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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
And will his wondrous works declare. streams

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;
Wilt thou no more return ?

Thou hast prepar'd the glorious sun, O why against thy chosen flock

And ev'ry feebler light.
Does thy fierce anger burn ?

17 By thee the borders of the earth 2 Think on thy ancient purchase, Lord,

In perfect order stand;
The land that is thy own;

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.
3 0 come, and view our ruin'd state !
How long our troubles last!

The Third Part.
See how the foe, with wicked rage,
Has laid thy temple waste!

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
Thy zealous servants pray'd;

Blasphem'd thy holy Name.
The heathen there, with haughty ( 19 o free thy mourning turtle dove,

By sinful crowds beset;
Their banners have display'd.

Nor the assembly of thy poor
5, 6 Those curious carvings, which did For evermore forget.

20 Thy ancient cov'nant, Lord, regard, Advance the artist's fame,

And make thy promise good;
With ax and hammer they destroy,

For now each corner of the land
Like works of vulgar frame.

Is fill'd with men of blood,
7 Thy holy temple they have burnt: 21 o let not the oppress'd return
And what escap'd the flame

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 ;
And all the sacred places burn'd,

Remember how insulting fools
Where we thy praise proclaim'd.

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 ;
We have no prophet now, that knows

Whose insolence, if unchastis'.
When this sad state shall end.

Will more and more increase.
The Second Part.
10 But, Lord, how long wilt thou permit

Thinsulting foe to boast?
Shall all the honour of thy Name

To thee, O God, we render praise,
For evermore be lost?

1 To thee with thanks repair; 11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong

For that thy Name to us is nigh,
right hand,

Thy wondrous works declare.
And on thy patient breast,

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.

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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,
Above the reach of harm.

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 ;
The troubled depths themselves, for His orders disobey'd,

Forgot his works and miracles
Beneath their channels sunk.

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,
Let the instruction of my mouth

In that same desert, where he did
Deep in your hearts descend.

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
And our forefathers' pious care

A table in the wilderness,
To us have handed down.

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 ?
Has works of wonder wrought.

21 The Lord with indignation heard : 5 For Jacob he this law ordaind;

From heav'n avenging flame
This league with Israel made;

On Jacob fell, consuming wrath
With charge to be from age to age,

On thankless Israel came:
From race to race convey'd ;

22 Because their unbelieving hearts 6 That generations yet to come

In God would not confide,
Should to their unborn heirs

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;

That they should ne'er forget his Provisions down in show'rs;

And, when earth fail'd, reliev'd their
But keep his just commands:

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;
False-hearted, fickle to their God,

Tho' from the stores of heav'n they did
Unsteadfast in his grace.

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 ;
And skilful archers, arm'd with bows, Not sparingly, for still they found
From field ignobly fled.

A plenteous table spread.


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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.
27 To rain down flesh like dust, and 49 He turn'd his anger loose, and set

No time for it to cease;
Like sea's unnumber'd sand.

And, with their plagues, bad angels 28 Within their trenches he let fall

The luscious easy prey,

Their torments to increase.
And all around their spreading camp 50 He clear'd a passage for his wrath
The ready booty lay.

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.
Their appetites to feast;

51 The deadly pest from beast to man, 30, 31 Yet still their wanton lust crav'd on,

From field to city came;
Nor with their hunger ceas'd.

It slew their heirs, their eldest hopes,
But whilst in their luxurious mouths Through all the tents of Ham.
They did their dainties chew,

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
And Israel's chosen slew.

Throughout the wilderness.
The Second Part.

53 He led them on, and in their way
32 Yet still they sinn'd, nor would afford No cause of fear they found;
His miracles belief;

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
Their Saviour, God most high.

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.
Firm in his league abide.

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 ;
In that same desert where he did

And with their graven images
Their fainting souls relieve!

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
By their desires confin'd.

Where once he chose to dwell.
Nor call'd to mind the hand and day 161 To vile captivity his ark,
That their redemption brought;

His glory to disdain,
43 His signs in Egypt, wondrous works 62 His people to the sword he gave,
In Zoan's valley wrought.

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;
And rather chose to die of thirst,

No virgin was to th' altar led,
Than drink the putrid gore.

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,
And his proud foe alarm'd.

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;
Have thy possession seiz'd;

And all the ills we suffer now,
Thy sacred house they have defil'd,

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,
With loud reproaches wound;
And we a laughing-stock are made

And at our lost condition jest.
To all the nations round.

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,
Must we for ever mourn?
Shall thy devouring jealous rage,

Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away.
Like fire, for ever burn ?

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.


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