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25 Whom then in heav'n, but thee alone, 12 Thou heretofore, with kingly pow'r, Have I, whose favour I require ?
In our defence hast fought; Throughout the spacious earth there's For us, throughout the wond'ring none
world, That I besides thee can desire.
Hast great salvation wrought. 26 My trembling flesh and aching heart 13 'Twas thou, o God, that didst the sea May often fail to succour me;
By thy own strength divide; But God shall inward strength im Thou brak'st the wat'ry monsters' part,
heads, And my eternal portion be.
The waves o'erwhelm'd their pride. 27 For they that far from thee remove, 14 The greatest, fiercest of them all, Shall into sudden ruin fall;
That seem'd the deep to sway, If after other gods they rove,
Was by thy pow'r destroy'd, and made Thy vengeance shall destroy them all. To savage beasts a prey. 28 But as for me, 'tis good and just 15 Thou clav'st the solid rock, and mad'st That I should still to God repair;
The waters largely flow; In him I always put my trust,
Again thou mad'st through parted
Thy wond'ring people go.
16 Thine is the cheerful day, and thine W HY hast thou cast us off, o God?
The black return of night;
Thou hast prepar'd the glorious sun, O why against thy chosen flock
And ev'ry feebler light.
17 By thee the borders of the earth 2 Think on thy ancient purchase, Lord,
In perfect order stand;
The summer's warmth, and winter's By thee redeem'd, and Sion's mount,
cold, Where once thy glory shone.
Attend on thy command.
The Third Part.
18 Remember, Lord, how scornful foes 4 Thy foes blaspheme thy Name, where Have daily urg'd our shame; late
And how the foolish people have
Blasphem'd thy holy Name.
By sinful crowds beset;
Nor the assembly of thy poor
20 Thy ancient cov'nant, Lord, regard, Advance the artist's fame,
And make thy promise good;
For now each corner of the land
Is fill'd with men of blood,
With sorrow cloth'd and shame; Has been profan'd, and quite defac'd, But let the helpless and the poor Though sacred to thy Name.
For ever praise thy Name. 8 Thy worship wholly to destroy
22 Arise, O God, in our behalf, Maliciously they aim'd;
Thy cause and ours maintain ;
Remember how insulting fools
Each day thy Name profane! 9 Yet of thy presence thou vouchsaf'st | 23 Make thou the boastings of thy foes No tender signs to send;
For evermore to cease ;
Whose insolence, if unchastis'.
Will more and more increase.
To thee, O God, we render praise,
1 To thee with thanks repair; 11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong
For that thy Name to us is nigh,
Thy wondrous works declare.
2 In Israel when my throne is fix'd, When vengeance calls to stretch it With me shall justice reign : forth,
3 The land with discord shakes, but I So calmly lett'st it rest ?
The sinking frame sustain.
4 Deluded wretches I advis'd
| 8 Pronounc'd from heavn, earth heard Their errors to redress,
its doom : And warnd bold sinners, that they Grew hush'd with fear, when thou should
didst come, Their swelling pride suppress.
9 The meek with justice to restore. 5 Bear not yourselves so high, as if 10 The wrath of man shall yield thee No pow'r could yours restrain;
praise ; Submit your stubborn necks, and learn Its last attempts but serve to raise To speak with less disdain.
The triumphs of Almighty pow'r. 6 For that promotion, which to gain 11 Vow to the Lord, ye nations bring Your vain ambition strives,
Vow'd presents to th' eternal King; From neither east, nor west, nor yet
Thus to his Name due rev'rence pay: From southern climes arrives. 12 Who proudest potentates can quell; 7 For God the great disposer is,
To earthly kings more terrible, And sov'reign judge alone,
Than to their trembling subjects Who casts the proud to earth, and lifts they. The humble to a throne.
PSALM LXXVII. 8 His hand holds forth a dreadful cup, To God I cried, who to my help With purple wine 'tis crown'd;
1 Did graciously repair ; The deadly mixture, which his wrath 2 In trouble's dismal day I sought Deals out to nations round.
My God with humble pray'r. of this his saints sometimes may taste; All night my fest'ring wound did run, But wicked men shall squeeze
No med'cine gave relief; The bitter dregs, and be condemn'd My soul no comfort would admit, To drink the very lees.
My soul indulg'd her grief. 9 His prophet, I to all the world
3 I thought on God, and favours past, This message will relate;
But that increas'd my pain; The justice then of Jacob's God
I found my spirit more oppress'd, My song shall celebrate.
The more I did complain. 10 The wicked's pride I will reduce,
4 Through ev'ry watch of tedious night Their cruelty disarm;
Thou keep'st my eyes awake; Exalt the just, and seat him high,
My grief is swell'd to that excess,
I sigh, but cannot speak.
5 I call to mind the days of old, TN Judah the Almighty's known,
With signal mercy crown'd, 1 (Almighty there by wonders shown ;)
Those famous years of ancient times, His Name in Jacob does excel :
For miracles renown'd. 2 His sanctuary in Salem stands;
6 By night I recollect my songs, The Majesty that heav'n commands On former triumphs made; In Sion condescends to dwell.
Then search, consult, and ask my 3 He brake the bow and arrows there,
heart, The shield, the temper'd sword, and Where's now that wondrous aid? spear;
7 Has God for ever cast us off ? There slain the mighty army lay: ! Withdrawn his favour quite ? 4 Whence Sion's fame through earth is 8 Are both his mercy and his truth spread,
Retir'd to endless night? of greater glory, greater dread,
9 Can his long-practis'd love forget Than hills where robbers lodge their
Its wonted aids to bring ? prey.
Has he in wrath shut up and seal'd 5 Their valiant chiefs, who came for
His mercy's healing spring ? spoil, Themselves met there a shameful foil;
1. 10 I said, My weakness hints these fears: Securely down to sleep they lay :
But I'll my fears disband; But wak'd no more; their stoutest
I'll yet remember the Most High,
And years of his right hand. band Ne'er lifted one resisting hand
11 I'll call to mind his works of old, Gainst his that did their lesions. The wonders of his might; slay.
12 On them my heart shall meditate, 6 When Jacob's God began to frown,
My tongue shall them recite. Both horse and charioteers. O'er. 13 Safe lodg'd from human search on thrown,
O God, thy counsels are! (high, Together slept in endless night.
Who is so great a God as ours ? 7 When thou, whom earth and heavn Who can with him compare ? revere,
| 14 Long since a God of wonders thee Dost once with wrathful look appear, Thy rescu'd people found : What mortal pow'r can stand thy | 15 Long since hast thou thy chosen seed sight?
With strong deliv'rance crown'd.
16 When thee, O God, the waters saw, 10, 11 They falsified their league with
The frighted billows shrunk ;
Forgot his works and miracles
Before their eyes display'd. 17 The clouds pour'd down, while rend - 12 Nor wonders which their fathers saw ing skies
Did they in mind retain ; Did with their noise conspire ;
Prodigious things in Egypt done, Thy arrows all abroad were sent,
And Zoan's fertile plain. Wing'd with avenging fire.
| 13 He cut the seas to let them pass, 18 Heav'n with thy thunder's voice was Restraind the pressing flood; torn;
While, pil'd in heaps, on either side Whilst all the lower world
The solid waters stood. With lightnings blaz'd, earth shook, 14 A wondrous pillar led them on, and seem'd
Compos'd of shade and light; From her foundations hurl'd.
A shelt'ring cloud it prov'd by day, 19 Through rolling streams thou find'st
A leading tire by night. thy way,
15 When drought oppress'd them, where Thy paths in waters lie;
no stream Thy wondrous passage, where no sight The wilderness supplied, Thy footsteps can descry.
He cleft the rock, whose flinty breast 20 Thou ledd'st thy people like a flock,
Dissolv'd into a tide. Safe through the desert land,
16 Streams from the solid rock he brought, By Moses, their meek skilful guide, Which down in rivers fell, (day And Aaron's sacred hand.
That, trav'ling with their camp, each
Renew'd the miracle.
17 Yet there they sinn'd against him HEAR, O my people; to my law
more, 1 Devout attention lend;
Provoking the Most High,
In that same desert, where he did
Their fainting souls supply. 2 My tongue, by inspiration taught, 18 They first incens'd him in their hearts, Shall parables unfola,
That did his pow'r distrust, Dark oracles, but understood,
And long'd for meat, not urg'd by want, And own'd for truths of old :
But to indulge their lust. 3 Which we from sacred registers | 19 Then utter'd their blaspheming doubts: Of ancient times have known,
Can God, say they, prepare
A table in the wilderness,
Set out with various fare? 4 We will not hide them from our sons; 20 He smote the flinty rock, 'tis true, Our offspring shall be taught
And gushing streams ensu'd ; The praises of the Lord, whose But can he corn and flesh provide strength
For such a multitude ?
21 The Lord with indignation heard : 5 For Jacob he this law ordaind;
From heav'n avenging flame
On Jacob fell, consuming wrath
On thankless Israel came:
22 Because their unbelieving hearts 6 That generations yet to come
In God would not confide,
Nor trust his care, who had from Religiously transmit the same,
heav'n And they again to theirs.
Their wants so oft supplied : 7 To teach them that in God alone 23 Though he had made his clouds disTheir hope securely stands;
And, when earth fail'd, reliev'd their
needs 8 Lest, like their fathers, they might
From his celestial stores:
24 Tho' tasteful manna was rain'd down, A stiff rebellious race,
Their hunger to relieve;
Tho' from the stores of heav'n they did
Sustaining corn receive. 9 Such were revolting Ephraim's sons, 25 Thus man, with angels' sacred food, Who, though to warfare bred,
Ungrateful man, was fed ;
A plenteous table spread.
26 From heaven he made an east wind 48 Lightning and hail made flocks and blow,
herds Then did the south command,
One general sacrifice.
No time for it to cease;
And, with their plagues, bad angels 28 Within their trenches he let fall
Their torments to increase.
To ravage uncontrolld; 29 They fed, were slid : he gave them The murrain on their firstlings seiz'd leave
In ev'ry field and fold.
51 The deadly pest from beast to man, 30, 31 Yet still their wanton lust crav'd on,
From field to city came;
It slew their heirs, their eldest hopes,
52 But his own tribe, like folded sheep, The wrath of God smote down their
He brought from their distress,
And them conducted like a flock
Throughout the wilderness.
53 He led them on, and in their way
But march'd securely through those 33 Therefore through fruitless travels he
deeps Consum'd their lives in grief.
In which their foes were drown'd. 34 When some were slain, the rest re
| 54 Nor ceas'd his care,till them he brought To God with early cry; (turn'd
Safe to his promis'd land, 35 Own'd him the rock of their defence,
And to his holy mount, the prize
Of his victorious hand. 36 But this was feign'd submission all; 55 To them the outcast heathen's land Their heart their tongue belied ;
He did by lot divide; 37 Their heart was still perverse, nor
And in their foes' abandon'd tents
Made Israel's tribes reside.
The Third Part. 38 Yet, full of mercy, he forgare,
56 Yet still they tempted, still provok'd Nor did with death chastise;
The wrath of God most high; But turn'd his kindled wrath aside,
Nor would to practise his commands Or would not let it rise.
Their stubborn hearts apply. 39 For he remember'd they were flesh 57 But in their faithless fathers' steps That could not long remain;
Perversely chose to go; A murm'ring wind that's quickly past, They turn'd aside, like arrows shot And ne'er returns again.
From some deceitfu! bow. 40 How oft did they provoke him there, 158 For him to fury they provola How oft his patience grieve,
With altars set on high ;
And with their graven images
Inflam'd his jealousy. 41 They tempted him by turning back, 59 When God heard this, on Israel's tribes And wickedly repin'd,
His wrath and hatred fell; When Israel's God refus'd to be
60 He quitted Shiloh, and the tents
Where once he chose to dwell.
His glory to disdain,
Nor would his wrath restrain. 44 He turn'd their rivers into blood, 63 Destructive war their ablest youth That man and beast forbore,
Untimely did confound;
No virgin was to th' altar led,
With nuptial garlands crown'd. 45 He sent devouring swarms of flies; 64 In fight the sacrificer fell, Hoarse frogs annoy'd their soil ;
The priest a victim bled; 46 Locusts and caterpillars reap'd
And widows, who their death should The harvest of their toil.
mourn, 47 Their vines with battring hail were
Themselves of grief were dead. broke,
| 65 Then, as a giant rous'd from sleep, With frost the fig-tree dies;
Whom wine had throughly warm'd,
Shouts out aloud, the Lord awak'd, 10 Let infidels, that scoffing say,
Where is the God they boast ? 66 He smote their host, that from the field In vengeance for thy slaughter'd saints, A scatter'd remnant came,
Perceive thee to their cost. With wounds imprinted on their backs 11 Lord, hear the sighing pris ner's moan, Of everlasting shame.
Thy saving pow'r extend; 67 With conquests crown'd, he Joseph's Preserve the wretches, doom'd to die, tents
From that untimely end. And Ephraim's tribe forsook ; | 12 On them who us oppress let all 68 But Judah chose, and Sion's mount
Our suff'rings be repaid; For his lov'd dwelling took.
Make their confusion seven times more 69 His temple he erected there,
Than what on us they laid. With spires exalted high,
| 13 So we, thy people and thy flock, While deep and fix'd, as that of earth, Shall ever praise thy Name; The strong foundations lie.
And with glad hearts our grateful 70 His faithful servant David too
thanks He for his choice did own,
From age to age proclaim. And from the sheepfolds him advanc'd
PSALM LXXX. To sit on Judah's throne.
ISRAEL'S Shepherd, Joseph's 71 From tending on the teeming ewes, He brought him forth to feed
Guide, His own inheritance, the tribes
Our pray'rs to thee vouchsafe to hear;
Thou that dost on the cherubs ride, of Israel's chosen seed.
Again in solemn state appear. 72 Exalted thus the monarch prov'd
2 Behold, how Benjamin expects, A faithful shepherd still ;
With Ephraim and Manasseh join'd, He fed them with an upright heart,
In our delivrance, the effects And guided them with skill.
of thy resistless strength to find. PSALM LXXIX.
3 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou PEHOLD, O God, how heathen hosts
The lustre of thy face display;
And all the ills we suffer now,
Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away. Thy holy city ras'd.
40 thou, whom heav'nly hosts obey, 2 The mangled bodies of thy saints
How long shall thy fierce anger burn? Abroad unburied lay;
How long thy suff"ring people pray, Their flesh expos'd to savage beasts,
And to their pray'rs have no return ? And rav'nous birds of prey.
5 When hungry, we are forc'd to drench 3 Quite thro' Jerus'lem was their blood Our scanty food in floods of woe; Like common water shed;
When dry, our raging thirst we quench And none were left alive to pay
With streams of tears that largely Last duties to the dead.
flow. 4 The neighbring lands our small re
6 For us the heathen nations round,
As for a common prey, contest; mains
Our foes with spiteful joy abound,
And at our lost condition jest.
7 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou 5 How long wilt thou be angry, Lord ?
The lustre of thy face display;
And all the ills we suffer now,
Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away.
The Second Part. 6 On foreign lands, that know not thee, 8 Thou brought'st a vine from Egypt's Thy heavy vengeance show'r;
land, Those sinful kingdoms let it crush,
And, casting out the heathen race, That have not own'd thy pow'r.
Didst plant it with thine own right 7 For their devouring jaws have prey'd
hand, On Jacob's chosen race;
And firmly fix it in their place. And to a barren desert turn'd
9 Before it thou prepar'dst the way, Their fruitful dwelling-place.
And mad'st it take a lasting root; 8 0 think not on our former sins,
Which, blest with thy indulgent ray, But speedily prevent
O'er all the land did widely shoot. The utter ruin of thy saints,
10, 11 The hills were cover'd with its Almost with sorrow spent.
shade, 9 Thou God of our salvation, help,
Its goodly boughs did cedars seem ; And free our souls from blame;
Its branches to the sea were spread, So shall our pardon and defence
And reach'd to proud Euphrates' Exalt thy glorious Name.