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3 And let them say, How dreadful, Lord,! Whilst distant lands their tribute pay, In all ths works art thou !

And thy salvation own. To thy great pow'r thy stubborn foes 3 Let diff'ring nations join Shall all be forc'd to bow.

To celebrate thy fame; 4 Thro' all the earth the nations round Let all the world, O Lord, combine Shall thee their God confess;

To praise thy glorious Name. And with glad hymns their awful dread 40 let them shout and sing of thy great Name express.

With joy and pious mirth, 5 0 come, behold the works of God, For thou, the righteous Judge and And then with me you'll own,

King, That he to all the sons of men

Shalt govern all the earth. Has wondrous judgments shown. 5 Let diff'ring nations join 6 He made the sea become dry land,

To celebrate thy fame; Through which our fathers walk'd; Let all the world, O Lord, combine Whilst to each other of his might

To praise thy glorious Name. With joy his people talk'd.

6 Then shall the teeming ground 7 He by his pow'r for ever rules;

A large increase disclose; His eyes the world survey;

And we with plenty shall be crown'd, Let no presumptuous man rebel

Which God, our God, bestows. Against his sov'reign sway.

7 Then God upon our land The Second Part.

Shall constant blessings show'r,

And all the world in awe shall stand 8,9 all ye nations, bless our God,

of his resistless pow'r. And loudly speak his praise; Who keeps our soul alive, and still

PSALM LXVIII. Confirms our steadfast ways.

ET God, the God of battle, rise, 10 For thou hast tried us, Lord, as fire

U And scatter his presumptuous foes; Does try the precious ore;

Let shameful rout their host surprise, 11 Thou brought'st us into straits, where Who spitefully his pow'r oppose.

2 As smoke in tempest's rage is lost, Oppressing burdens bore.

Or wax into the furnace cast, 12 Insulting foes did us, their slaves,

So let their sacrilegious host Through fire and water chase;

Before his wrathful presence waste But yet at last thou brought'st us forth 3 But let the servants of his will Into a wealthy place.

His favour's gentle beams enjoy; 13 Burnt offrings to thy house 121 bring, Their upright hearts let gladness fill, And there my vows will pay,

And cheerful songs their tongues 14 Which I with solemn zeal did make

employ. In trouble's dismal day.

4 To him your voice in anthems raise, 15 Then shall the richest incense smoke, Jehovah's awful name he bears; The fattest rams shall fall;

In him rejoice, extol his praise, The choicest goats from out the fold, Who rides upon high rolling spheres. And bullocks from the stall.

5 Him, from his empire of the skies, 16 O come, all ye that fear the Lord,

To this low world compassion draws, Attend with heedful care;

The orphan's claim to patronize, Whilst I what God for me has done

And judge the injur'd widow's cause. With grateful joy declare.

6 'Tis God, who from a foreign soil 17, 18 As I before his aid implord,

Restores poor exiles to their home, So now I praise his Name;

Makes captives free, and fruitless toil Who, if my heart had harbour'd sin, Their proud oppressors' righteous Would all my pray'rs disclaim.

doom. 19 But God to me, whene'er I cried,

7 'Twas so of old, when thou didst lead His gracious ear did bend;

In person, Lord, our armies forth, And to the voice of my request

Strange terrors thro' the desert spread, With constant love attend.

Convulsions shook th' astonish'd 20 Then bless'd for ever be my God,

earth. Who never, when I pray,

8 The breaking clouds did rain distil, Withholds his mercy from my soul,

And heav'n's high arches shook with Nor turns his face away.


How then should Sinai's humble hill

Of Israel's God the presence bear? o bless thy chosen race,

9 Thy hand, at famish'd earth's com. In mercy, Lord, incline;

plaint, And cause the brightness of thy face Reliev'd her from celestial stores; On all thy saints to shine.

And, when thy heritage was faint, 2 That so thy wondrous ways

Asswag'd the drought with plenteMay through the world be known,

ous show'rs.

10 Where savages had rang'd before,

The Third Part. At ease thou mad'st our tribes reside; 24 When marching to thy blest abode, And in the desert for the poor

The wond'ring multitude survey'd Thy gen'rous bounty didst provide. The pompous state of thee, our God, The Second Part.

In robes of majesty array'd. 11 Thou gav'st the word, we sallied forth, 120

h. 25 Sweet-singing Levites led the van, And in that pow'rful word o'ercame;

Loud instruments brought up the While virgin troops, with songs of

rear; mirth,

Between both troops a virgin train In state our conquest did proclaim.

With voice and timbrel charm'd the

ear. 12 Vast armies, by such gen'rals led, As vet had ne'er receiv'd a foil,

26 This was the burden of their song: Forsook their camp with sudden dread,

In full assemblies bless the Lord;

All, who to Israel's tribes belong, And to our women left the spoil.

The God of Israel's praise record. 13 Tho' Egypt's drudges you have been, Your army's wings shall shine as

27 Nor little Benjamin alone bright

From neighb'ring bounds did there As doves, in golden sunshine seen,

attend, Or silver'd o'er with paler light.

Nor only Judah's nearer throne

Her counsellors in state did send; 14 'Twas so, when God's Almighty hand O'er scatter'd kings the conquest won;

But Zebulon's remoter seat, Our troops, drawn upon Jordan's

And Naphtali's more distant coast, strand,


(The grand procession to complete,) High Salmon's glittring snow out Sent up their tribes, a princely host. 15 From thence to Jordan's farther 28 Thus God to strength and union coast,

brought And Bashan's hill we did advance; Our tribes, at strife till that blest No more her height shall Bashan

hour; boast,

This work which thou, o God, hast But that she's God's inheritance.

wrought, 16 But wherefore (though the honour's

Confirm with fresh recruits of pow'r. great)

29 To visit Salem, Lord, descend, Should this, o mountains, swell your And Sion thy terrestrial throne; pride ?

Where kings with presents shall atFor Sion is his chosen seat,

tend, Where he for ever will reside.

And thee with offer'd crowns atone. 17 His chariots numberless, his pow'rs 30 Break down the spearmen's ranks, Are heav'nly hosts that wait his will;

who threat His presence now filis Sion's tow'rs,

Like pamper'd herds of savage might; As once it honour'd Sinai's hill,

Their silver-armour'd chiefs defeat, 18 Ascending high, in triumph thou

Who in destructive war delight. Captivity hast captive led,

31 Egypt shall then to God stretch forth And on thy people didst bestow

Her hands, and Afric homage bring; The spoil of armies, once their dread. 32 The scatter'd kingdoms of the earth E'en rebels shall partake thy grace,

Their common Sovreign's praises And humble proselytes repair

sing: To worship at thy dwelling-place,

33 Who, mounted on the loftiest sphere And all the world pay homage there.

Of ancient heav'n, sublimely rides ; 19 For benefits each day bestow'd,

From whence his dreadful voice we

hear, Be daily his great Name ador'd;

Like that of warring winds and tides. 20 Who is our Saviour and our God, Of life and death the sovreign Lord. the sovreign Lord. | 34 Ascribe ye pow'r to God most high.

of humble Israel he takes care; 21 But justice for his harden'd foes

Whose strength from out the dusky sky Proportion'd vengeance hath decreed,

Darts shining terrors through the air. To wound the hoary head of those Who in presumptuous crimes pro- 100

1 35 How dreadful are the sacred courts, ceed.

Where God has fix'd his earthly 22 The Lord hath thus in thunder spoke:


His strength his feeble saints supports: As I subdu'd proud Bashan's king,

To God give praise, and him alone. Once more I'll break my people's yoke, And from the deep my servants bring.

PSALM LXIX. 23 Their feet shall with a crimson flood SAVE me, o God, from waves that Of slaughter'd foes be cover'd o'er ;

roll, Nor earth receive such impious blood, And press to overwhelm my soul : But leave for dogs th' unhallow'd 2 With painful steps in mire I tread, gore.

And deluges o'erflow my head.


3 With restless cries my spirits faint, 21 With hunger pin'd, for food I call, My voice is hoarse with long com Instead of food they give me gall; plaint ;

And when with thirst my spirits sink, My sight decays with tedious pain, They give me vinegar to drink. Whilst for my God I wait in vain.

22 Their table therefore to their health 4 My hairs, tho' num'rous, are but few Shall prove a snare, a trap their wealth;

Compar'd with foes that me pursue 23 Perpetual darkness seize their eyes, With groundless hate, grown now of And sudden blasts their hopes surprise. might

24 On them thou shalt thy fary pour, To execute their lawless spite:

Till thy fierce wrath their race devour; They force me guiltless to resign, | 25 And make their house a dismal cell,

As rapine, what by right was mine. Where none will e'er vouchsafe to 5 Thou, Lord, my innocence dost see,

dwell. Nor are my sins conceal'd from thee.

26 For new afflictions they procurd 6 Lord God of hosts, take timely care, For him, who had thy stripes endur'd;

Lest for my sake thy saints despair; And made the wounds thy scourge 7 Since I have suffer'd for thy name

had torn Reproach, and hid my face in shame. To bleed afresh with sharper scorn. 8 A stranger to my country grown,

27 Sin shall to sin their steps betray,
Nor to my nearest kindred known;

Till they to truth have lost the way:
A foreigner, expos'd to scorn

28 From life thort shalt exclude their By brethren of my mother born.

soul, 9 For zeal to thy lov'd house and name Nor with the just their names enrol. Consumes me like devouring flame,

29 But me, howe'er distress'd and poor,
Concern'd at their affronts to thee,

Thy strong salvation shall restore:
More than at slanders cast on me.

30 Thy pow'r with songs rll then pro10 My very tears and abstinence

claim, They construe in a spiteful sense: And celebrate with thanks thy Name. 11 When cloth'd with sackcloth for their 21 On Cadehall this mara

31 Our God shall this more highly prize sake,

Than herds or flocks in sacrifice; They me their cominon proverb make. 32 Which humble saints with joy shall 12 Their judges at my wrongs do jest, Those wrongs they ought to have re. And hope for like redress with me. drest :

33 For God regards the poor's complaint, How should I then expect to be From libels of lewd drunkards free?

Sets pris'ners free from close restraint.

| 34 Let heav'n, earth, sea, their voices 13 But, Lord, to thee I will repair

For help with humble tiinely pray't; And all the world resound his praise.
Relieve me from thy mercy's store,
Display thy truth's preserving pow'r.

35 For God will Sion's walls erect,

And Judah's cities still protect, 14 From threat'ning dangers me relieve,

T111 all her scatter'd sons repair
And from the mire my feet retrieve;

To undisturb'd possession there.
From spiteful foes in safety keep,
And snatch me from the raging deep.

36 This blessing they shal at their death

To their religious heirs bequeath; 15 Control the deluge ere it spread,

And they to endless ages more,
And roll its waves above my head;

of such as his blest Name adore.
Nor deep destruction's open pit
To close her jaws on me permit.

16 Lord, hear the humble pray'r I LORD, to my relief draw near,

For never was more pressing need; For thy transcending goodness' sake; For my deliv'rance, Lord, appear, Relieve thy supplicant once more

And add to that deliv'rance speed. From thy abounding mercy's store : 12 Confusion on their heads return. 17 Nor from thy servant hide thy face; Who to destroy my soul combine;

Make haste, for desp'rate is my case; Let them, defeated, blush and mour, 18 Thy timely succour interpose,

Ensnar'd in their own vile design.
And shield me from remorseless foes.

3 Their doom let desolation be, 19 Thou know'st what infamy and scorn With shame their malice be repaid, I from my enemies have bome,

Who mock'd my confidence in thee, Nor can their close dissembled spite, And sport of my affliction made.

Or darkest plots, escape thy sight. 4 While those, who humbly seek thy 20 Reproach and grief have broke my! face, heart;

To joyful triumphs shall be rais'd,
I look'd for some to take my part,

And all who prize thy saving grace,
To pity or relieve my pain;

With me shall sing, The Lord be But look'd, alas! for both in vain.


5 Thus wretched though I am and poor, 19 How high thy justice soars, O God! The mighty Lord of me takes care ;

How great and wondrous are Thou, God, who only canst restore, The mighty works which thou hast To my relief with speed repair.


Who may with thee compare ? TN thee I put my steadfast trust,

20 Me, whom thy hand has sorely pressid, Defend me, Lord, from shame;

Thy grace shall yet relieve, 2 Incline thine ear, and save my soul,

And from the lowest depth of woe

With tender care retrieve. For righteous is thy Name. 3 Be thou my strong abiding place,

21 Thro' thee, my time to come shall be To which I may resort;

With pow'y and greatness crown'd; 'Tis thy decree that keeps me safe;

And me, who dismal years have pass'd, Thou art my rock and fort.

Thy comforts shall surround. 4,5 From cruel and ungodly men

22 Then I with psaltery and harp Protect and set me free;

Thy truth, Lord, will praise; For, from my earliest youth till now,

To thee, the God of Jacob's race, My hope has been in thee.

My voice in anthems raise. 6 Thy constant care did safely guard

23 Then joy shall fill my mouth, and songs My tender infant days;

Employ my cheerful voice; Thou took'st me from my mother's

My grateful soul, by thee redeem'd, womb

Shall in thy strength rejoice. To sing thy constant praise.

24 My tongue thy just and righteous acts 7,8 While some on me with wonder

Shall all the day proclaim;

Because thou didst confound my foes, gaze, Thy hand supports me still;

And brought'st them all to shame. Thy honour, therefore, and thy praise

PSALM LXXII. My mouth shall always fill.

ORD, let thy just decrees the king 9 Reject not then thy servant, Lord,

U In all his ways direct; When I with age decay,

And let his son, throughout his reign, Forsake menot when, worn with years, Thy righteous laws respect. My vigour fades away.

2 So shall he still thy people judge 10 My foes against my fame and me

With pure and upright mind, With crafty malice speak;

Whilst all the helpless poor shall him Against my soul they lay their snares,

Their just protector find. And mutual counsel take. 11 His God, say they, forsakes him now,

3 Then hills and mountains shall bring

forth On whom he did rely;

The happy fruits of peace, Pursue and take him, whilst no hope

Which all the land shall own to be Of timely aid is nigh.

The work of righteousness; 12 But thou, my God, withdraw not far,

4 Whilst he the poor and needy race For speedy help I call;

Shall rule with gentle sway, 13 To shame and ruin bring my foes,

And from their humble necks shall That seek to work my fall.

take 14 But as for me, my steadfast hope

Oppressive yokes away. Shall on thy pow'r depend,

5 In evry heart thy awful fear And I in grateful songs of praise

Shall then be rooted fast, My time to come will spend.

As long as sun and moon endure, The Second Part.

Or time itself shall last. 15 Thy righteous acts and saving health 6 He shall descend like rain that cheers My mouth shall still declare;

The meadows' second birth, Unable yet to count them all,

Or like warm show'rs, whose gentle Though summ'd with utmost care.

drops 16 While God vouchsafes me his support, Refresh the thirsty earth. I'll in his strength go on;

7 In his blest days the just and good All other righteousness disclaim,

Shall be with favour crown'd; And mention his alone.

The happy land shall every where 17 Thou, Lord, hast taught me from my With endless peace abound. youth

8 His uncontroll'd dominion shall To praise thy glorious Name;

From sea to sea extend, And ever since thy wondrous works Begin at proud Euphrates' streams, Have been my constant theme.

At nature's limits end. 18 Then now forsake me not when I 9 To him the savage nations round Am grey and feeble grown,

Shall bow their servile heads; Till I to these, and future times,

His vanquish'd foes shall lick the dust, Thy strength and pow'r have shown. Where he his conquest spreads.

10 The kings of Tarshish and the isles 14,5 They to the grave in peace descend, Shail costly presents bring;

And whilst they live are hale and From spicy Sheba gifts shall come,

strong; And wealthy Seba's king.

No plague or troubles them offend, 11 To him shall evry king on earth

Which oft to other men belong.
His humble homage pay,

16,7 With pride, as with a chain, they're And diff'ring nations gladly join

held, To own his righteous sway.

And rapine seems their robe of state; 12 For he shall set the needy free,

Their eyes stand out, with fatness When they for succour cry,

swellid; Shall save the helpless and the poor,

They grow beyond their wishes great. And all their wants supply.

8, 9 With hearts corrupt, and lofty talk,

Oppressive methods they defend;
The Second Part.

Their tongue thro' all the earth does 13 His providence for needy souls

walk, 1 Shall due supplies prepare ;

Their blasphemies to Heav'n ascend. i And over their defenceless lives

10 And yet admiring crowds are found, Shall watch with tender care.

Who servile visits duly make, 14 He shall preserve and keep their souls! Because with plenty they abound, From fraud and rapine free,

Of which their flatt'ring slaves parAnd in his sight their guiltless blood

take. of mighty price shall be.

11 Their fond opinions these pursue, 15 Therefore shall God his life and reign Till they with them profanely cry, To many years extend,

How should the Lord our actions Whilst eastern princes tribute pay,

view, And golden presents send.

Can he perceive who dwells so high? For him shall constant pray'rs be 12 Behold the wicked! these are they made

Who openly their sins profess; Through all his prosp'rous days; And yet their wealth's increas'd each His just dominion shall afford

day, A lasting theme of praise.

And all their actions meet success. 16 Of useful grain, through all the land, 13, 14 Then hare I cleans'd my heart, Great plenty shall appear;

said I, A handful sown on mountain tops

And wash'd my hands from guilt in. A mighty crop shall bear.

Its fruit, like cedars shook by winds,

If all the day oppress'd I lie,
A rattling noise shall yield;

And evry morning suiter pain.
The city too shall thrive, and vie 15 Thus did I once to speak intend;
For plenty with the field.

But, if such things I rashly say, 17 The mem'ry of his glorious Name

Thy children, Lord, I must offend, Through endless years shall run;

And basely should their cause betray.
His spotless fame shall shine as bright

The Second Part.
And lasting as the sun.

16,17 To fathom this any thoughts I bent, In him the nations of the world

But found the case too hard for me:
Shall be completely bless'd,

Till to the house of God I went,
And his unbounded happiness

Then I their end did plainiy see.
By erty tongue confess'd.

18 How high soe'er advanc'd, they all 18 Then bless'd be God, the mighty Lord, On slippry places loosely stand; The God whom Israel fears;

Thence into ruin headlong fall,
Who only wondrous in his works

Cast down by thy avenging hand,
Beyond compare appears.

19, 20 How dreadful and how quick their 19 Let earth be with his glory fillid,

fate! And ever bless his Name;

Despis'd by thee when they're deWhilst to his praise the list'ning world

stroy'd; Their glad assent proclaim.

As waking men with scorn do treat

The fancies that their dreams emPSALM LXXIII.

ploy'd. T length, by certain proofs, 'tis plain 21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief opA That God will to his saints be kind;

That all whose hearts are pure and My reins were rack'd with restless

So stupid was I, like a beast,
Shall his protecting favour find.

Who no reflecting thought retains. 2, 3 Till this sustaining truth I knew, 23, 24 Yet still thy presence me supplied,

My stagg'ring feet had almost fail'd; And thy right hand assistance gave:
I griev'd the sinner's wealth to view, Thou first shalt with thy counsel guide,
And envied when the fools prevail'd. And then to glory me receive.

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