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Who honest poverty prefers
And by his num'rous race the land To gainful perjury:
Successively possess d. 5 This, this is ne, on whom the Lord 14 For God to all his saints Shall shower his blessings down ;
His secret will imparts. Whom God. his Saviour, shall rouch- And does his gracious cov'nant write With righteousness to crown [safe
In their obedient hearts. 6 Such is the race of saints, by whom 15 To him I lit my eyes, The sacred courts are trod;
And wait his timely aid, And such the proselytes that seek
Who breaks the strong and treach'rous The face of Jacob's God.
Which for my feet was laid. snare, 7 Erect your heads. eternal gates;
16 O! turn, and all my griefs. Unfold, to entertain
In merry, Lord, redress The Kmg oi Glory : see! he comes For I am comess'd round with woes, With his celestial train.
And plung d in deep distress. 8 Who is the King of Glory? who? 17 The sorrow's of my heart
Te Lord, for strength renown'd; To mighty sums increase ; In battle mighty v'er his foes
O! from this dark and dismal state Elemal victor crown'd.
My troubled soul release! 9 Erert your heads, ye gates ; unfold 18 Do thou, with tender eyes, in slate to entertain
My sad a fhitjon see: The King of clory: see! he comes Acquit me. Lord, and from my guilt With all his shining train.
Entirely set the free. 10 Who is the King of Glory? who? 19 Consider. Lord, my foes, The Lurd of hosts renown'd;
How vast their numbers grow! Of Glory he alone is King,
What lawless ore and rage they use, Who is with glory crown'd.
What boundless hate they show!
20 Protect, and set my soul
From their tierce malice free;
Nor let me be asham'd, who place O ! let me not be put to shame,
My steadfast trust in thee. Nor let my foes rejoice.
21 Let all my righteous acts 3 Those who on thee rely,
To full perfection rise ; Let no disgrace attend;
Because my firm and constant hope Be that the shameful lot of such
On thee alone relies As wilfully offend
22 To Israel's chosen race 4, 5 To me thy truth impart,
Continue ever kind; And lead me in thy way;
And, in the midst of all their wants, For thou art he that brings me help; Let them thy succour find On thee I wait all day.
PSALM XXVI 6 Thy mercies and thy love,
O Lord, recall to mind; And graciously continue still,
Of righteousness have trod; As thou wert ever, kind.
I cannot fail, who all my trust 7 Let all my youthful crimes
Repose on thee, my God. Be blotted out by thee;
2, 3 Search thou my heart, whose inno. And, for thy wondrous goodness' sake, Will shine the more 'tis tryd; (cence In mercy think on me
For I have kept thy grace in view, 9 His merry, and his truth,
And made thy truth my guide. The righteous Lord displays,
4 I never for companions took In bringing wand'ring sinners home, The idle or profane; And teaching them his ways.
No hypocrite, with all his arts, 9 He those in justice guides,
Could e'er my friendship gain Who his direction seek;
5 I hate the busy plotting crew, And in his sacred pathi shall lead
Who make distracted times; The humble and the meek.
And shun their wicked company, 10 Through all the ways of God
As I avoid their crimes Both truth and mercy shine,
6 I'll wash my hands in innocence, To such as, with religious hearts,
And bring a heart su pure,
That when thy aluar l approach,
My welcome shall secure 11 Since mercy is the grace,
7, FMy thanks I'll publish there, and tell That most exalts thy fame,
How thy renown excels; Forgive my heinous sin, O Lord,
seat affords me most delight, And so advance thy name.
In which thy honour dwells 12 Whoe'er, with humble fear,
9 Pass not on me the sinner's doom, To God his duty pays,
Who murder make their trade; Shall find the Lord a faithful guide, 10 Who others' rights. by secret bribes In all his righteous ways.
Or open force, invade 13 His quiet soul with peace
11 But I will walk in paths of truth, Shall be for ever bless'd;
And innocence pursuc ;
Protect me, therefore, and to me
2 Regard my supplication, Lord, Thy niercies, Lord, renew.
The cries that I repeat, 12 In spite of all assaulting foes, With weeping eyes, and lifted hands, I still maintain my ground,
Before thy mercy-seat.
Who make a trade of ill,
And ever speak the person fair,
Whose blood they meant to spill.
4 According to their crimes extent,
Let justice have its course : Since strongly he my life supports,
Relentless be to them, as they What can my soul afright) 2 With fierce intent my flesh to tear,
Have sinned without remorse. When toes beset me round,
5 Since they the works of God despise They stumbled, and their haughty crests
Nor will his grace adore : Were made to strike the ground,
His wrath shall utterly destroy, 3 Though him my heart, undaunted
And build them up no more. With mighty bosts to cope ; (dares
6 But I, with due acknowledgment, Through him, in doubtful straits of war, His praises will resound. For good success I hope
From whom the cries of my distress 4 Hence orth, within his house to dwell A gracious answer found I earnestly desire;
7 My heart its contidence repos'd His wondrous beauty there to view,
In God, my strength and shield; And of his will inquire.
In him I trusted, and returri'd 5 For there I may with comfort rest,
l'riumphant from the field. In times of deep distress;
As he hath made my joys complete, And safe, as on a rock, abide
"Tis just that I should raise In that secure recess
The cheerful tribute of my thanks, 6 Whilst God o er all iny haughty foes
And thus resound his praise
8 His aiding power supports the troops, My lofty head shall raise ;
*. That my just cause maintain And I my joyful tribute bring,
** 'Twas he advanc'd me to the throne; With grateful songs of praise
*. 'Tis he secures my reign PARTI
9 Preserve thy chosen, and proceed 7 Continue, Lord, to hear my voice, Thine heritage to bless; Whene er to thee I cry;
With plenty prosper them, in peace; In inercy my complaints receive,
In battle, with success
YE priners that in might excel,
Your grateful sacrifice prepare ; " Thy glorious face I'll always seek," God's glorious actions loudly tell. My grateful heart replies
His wondrous power to all declare. 9 Then hide not thou thy face, O Lord, Nor me in wrath reject;
2 To his great name fresh altars raise
Him in his holy temple praise,
Where he's with solemn state ador'd. 10 Though all my friends, and kindred
3 "Tis he that, with amazing noise, Their helpless charge forsake, [too,
The wat'ry clouds in sunder breaks ; Yet thou, whose love excels them all.
The ocean trembles at his voice,
When be from heaven in thunder 11 Instruct me in thy paths. O Lord,
speaks My ways directly guide ;
4, 5 How full of power his voice appxars! Lest envious men, who watch my steps, With what majestic terror crown'd! Should see me tread aside.
Which from their roots tall cedars tears, 12 Lord, disappoint my cruel foes ; And strews their scatter'd branches
Defeat their ill desire,
6 They, and the hills on which theygrow, Against my peace conspire.
Are sometimes hurry'd far away; 13 Y trusted that my future life Should with thy Inve be crown'd;
And leap, like hinds that bounding go,
Or unicorns in youthful play Or else my fainting soul had sunk, 7, 8 When God in thunder loudly speaks, With sorrow compass'd round
And scatter'd flames of lightning sends, 14 God's time with patient faith expect, The forest nods, the desert quakes, Who will inspire thy breast
And stubborn Kadesh lowly bends. With inward strength : do thou thy part, 9 He makes the hinds to cast their young, And leave to him the rest.
And lays the beasts' dark coverts bere; PSALM XXVIII
While those that to his courts belong, O , Securely sing his praises there
In sighs consume my breath; 10, 11 God rules the angry foods on O! answer, or I shall become
high; Like those that sleep in death.
His boundless sway shall never ceases
His saints with strength he will supply, And still my soul in every sta
7 Those mercirs thou hast shown, I'W , Who didst thy power employ
I'll cheerfully express ; To raise my drooping head, and check For thou hast seen my straits, and known My foes' insulting joy
My soul in der distress 2, 3 In my distress I cry'd to thee, 8 When Keilah's treach'rous race Who kindly didst relieve,
Did all my strengil enclose, And from the grave's expecting jaws Thou gav st my feel a larger space, My hopeless life retrieve
To shun my watchful foes. 4 Thus to his courts. ye saints of his, 9 Thy mercy, Lord, display, With songs of praise repair ;
And hear my just complaint; With me commemorate his truth, For both my soul and Aesh decay And providential care.
With griel and hunger faint. 5 His wmth has but a moment's reign, 10 Sad thoughts my te oppress; His favour no decay:
My sears are spent in Ricans Your night of grief is recompens'd My sins have made my strength decreases With joy's returning day
And e'en consun'd my bones 6 But I, in prosp rous days presumid; 11. My foes my suitrings mock'd; No sudden change I lear'd;
My neighbours did upbrand; Whilst in my sunshine of success, My friends, al sight of me, were shock'de No low'ring cloud appear'd.
And Hed, as men dismay'd. 7 But soon I found thy favour, Lord, 12 Forsook by all am I, My empire's only trust;
As dead, and out of mind For when thou hid'st thy face, I saw And like a shatter'd vessel lie. My honour luid in dust.
Whose parts can ne'er be join'd. 8 Then, as I vaibly had presum'd, 13 Yet sland'rous words they speak, Mv error I consessid ;
And seem my power to dread; And thus with supplicating voice,
Whilst they together counsel take, Thy mercy's throne address'd
My guililess blood to shed. 9. "What profit is there in my hood, 14 But still my steadfast trust
Congeald by death's cold night? I on thy help repose "Can silent ashes speak thy praise, That thou, my God, art good and just, " Thy wondrous truth recite ?
My soul with confort knows. 10 - Hear me, O Lord, in mercy hear;
PART 1 " Thy wonted aid extend ;
15 Whate'er events betide, “Do thou send help, on whom alone Thy wisdom times them all ; "I can for help depend
Then. Lord, thy servant safely hide 11 'Tis done! thou hast my mournful From those that seek his fall. To songs and dances
turn; (scene 16 The brightness of thy face Invested me with robes of state,
To me, O Lord, disclose : Who late in sackcloth mourn'd. And, as thy mercies still increase, 12 Exalted thus, I'll gladly sing
Preserve me from my foes Thy praise in grateful verse ;
17 Me from dishonour save, And, as thy favours endless are,
Who still have call'd on thee;
Let that, and silence in the grave,
The sinner's portion be
Whose breath in lies is spent ;
Against the righteous vent. 2 Bow down thy gracious ear,
19 How And speedy sticcour send;
great thy mercies are
To such as fear thy name, Do thou my steadfast rock appear,
Which thou for those that trust thy care, To shelter and defenti,
Dost to the world proclaim ! 3 Since thou, when foes oppress, 20 Thou keep'st them in thy sight, My rock and fortress art,
From proud oppressors free; To guide me orth from this distress, From tongues that do in strife delight, Thy wonted impart.
They are preservd by thee 4 Release me the snare,
21 With glory and renown Which they have closely laid ;
God's name be ever blessid ; Since I, O God, my strength, repair Whose love, in Keilah's well-fene' town, To thee alone for aid.
Was wondrously expressid ! 5 To thee, the God of truth,
22 I said, in hasty flight, My life, and all that's mine,
** I'm banish'd from ibine eyes ;" (For thou preserv'dst me from my Yet still thou keep'st me in thy sight,
I willingly resign [youth,) And heard'st my earnest cries 6 All vain designs I hate
23 0 : all ye saints, the Lord Of those that trust in lies;
With eager love pursue i
Who to the just will help afford,
7 The swelling floods, together roll'd, And give the proud their due.
He makes in heaps to lie; 24 Ye that on God rely,
And lays, is in a store-house safe, Courageously proceed ;
The wat'ry treasures by
Before him trembling stand;
For, when he spuke the word. 'twas made;
'Twas fx'd at his command. He's best whose sins have pardor 10 vie, when the heathen closely plot, No more in judgment to appear;
Their counsels undermines; 2 Whose guilt remission has obtain'd,
His wisdom ineffectual makes And whose repentance is sincere.
The people's rash designs. 3 While I conceal'd the fretting sore,
11 Whale or the mighty Lord decrees, My bones consum'd without relief;
Shall stand for ever sure; All day did I with anguish roar,
The settled purpose of his heart But no complaints assuag'd my grief. To ages shall endure. 4 Heavy on me thy hand remaind,
PART II. By day and night alike distress'd, 12 How happy then are they, to whom Till quite of vital moisture draind,
The Lord for God is known ! Like land with summer's drought op.
Whom he, from all the world besides,
Has chosen for bis own. press'd. 5 No sooner I my wound disclos'd,
13, 14, 15 He all the nations of the earth, The guilt that tortur'd me within,
From heaven, his throne, survey'd; But thy forgiveness interpos'd,
He saw their works, and view'd their And mercy's healing balm pour' in.
thoughts ; 6 True pen tents shall thus succeed,
By him their hearts were made. Who seek thee whilst thou may'st be
16, 17 No king is safe by num'rous found;
hosts ; And, from the common deluge freed,
Their strength the strong deceives : Shall see remorseless sinners drown'd.
No manag'd horse, by force or speed, Thy favour. Lord, in all distress,
His warlike rider saves. My lower of reluge i must own;
18, 19 'Tis God, who those that trust in Thou shalt my baughey foes suppress,
Beholds with gracious eyes;
[him And me with songs of triumph crown.
He frees their soul from death; their 8 In my instruction then confide,
In ume of dearth supplies. [want, Ye that would truth's safe path des.
20, 21 Our soul on God with patience Your progress I'll securely guide, (cry,
Our belp and shield is lie ; (waits; And keep you in my watchful eye.
Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice, 9 Submit yourselves to wisdom's rule,
Because we trust in thee.
Do thou to us extend ;
On thee alone depend. 10 Sorrows on sorrows multiply'd,
(of life, Blessings of inercy shall surround.
The praises of my God shall still 11 His saints, that have perform'd his
My heart and tongue employ.
2 Of his deliv'rance I will boast, laws, Their life in triumph shall employ :
Till all that are distrest, Let them, as they alone have cause,
From my example comfort take,
And charm their griefs to rest. In grateful raptures shout for juy.
3 O! magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt his name:
; He to my rescue came. For well the righteous it becomes 5 Their drooping hearts were soon re To sing glad songs of praise.
Who look'd to him for aid ; (fresh'd, 2, 3 Let harps, and psalleries, and lules, Desir'd success in every face In joyful concert meet;
A cheerful air display'a. And new.made songs of loud applause 6 Behold," say they, -behold the man, The harmony complete
Whom providence reliev'd; 4,5 For faithful is the word of God; “ The man so dang 'rously beset, His works with truth abound;
" So wondrously retrieved !" He justice loves; and all the earth 7 The hosts of Godt Is with his goodness crown'd.
The dwellings of the just; 6 By his Alınighty Word, at first, Deliv'rance he affords tú all The heav'nly arch was rear'd;
Who on his succour trust. And all the beauteous hosts of light 8 O! make but trial of his love, At His command appear'd.
Experience will decide
THROUGHe and the changing scenes
How blest they are, and only they, 6 And when, through dark and slipp'ry Who in his truth confide.
They strive his rage to shun, (ways, 9 Fear him. ye saints; and you will then His vengeful ministers of wrath Have nothing else to fear:
Shall goad them as they run. Make you his service your delight, 7 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong, Your wants shall be his care
They hid their treach'rous snare; 10 While hungry lions lack their prey,
And, for my harmless soul, a pit The Lord will food provide
Did, without cause, prepare.
By their own arts betray'd,
Their feet shall fall into the net, 11 Approach, yr prously dispos'd,
Which they for me had laid And cay austruction hear :
9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's great I'll teach you the true discipline
For this clelivrance bless.
name Orbis religious fear.
And, by his saving health secur'd, 12 Let him who length of life desires, Its grateful joy express And
prosp'rous days would see, 10 My very bones shall say, “Lord, 13 From sland'ring language keep his
" Who can compare with thee! tongue,
“Who sett'st the poor and helpless maa His lips from falsehood free:
" From strong oppressors free. 14 The crooked paths of vice decline,
11 False witnesses, with forg'd comAnd where 'tis lost, renew.
Against my truth combind, plaints, 15 The Lord from heaven beholds the
And to my charge such things they laid, With favourable eyes;
As I had ne'er design'd. And, when distress'd, his gracious ear
12 The good which I to them had done,
With evil they epaid ; Is open to their cries, 16 But turns his wrathful look on those
And did, by malice undeserv'd, Whom merey can't rerlaim,
My harmless life invade To cut them off and from the earth
13 But as for me, wisen they were sick, Blot out their hated name
I still in sackcloth mourn'd;
I pray'd and fasted, and my prayer 17 Deliv'ranie to his saints he gives, When his reliei they crave;
To my own breast return'd. 18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart,
14 Had they my friends or brethren
been, An I contrite spirit save 19 The wicked oft, but still in vain,
I could have done no more ;
Nor with more decent signs of grief Against the just conspire ; 20 for under their attictions weight
A mother's loss deplore
15 How diff'rent did their carriage prore He keeps their bones entire 21 The wicked, from their wicked arts,
In times of my distress!
When they, in crowds, together met, Their ruin shall derive,
Did savage joy express Whilst righteous men, whom taey detest,
The rabble too, in num'rous throngs, Shall them and theirs survive. 22 For God preserves the souls of those
By their example came Who on his truth depend;
And ceas'd not, with reviling words, To them, and their posterity,
To wound my spotless fame His blessings shall descenů.
16 Scoffers, that noble tables haunt, PSALM XXXV.
And earn their bread with lies,
Did gnash their teeth, and sland'ring GAINST all those that strive with A O Lord, assert my right: [me,
(jests With such as war unjustly wage,
17 Bat, Lord, how long wilt thou look Do thou my battles fight
in my behalf appear;
on? 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield
And save my guiltless soul, which they, Upon thy warlike arm
Like ravning beasts, would teas. Stand up. O God, in my defence,
PART 1 And keep me safe from harm.
18 So I, before the list'ning world, 3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their Shall grateful thanks express; course,
And where the great assembly meets, That haste my blood to spill;
Thy name with praises bless Say to my soul, “I am thy health, 19 Lord, suffer not my causeless foes,
And will preserve thee still." Who me unjustly hate, 4 Let them with shame be cover'd o'er, With open joy, or secret signs, Who my destruction sought;
To mock my sad estate. And such as did my harm devise, 20 For they, with hearts averse to peace, Be to confusion brought
Industriously devise, 5 Then shall they Ay, dispers'd like chaff Against the men of quiet minds Before the driving wind;
To forge malicious lies. God's vengeful minister of wrath
21 Nor with these private arts content, Chall follow close bchind.
Aloud they vent their spite;