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Bless'd is the man who hath not walk'd astray
In counsel of the wicked, and i' the way
Of sinners hath not stood, and in the seat
Of scorners hath not sat. But in the great
.Jehovah's law is ever his delight,
And in his law he studies day and night.
He shall be as a tree which planted grows
By watery-streams, and in his season knows
To yield his fruit, and his leaf shall not fall,
And what he takes in hand shall prosper all.
Not so the wicked, but as chaff which fann'd
The wind drives, so the wicked shall not stand
In judgment, or abide their trial then,
Nor sinners in the assembly of just men.
For the Lord knows the upright way of the just,
And the way of bad men to ruin must.
Why do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations
Muse a vain thing, the kings of the Earth up-
with power, and princes in their congregations
Lay deep their plots together through each land
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear?
Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand
Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear,
Their twisted cords: He, who in Heaven doth
Shall laugh; the Lord shall scoff them; then
Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell
And fierce ire trouble them ; but I, saith he,
Anointed have my King (though ye rebel)
On Sion my holy hill. A firm decree
I will declare: the Lord to me hath said,
Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee
This day; ask of me, and the grant is made ;
Lord, how many are my foes
How many those,
That in arms against me rise;
Many are they,
That of my life distrustfully thus say;
No help for him in God there lies.
But thou, Lord, art my shield, my glory,
Thee through my story,
The exalter of my head I count;
Aloud I cried
Unto Jehovah; he full soon replied,
And heard me from his holy mount.
I lay and slept; I wak'd again;
For my sustain
Was the Lord. Of many millions
The populous rout -
I fear not, though, encamping round about,
They pitch against me their pavilions.
Rise, Lord ; save me, my God; for thou
Hast smote ere now
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
Of men abhorr'd [Lord ;
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the
Thy blessing on thy people flows.
ANswer me when I call,
God of my righteousness;
In straits and in distress,
Thou didst me disenthrall
And set at large; now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest prayer.
Greatones, how long will ye
My glory have in scorn?
How long be thus forborn
Still to love vanity?
To love, to seek, to prize,
Thing false and vain, and nothing else but
Yet know the Lord hath chose, [lies,
Chose to himself apart,
The good and meek of heart;
(For whom to choose he knows)
Jehovah from on high -
Will hear my voice, what time to him I cry.
Upon your beds, each one,
| And be at peace within.
Offer the offerings just
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.,
Many there be that say,
Who yet will show us good
Talking like this world's brood;
But, Lord, thus let me pray ;
On us lift up the light,
Lift up the favour of thy countenance bright.
Into my heart more joy
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
Their stores doth over-cloy,
And from their plenteous grounds
With vast encrease their corn and wine
In peace at once will I
Both lay me down and sleep;
For thou alone dost keep
Me safe where’er I lie;
As in a rocky cell
Thou, Lord, alone, in safety mak'st me dwell.
Jehovah, to my words give ear, My meditation weigh; The voice of my complaining hear, My King and God; for unto thee I pray. Jehovah, thou my early voice Shalt in the morning hear: I” the morning I to thee with choice Will rank my prayers, and watch till thou appear. For thou art not a God that takes In wickedness delight; Fvil with thee no biding makes; Fools or mad men stand not within thy sight. All workers of hiquity Thou hat'st; and them unblest Thou wilt destroy that speak a lye ; The bloody and guileful man God doth detest. But H will, in thy mercies dear, Thy numerous mercies, go Into thy house; I, in thy fear, will towards thy holy temple worship low. Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, Lead me, because of those That do observe if I transgress; Set thy ways right before, where my step goes. For in his faltering mouth unstalle, No word is firm or sooth ; Their inside, troubles miserable; [smooth. An open grave their throat, their tongue they God, find them guilty, let them fall By their own counsels quell'd; Push them in their rebellions all Still on ; for against thee they have rebell’d. Then all who trust in thee, shall bring Their joy; while thou from blame Defend'st them, they shall ever sing And shall triámph in thee, who love thy name. For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found To bless the just man still ; As with a shield, thou wilt surround Him with thy lasting favour and good will.
Lond, in thine anger do not reprehend me
Nor in thy hot displeasureme correct;
Pity me, Lord, for I am much deject,
And very weak and saint; heal and amendme:
For all my bones, that even with anguish ake, Are troubled, yea, my soul is troubled sore, And thou, O Lord, how long? Tun, Lord; restore My soul; O save me for thy goodness sake: For in death no resemblance is of thee; Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise? Wearied I am with sighing out my days; Nightly my couch I make a kind of sea; My bed I water with my tears; mine eye Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark I” the midst of all my enemies that mark. Depart, all ye that work iniquity, Depart from me; for the voice of my weeping The Lord hath heard; the Lord hath heard my prayer; My supplication with acceptance fair The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping. Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd With much confusion; then, grown red with shame, They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.
PSALM VII. Aug. 14, 1653. Upon the words of Chush the Benjamite against him.
Lord, my God, to thee I fly;
Save me and secure me under
Thy protection while I cry;
Lest, as a lion, (and no wonder)
He haste to tear my soul asunder,
Tearing, and no rescue nigh.
Lord, my God, if I have thought
Or done this ; if wickedness
Be in my hands; if I have wrought
Ill to him that meant me peace;
Or to him have render'd less,
And not freed my foe for nought;
Let the enemy pursue my soul,
And overtake it; let him tread
My life down to the earth, and roll
In the dust my glory dead,
In the dust; and, there out-spread,
Lodge it with dishonour foul.
Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire,
Rouse thyself amidst the rage
Of my foes that urge like fire;
And wake for me, their fury asswage;
Judgment here thou didst engage
And command, which I desire.
So the assemblies of each nation
Will surround thee, seeking right;
Thence to thy glorious habitation
Return on high, and in their sight.
Jehovah judgeth most upright
All people from the world's foundation.
Judge me, Lord; be judge in this
According to my righteousness,
And the innocence which is
Upon me: cause at length to cease
Of evil men the wickedness
And their power that do amiss.
But the just establish fast,
Since thou art the just God that tries
Hearts and reins. On God is cast
My defence, and in him lies,
In him who, both just and wise,
Saves the upright of heart at last.
God is a just judge and severe, And God is every day offended; If the unjust will not forbear, . His sword he whets, his bow hath bended Already, and for him intended The tools of death, that waits him near.
(His arrows purposely made he
For them that persecute.) Behold,
He travels big with vanity;
Trouble he hath conceiv'd of old,
As in a womb; and from that mould
Hath at length brought forth a lie.
He digg'd a pit, and delv’d it deep,
And fell into the pit he made; -
His mischief, that due course doth keep,
Turns on his head; and his ill trade
Of violence will, undelay'd.
Fall on his crown with ruin steep.
Then will I Jehovah's praise According to his justice raise, And sing the name and deity Of Jehovah the Most High.
PSALM VIII. Aug. 14, 1653.
O Jehovah our Lord, how wonderous great
And glorious is thy name through all the Earth'
So as above the Heavens thy praise to set
Out of the tender mouths of latest birth.
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou Hast founded strength, because of all thy foes,
To stint the enemy, and slack the avenger's brow, That bends his rage thy Providence to oppose.
When I behold thy Heavens, thy fingers' art,
The Moon, and stars, which thou so bright
In the pure firmament; then saith my heart,
O, what is man that thou remembrest yet,
And think'st upon him; or of man begot,
That him thou visit'st, and of him art found !
Scarce to be less than gods, thou mad'st his lot,
With honour and with state thou hast him
O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him
Thou hast put all under his lordly feet;
All flocks, and herds, by thy commanding word,
All beasts that in the field or forest meet,
Fowl of the Heavens, and fish that through the
Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no
O Jehovah our Lord, how wonderous great
And glorious is thy name through all the Earth!
1. Thou Shepherd, that dost Israel keep,
Give ear in time of need;
Who leadest like a flock of sheep
Thy loved Joseph's seed;
That sitt'st between the cherubs bright,
Between their wings out-spread;
Shine forth, and from thy cloud give light,
And on our foes thy dread.
2. In Ephraim's view and Benjamin's,
And in Manasse's sight,
Awake thy strength, come, and be seen
To save us by thy might.
3. Turn us again, thy grace divine
To us, O God, vouchsafe ;
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.
4. Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou,
How long wilt thou declare
Thy smoking wrath, and angry brow
Against thy people's prayer'
5. Thou feed'st them with the bread of tears;
Their bread with tears they eat;
And mak'st them largely drink the tears
Wherewith their cheeks are wet.
6. A strife thou mak'st us and a prey
To every neighbour foe; -
Among themselves they laugh, they play,
And flouts at us they throw.
7. Return us, and thy grace divine,
O God of Hosts, vouchsafe;
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.
8. A vine from Egypt thou hast brought,
Thy free love made it thine, -
And drov'st out nations, proud and haut,
To plant this lovely vine.
9. Thou didst prepare for it a place,
And root it deep and fast,
That it began to grow apace,
And fill'd the land at last.
10. With her green shade that cover'd all,
The hills were over-spread;
Her boughs as high as cedars tall
Advanc'd their lofty head.
11. Her branches on the western side
Down to the sea she sent,
And upward to that river wide
Her other branches went.
12. Why hast thou laid her hedges low,
And broken down her fence,
That all may pluck her, as they go,
With rudest violence?
13. The tusked boar out of the wood
Up turns it by the roots;
Wild beasts there brouze, and make their food
Her grapes and tender shoots.
14. Return now, God of Hosts, look down
From Heaven, thy seat divine;
Behold us, but without a froton,
And visit this thy vine.
15. Visit this vine, which thy right hand
‘Hath set, and planted long,
And the young branch, that for thyself
Thou hast made firm and strong.
16. But now it is consum'd with fire,
And cut with ares down; -
They perish at thy dreadful ire,
At thy rebuke and frown.
17. Upon the man of thy right hand
Let thy good hand be laid;
Upon the son of man, whom thou
Strong for thyself hast made.
18. So shall we not go back from thee
To ways of sin and shame;
Quicken us thou; then gladly we
Shall call upon thy name.
19. Return us, and thy grace divine,
Lord God of Hosts, vouchsafe;
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.
1. To God our strength sing loud, and clear,
Sing loud to God our King;
To Jacob's God, that all may hear,
Loud acclamations ring.
2. Prepare a hymn, prepare a song,
The timbrel hither bring;
The cheerful psaltery bring along,
And harp with pleasant string.
3. Blow, as is wont, in the new moon
With trumpets' lofty sound,
The appointed time, the day whereon
Our solemn feast comes round.
4. This was a statute given of old
For Israel to observe;
A law of Jacob's God, to hold,
From whence they might not swerve.
5. This he a testimony ordain'd
In Joseph, not to change,
When as he pass'd through Egypt land;
The tongue I heard was strange.
6. From burden, and from slavish toil,
1 set his shoulder free :
His hands from pots, and miry soil,
Deliver'd were by me.
7. When trouble did thee sore assail,
On me then didst thou call;
And I to free thee did not fail,
And led thee out of thrall.
I answer'd thee in thunder deep,
With clouds encompass'd round;
I tried thee at the water steep
Of Meriba renown'd.
$ Hear, O my People, hearken well;
I testify to thee,
Thou ancient stock of Israel,
If thou wilt list to me:
9. Throughout the land of thy abode
No alien God shall be,
Nor shalt thou to a foreign God
In honour bend thy knee.
10. I am the Lord thy God, which brought
Thee out of Egypt land;
Ask large enough, and I, besought,
Will grant thy full demand.
11. And yet my people would not hear,
Norhearken to my voice;
And Israel, whom I lov’d so dear,
Mislik'd me for his choice.
12. Then did I leave them to their will,
And to their wandering mind;
Their own conceits they follow'd still,
Their own devices blind.
13. O, that my people would be wise,
To serve me all their days!
And O, that Israel would advise
To walk my righteous ways!
14. Then would I soon bring down their foes,
That now so proudly rise ;
And turn my hand against all those,
That are their enemies.
15. Who hate the Lord should then be fain
To bow to him and bend;
But they, his people, should remain,
Their time should have no end.
16. And he would feed them from the shock
With flower of finest wheat,
And satisfy them from the rock
With honey for their meat.
1. God in the great assembly stands Of kings and lordly states; Among the gods, on both his hands, He judges and debates. 2. How long will ye pervert the right With judgment false and wrong, Favouring the wicked by your might, Who thence grow bold and strong * 3. Regard the weak and fatherless, Despatch the poor man's cause: And raise the man in deep distress By just and equal laws. 4. Defend the poor and desolate, And rescue from the hands Of wicked men the low estate Of him that help demands. 5. They know not, nor will understand, In darkness they walkon; The Earth's foundations all are mov’d, And out of order gone. 6. I said that ye were gods, yea all The sons of God Most High ; 7. But ye shall die like men, and fall As other princes die. 8. Rise, God; judge thou the Earth in might, This wicked Earth redress; For thou art he who shall by right The nations all possess.
1. Be not thou silent now at length,
O God, hold not thy peace;
Sit thou not still, O God of strength,
We cry, and do not cease.
2. For lo, thy furious foes now swell,
And storm outrageously;
And they that hate thee, proud and fell,
Exalt their heads full high.
3. Against thy people they contrive
Their plots and counsels deep;
Them to ensnare they chiefly strive,
Whom thou dost hide and keep.
4. Come, let us cut them off, say they,
Till they no nation be ;
That Israel's name for ever may
Be lost in memory.
5. For they consult with all their might, Andall, as one in mind, Themselves against thee they unite, And in firm union bind. 6. The tents of Edom, and the brood, Of scornful Ishmael, Moab, with them of Hagar's blood That in the desart dwell, 7. Gebal and Ammon there conspire, And hateful Amalec, The Philistines, and they of Tyre, Whose bounds the sea doth check. 8. With them great Ashur also bands, And doth confirm the knot; All these have lent their armed hands To aid the sons of Lot. 9. Do to them as to Midian bold, That wasted all the coast; To Sisera; and, as is told, Thou didst to Jabin's host, When, at the brook of Kishon old, They were repuls'd and slain, 10. At Endor quite cut off, and roll'd As dung upon the plain. 11. As Zeb and Oreb evil sped, So let their princes speed; As Zeba and Zalmunna bled, So let their princes bleed. 12. For they amidst their pride have said, By right now shall we seize God's houses, and will now invade Their stately palaces. 13. My God, oh make them as a wheel, No quiet let them find ; Giddy and restless let them reel Like stubble from the wind. 14. As when an aged wood takes fire Which on a sudden strays, The greedy flame runs higher and higher Till all the mountains blaze; 15. So with thy whirlwind them pursue, And with thy tempest chase; 16. And, till they yield thee honour due, Lord, fill with shame their sace. 17. Asham'd, and troubled, let them be, Troubled, and sham'd for ever; Ever confounded, and so die With shame, and’scape it never. 18. Then shall they know, that thou,whose name Jehovah is alone, Art the Most High, and thou the same O'er all the Earth art One.
1. How lovely are thy dwellings fair!
O Lord of Hosts, how dear
The pleasant tabernacles are,
Where thou dost dwell so near !
2. My soul doth long and almost die
Thy courts, O Lord, to see;
My heart and flesh aloud do cry,
Oliving God, for thee.
3. There even the sparrow, freed from wrong,
Hath found a house of rest;
The swalkow there, to lay her young
Hath built her brooding nest;
Even by thy altars, Lord of Hosts,
They find their safe abode;
And home they fly from round the coasts
Toward thee, my King, my God.
4. Happy, who in thy house reside, Where thee they ever praise 5. Happy, whose strength in thee doth bide, And in their hearts thy ways' 6. They pass through Baca's thirsty vale, That dry and barren ground; As through a fruitful watery dale, Where springs and showers abound. 7. They journey on from strength to strength With joy and gladsome cheer, Till all before our God at length In Sion do appear. 8. Lord God of Hosts, hear now my prayer, O Jacob's God give ear; 9. Thou God, our shield, look on the face Of thy anointed dear. 10. Forone day in thy courts to be, Is better, and more blest, Than in the joys of vanity A thousand days at best. I, in the temple of my God, Had rather keep a door, Than dwell in tents, and rich abode, With sin for evermore. 11. For God, the Lord, both sun and shield, Gives grace and glory bright; No good from them shall be withheld Whose ways are just and right. 12. Lord God of Hosts, that reign'st on high; That man is truly blest, Who only on thee doth rely, And in thee only rest.
| Thou hast from hard captivity
Returned Jacob back. 2. The iniquity thou didst forgive That wrought thy people woe; And all their sin, that did thee grieve, Hast hid where none shall know, 3. Thine anger all thou had'st remov’d, And calmly didst return From thy fierce wrath which we had prov'd Far worse than fire to burn. 4. God of our saving health and peace, Turnus, and us restore ; Thine indignation cause to cease Towards us, and chide no more. 5. Wilt thou be angry without end, For ever angry thus * Wilt thou thy frowning ire extend From age to age on us? 6. Wilt thou not turn and hear our voice, And us again revive, That so thy people may rejoice By thee preserv'd alive? 7. Cause us to see thy goodness, Lord, To us thy mercy shew; Thy saving health to us afford, And life in us renew, 8. And now, what God the Lord will speak, I will go straight and hear, For to his people he speaks peace, And to his saints full dear, To his dear saints he will speak peace; Butlet them never more Return to folly, but surcease, To trespass as before.