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thou wilt, without regard of our former unthankfulness and contempt of thy word, shew thy mercy to us, and continue thy blessings over us, that we may, for these so unspeakable benefits, be more thankful than we have been, not only in words, or as hearers, but in deeds also, as doers of thy will, according to the direction of thy holy word. And that it would please thee still to hold this thy blessed hand over our Queen Elizabeth, and preserve her Royal person from all manner of open or secret perils, whereby her years may be prolonged, as far as it may please thee to grant, by the course of Nature, for the maintenance of thy glory, and of thy Son Jesus Christ, and of his Gospel, and for continuance of us thy people her natural subjects in the due fear and service of thee, and in our natural obedience to her; whereby we and our posterity may still enjoy such peace, as we have had these many years, under her Majesty's government, far above any like example in any age by-past. Grant this (O heavenly Father) for Jesus Christ's sake, thy only Son our Saviour, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
The first Psalm.
WE rejoice in thy strength, (O Lord :) exceeding glad Psal. 21. are we of thy salvation.
Thou hast given us our hearts' desire; and hast not denied the request of our lips.
Thou hast prevented us with the blessings of goodness : and hast made us glad with the joy of thy countenance.
For the ungodly had drawn out the sword, and had Psal. 37. bended their bow : to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of a right conversation.
Their sword shall go through their own heart : and their bow shall be broken.
All thine enemies shall feel thine hand: thy right hand Psal. 22 . shall find out them that hate thee.
Thou shalt make them like a fiery oven in the time of thy wrath: the Lord shall destroy them in his displeasure, and the fire shall consume them.
Their fruit shalt thou root out of the earth: and their seed from among the children of men.
For they intended mischief against thee: and imagined such a device, as they are not able to perform.
Therefore hast thou put them to flight: and the strings of thy bow hast thou made ready against the face of them.
Thy mercy (O Lord) reacheth unto the heavens : and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains : and thy judgments are like the great deep.
Thou, Lord, dost save both man and beast : how excellent is thy mercy, O Lord ! and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
O continue forth thy loving kindness unto them that know thee: and thy righteousness unto them that are true of heart.
O let not the foot of pride come against us: and let not the hand of the ungodly cast us down.
Withdraw not thou thy mercy from us, O Lord : let thy lovingkindness and thy truth alway preserve us.
But let the ungodly perish, let thine enemies consume as the fat of lambs : yea, even as the smoke let them consume away.
So we that be thy people, and sheep of thy pasture shall give thee thanks for ever: and will alway be shewing forth thy praise from generation to generation.
The second Psalm. DELIVER us, O Lord, from the evil men: and preserve us from the wicked men.
Which imagine mischief in their hearts: and stir up strife all the day long.
The proud have laid a snare for us, and spread a net abroad with cords : yea, and set traps in our ways.
They courage themselves in mischief: and common among themselves, how they may lay snares, and they say no man shall see them.
They imagine wickedness and practise it: that they keep secret among themselves, every man in the deep of his heart.
But let not the ungodly have their desire, O Lord : let not their mischievous imaginations prosper, lest they be too proud.
Thou, O Lord, shalt suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow : that they shall be wounded.
And all men that see it, shall say, This hath God done : for they shall perceive, that it is his work.
Praised be the Lord daily, even the God that helpeth us : Psal. 68. and poureth his benefits upon us.
He is our God, even the God of whom cometh Salvation: God is the Lord by whom we escape death.
He hath given victory unto us : and hath delivered Psal. 144. David his servant from the peril of the sword.
O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his Psal. 197. goodness : and declare the wonders that he doth for the children of men.
That they would exalt him in the congregation of the people: and praise him in the seat of the Elders.
That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving : and tell out his works with gladness.
Then shall our sons grow up as the young plants : and (Psal. 144.) our daughters be as the polished corners of the Temple.
Our garners shall be full and plenteous with all manner of store: our sheep shall bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our streets.
Our oxen shall be strong to labour, there shall be no decay: no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.
Happy are the people that be in such a case : yea, blessed are the people, that have the Lord for their God.
The third Psalm. We will magnify thee, O God our King : and will praise Psal. 145. thy Name for ever and ever.
Every day will we give thanks unto thee: and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and marvellous worthy to be praised : there is no end of his greatness.
One generation shall praise thy works unto another : and declare thy power.
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be shewed : and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways: and holy in all his works.
The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon him: yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him : he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
Though we walk in the midst of trouble, yet shall he refresh us: he shall stretch forth his hand upon the furiousness of our enemies, and his right hand shall save us.
The snares of death compassed us round about : and the pains of hell gat hold upon us.
But thou, Lord, hast delivered our souls from death : our eyes from tears, and our feet from falling.
Thou hast turned our heaviness into joy : thou hast put off our sackcloth, and girded us with gladness.
Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing: 0.God, we will give thanks unto thee for ever.
The fourth Psalm.
O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious: and his mercy endureth for ever.
Who can express the noble acts of the Lord: or shem forth all his praise ?
For we have sinned with our Fathers : we have done amiss and dealt wickedly.
We have not regarded thy wonders, nor kept thy great goodness in remembrance: but have been disobedient to thy holy will.
Nevertheless he hath holpen us for his name's sake: that he might make his power to be known.
For lo, the ungodly hath bent their bow, and made ready their arrows within the quiver : that they might privily shoot at us.
Many Oxen purposed to have come about us : fat Bulls of Basan intended to close us in on every side.
They gaped upon us with their mouths: as it were ramping and roaring lions.
The counsel of the wicked laid siege against us: they set traps in our ways.
They had privily laid their net to destroy us without
a cause : yea, even without a cause had they made a pit for our soul.
But thou (O Lord) hast delivered our soul from the Psal. 22. sword: thy darling from the power of the dog.
Thou hast saved us from the Lion's mouth : thou hast heard us from amongst the horns of the Unicorns.
A sudden destruction is come upon them unawares, and Psal. 35. the net that they had laid privily, hath catched themselves : they are fallen into their own mischief.
They are confounded and put to shame, that did seek after our soul: they are turned back and put to confusion, that imagined mischief for us.
Wherefore praise the Lord, ye that fear him: magnify Psal. 22. him all ye of the seed of Jacob, and fear him all ye of the seed of Israel.
For he hath not despised, nor abhorred the low estate of the poor: he hath not hid his face from him, but when we called unto him, he heard us.
Therefore our praise is of thee in the great Congregation: our vows will we perform in the sight of them that fear him.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son. &c.
Hereunto also may be added, at the discretion of the Minister, the lxxxiii.
the ciii. and the cxxiii. Psalms. And for the first Lesson, when he shall see occasion, he may read one of these Chapters ; viz. Exod. xv. Judg. y. Esther vi. vii. viii. and ix.