while they live;

Their heirs survive, to whom they may the vast remainder give.

16 But I, in uprightness, thy face shall view without control;

And, waking, shall its image find reflected in my soul.


NO cliange of time shall ever shock my firm affection, Lord, to thee; For thou hast always been my rock

a fortress and defence to me. Thou my deliverer art, my God;

my trust is in thy mighty power Tbouartmy shield from foes abroad,

at home my safeguard and my tower 3 To thee I will address my prayer,

to whom all praise we justly owe; So shall I, by thy watchful cafe,

be guarded from my treacherous foe. 4,5 By floods of wicked men distresVd,

with seas of sorrow compass' d round; With dire infernal )«ngs oppress'd,

in death's unwiehllyTetters hound;

6 To heaven I made my mournful prayer, to God address'd my humble moan:

Who graciously inclined his ear,
and heard me from his lofty throne,

7 When God arose my part to take, the conscious earth was struck wilt

fear; The hills did at his presence shake, nor could his dreadful fury hear.

8 Thick clouds of smoke dispersed abroad. ensigns of wrath hefore him came;

Devouring lire around him glow'd, that coals were kindled at its name.

9 He left the beauteous realms of IbjK whilst heaven bow'd down its a*sa

head; Beneath his feet substantial night was like a sable carpel spread.

10 The chariot of the Kin;; of kings, which active troops of ang?i s drew

On a strorjr tempers rapid wings, with most amazing swiftness liew.

II, 12 Black watery mists and clouds conspired, with thickest shades his fare to veil;

But at hisbrig-htness soon retired, anf; fell in showers of lire and hail.

13 Through heaven's wide arch a thun

dering peal Hod's angry voire did loudly roar; While earth's sad lace with heaps of hail and flake.-, of fire was cover'd o'er.

14 His sharpen'd arrows round he threw, which made his scalter' d foes retreat;

Like darts his nimble lightnings flew, and quickly finishU their rieteat.

15 Tiiedeep its secret stores disclosed, the world's foundations naked lay;

Bv his avenging' wrath exposed, "which fiercely raged that dreadful day. i'AKT III.

16 The Lord did on my side engage; from heaven, his throne, my cause upheld;

And snateh'd me from the furious rape of threatening waves, that proudly sweli'd.

17 God his resistless power employ'd my strongest foes' attempts to break;

Who else with ease had soon destroy'd th« weak defence that I could make.

13 Their subtte rage had near prevail'd, when I distress'dandfriendless lay;

B"t still, when other succours fail'd, (toii was my firm support and stay.

19 From dangers that enclosed me round, he brought me forth and set me free;

For some just cause his goodness found, that moved him to delight in me.

20 Because in me no guilt remains, God does his gracious help extend;

Mv hands are free from Moody stains;

therefore the Lord is still my friend. '21.22. b'orl his judgments keep in sight,

in his just paths I always trod; I never did his statutes slight,

oor loosely wander'd from my God. 23, 24 But still my soul, sincere ann pure,

did, even from darling sins refrain; 1\\- favours therefore yet endure,

because my heart and hands are clean. PART rv. 23, 26 Thou suit'st, O Lord, thy righteous ways s

to various paths ol human-kind; They who for merry merit praise1,

with thee shall wondrous mercy find. Thou to the just shall justice show;

the pure thy purity shall see; Such as perversely choose to go,

. 11;, ii meet with due returns from thee. 27 28, That he the humble soul will save,

and crush the haughty1* boasted might, In ih« the Lord an instance gave,

whose darkness he has ture'd to light.

20 On his firm succour 1 relvM,
and did o'er numerous foes prevail;

Nor fear'd, whilst he was on my side,
the hest defended walls to scale.

30 For God's design shall still succeed, bis word will hear the utmost test 1

He's a strong shield to all that need, and on his sure protection rest.

31 Who then deserves to be adored, but God, on whom my hopes depend *

Or who, except the mighty Lord, can with resistless power defend? PART V.

32, S3 Tis God that girds my armour on, and all my just designs fulfils;

Through him my feet can swiftly run, and nimbly climb the steepest hills.

34 Lessons of war from him I take, and manly weapons learn to wield,

Strong bows of steel with ease I break, forced by my strongerarms to yield.

35 The buckler of his saving health protects me from assaulting foes;

His hand sustains me still; my wealth and greatness from his bounty flows •

36 My goings he enlarged abroad,
till then to narrow paths confined;

And, when in slippery ways 1 trod,
the method of my steps design'd.

37 Through him I numerous hosts defeat, and flying squadrons captive take;

Nor from my fierce pursuit retreat, till I a final conquest make.

38 Oover'd with wounds, in vain they try their vanquish'd heads again to rear;

Spite of their boasted strength, they lie beneath my feet, and grovel there.

39 God, when fresh armies take the f,eld, recruits my strength, my courag

warms; He makes my strong opposers yield, subdued by my prevailing amis.

40 Thro' him the necks of prostrate foes my conquering feet in triumph press:

Aided l*y him, 1 root out those who hate and envy my success.

4i With loud complaints ail friends they try'd; but none was able to defend;

At length to God for help they cry'd; hut God would no assistance lend.

42 Like flying dust, which winds pursue, their broken troops I scatterd round,

Their slaughter'd bodies forth 1 threw, like loathsome dirt, that clogs the ground.


43 Our factious trihes, at strife till now, by God's appointment me obey;

The heathen to my sceptre bow,
and foreign nations «wn my sway.

44 Remotest realms their homage send, when my successful name they hear;

Strangers f*r"my commands attend, 'clturiu'd will' respect, yr awed by fear.

45 AU to my summons tamely yield, or soon in battle are dismay'd;

Far stronger holds they quit the field, and still in strongest holds afraid.

46 Let the eternal Lord be praised, the rock on whose defence I rest!

To highest heatens his name be raised, who me with his salvation blest!

47 TisGod that still supports my right; his just revenge my toes pursues;

'TV he, that, with resistless might, f,erce nations to my yoke subdues.

46 My universal safeguard he! from whom my lasting honours flow,

He made me great, nnd set me free from my remorseless bloody foe.

49 Therefore, to celebrate his fame, my grateful voice to heaven I'll raise;

And nations, strangers to his name, shall thus 1* taught to ring his praise:

50 "God to his king deliverance sends; "shows his anointed signal grace;

u His mercy evermore extends
"to David,nnd his promised race."

THE heavens declare thy glory, Lord.
which tmt alone can fill;
The firmament and stars express
Their great. Creator's skill.

2 The dawn of each returning day
fresh heams of knowledge brings;

And from the dark returns of night divine Instruction springs.

3 Their powerful language to no realm or region is confined;

'Tis nature's voice, and understood alike by all mankind.

4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense through earth's extent display;

Whose bright contents the circling sun does round tin' world convey.

5 Ho bridegroom on his nuptial day has such a cheerful face;

No giant does like him rejoice

to run his glorious race. tj From east to west, from west to east,

his restless course he goes \ And, through his progress, cheerful light

and vital warmth hestows. PART n.

7 God's perfect law converts the soul; reclaims from false desires;

With sacred wisdom his sure word the ignorant Inspires.

8 The statutes of the Lord are just, and bring sincere delight;

His pure commands i.i search of truth assist the feeblest sight.

9 His perfect worship nere is fix'd, on sure foundations laid;

His equal laws are in the scales of truth and justice welgh'd;

10 Of more esteem thnn rolden mines, .or gold refined with ski-11;

More sweet that, noney, or the drops that from the comb distil.

11 My trusty counsellors they are, and friendly warnings give;

Divine rewards attend on those who by thy precepts live.

12 Dut what frail man observes bow oft he does from virtue fall?

O cleanse me from ray secret faults, thou God that know'st them all I

13 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord, dominion have o'er me;

That, by thy grace preserved, I may the great transgression flee.

14 So sltnll my prayer and praises be
with thy acceptance blest;

And I secure on thy defence,
my strength and Saviour, rest.

THE Lord to thy request attend
and hear thee in distress;
The name of Jacob's God defend,
nnd grant thv arms success: ,

2 To aid thee from on high repaii^
and strength from Sion give;

3 Rememher all thv offerings there, * thy sacrifice receive:

4 To compass thy own heart's desire, thy counsels still direct j

Make kindly all events conspire to bring, them to effect.

5 To thy salvation, Lord, tor aid we cheerfully repair,

With banners in thy name displayed;' w The Lord accept thy prayer."

6 Our hope', are fix'ri, that now the Lofd, our sovereign,will defend:

From heaven resistless aid afford, and to his prayer attend.

7 Some trust in steeds for war designV? on chariots some rely;

Against them all we'll call to mind the power of God most high.

8 Dut, from their steeds and chariots

thrown, Heboid them through the plain, Disorder'rt, broke, and trampled down,

whilst firm our troops remain. 0 Still save us, Lord, and still proceed

our ri£ htful cause to bless; Hear, King of heaven, in times of need, the prayers that we address. PSALM 21.

THE King, 0 Lord, with songs of praist shall In thy strength rejoice; With thy*salvation cmwn'd, shall raj* to heaven his cheerful voice.

2 For thou, wbnte'er bis lips request, not only dost impart;

But hast, with thy acceptance, blest the wishes of his heart.

3 Thy goodness and thy tender r*re have all his hopes outgone;

A crown of gold thou mad'st htn west mid selt'sl it firnily en.

i He ntay' d for life; ami thou, 0 Lord,

didst to l,is prayer attend, Ami graciously to him nirord

a life that ne'er shall end, i Thy sure defence through nations round

has spread his* glorious name; And his successful actions crown'd

■with majesty andp, • Eternal blessings thou hestow'st,

and mak'st his joys increase; Whilst thou to him unclouded show'st

the brightness of thy face.

7 Because the king' on God alone
for timely aid relies;

His mercy still supports his throne, and all his wants supplied.

8 But, righteous Lord, thy stubborn foes shall feel thy heavy hand;

Thy vengeful arm shall find out those that hate thy mild command..

9 When thou against them dost engage, thy just but ffreadful doom

£halL, like a glowing oven's rage, their hopes and them consume.

10 Nor shall thy furious anger cease, or with their ruin end;

But root out all their guilty race, and to their seed extend.

11 For all their thoughts were set on ill, their hearts on malice bent;

But thou with watchful care didst still the Ill effects prevent.

12 While they their swift retreat shall to 'scapethydreadfulmiffht, [make,

I swifter arrows shall overtake, and gall them in their flight.

13 Thus, Lord, thy wondrous strength and thus exalt thy fame; [disclose,

Whilst we glad songs of praise compose

to thy Almighty name. PSALM 22. "Jt^TY God, my God, why leav'stthou me jyJL when I with anguish faint? O! why so far from me removed,

and from my loud complaint?

2 All day, but all the day unheard, at thee do I complain;

With cries implore relief all night, but cry all night in vain.

3 Yet thou art still the righteous Judge of innocence oppress'd;

And therefore Israel's praises are

of right to thee address'd. 4\ 5 On thee our ancestors rely'd,

and thy deliverance found; * With pious confidence they pray'd,

and with success were crowii'd* 6 But I am treated like a worm;

like noneof human birth'. Jffof only by the great reviled,

but made the rabble's mirth. '7 With laughter all the gazing crowd,

my agoines survev:

They shoot the lip, they shake the head, and thus deriding say:

8 * In God he trusted, boasting oft "that he was heaven's delight;

"Let God come down to save him now,w and own his favourite." PART II.

9 Thou mad'st my teeming mother's a living offspring bear; [womb

When but a suckling at the breast,
I was thy early care.

10 Thou, guardian-like, didn't shield from

wrongs my helpless infant days; And since hast been my God, and guidet through life's bewilder'd ways.

11 Withdraw not then so far from me, when trouble is so nigh;

0 send me help'. thy help, on which I only can rely.

12 High-pamper'd bulls, a frowning front Hasan's forest met, [herd.

With strength proportion^ to their rage, have me around beset

13 They gape on me, and every mouth a yawning grave appears)

The desert lion's savage row less dreadful is than theirs. PART III.

14 My blood like water's spill'd,my joint! are rack'd and out of frame;

My heart dissolves within my breast, like wax before the name.

15 My strength like potter's earth it

parch'd; my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And to the silent shades of death my fainting soul withdraws.

16 Like blood-hounds to surround me, in pack'd assemblies meet; j they

They pierced my inoffensive hands; thty pierced my harmless feet.

17 My body's rack'd, till ;di my bones distinctly may be told;

Yet such a spectacle of woe as pastime they hehold.

18 As spoil, my garments they thvide, lots for my vesture cast;

19 Therefore approach, O Lord, my

strength, and to my succour haste.

20 From their sharp swords protect them of all but life hereft; [n^

Nor let my darling in the power of cruel" dogs he left.

21 To save me from the lion's jaws, thypresentsuccour send;

As once, from goring unicorns, l.,ou us e life-defend.

22 Then to my brethren I'll declare the triumphs of thy name;

In presence of assembled saints thy glory thus proclaim:

23 " Ye worshippers of .Tarub's C"Ju all yuu ofi^rael's line,

"O praise the Lord, and to your praise '' sincere obedience join.

24 " He ne'er disdain'd on low distress "to cast a edacious eye;

i* Nor turn'd from poverty his face, "but hears Us humble cry." PART IV.

25 Thus, in thy sacred courts, will I ray cheerful thanks express;

In presence of thy saints perform the vows of my distress.

26 The meek companions of ray grief shall find my table spread;

Aud all that seek the Lord,shall be with joys immortal fed.

27 Then shall the glad converted world to God their homage pay;

And scatter'rf nations of the earth one sovereign Lord obey.

28 Tis his supreme prerogative o'er subject kings to reign;

Tis just that he should rule the world,

who does the world sustain. £9 The rich, who are with plenty fed,

his bounty must confess; The sons of want, by him relieved,

their generous Patron bless. With humble worship to his throne

they all for aid resort', That power, which first their beings

can only them support. [gave,

SO, 31 Then shall a chosen spotless race,

devoted to his name,
To their admiring heirs his truth,

and glorious acts, proclaim.

THE Lord himself, the mighty Lord,
vouchsafes to be my guide;
The Shepherd, by whose constant care
my wants are all supply'd.

2 Iu tender grass he makes me feed, and gently there repose;

Then leads me to cool shades, and where refreshing water tlows.

3 He does my wandering soul reclaim, and, to his endless praise,

Instruct with humble zeal to walk in his most righteous ways.

4 I pass the gloomy vale of death, from fear and danger free;

Tor there his aiding rod aud Stan" defend and comfort me.

5 In presence of my spiteful foes he does my table spread;

He crowns my cup with cheerful wine, with oil anoints my head.

6 Since God doth thus his wondrous love through all my life extend,

That life to him I will devote, and in his temple spend. PSALM 24. **|THE spacious earth is all the Lord's, -*■ the Lord's her fulness is; The world, and they that dwell therein^ by sovereign right are his.

2 He framed and fix\l it on the seas. and bis Almighty hand,

Upon inconstant floods, has made? the stable fabric stand.

3 But for himself, this Lord of all one chosen scat design'd;

O! who shall to that sacred hill deserved admittance find?

4 The man, whose hands and heart are


whose thoughts from pride arc free Who honest poverty prefers

to gainful perjury, fi This, this is he; on whom the Lord

shall shower his blessings down; Whom God, bis Saviour, snail vouchsafr,

with righteousness to crown.

6 Such is the race of saints, by whom the sacred courts are trod;

And such the proselytes that seek the face of Jacob's God.

7 Erect your heads, eternal gates , unfold, to entertain

The King of Glory: see! he come* with bis celestial train.

8 Who is the King of Glory? who? the Lord, for strength renown'd;

In battle mighty; o'er his foes eternal victor crown'd.

9 Erect your heads, ye gates; unfold in state to entertain

The King of Glory: see! he comes with all his shining train.

10 Who is the King of Glory ? who' the Lord of hosts renown'd ,

Of Glory he alone is King, who is with glory crow n'd.


TO God, in whom I trust,
I lift my heart and voice,
0! let me not be put to shame,

nor let my foes rejoice. 3 Those who on thee rely,

let no disgrace attend; Be that the shameful lot of such

as wilfully offend. 4, 5 To me thy truth impart,

and lead mc in thy way; For thou art he that brings me help;

on thee I wait all day.

6 Thy mercic^and thy love, O Lord,recaI to mind;

And graciously continue still, as thou w ert ever, kind.

7 Let all my youthful crimes he blotted out by thee;

And, for thy wondrous goodness .v-*r
in mercy think on me.

8 His mercy, and his truth,
the righteous Lord displays,

In bringing wandering sinners hoe*

and teaching them his ways. 0 He those injustice guides,

wbo bis direction seek

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