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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 :
As thy possession I on thee bestow
The Heathen; and, as thy conquest to be sway (l, Earth's utmost bounds; them shalt thou bring fulllow With iron sceptre bruised, and them disperse
Like to a potter's vessel shiver'd so.
And now be wise at length, ye kings averse,
Be taught, ye judges of the earth ; with fear
Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse With trembling : kiss the Son, lest he appear
In anger, and ye perish in the way.
If once his wrath take fire, like fuel sere. Happy all those who have in him their stay.
PSALM III. August 9, 1653.
When he fled from Absalom.
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 waked 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
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord ;
Thy blessing on thy people flows.
PSALM IV. August 10, 1653.
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.
Great ones, how long will yo
My glory have in scorn ?
How long be thus forborne
Still to love vanity ?
To love, to seek, to prize,
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies ?
Yet know the Lord hath chose,
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.
Be awed, and do not sin;
Speak to your hearts alone,
Upon your beds each one,
And be at peace within.
Offer the offerings just
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Many there may 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 bast put,
Than when a year of glut
Their stores doth ever-cloy,
And from their plenteous grounds
With vast increase their corn and wine abounds.
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 makest me dwell.
PSALM V. August 12, 1653.
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:
l' the morning I to thée with choice
Will rank my prayers, and watch till thou appear.
For thou art not a God that takes
In wickedness delight;
Evil with thee no biding makes :
Fools or mad men, stand not within thy sight.
All workers of iniquity
Thou hatest; and them unblest
Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie;
The bloody and guileful man God doth detest.
But I will in thy mercies dear,
Thy numerous mercies, go
Into thy house ; 1, 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 unstable,
No word is firm or sooth :
Their inside, troubles miserable ;
An open grave their throat, their tongue they smooth.
God, find them guilty, let them fall,
By their own counsels quell'd :
Push them to 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 triumph 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.
PSALM VI. August 13, 1653.
LORD, in thy anger do not reprehend me,
Nor in thy hot displeasure me correct;
Pity me, Lord, for I am much deject,
And very weak and faint; heal and amend me:
For all my bones that even with anguish ache,
Are troubled, yea, my soul is troubled sore,
And Thou, O Lord, how long? Turn, Lord; restore
My soul ; 0 save me for thy goodness' sake :
For in death no remembrance 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 mine 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. August 14, 1653.
Upon the words of Cush 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 naught;
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 dishono ir foul.
Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire,
Rouse thyself amidst the rage
Of my foes that urge like fire;
And wake for me, their fury assuage;
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 founc'atiou.