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18 Thou, in thy righteous judgment 7 The promise of his aiding grace

Shall reach its purpos'd end;

His servants from this faithless race
He ever shall defend.

8 Then shall the wicked be perplex'd,
Nor know which way to fly;

When those whom they despis'd and

vex'd,

Shall be advanc'd on high.

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The fatherless and poor; That so the tyrants of the earth May persecute no more.

PSALM XI.

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INCE I have plac'd my trust in God,
A refuge always nigh,

Why should I, like a tim❜rous bird,
To distant mountains fly?

PSALM XIII.

2 Behold, the wicked bend their bow, And ready fix their dart,

HOW Must I for ever mourn?

[OW long wilt thou forget me, Lord?

Lurking in ambush to destroy

The men of upright heart.

How long wilt thou withdraw from me,
Oh! never to return?

3 When once the firm assurance fails, 2 How long shall anxious thoughts my

Which public faith imparts, 'Tis time for innocence to fly

From such deceitful arts.

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One just and faithful friend.

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2 One neighbour now can scarce believe
What t'other does impart;
With flatt'ring lips they all deceive,
And with a double heart.

3 But lips that with deceit abound
Can never prosper long;
God's righteous vengeance will
found

The proud blaspheming tongue. 4 In vain those foolish boasters say,

soul,

And grief my heart oppress?
How long my enemies insult,
And I have no redress?

3 Oh! hear, and to my longing eyes
Restore thy wonted light,
And suddenly, or I shall sleep
In everlasting night.

INCE godly men decay, O Lord,

wicked

For Pornou my causetched times afford S That God is fools must need suppose

"Our tongues are sure our own;
With doubtful words we'll still betray,
And be controll'd by none.'

5 For God, who hears the suff'ring poor,
And their oppression knows,
Will soon arise and give them rest,

In spite of all their foes.

6 The word of God shall still abide,
And void of falsehood be,
As is the silver, seven times try'd,
From drossy mixture free.

4 Restore me, lest they proudly boast
'Twas their own strength o'ercame;
Permit not them that vex my soul
To triumph in my shame.

5 Since I have always placed my trust
Beneath thy mercy's wing,

Thy saving health will come; and then
My heart with joy shall spring.

6 Then shall my song, with praise
inspired,

To thee, my God, ascend,
Who to thy servant in distress
Such bounty didst extend.

PSALM XIV.

Corrupt and lewd their practice grows;

No breast is warm'd with holy flame. 2 The Lord look'd down from Heaven's high tower,

And all the sons of men did view,
To see if any own'd his power;
If any truth or justice knew.
con-13 But all, he saw, were gone aside,

All were degen'rate grown and base;
None took religion for their guide,

Not one of all the sinful race.
4 But can these workers of deceit

Be all so dull and senseless grown,
That they, like bread, my people eat,

And God's almighty power disown? 5 How will they tremble then for fear, When his just wrath shall them o'ertake?

For to the righteous God is near,

And never will their cause forsake. 6 Ill men, in vain, with scorn expose Those methods which the good pursue;

Since God a refuge is for those

Whom his just eyes with favour view.
7 Would he his saving power employ
To break his people's servile band,
Then shouts of universal joy

17 Therefore my soul shall bless the Lord,
Whose precepts give me light;
And private counsel still afford
In sorrow's dismal night.

Should loudly echo through the land.
PSALM XV.

8 I strive each action to approve
To his all-seeing eye;
No danger shall my hopes remove,
Because he still is nigh.

LORD, who's the happy man that may 9 Therefore my heart all grief defies,

To thy best courts

Not stranger-like, to visit them,
But to inhabit there?

My glory rejoice;
My flesh shall rest, in hope to rise,
Wak'd by his pow'rful voice.

2 'Tis he, whose every thought and deed
By rules of virtue moves;
Whose gen'rous tongue disdains to speak
The thing his heart disproves.
3 Who never did a slander forge,
His neighbour's fame to wound;
Nor hearken to a false report,

By malice whisper'd round.
4 Who vice, in all its pomp and power,
Can treat with just neglect;
And piety, though cloth'd in rags,
Religiously respect.

5 Who to his plighted vows and trust
Has ever firmly stood;

And though he promise to his loss,
He makes his promise good.
6 Whose soul in usury disdains
His treasure to employ;
Whom no rewards can ever bribe
The guiltless to destroy.
7 The man, who by his steady course
Has happiness insur'd,
When earth's foundation shakes, shall

stand,
By providence secur'd.

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10 Thou, Lord, when I resign my breath,
My soul from hell shalt free;
Nor let thy Holy One in death
The least corruption see.

11 Thou shalt the paths of life display,
Which to thy presence lead;
Where pleasures dwell without allay,
And joys that never fade.
PSALM XVII.

To my just plea and sad complaint,
And to my prayer, as 'tis unfeign'd,
A gracious ear afford.

2 As in thy sight I am approv'd,
So let my 'sentence be;
And with impartial eyes, O Lord,
My upright dealing see.

3 For thou hast search'd my heart by day,
And visited by night;
And, on the strictest trial, found
Its secret motions right.
Nor shall thy justice, Lord, alone
My heart's designs acquit;
For I have purpos'd that my tongue
Shall no offence commit.

4 I know what wicked men would do,
Their safety to maintain;
But me thy just and mild commands
From bloody paths restrain.

5 That I may still, in spite of wrongs,
My innocence secure,

O guide me in thy righteous ways,
And make my footsteps sure.
6 Since, heretofore, I ne'er in vain
To thee my prayer address'd;
O! now, my God, incline thine ear
To this my just request.

7 The wonders of thy truth and love
In my defence engage;

Thou, whose right hand preserves thy

saints

From their oppressor's rage.

PART II.

8, 9 O! keep me in thy tend'rest care;
Thy shelt'ring wings stretch out,
To guard me safe from savage foes,
That compass me about:

10 O'ergrown with luxury, enclos'd
In their own fat they lie;

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11 Well may

ay boast, for they have

And with a proud blaspheming mouth, 19 He left the beauteous realms of light,
Both God and man defy.
Whilst heaven bow'd down its awful
head
Beneath his feet substantial night
Was like a sable carpet spread.
10 The chariot of the King of kings,
Which active troops of angels drew,
On a strong tempest's rapid wings,

With most amazing swiftness flew.
11, 12 Black watery mists and clouds
conspir'd,

With thickest shades his face to veil; But at his brightness soon retir'd,

And fell in showers of fire and hail. 13 Through heaven's wide arch a thund'ring peal

now

My paths encompass'd round;
Their eyes at watch, their bodies bow'd,
And couching on the ground;
12 In posture of a lion set,

When greedy of his prey;
Or a young lion, when he lurks
Within a covert way.

13 Arise, O Lord, defeat their plots,
Their swelling rage control;

From wicked men, who are thy sword,
Deliver thou my soul:

14 From wordly men, thy sharpest
Scourge,

Whose portion's here below;
Who, fill'd with earth y stores, aspire
No other bliss to know.

15 Their race is num'rous, that partake Their substance while they live;

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God's angry voice did loudly roar;
While earth's sad face with heaps of hail
And flakes of fire was cover'd o'er.
14 His sharpen'd arrows round he threw,
Which made his scatter'd foes retreat;
Like darts his nimble lightnings flew,

And quickly finish'd their defeat.
15 The deep its secret stores disclos'd,
The world's foundation naked lay;
By his avenging wrath expos'd,
Which fiercely rag'd that dreadful day.
PART III.

16 The Lord did on my side engage;
From heaven, his throne, my cause
upheld;

And snatch'd me from the furious rage Of threat'ning waves, that proudly swell'd.

17 God his resistless power employ'd

My strongest foes' attempts to break; Who else with ease had soon destroy'd

The weak defence that I could make. 18 Their subtle rage had near prevail'd,

When I distress'd and friendless lay; But still, when other succours fail'd,

God was my firm support and stay.
19 From dangers that enclos'd me round,

He brought me forth and set me free;
For some just cause his goodness found,
That mov'd him to delight in me.
20 Because in me no guilt remains,

God does his gracious help extend;
My hands are free from bloody stains;

Therefore the Lord is still my friend.
21, 22 For I his judgments keep in sight,
In his just paths I always trod;
I never did his statutes slight,

Nor loosely wander'd from my God. 23, 24 But still my soul, sincere and pure,

Did even from darling sins refrain;
His favours therefore yet endure,

Because my heart and hands are clean.
PART IV.

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25, 26 Thou suit'st, O Lord, thy righte

ous ways

To various paths of hunan-kind;

They who for mercy merit praise,
With thee shall wondrous mercy find.
Thou to the just shalt justice show;

The pure thy purity shall see:
Such as perversely choose to go,

Shall meet with due returns from thee. 27, 28 That he the humble soul will save,

PART VI.

And crush the haughty's boasted 43 Our factious tribes, at strife till now,
might,
By God's appointment me obey;
The heathen to my sceptre bow,

And foreign nations own my sway.
44 Remotest realms their homage sena,
When my successful name they hear;
Strangers for my commands attend,

In me the Lord an instance gave, Whose darkness he has turn'd to light. 29 On his firm succour I rely'd,

And did o'er mum'rous foes prevail; Nor fear'd, whilst he was on my side,

The best defended walls to scale. 30 For God's design shall still succeed,

His word will bear the utmost test;
He's a strong shield to all that need,
And on his sure protection rest.
31 Who then deserves to be ador'd,

But God, on whom my hopes depend? Or who, except the mighty Lord,

Can with resistless power defend? PART V.

62, 33 'Tis God that girds my armour on, And all my just designs fulfils; Through him my feet can swiftly run,

And nimbly climb the steepest hills. 64 Lessons of war from him I take,

And manly weapons learn to wield; Strong bows of steel with ease I break, Forc'd by my stronger arms to yield. 65 The buckler of his saving health

Protects me from assaulting foes; His hand sustains me still; my wealth And greatness from his bounty flows. 66 My goings he enlarged abroad,

Till then to narrow paths confined; And, when in slipp'ry ways I trod,

The method of my steps design'd. 67 Through him I num'rous hosts defeat, And flying squadrons captive take; Nor from my fierce pursuit retreat,

Till I a final conquest make. 33 Cover'd with wounds, in vain they try Their vanquish'd heads again to rear; Spite of their boasted strength, they lie

Beneath my feet, and grovel there. 39 God, when fresh armies take the field, Recruits my strength, my courage

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142 Like flying dust, which winds pursue,

Their broken troops I scatter'd round; Their slaughter'd bodies forth I threw, Like loathsome dirt, that clogs the ground.

try'd;

But none was able to defend; At length to God for help they cry'd; Bat God would no assistance lend.

Charm'd with respect, or aw'd by fear. 45 All to my summons tamely yield,

Or soon in battle are dismay'd; For stronger holds they quit the field, And still in strongest holds afraid. 46 Let the eternal Lord be prais'd,

The rock on whose defence I rest! To highest heavens his name be rais'd, Who me with his salvation blest! 47 "Tis God that still supports my right

His just revenge my foes pursues; 'Tis he, that, with resistless might,

Fierce nations to my yoke subdues. 48 My universal safeguard he!

From whom my lasting honours flow; He made me great, and set me free

From my remorseless bloody foe. 49 Therefore, to celebrate his fame,

My grateful voice to heaven I'll raise And nations, strangers to his name,

Shall thus be taught to sing his praise 50 God to his king deliv'rance sends; Shows his anointed signal grace; His mercy evermore extends 'To David and his promised race.' PSALM XIX.

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THE heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
Which that alone can
The firmament and stars express
Their great Creator's skill.
The dawn of each returning day
Fresh beams of knowledge brings;
And from the dark returns of night
Divine instruction springs.

3 Their pow'rful language to no realm Or region is confin'd;

Tis nature's voice, and understood
Alike by all mankind.

4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense-
Through earth's extent display;
Whose bright contents the circling sun
Does round the world convey.
5 No bridegroom on his nuptial day
Has such a cheerful face;
No giant does like him rejoice
To run his glorious race.

6 From east to west, from west to east, His restless course he goes

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And, through his progress, cheerful light 18 But from their steeds and chariots And vital warmth bestows.

thrown,

PART II.

7 God's perfect law converts the soul;
Reclaims from false desires;
With sacred wisdom his sure word
The ignorant inspires,

8 The statutes of the Lord are just,
And bring sincere delight;
His pure commands in search of truth
Assist the feeblest sight.
9 His perfect worship here is fix'd,
On sure foundations laid;
His equal laws are in the scales
Of truth and justice weigh'd;
10 of more esteem than golden mines,
Or gold refined with skill;
More sweet than honey, or the drops
That from the comb distil.
11 My trusty counsellors they are,
And friendly warnings give;
Divine rewards attend on those
Who by thy precepts live.

12 But what frail man observes how oft He does from virtue fall?

O cleanse me from my secret faults,
Thou God that know'st them all?
13 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord,
Dominion have o'er me;
That, by thy grace preserv'd, I may
The great transgression flee.
14 So shall my prayer and praises be
With thy acceptance blest;
And I secure on thy defence,

My strength and Saviour, rest.
PSALM XX.

THE Lord to thy request attend,

And hear thee

The name of Jacob's God defend,
And grant thy arms success:
2 To aid thee from on high repair,
And strength from Sion give;
3 Remember all thy off'rings there,
Thy sacrifice receive:
4 To compass thy own heart's desire,
Thy counsels still direct;
Make kindly all events conspire
To bring them to effect.

5 To thy salvation, Lord, for aid
We cheerfully repair,

With banners in thy name display'd;
The Lord accept thy prayer.'
6 Our hopes are fix'd, that now the Lord
Our sov'reign will defend;
From heaven resistless aid afford,

And to his prayer attend.

7 Some trust in steeds for war design'd; On chariots some rely; Against them all we'll call to mind

The power of God most high.

Behold them through the plain, Disorder'd, broke, and trampled down, Whilst firm our troops remain. 9 Still save us, Lord, and still proceed Our rightful cause to bless; Hear, King of heaven, in times of need, The prayers that we address. PSALM XXI.

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