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Whilst all the helpless poor shall him
Their just protector find.

Then hills and mountains shall bring
forth

The happy fruits of peace;
Which all the land shall own to be
The work of righteousness:
4 Whilst he the poor and needy race
Shall rule with gentle sway;
And from their humbie necks shall take
Oppressive yokes away.
5 In ev'ry heart thy awful fear
Shall then be rooted fast,

As long as sun and moon endure,
Or time itself shall last.

6 Ile shall descend like rain, that cheers

The meadow's second birth;

Or like warm show'rs, whose gentle Who only wondrous in his works,

drops

Beyond compare appears. 19 Let earth be with his glory fill'd; For ever bless his name;

Refresh the thirsty earth.

7 In his blest days the just and good
Shall be with favour crown'd;
The happy land shall ev'ry where
With endless peace abound.
8 His uncontroll'd dominion shall

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A handful, sown on mountains-top,
A mighty crop shall bear:
Its fruits, like cedars shook by winds,
A rattling noise shall yield;
The city too shall thrive, and vie
For plenty with the field.
17 The mem'ry of his glorious name
Through endless years shall run;
His spotless fame shall shine as bright
And lasting as the sun.
In him the nations of the world
Shall be completely bless'd,
And his unbounded happiness
By ev'ry tongue confess'd.
18 Then bless'd be God, the mighty

15 Therefore shall God his life and reign
To many years extend;

Whilst eastern princes tribute pay,
And golden presents send.

For him shall constant prayers be made,
Through all his prosp'rous days;
His just dominion shall afford

A lasting theme of praise.

16 of useful grain, through all the land,
Great pignty shall appear;

Lord,

The God whom Israel fears;

Whilst to his praise the list'ning world
Their giad assent proclaim.
PSALM LXXIII.

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T length, by certain proofs, 'tis plain That God will to his saints be kind: That all whose hearts are pure and clean

Shall his protecting favour find. 2,3 Till this sustaining truth I knew,

My stagg'ring feet had almost fail'd I griev'd the sinners' wealth to view,

And envy'd when the fools prevail'd. 4, 5 They to the grave in peace descend, And, whilst they live, are hale anti strong;

No plagues or troubles them offend,
Which oft to other men belong.

6, 7 With pride, as with a chain, they're
held,

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13, 14' Then have I cleans'd my heart,' By thee redeem'd; and Zion's mount, said I, Where once thy glory shone.

'And wash'd my hands from guilt in 8 O! come and view our ruin'd state;
vain,
How long our troubles last;
See how the foe, with wicked rage,
Has laid thy temple waste.

If all the day oppress'd I lie,
And ev'ry inorning suffer pain.'
15 Thus did I once to speak intend;
But, if such things I rashly say,
Thy children, Lord, I must offend,

4 Thy foes blaspheme thy name; where
late

And basely should their cause betray.

PART II. 16, 17 To fathom this, my thoughts bent,

But found the case too hard for me;
Till to the house of God I went;

Then I their end did plainly see.
18 How Ligi soe'er advanc'd, they all
On slipp'ry places loosely stand;
Thence into ruin headlong fall,

Cast down by thy avenging hand.
19, 20 How dreadful and how quick their

fate!

Despis'd by thee, when they're de-
stroy'd;

As waking men with scorn do treat
The fancies that their dreams em-
ploy'd.

21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief

opprest,

My reins were rack'd with restless 10 But, Lord, how long wilt thou perpains;

Thy zealous servants pray'd,
The heathen there, with haughty pomp,
Their banners have display'd.
6 Those curious carvings, which did

15,

once

So stupid was I, like a beast,

Who no reflecting thought retains.
23, 24 Yet still thy presence me sup-
ply'd,

And thy right hand assistance gave;
Thou first shalt with thy counsel guide,
And then to glory me receive.
25 Whom then in heav'n, but thee alone,
Have I, whose favours I require?
Throughout the spacious earth there's

none

That I besides thee can desire.
26 My trembling flesh, and aching
heart,

May often fail to succour me;
But God shall inward strength impart,
And my eternal portion be.
27 or they that far from thee remove,
Shall into sudden ruin fall;
If after other gods they rove,

Thy vengeance shall destroy them all. 28 Put as for me, 'tis good and just

That I should still to God repair;
In him I always put my trust,

And will his wondrous works declare.
PSALM LXXIV.

THY best thou cast us off, O God?
no more
O! why against thy chosen flock
Does thy fierce anger burn?
2 Think on thy ancient purchase, Lord,
The land that is thy own,

Advance the artist's fame,
With axe and hammer they destroy,
Like works of vulgar frame.
7 Thy holy temple they have burn'd;
And what escap'd the flame,
Has been profan'd, and quite defac'd,
Though sacred to thy name.
3 Thy worship wholly to destroy
Maliciously they aim'd;
And all the sacred places burn'd,
Where we thy praise proclaim'd.
9 Yet of thy presence thou vouchsaf'st
No tender signs to send;

We have no prophet now, that knows
When this sad state shall end.
PART II.

mit

Th' insulting foe to boast?
Shall all the honour of thy name
For evermore be lost?

11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong
right hand,

And on thy patient breast, When vengeance calls to stretch it forth,

So calmly lett'st it rest?

12 Thou heretofore, with kingly pow'r,
In our defence hast fought;
For us, throughout the wand'ring world,
Hast great salvation wrought.
13 Twas thou, O God, who didst the sea
By thy own strength divide;
Thou break'st the wat❜ry monster's
head;

The waves o'erwhelm'd their pride.
14 The greatest, fiercest of them all,
That seem'd the deep to sway,
Was by thy pow'r destroy'd, and made
To savage beasts a prey.

15 Thou clav'st the solid rock, and
mad'st

The waters largely flow;

Again, thou mad'st through parted

streams

Thy wand'ring people go.

16 Thine is the cheerful day, and thine
The black return of night;
Thou hast prepar'd the glorious sun,
And ev'ry feebler light.

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17 By thee the borders of the earth
In perfect order stand;
The summer's warmth, and winter's cold,
Attend on thy command.

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PART III.

18 Remember, Lord, how scornful foes
Have daily urg'd our shame;
And how the foolish people have
Blasphem'd thy holy name.
19 O! free thy mourning turtle-dove,
By sinful crowds beset;
Nor the assembly of thy poor
For evermore forget.

20 Thy ancient cov'nant, Lord, regard,
And make thy promise good;
For now each corner of the land
Is fill'd with men of blood.
21 0! let not the oppress'd return
With sorrow cloth'd, and shame; j
But let the helpless and the poor

For ever praise thy name. 22 Arise, O God, in our behalf;

Thy cause and ours maintain; Remember how insulting fools

Each day thy name profane. 23 Make thou the boasting of thy foes For evermore to cease; Whose insolence, if unchastis'd,

Will more and more increase.

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The bitter dregs, and be condemn'd
To drink the very lees.
9 His prophet, I, to all the world
This message will relate;
The justice then of Jacob's God
My song shall celebrate.
10 The wicked's pride I will reduce,
Their cruelty disarm;

Exalt the just, and seat him high
Above the reach of harm.

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.PSALM LXXVI.

Almighty there by wonders shown; His name in Jacob does excel: 2 His sanctu'ry in Salem stands; The Majesty that heaven commands, In Sion condescends to dwell.

3 He brake the bow and arrows there, The shield, and temper'd sword, and spear;

There slain the mighty army lay: 4 Whence Sion's fame through earth is spread,

Of greater glory, greater dread,
Than bills where robbers lodge their

prey.

5 Their valiant chiefs, who came for spoil, Themselves met there a shameful foil: Securely down to sleep they lay; But wak'd no more, their stoutest band Ne'er lifted one resisting hand

'Gainst his, that did their legions slay. 6 When Jacob's God began to frown, Both horse and charioteers, o'erthrown Together slept in endless night: 7 When thou, whom earth and heaven

revere,

Dost once with wrathful look appear, What mortal power can stand thy sight?

8 Pronounc'd from heaven, earth heard its doom,

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All night my fest'ring wound did run;
No med'cine gave relief:
My soul no comfort would admit;
My soul indulg'd her grief.
I thought on God, and favours past;
But that increas'd my pain:
I found my spirit more oppress'd,
The more I did complain.
Through every watch of tedious night
my eyes awake:
My grief is swell'd to that excess,
I sigh, but cannot speak.

I call'd to mind the days of old,
With signal mercy crown'd;
Those famous years of ancient times,
For miracles renown'd.

6 By night I recollect my songs,
On former triumphs made;
Then search, consult, and ask my heart,
Where's now that wondrous aid?
7 Has God for ever cast us off?

Withdrawn his favours quite? 8 Are both his mercy and his truth Retired to endless night?

9 Can his long practised love forget Its wonted aids to bring?

Has he in wrath shut up and seal'd
His mercy's healing spring?
10 I said, my weakness hints these fears;
But I'll my fears disband;
I'll yet remember the Most High,
And years of his right hand.

11 I'll call to mind his works of old,
The wonders of his might;

12 On them my heart shall meditate, My tongue shall them recite.

13 Safe lodg'd from human search on high,

O God, thy counsels are! Who is so great a God as ours? Who can with him compare? 14 Long since a God of wonders thee Thy rescu'd people found; 15 Long since hast thou thy chosen seed With strong deliverance crown'd. 16 When thee, O God, the waters saw, The frighted billows shrunk; The troubled depths themselves for fear Beneath their channels sunk. 17 The clouds pour'd down, while rending skies

Did with their noise conspire;. Thy arrows all abroad were sent, Wing'd with avenging fire.

18 Heaven with thy thunder's voice was

torn,

Thy wondrous passage, where no sight
Thy footsteps can descry.

20 Thon lead'st hy people like a flock
Safe through the desert land,
By Moses, their meek skilful guide,
And Aaron's sacred hand.

19 Through rolling streams thou find'st

thy way, Thy paths in waters lie;

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A stiff rebellious race,
False-hearted, fickle to their God,
Unsteadfast in his grace.

9 Such were revolting Ephraim's sons,
Who, though to warfare bred,
And skilful archers, arm'd with bows,
From field ignobly fled.

10, 11 They falsified their league with
God,

His orders disobey'd,
Forgot his works and miracles
Before their eyes display'd.

12 Nor wonders, which their fathers

saw,

Did they in mind retain,
Prodigious things in Egypt done,
And Zoan's fertile plain.

13 He cut the seas to let them pass,
Restrain'd the pressing flood;

Whilst all the lower world With lightnings blaz'd, earth shook, and While piled on heaps, on either side The solid waters stood.

seem'd

From her foundations hurl'd.

14 A wondrous pillar led them on,
Compos'd of shade and light;
A sheltering cloud it proved by day,
A leading fire by night.

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15 When drought oppress'd

where no stream

them, And all around their spreading camp The ready booty lay.

29 They fed, were fill'd; he gave them leave

The wilderness supply'd,

He cleft the rock, whose flinty breast
Dissolv'd into a tide.

16 Streams from the solid rock he
brought,

on,

Which down in rivers fell,

Nor with their hunger ceas'd.

That, trav'lling with their camp, each But whilst in their luxurious mouths
day
They did their danties chew,

Renew'd the miracle.

The wrath of God smote down their

17 Yet there they sinn'd against him

more,

Provoking the Most High,

In that same desert where he did
Their fainting souls supply.
18 They first incens'd him in their
hearts,

That did his power distrust,

doubts;

Can God,' say they,' prepare

A table in the wilderness,
'Set out with various fare?

20 He smote the flinty rock, 'tis true, And gushing streams ensu'd;

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And long'd for meat, not urg'd by want,|
But to indulge their lust.

Consum'd their lives in grief.

19 Then utter'd their blaspheming 34 When some were slain, the rest re

Their appetites to feast;

30, 31 Yet still their wanton lust crav'd

chiefs,

And Israel's chosen siew.

PART II.

From his celestial stores;

24 Though tasteful manna was rain'd

down,

32 Yet still they sinn'd, nor would af ford

His miracles belief:

33 Therefore through fruitless travels

he

did

Sustaining corn receive.

25 Thus man with angels' sacred food,
Ungrateful man was fed;

Not sparingly, for still they found
A plenteous table spread.

26 From heaven he made an east wind

turn'd

To God with early cry;

35 Own'd him the Rock of their defence,

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Their wants so oft supply'd;

23 Though he had made his clouds dis

charge

40 How oft did they provoke him there, How oft his patience grieve,

Provisions down in showers;

And when earth fail'd, reliev'd their In that same desert where he did

needs

Their fainting souls relieve!

A murming wind, that's quickly past,
And ne'er returns again.

41 They tempted him by turning back
And wickedly repin'd,

When Israel's God refused to be
By their desires confined.

Their hunger to relieve;
Though from the stores of heaven they 42 Nor call'd to mind the hand and day

That their redemption brought;

43 His signs in Egypt, wondrous works
In Zoan's valley wrought.
44 He turn'd their rivers into blood,
That man and beast forbore,
And rather choose to die of thirst,
Than drink the putrid gore.
45 He sent devouring swarms of flies;
Hoarse frogs annoy'd their soil;

blow,

Then did the south command

27 To rain down flesh like dust, and 46 Locusts and caterpillars reap'd

fowls

The harvest of their toil.

Like sea's unnumber'd sand.

47 Their vines with battering hail were

28 Within their trenches he let fall

The luscious easy prey;

broke;

With frost the fig-tree dies;

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