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2 Before the heavens in order stood,

Or earth receiv'd its frame, From everlasting thou art God,

To endless years the same.

3 Thy word hath doom'd our flesh to earth,

Return, ye fons of men :
From duft all nations took their birth,

And sink to dust again.

4. A thousand of our hafty years

Are shorter in thy fight Than yesterday to us appears ;

Short as a watch of night.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away ;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

6 The busy tribes of Aesh and blood

With all their hopes and fears
Are carried downwards by the flood,

And lost in following years.

7

Like flowery fields the nations stand,

Pleas'd with the morning light ;

The The flow'rs beneath the mower's hand

Lie withering ere 'tis night.

8 O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while dangers last,

And our eternal home,

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END OF THE SECOND BOOK,

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THIRD

SHORT METRE.

PSALM 1

Defires and kopes of penitency,

LET no events cast down

Those who from evil Alee, Nor disappointment shame their hopes

Who wait, O Lord, on thee. .

2 Lord, set before mine eyes

Thy ways in clearer light;
And help me always to perform

What is pleasing in thy sight.
From the straight paths of truth,

Ne’er let me turn astray :
On thee, my gracious God, I wait

To learn and keep thy way.

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4 Into my former fins

" No strict enquiry make : The faults that I renounce, forgive

For thine own goodness sake.

5 God, who is good and just,

Will those who err instruct, And to the paths of righteousness

Their wandering steps conduct.

6 The humble foul he'll guide,

And teach the meek his way: Kindness and truth he'll shew to all

Who his just laws obey.

7 Give me the tender heart

That fears the Lord above : And lead me thro' whatever path

Thy wifdom shall approve.

8 But ever keep my soul

From error, shame, and guilt ; And suffer not the hope to fail

That on thy truth is built.

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PSALM II.

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Preservation and redemption.
TO God the only wise,

Our saviour and our king,
Let all his saints with joyful hearts

Their humble praises bring.

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'Tis his almighty love,

His counsel, and his care, Preserves them fafe from fin, and death,

And every hurtful fnare. 3 He will present their souls.

Unblemish'd and compleat, Before the glory of his face,

With joys divinely great.

4. Then all his faithful fons

Shall meet around the throne; Shall bless the conduct of his grace,

And make his wonders known.

5 To God the only wise

All majesty belongs, And be his

In everlasting songs.

power and

grace ador'd

PSALM III.

Christian hope.

BEHOLD what wondrous grace.

The Father hath bestow'd
On upright minds of mortal race,

To call them fons of God!

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