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3 Wilt thou by miracle revive
The dead whom thou forsook'st alive?
A mould'ring tomb thy faithfulness 4 To thee, O LORD, I cry forlorn,
My prayer prevents the early morn:
Nor once vouchsafed a gracious look ? 5 Companions dear, and friends beloved,
Far from my sight thou hast removed :
PSALM 68. L. M.
From the lxxxix. Psalm of David.
1 THY mercies, LORD, shall be my song,
My song on them shall ever dwell;
Thy never-failing truth shall tell. 2 I have affirm'd, and still maintain,
Thy mercy shall for ever last;
Like them shall stand for ever fast.
“ With David I a league have made; To him, my servant, and my choice,
By solemn oath this grant convey'd :
Thy seed shall in my sight remain;
They shall to endless ages reign.” 6 For such stupendous truth and love,
Both heaven and earth just praises owe,
And by assembled saints below. 6 What seraph of celestial birth
To vie with Israel's God shall dare? Or who among the gods of earth
With our Almighty LORD compare ? 7 With reverence and religious dread,
His saints should to his temple press; His fear through all their hearts should spread,
Who his almighty Name confess. 8 LORD God of armies, who can boast
Of strength or power like thine renown'd? Of such a num’rous, faithful host,
As that which does thy throne surround ? 9 Thou dost the lawless sea control,
And change the prospect of the deep; Thou mak'st the sleeping billows roll;
Thou mak'st the rolling billows sleep.
10 In thee the sovereign right remains
Of earth and heaven; thee, LORD, alone, The world, and all that it contains,
Their Maker and Preserver own. 11 Thine arm is mighty, strong thy hand,
Yet, LORD, thou dost with justice reign; Possess'd of absolute command,
Thou truth and mercy dost maintain. 12 Happy, thrice happy they, who hear
Thy sacred trumpet's joyful sound;
With thy most glorious presence crown'd. 13 Thy saints shall always be o’erjoy'd,
Who on thy sacred name rely;
Above their foes be raised on high.
Whose conquests from thy favor spring ; The LORD of hosts is our defence,
And Israel's God our Israel's King.
From the ac Psalm of David.
PART I. C. M.
Of us thy chosen race,
Our sure abiding-place. 2 Before thou brought'st the mountains forth,
Or th' earth and world didst frame,
And ever art the same.
Of which he first was made;
'Tis instantly obey'd.
Are like a day that's past;
Whose hours unminded waste.
We vanish hence like dreams :-
The sun's reviving beams; 6 But howsoever fresh and fair
Its morning beauty shows,
Before the evening close.
7 We by thine anger are consumed,
And by thy wrath dismay'd;
Before thy sight are laid.
Our drooping days we spend;
Like tales that quickly end.
An age that few survive:
To eighty we arrive-
To sorrow turn'd and pain :
PART II. C. M
Does, as he ought, revere?
As more or less we fear.
Of our short days to mind,
May ever be inclined.
And speedily relent!
Of our just doom repent.
Thy early mercy send ;
In joy and comfort spend.
Thy wondrous work be known;
Thy glorious power be shown.
Give thou our work success;
Do thou vouchsafe to bless.
PART I. II. 2.
Secure and undisturb'd abide;
My God, in whom I will confide.
2 His tender love and watchful care Shall free thee from the fowler's snare,
And from the noisome pestilence; He over thee his wings shall spread, And cover thy unguarded head;
His truth shall be thy strong defence. 3 No terrors that surprise by night Shall thy undaunted courage fright,
Nor deadly shafts that fly by day, Nor plague, of unknown rise, that kills In darkness, nor infectious ills
That in the burning noon-tide slay. 4 Because, with well-placed confidence, Thou mak'st the Lord thy sure defence,
Thy refuge, even God most high; Therefore no ill on thee shall come, Nor to thy heaven-protected home Shall overwhelming plagues draw nigh.
III. 3, 1 God shall charge his angel legions
Watch and ward o'er thee to keep; Though thou walk through hostile regions,
Though in desert wilds thou sleep. 2 On the lion vainly roaring,
On his young, thy foot shall tread; And, the dragon's den exploring,
Thou shalt bruise the serpent's head. 3 Since, with pure and firm affection,
Thou on God hast set thy love, With the wings of his protection
He will shield thee from above. 4 Thou shalt call on him in trouble,
He will hearken, he will save; Here for grief reward thee double,
Crown with life beyond the grave.
PSALM 71. C. M.
From the xcii. Psalm of David. 1 HOW good and pleasant must it be
To thank the LORD most high; And with repeated hymns of praise
His name to magnify!
His goodness to relate;
The glad effects repeat !
With tuneful psalteries join'd;
For sacred use design'd.
4 For through thy wondrous works, O LORD,
Thou mak'st my heart rejoice;
And shout with cheerful voice.
How deep are thy decrees !
No careless sinner sees.
Like grass, look fresh and gay,
For ever pass away.
And all thy losty foes,
Shall be o’erwhelmnd with woes.
Shall grow and flourish still;
On Lebanon's high hill.
Within his courts shall thrive;
Shall in old age revive.
And God, my strong defence,
1 WITH_glory clad, with strength array'd,
The LORD, that o'er all nature reigns,
And the vast fabric still sustains.
Which shall no change or period see;
Art God from all eternity.
And toss the troubled waves on high;
And make the angry sea comply. 4 Thy promise, Lorv, is ever sure,
And they that in thy house would dwell, That happy station to secure,
Must still in holiness excel.