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PSALM CIII.

Heaven's curtains stretch beyond the TY soul, inspir'd with sacred love.

globe,

; Thy canopy of state to make. Of all his l'avours mindful prove, 3 God builds on liquid air, and forms

And still thy grateful thanks express. His palace chambers in the skies; 3, 4 'Tis he that all thy sins forgives,

The clouds his chariots are, and storms And after sickness makes the sound; The swift-wing'd steeds with which lie From danger he thy life retrieves,

flies By him with grace and mercy crown'd. 4 As bright as flame, as swift as wind, 5, 6 He with good things thy mouth sup. His ministers heaven's palace fill, plies,

To have their sundry tasks assign, Thy vigour, eagle-like, renews ; All proud to serve their Sov'reign's will He, when the guiltless suff'rer cries, 5, 6 Earth on her centre fiz'd, he sel, His foe with just revenge pursues.

Her face with waters overspread; 7 God made of old his righteous ways Nor proudest mountains dared as yet

To Moses and our fathers known; To litt above the waves their head. His works, to his eternal praise, 7 But when thy awful face appear'd,

Were to the sons of Jacob shown. Thinsulting waves dispers'd ; they 8 The Lord abounds with tender love,

fled, And unexampled acts of grace ; When once thy thunder's voice they His waken'd wra'h doth slowiy move,

heard, His willing mercy flies apace.

And by their haste confess'd their dread. 9, 10 God will not always harshly chide, 8 Thence up by secret tracts they creep,

But with his anger quickly part; And, gushing from the mountain's side, And loves his punishments to guide Threugh valley's travel to the deep

More by his love than our descrt. Appointed to receive their tide. 11 As high as heaven its arch extends 9 There hast thou fix'd the ocean's Above this little of clay,

bounds. So much his boundless

love transcends The threat'ning surges to repel; The small respects that we can pay. That they no more o'erpass their mounds, 12, 13 As far as 'lis from east to west, Nor to a second deiuge swell. So far has he our sins remov'd;

PART II.
Who, with a father's lender breast,
Has such as fear'd him always lov'd.

10 Yet thence in smaller parties drawn, 14, 15 For God, who all our frame sur

The sea recovers her lost hills; veys,

And starting springs from every lawn Considers that we are but clay ;

Surprise the vales with plenteous rills. How fresh soe'er we seem, our days

II The field's tame beasts are thither let, Like grass or flowers must fade away.

Weary with labour, faint with drought; 16, 17. Whilst they are nipt with sudden And asses on wild mountains bred

Have sense to find these currents out. blasts, Nor can we find their former place;

12 Their shady trees from scorching God's faithful mercy ever lasts,

beams To those that fear him, and their race

Vield shelter to the feather'd throng; 18 This shall attend on such as still

They drink, and to the bounteous streams

Return the tribute of their song.
Proceed in his appointed way;
And who not only know his will,

13 His ruins from heaven parch'd hills But to it just obedience pay.

recruit, 19, 20 The Lord, the universal King,

That soon transmit the liquid store, In heaven has fix'd his lofty throne :

Till earth is burden'd with her fruit,

And nature's lap can hold no more. To hin, ye angels, praises sing, In whose griat strength his power is 14 Grass, for our cattle to devour,

He niakes the growth of every field: shown.

Herbs, for man's use, of various power Ye that his just commands obey, And hear and do his sacred will,

That either food or physic yield. 21 Ye hosts of his, this tribute pay,

15 With cluster'd grapes he crowns the Who still what he ordains fulfil.

vine,

To cheer man's heart, oppress'd with 22 Let every creature jointly bless

cares; The mighiy Lord; and thou, my heart,

Gives oil, that makes his face to shine, With grateful joy thy thanks express, And in this concert bear thy part.

And corn, that wasted strength repairs

PART III.
PSALM CIV.

16 The trees of God, without the care DLESS God, my soul : thou, Lord, Or art of man, with sap are fed :

The mountain-cedar look's as fair Possessest empire without bounds; As those in royal gardens bred. With honour thou art crown'd, thy throne 17 Safe in the lofty cedar's arms Eternal majesty surrounds.

The wand'rers of the air may rest; 2 With light thou dost thyself enrobe, The hospitable pine from harms And glory for a garment take;

Protects the stork, her pious guest.

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18 Wild goats the craggy rock ascend,

PSALM CV.
Its tow'ring heights their fortress make,
Whose cells in labyrinths extend, O RENDER thanks, and blest the

Where feebler creatures refuge take.
19 The moon's inconstant aspect shows Invoke his sacred name;

Th' appointed seasons of the year ; Acquaint the nations with his deeds, Th' instructed sun his duty knows, His matchless deeds proclaim.

His hours to rise and disappear. 2 Sing to his praise in lofty hymns; 20, 21 Darkness he makes the earth to His wondrous works rehearse ; shroud,

Make them the theme of your discourse,
When forest beasts securely stray: And subject of your verse.
Young lions roar their wants aloud 3 Rejoice in his Almighty name,

To Providence, that sends them prey. Alone to be ador'd;
22 They range all night, on slaughter And let their hearts o'erflow with joy
bent,

That humbly seek the Lord
Till summon'd by the rising mor, 14 Seek ye the Lord, his saving strength
To skulk in dens, with one consent Devoutly still implore ;

The conscious ravagers return. And, where he's ever present, seek 23 Forth to the tillage of his soil

His face for evermore. The husbandman securely goes,

5 The wonders that his hands have Commencing with the sun his toil,

wrought
With him returns to his repose. Keep thankfully in mind;
24 How various, Lord, thy works are the righteous statutes of his mouth,

And laws to us assign'd.
For which thy wisdom we adore ! 6 Know ye, his servant Abra'm's seed,
The earth is with thy treasure crown'd, And Jacob's chosen race ;
Till nature's hand can grasp no more. 7 He's still our God, his judgments still
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Throughout the earth take place. 25 But still the vast unfathom'd main, 8 His cov'nant he hath kept in mind

Of wonders a new scene supplies, For num'rous ages past,
Whose depths inhabitants contain Which yet for thousand ages more
Of every torm, and every size.

In equal force shall last.
26 Full-freighted ships from every port 9 First sign'd to Abra 'm, nert by oath

There cul their unmolested way; To Isaac made secure ; Leviathan, whom there to sport

10 Th Jacob, and his heirs a law, Thou mad'st, has compass there to play. For ever to endure : 27 These various troops of sea and land 11 Thal Canaan's land should be their lot,

In sense of common want agree ; When yet but few they were ; All wait on thy dispensing hand,

12 But few number, and those few
And have their daily alms from thee. All friendless strangers there.
28 They gather what thy stores disperse, 13 In pilgrimage, from realm to realm,

Without their trouole to provide ; Securely they remor'd;
Thou op'st thy hand, the universe, 14 Whilst proudest monarchs, for their
The craving world, is all supply'd,

sakes
29 Thou for a moment hid'st thy face, Severely he reprov'd.

The num'ruus ranks of creatures mourn; 15 " These mine anointed are," said he ;
Thou tak'st their breath, all nature's race · Let none my servants wrong ;

Forthwith to mother earth return. “ Nor treat the poorest propliet ill,
30_Again thou send'st thy spirit forth * That does to me belong."
T' inspire the mass with vital seed

i 16 A dearth at last, by his command, Nature's restor'd, and parent earth Did through the land prevail :

Smiles on her new-created breed. Till corn, the chief support of life, 31 Thus through successive ages

stands Sustaining corn, did fail. Firm fix'd thy providential care ; 17 But his indulgent providence Pleas'd with the work of thy own hands, Had pious Joseph sent,

Thou dost the waste of time repair Sold into 32 One look of thine, one wrathful look, Who sold PL, but their death,

him, to prevent. Earth's panting breast with terror fills; 18 His feet with heavy chains were One touch from thee, with clouds of crush'd, smoke

With calumny his fame; In darkness shrouds the proudest hills. 19 Till God's appointed time and word 33 In praising, God, while he prolongs To his deliv'rance came.

My breath, I will that breath employ : 20 The king his sovereign order sent, 34 And join devotion to my songs, And rescu'd him with speed;

Sincere, as in him is my loy. Whom private malice had confin'd, 35 While sinners from earth's face are The people's ruler freed hurl'd,

21 His court, revenues, realms, were a!! My soul, praise thou his holy name, Subjected to his will; Till with my song the list'ning world 22 His greatest princes to control,

Join concert, and his praise proclaim. And teach hie statesmen skill.

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Whose flowing stream, where'er they

marcha, 23 To Egypt then, invited guests, The desert's drought supply'd. Half-famish'd Israel came;

42 For still he did on Abra'm's faith And Jacob, held by royal grant,

And ancient league reflect; The fertile soil of Ham.

43 He brought his people forth with joy, 24 Th' Almighty there with such increase With triumph his elect. His people multiply'd,

44 Quite rooting out their heathen foes Till wiih their proud oppressors they

From Canaan's fertile soil, In strength and number vied.

To them in cheap possession gave 25 Their vast increase th' Egyptians' The fruit of others' toil :

45 That they his statutes miglit observe, With jealous anger fir'd,

His sacred laws obey : Till they his servants to destru

For benefits so vast, let us By treach'rous arts conspird.

Our songs of praise repay. 26 His servant Moses then he sent,

PSALM CVI. His chosen Aaron too, 27 Empower'd with signs and miracles O RENDER thanks to God above,

The fountain of eternal love; 28 He call'd for darkness, darkness came, Whose mercy firm through ages past Nature his summons knew :

Has stood, and shall for ever last. 29 Each stream and lake, transform'd 10 % Who can his mighty deeds express, blood,

Not only vast, but numberless The wand'ring fishes slew.

What mortal eloquence can raise 30 In putrid foods. throughout the His tribute of im.nortal praise ? land,

3 Happy are they, and only they, The pest of frogs was bred ;

Who from thy judgments never stray: From noisome sens sent up to croak

Who know what's right ; nor only so, At Pharaoh's board and bed.

But always practise what they know, 31 He gave the sign, and swarms of fies 4 Extend to me that famour. Lord, Came down in cloudy hosts;

Thou to thy chosen dost afford : Whilst earth's enliven'd dust below

When thou retum'st to set them free, Bred lice through all their coasts.

Let thy salvation visit me. 32 He sent them balt'ring hail for rain, 5. O may I worthy prove to see And fire for cooling dew;

Thy saints in full prosperity 33 He smote theit vines, and forest That I the joyful choir may jcin, plants,

And count thy people's triumph mine.

6 But ah! can we expect such grace, And garden's pride o'erthrew, 34 He spake the word and locusts came, of parents vile the viler race ; And caterpillars join'd;

Who their misdeeds have acted o'er, They prey'd upon the poor remains

And with new crimes increas'd the score? The storm had left behind.

7 Ingrateful, they no longer thought 35 From trees to herbage they descend, on all his works in Egypt wrought ; No verdant thing they spare ;

The Red Sea they no sooner view'd, But, like the naked fallow field, Than they their base distrust renew'd Leave all the pastures bare.

& Yet he, to vindicate his name, 36_From fields to villages and towns

Once more to their deliv'rance came; Commission'd vengeance flew ;

To make his sov'reign power be known, One fatal stroke their eldest hopes

That he is God, and he alone.
And strength of Egypt slew

9 To right and left, at his command, 37 He brought his servants forth, en- The parting deep disclos'd her sand; rich'd

Where firm and dry the passage lay,
With Egypt's borrow'd wealth ;

As through some parch'd and desert way. And, what transcends all treasure else,

10 Thus rescu'd' from their foes they Eurich'd with vig'rous health. 38 Egypt rejoic'd. in hopes to find

Who closely press'd upon their rear ; Her plagues with them remov'd; 11 Whose rage pursu'd them to those Taught dearly now to fear worse ills

waves, By those already prov'd.

That prov'd the rash pursuers' graves. 39 Their shrouding canopy by day

12 'The wat'ry mountains' sudden fall
A journeying cloud was spread O'erwhelm'd proud Pharaoh, host and all;
A fiery pillar all the night

This proof did stupid Israel move
Their desert marches led.

To own God's truth, and praise his love. 40 They long d for flesh; with ev'ning

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13 But soon these wonders they forgot, He furnish'd every tent ;

And for his counsel waited not ;
From heaven's high granary, each morn, 14 But lusting in the wilderness,
The bread of angels sent.

Did him with fresh templations press. 4: He strote the rock, whose finty breast 15 Strong food at their request he seni Pour'd forth a gushing tide ; But made their sin their punishment;

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16 Yet still his saints they did oppose, No blood her idols reconcile.
The priest and prophet whom he chose. But that which did the land dcfile.
17 But earth, the quarrel to decide,

PART IV.
Her vengeful jaws extending wide, 39 Nor did these savage cruelties
Rasi Dathan to her centre drew. The harden'd reprobates suffice;
With proud Abiram's factious

crew. For after their heart's lust they went, 18 The rest of those who did conspire, And daily did new crimes invent. To kindle wide sedition's fire,

40 But sins of such infernal bue With all their impious train, became God's wrath against his people drew, A prey to heaven's devouring flame. Till he their once indulgent Lord, 19 Near Horeb's mount a calf they made, His own inheritance abhorr'd. And to the molten image pray'd;

41 He then defenceless did expose 27 Adoring what their hands did frame, To their insulting heathen foes; They charg'd their glory to their shame. And made them on the triumph wait 21 Their God and Saviour they forgot, Of those who bore them greatest hate. And all his works in Egypt wrought; 42 Nor thus his indignation ceas'd; 22 His signs in Ham's astonish'd coast, Their list of tyrants still increas'd, And where proud Pharaoh's troops were Tül they, who God's mild sway declin'l, lost.

Were made the vassals of mankind. 23 Thus urg'd, his vengeful hand he 43 Vet when distress'd, they did repeni, reard,

His anger did as oft relent: But Moses in the breach appear'd; But freed, they did his wrath provoke, The saint did for the rebels pray,

Renew'd their sins, and he their yoke. And turn'd heaven's kindled wrath away. 44 Nor yet implacable he provid, 24 Yet they his pleasant land despis'd,

Nor heard their wretched cries unmov'd; Nor his repeated promise priz'd, 45 But did to mind his promise bring, 25 Nor did the Almighty's voice obey,

And mercy's inexhausted spring. But when God said, Go up, would stay. 46 Compassion too he did impart 26 This seal'd their dooin, without re- E'en to their foes obiturate heart; dress,

And pity for their suff" rings bredi To perish in the wilderness;

In those who them to bondare led, 27 Or else to be by heathens' hands 47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel's landis O'erthrown and scatter'd through the Together bring from heathen lands: lands.

So to thy name our thanks we'll raise,

And ever triumph in thy praise.
PART III.

48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd, 29 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn race His name eternally confess'd; Baal-Peor's worship did embrace ; Let all his saints, with full accord, Became his impious guests, and fed Sing loud Amens... Praise ye the Lord. On sacrifices to the dead. 29 Thus they persisted to provoke

PSALM CVII. God's vengeance to the final stroke: 10 God your grateful voices raise, 'Tis come...the deadly pest is come,

; To execute their gen'ral doom. And let your never-ceasing praise 30 But Phineas, fir'd with holy rage,

Altend on his eternal love. Th’ Almighty vengeance to assuage, 2, 3 Let those give thanks, whom ho Did, by two bold offenders' fall,

from bands Thatonement make that runsom'd all. or proud oppressing foes releas'd ; 31 As him a heavenly zeal had mov'd, And brought them back from distant So heaven the zealous act approv'd;

lands, To him confirming, and his race, From north and south, and west and The priesthood he so well did grace.

east. 32 Al Meribah God's wrath they mov'd, 4, 5 Through lonely desert ways they Who Moses, for their sakes, reprov'd ;

went, 33 Whose patient soul they did provoke, Nor could a peopled city find; Till rashly the meek prophet spoke. Till quite with thirst and hunger spent, 34 Nor, when possess d of Canaan's land, Their fainting souls within them pin d. Did they perform their Lord's command, 6 Then soon to God's indulgent eur, Nor

comunission'd sword employ Did they their mournful cry address: The guilty nations to destroy. Who graciously vouchsaf": to hear, 35 Not only spar'd the pagan crew,

And freed them from their deep dis. But, mingling: learnt their vices loo;

tress. 36 And worship to those idols paid, 7 From crooked paths he led them forth, Which them to falal snares betray'd. And in the certain way did guide 37, 38 To devils they did sacrifice To wealthy towns of great resort, Their children with relentless eyes ; Where all their wants were well supa Approach'd their altars through a food

ply'd. of their own sons' and daughters' blood. 8 O then that all the earth with me No cheaper victims would appease Would God, for this his goodnese Canaan's remorseless deities;

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And for the mighty works which be 25 No sooner his command is past, Throughou: the wond'ring world dis- 71 an forth the dreadful tempest flies,

Which sweeps the sea with rupid haste, 9 For he from heav'n the sad estate And makes the storm.y billows rise.

Of longing souls with pity views; 26 Sometimes the ships, tossd up to To hungry souls, that pant for meat,

heav'n, His goodress daily food renews. On tops of mountain waves appear; PART 11.

Then down the sleep ubyss are driv'n, 10 Some lie, with darkness compass'd Whilst every soul dissolves with fear. round,

27 They reel and stagger to and fro, In death's uncomfortable shade,

Like inen with fumes of wine oppressid ; And with unwieldy felters bound, Nor do the skilful seamen know [Lest.

By pressing cares more heavy made Which way to steer, what course is 11, 12 Because God's counsels they de. 28 Then straight to God's indulgent car fy'd,

They do their mournful cry address; And lightly prii'd his holy word, Who graciously vouchsales to hear, With these afflictions they were try'd; And frees them from their deep distress.

They fell, and none could help afford 29. 30 He does the raging storm appease, 13 Then soon lo God's indulgent ear And makes the billows calm and still;

Did they their mournful cry address; With joy they see their fury cease, Who graciously vouchsaf'd to hear And their intended course fulfil.

And freed them from their deep distress. 31. O then that all the earth with me 14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night, Would God, for this his goodness, And shades, as black as death's abode,

praise ; He brought them forth to cheerful light. And for the mighty works which he And welcome liberty bestow'd.

Throughout the wond'ring world dis. 15 ( then that all the earth with me Would Goul, for this his goodness, 32 Lei them, where all the tribes resort praise;

Advance to heaven his glorious name, And for the mighty works which he And in the elders' sov'reign court, Throughout the wond'ring world dis- With one consent his praise proclaim.

PART V. 16 For he, with his Almignty hand, 33, 34 A fruitful land, where streams The gales or brass in pieces broke;

abound, Nor could the massy bars withstand,

God's just revenge, if people sin, Or temper'd steel resist his stroke Will turn to dry and barren ground, PART III

To punish those that dwell therein. 17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense, 35, 36 The parch'd and desert heath ho With bold transgressions God defy :

makes And for their multiply'd offence,

To how with streams and springing Oppressd with sore diseases lie.

wells, 18 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, Which for his lot the hungry takes, Abhors to laste the choicest

meats : Arri in strong rities safely dwells. And they by faint degrees drow near 137, 38 He sows the field, the vineyard To death's inhospitable gates

plants, 19 Then straight to God's indulgent ear Which gratefully his toil repay ;

Do they their mournful cry address : Nor can, whilst God his blessing grants, Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, His fruitful seed or stock decay.

And frees them from their deep distress. 39 But when his sins aven wrath 20 He all their sad distempers heuls

provoke. His word both health and safety gives; His health and substance fade away; And, when all human succour tails, He eels the oppressor's galling yoke,

From near destruction them retrieves And is of grief the wretched prey. 21 O then that all the earth with me 40 The prince that slights what God Would God, for this his goodness, commands, praise,

Expos'd to scom, must quit his throne; And for the mighty works which he And over wild and desert lands, Throughout the wond'ring world dis- Where no path offers, stray alone :

41 Whilst God, from ali afflicting cares, 22 With off'rings let his allar flame, Sets up the humble inan on high, Whilst they iheir grateful thanks ex. And makes, in lime, his num'rous heirs press,

With his increasing flocks to vie. And with loud joy his holy name, 42. 43 Then sinners shall have nought For all his acts of wonder bless. PART IV

The just a decent joy shall show 23, 24 They that in ships, with courage the wise these strange event shall weigh, boid,

And thence God's goodness fully know O'er swelling waves their trade pursue,

PSALM Cvili. Do God's amazing works behold,

GOD, my heart is fully bent And in the deep his wonders view.

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