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thou sendest rain into the little vallies thereof; thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it. . Thou crownest the year with thy goodness, and thy clouds drop fatness. They shall drop upon the dwellings of the wilderness, and the little hills shall rejoice on every side. The folds shall be full of sheep; the vallies also shall stand so thick with corn, that they shall laugh and sing.

SELECTION VIII.

From Psalm lxxxiv. Quam dilecta.

How amiable are thy dwellings, thou Lord of hosts! My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Yea, the Sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young; even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; they will be alway praising thee. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are thy ways. Who going through the vale of misery, use it for a well; and the pools are filled with water. They will go from strength to strength, and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; hearken, O God of Jacob. For one day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door-keeper

in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of ungodlineSS.

For the Lord God is a light and defence; the Lord will give grace and worship; and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.

O Lord God of hosts, blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.

Psalm lxxxv. Benediacisti, Do77227762.

Lo: thou art become gracious unto thy land; thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Thou hastforgiven the offence of thy people, and covered all their sins. Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure, and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation. Turn us then, O God our Saviour, and let thine anger cease from us. Wilt thou be displeased atus for ever ? and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another? Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken us, that thy people may rejoice in thee? Show us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me; for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again. For his salvation is nigh them that fear him ; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall flourish out of the earth, and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

Yea, the Lord shall show lowing-kindness; and our land shall give her increase.

Righteousness shall go before him ; and he shall direct his going in the way.

Psalm xciii. Dominus regnavit.

HE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel; the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength. He hath made the round world So Sure, that it cannot be moved. Ever since the world began, hath thy seat been prepared: Thou art from everlasting. The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice; the floods lift up their Waves. The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; but et, the Lord, who dwelleth on h, is mightier. of hy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure: holiness becometh thine house for ever.

Psalm xcvii. Dominusregnavit.

TH: Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his seat. There shall go a fire before him, and burn up his enemies on every side. His lightnings gave shine unto the world; the earth saw it, and was afraid. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

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Thou madest him lower than the angels, to crown him with glory and worship.

Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands; and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;

All sheep and oxen; yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea; and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world !

From Psalm xxxiii. Eacultate, justi. EJOICE in the Lord, O ye righteous; for it becometh well the just to be thankful. Praise the Lord with harp; sing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings. Sing unto the Lord a new song; sing praises unto him with a good courage. For the word of the Lord is ho and all his works are faithful. He loveth righteousness and judgment; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap; and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house. Letall the earth fear the Lord; stand in awe of him, all ye that dwell in the world: For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

From Psalm colvii. Laudate

Dominum.

Praise the Lord, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; yea, a joyful and font thing it is to be thank

Ul The Lord doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth those who are bro. ken in heart, and giveth medi. cine to heal their sickness. He telleth the number of the stars, and calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and great is his power; yea, and his wisdom is infinite. The Lord setteth up the meek, and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground. O sing unto the Lord with ksgiving; sing praises upon the harp unto our God; Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and the herb for the use of men; Who giveth fodder unto the cattle, and feedeth the youngravens that call upon him. The Lord’s delightis in those who fear him, and put their trust in his mercy. Praise the Lord, OJerusalem; praise thy God, O Sion. For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed thy children within thee. e maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the flour of wheat. He sendeth forth, his commandment upon earth, and his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool,

and scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels; who is able to abide his frost? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them; he bloweth with his wind, and the waters

W. He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and ordinances unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation; neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws.

From Psalmlvii. Miserere mei, Deus.

So, up thyself, O God, above the heavens; and thy glory above all the earth. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, lute, and harp: I myself will awake right early. I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people; and I will sing unto thee among the nations. For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens; and thy glory above all the earth.

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Praise the Lord of heaven; praise him in the height. Praise him, all ye angels of his; praise him, all his host. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, allye stars and light. Praise him, all ye heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord; for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created. He hath made them fast for ever and ever; he hath given them a law which shall not be broken. Praise the Lord upon earth, ye dragons, and all deeps; Fire and hail, snow and vaours, wind and storm, fulfilling is word. Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; worms and feathered fowls; Kings of the earth and all people; princes and all judges of the world; Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the name of the Lord; for his name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth. He shall exalt the horn of his F. all his saints shall praise im; even the children of Israel, i. the people that serveth III]..

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My shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord; with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth, from one generation to another. For I have said, mercy shall be set up for ever; thy truth shalt thou establish in the heaVenS. The Lord is our defence; the holy One of Israel is our King. Thou spakest some time in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the peole. I will set his dominion in the sea, and his right hand in the floods. And I will make him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth. The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy foot-stool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion; be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies. In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free will offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning. The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedech.

ASH WEDNESDAY.

From Psalms xxxii. xxxviii. CXXX.

LESSED is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven, and whose sin is covered.

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