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7 He'd Sion find with numbers filled
Of such as merit high renown ;
And (her transcending fame to crown),
God and Saviour, I
To my distress incline thine ear. 3 For seas of trouble me invade,
My soul draws nigh to death's cold shade ; 4 Like one whose strength and hopes are fled,
They number me among the dead : 5 Like those who, shrouded in the grave,
From thee no more remembrance have ; 6 Cast off from thy sustaining care,
Down to the confines of despair..
Afflicting me with restless pain ;
Too weak, alas, to bear the least.
In a loath'd dungeon laid, where none
Confin'd past hopes of liberty.
They waste, but still my griefs increase ;
With out-stretch'd hands invok'd thy aid. 10 Wilt thou by miracle revive
The dead, whom thou forsook'st alive?
Whom thou from prison would'st not bring? DI Shall the mute grave thy love confess!
A mould'ring tomb thy faithfulness? 12 Thy truth and pow'r renown obtain
Where darkness and oblivion reign? 13 To thee, O Lord, I cry forlorn ;
My pray'r prevents the early morn :. 14 Why hast thou, Lord, my soul forsook,
Nor once vouchsaf'd a gracious look?
15 Prevailing sorrows bear me down,
Which from my youth with me have grown ;
And fears of blacker days behind.
Thy terrors fill my soul with dread ; 17 Environ'd as with waves combin'd,
And for a gen’ral deluge join'd. 18 My lovers, friends, familiars, all
Remov'd from sight, and out of call;
My song on them shall ever dwell ;
Thy never-failing truth shall tell. 2 I have affirm'd, and still maintain,
Thy mercy shall for ever last ;
Like them shall stand for ever fast.
« With David I a league have made ; 66 To him, my servant, and my choice
“ By solemn oath this grant convey'd : 46 While earth, and seas, and skies endure,
.66 Thy seed shall in my sight remain ; « To them thy throne I will ensure,
“ They shall to endless ages reign." 5 For such stupendous truth and love,
Both heav'n and earth just praises owe,
And by assembled saints below. 6 What Seraph of celestial birth
To vie with Israel's God shall dare?
With our Almighty Lord compare?
His saints should to his temple press;
Who his Almighty Name confess.
Of strength or pow'r like thine renown'd! Of such a num'rous, faithful host,
As that which does thy throne surround?
9 Thou dost the lawless sea controul,
And change the prospect of the deep;
Thou mak'st the rolling billows sleep. 10 Thou brak'st in pieces Rahab's pride,
And didst oppressing pow'r disarm ;
The force of thy resistless arm. 11 In thee the sov'reign right remains
Of earth and heav'n ; thee, Lord, alone
Their Maker and Preserver own.
Were form’d by thy creating voice ;
In thy sustaining pow'r rejoice.
Yet, Lord, thou dost with justice reign; 14 Possess'd of absolute command,
Thou truth and mercy dost maintain. 15 Happy, thrice happy they, who hear
Thy sacred trumpet's joyful sound;
With thy most glorious presence crown'd. 16 Thy saints shall always be o'erjoy'd,
Who on thy sacred Name rely ;
Above their foes be rais'd on high. 17 For in thy strength they shall advance,
Whose conquests from thy favour spring i 18 The Lord of hosts is our defence,
And Israel's God our Israel's King.
“ A mighty champion I will send ;
“ Of one who shall the rest defend. 20 “ My servant David I have found,
“ With holy oil anointed him ; 21 “ Him shall the hand support that crown'd,
“ And guard, that gave the diadem. 22 “ No prince from him shall tribute force,
“ No son of strife shall him annoy i 23 “ His spiteful foes I will disperse,
“ And them before his iace destroy.
24 " My truth and grace shall him sustain ;
“ His armies in well-order'd ranks, 25 “ Shall conquer, from the Tyrian Main
" To Tigris and Euphrates' banks. 26 “ Me for his father he shall take,
“ His God and rock of safety call; 27 “ Him I my first-born son will make,
“ And earthly kings his subjects all. 28 “ To him my mercy I'll secure,
“ My cov'nant make for ever fast :
“ And from my sacred precepts stray ;
“ Nor strictly my commands obey ; 32 « Their sins I'll visit with a rod,
“ And for their folly make them smart; 33 6 Yet will not cease to be their God,
“ Nor from my truth, like them depart.
“ But in remembrance fast retain ;
6 Shall in eternal force remain.
« And made my holiness the tie,
“ Nor to my servant David lie;
66 Shall, like his course, establish'd see ;
“ In heav'n my faithful witness be."
But thou hast now our tribes forsook,
And turn'd on him thy wrathful look. 39 Thou seemest to have render'd void
The cov'nant with thy servant made ;
And in the dust his honour laid.
And brought his bulwarks to decay ; 41 His frontier coasts defenceless left, A public scorn, and common prey;
49 His ruin does glad triumphs yield
To foes, advanc'd by thee to might; 43 Thou hast his conqu’ring sword unsteeld,
His valour turn'd to shameful flight. 44 His glory is to darkness Aed,
His throne is levell’d with the ground; 45 His youth to wretched bondage led,
With shame o'erwhelm'd and sorrow drown'd. 46 How long shall we thy absence mourn?
Wilt thou for ever, Lord, retire?
Till that and we at once expire ? 47 Consider, Lord, how short a space
Thou dost for mortal lise ordain ;
But loading it with grief and pain. 48 What man is he that can controul
Death's strict unalterable doom?
The grave that must mankind entomb ? 49 Lord, where's thy love, thy boundless grace,
The oath to which thy truth did seal,
The grant which time shall ne'er repeal. 50 See how thy servants treated are
With infamy, reproach and spite;
From nations of licentious might.
Have made thy servant's hope their jest, 52 Yet thy just praises we'll proclaim,
And ever sing, The Lord be blest.
O LORD the Saviour and defence
Of us thy
Our sure abiding place.
Or th' earth and world didst frame,
And ever art the same.
Of which he first was made ;