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Though wide the briars infest the ground,
Defy a tender hand;
And tear them from their place:
And vanish in the blaze.
CCCLXVI. A Military O'de. Psalm cxlix. Probably composed by David, to be sung when his Army was marching
out to War against the Remnunt of the devoted Nations of Canaan, and first went up in solemn Procession to the House of God at Jerusalem, there, as it were, to consecrate the Arms, which he put into their Hands. The Beds referred to, Ver. 5, where probably the Couches, on which they lay at the Banquet attending their Şucrifices; which gives a noble Sense to a Passage, on any other In
terpretation hardly intelligible.
And let all his saints in full consort join:
In solemn procession with music divine. 2 () Israel, in him that made thee rejoice;
Let all Zion's sons exult in their King;
Your lutes, harps and timbrels in harmony bring. 3 The Lord in his saints still finds his delight;
Salvation from him the meek shall adorn;
And crown’d by his favour may lift up their horn. 4 Let carpets be spread, and banquets prepar'd
Those altars around, whence incense ascends;
And God, whom we worship, indulgerit attends. 5 Then as your hearts bound with music and wine,
Inspir'd by the God, who reigns in the place:
And scatter his wrath on nations around:
And boast that Jehovah commissions the wound. 7 Their generals subdued your triumphs shall grace,
And loaded with chains their kings shall be brought;
On the necks shall ye trample of Canaan's proud race,
And all their last remnant for slaughter be sought. 8 No rage of your own such rigour demands;
A sentence divine your arms must fulfil:
And in sacred volumes recorded his will.
All-grateful receive, and faithful obey;
CCCLXVII. For the Thanksgiving-Day for the Peace, April 25, 1749,
Who bids the tumult of the battle cease:
And the broad fanlchion in the plow-share ends.
In kind einbrace, and friendly salutations. 2
Britain, adore the guardian of thy state;
Frown'd on the counsels of thy haughtiest foes;
Of fire and sword and spreading desolation,
He wafted o'er deliverance with his wind;
And curb'd their fury with his mightier hand:
Taught those audacious sinners their delusion. 4 He gave our fleets to triumph o'er the main,
And scatter terrors 'cross wide ocean's plain :
Nor found their safety in the attempted fight;
Those to distress, whom Israel's God defended.
And meagre famine hostile lands o'erspread;
Nor scorn the overtures of equal peace:
Joint hymns of gratitude to heaven addressing. 6 While we beneath our vines and fig-trees sit, Or thus within thy sacred temple meet,
Accept, great God, the tribute of our song,
And all the mercies of this day prolong. Then spread thy peaceful word through every nation, That all the earth may hail thy great salvation. CCCLXVIII. The Blessing pronounced upon Israel by the Priests.
Numbers vi. 24-27.
FOR NEW YEAR'S-DAY.
Who hast ordain'd thy priests to bless,
And verify thy servants' word.
Through all the year from every ill;
Cheer all its bright or gloomy days.
For all our joys unite in thee;
To calm our hearts, and bless our land.
And scatter blessings through thy house;
Its pious songs of ardent praise.
And hear our loud united cries :
Through all her coasts, and seek thy grace.
Nor sword, nor horse, nor ships we boast:
And human force and skill is vain.
On every shore, on every town;
And lay thy lifted thunder by.
And purge our land from all its crimes;
Let princes, priests and people shine.
No foul reproach, to drive from thence
Our surest glory and defence.
And crown our arms with wide success :
CCCLXX. Jubez's Prayer recommended to Youth. i Chronicles
iv. 9, 10.
While we intreat thy grace,
With which he sought thy face.
“Would me bis servant bless,
“And crown my paths with peace!
My helper and my guide,
My portion he divide.”
While God inclin'd his ear;
Shall find the blessing near.
With loud united voice ;
And all your hearts rejoice!
CCCLXXI. Manasseh's Affliction, Penitence and Restoration.
2 Chronicles xxxiii. 10–12.
To own that humble name,
Thy grace to him proclaim?
That hell in him might reign;
Its honours to profane.
With pity in thine eyes:
How wondrous, yet how wise!
4 Caught in the thorns by hostile hands,
The captive learn’d to reign;
From Satan's heavier chain,
Thou heard'st his doleful cry;
And bring salvation nigh,
May grace exert its power!
That works the sovereign cure.
CCCLXXII. A Church seeking Direction from God in the Choice of a
Pastor. Ezra viji. 21.
Thy servants' groans indulgent hear!
And seek the guidance of thine eye.
Our wandering paths, our trackless ways;
To guide our doubtful footsteps right.
In suppliant crowds at mercy's gate:
Shall Israel seek thy face in vain ?
Nor let thy flock neglected mourn;
Dear to our souls, and dear to thee!
A cheerful tribute to thy praise;
CCCLXXIII. Divine Condemnation deprecated, and Instruction de
sired, by the Aflicted." Job x. 2.
What human creature can be clear?
Who can escape, or who endure?
As trembling in the dust we lie;