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2 Before thou brought'st the mountains 17 Let thy bright rays upon us shine; forth,
Give thou our work success : Or th' earth and world didst frame, The glorious work we have in hand Thou always wert the mighty God,
Do thou vouchsafe to bless.
HE that has God his guardian made, And when thou speak'st the word,
11 Shall under th' Almighty's shade Return,
Secure and undisturb'd abide. "Tis instantly obey'd.
2 Thus to my soul of him I'll say,
He is my fortress and my stay, 4 For in thy sight a thousand years
My God, in whom I will confide.
3 His tender love and watchful care Whose hours unminded waste.
Shall free thee from the fowler's snare,
And from the noisome pestilence: 5 Thou sweep'st us off as with a flood,
4 He over thee his wings shall spread, We vanish hence like dreams;
And cover thy unguarded head; At first we grow like grass that feels
His truth shall be thy strong defence. The sun's reviving beams :
5 No terrors that surprise by night 6 But howsoever fresh and fair
Shall thy undaunted courage fright, Its morning beauty shows;
Nor deadly shafts that fly by day; 'Tis all cut down and wither'd quite 6 Nor plague of unknown rise, that kills Before the ev'ning close.
In darkness, nor infectious ills 7, 8 We by thine anger are consum'd,
That in the hottest season slay.
7 A thousand at thy side shall die, Our publick crimes and secret sins
At thy right hand ten thousand lie, Before thy sight are laid.
While thy firm health untouch'd re9 Beneath thy anger's sad effects
mains; Our drooping days we spend;
8 Thou only shalt look on and see Our unregarded years break off,
The wicked's dismal tragedy,
And count the sinner's mournful 10 Our term of time is seventy years,
gains. An age that few survive;
9 Because, with well-plac'd confidence, But if, with more than common
Thou mak'st the Lord thy sure defence, strength,
And on the Highest dost rely;
10 Therefore no ill shall thee befall,
Nor to thy healthful dwelling shall Yet then our boasted strength decays,
Any infectious plague draw nigh. To sorrow turn'd, and pain : So soon the slender thread is cut,
11 For he, throughout thy happy days, And we no more remain.
To keep thee safe in all thy ways
Shall give his angels strict comThe Second Part.
12 And they, lest thou should'st chance 11 But who thy anger's dread effects
[feet, Does, as he ought, revere?
With some rough stone to wound thy And yet thy wrath does fall or rise,
Shall bear thee safely in their hands. As more or less we fear.
13 Dragons and asps, that thirst for blood, 12 So teach us, Lord, th' uncertain sum And lions roaring for their food, Of our short days to mind,
Beneath his conquiring feet shall lie; That to true wisdom all our hearts
| 14 Because he lov'd and honour'd me, May ever be inclin'd.
Therefore, says God, I'll set him free,
And fix his glorious throne on high. 13 O to thy servants, Lord, return, And speedily relent!
15 He'll call; I'll answer, when he calls, As we of our misdeeds, do thou
And rescue him when ill befalls; Of our just doom repent.
Increase his honour and his wealth:
16 And when with undisturb'd content 14 To satisfy and cheer our souls
His long and happy life is spent,
His end I'll crown with saving health.
PSALM XCII. 15 Let happy times, with large amends, How good and pleasant must it be Dry up our former tears,
To thank the Lord most high; Or equal at the least the term
And with repeated hymns of praise of our af icted years.
His Name to magnify! 16 To all thy servants, Lord, let this 2 With every morning's early dawn Thy wondrous work be known,
His goodness to relate; And to our offspring yet unborn
And of his constant truth each night Thy glorious pow'r be shown.
The glad effects repeat !
9 For thou, O God, art seated high,
Above earth's potentates enthron'd;
Supreme by all the gods art own'd. 10 You, who to serve this Lord aspire,
Abhor what's ill, and truth esteem; He'll keep his servants' souls entire, And them from wicked hands re
A future harvest for the just;
To recompense its pious trust.
Memorials of his holiness
Who wondrous things has done ;
The conquest he has won. 2 The Lord has through th' astonish'd
Display'd his saving might, [world And made his righteous acts appear
In all the heathen's sight.
Have ever mindful been ;
Of Israel's God have seen.
Their cheerful voices raise,
Resound their Maker's praise.
Into the concert bring 6 The trumpet and shrill cornet's sound,
Before th' Almighty King.
With all that seas contain ;
Join concert with the main.
To spreading torrents they ;
Redoubled shouts convey;
The guilty nations quake:
Let earth's foundations shake.
His palace makes her tow'rs;
Supreme o'er earthly pow'rs.
His great and dreadful Name;
4 For truth and justice in his reign
Of strength and pow't take place; His judgments are with righteousness
Dispens'd to Jacob's race.
Before his footstool fall;
His holiness extol.
Among his priests ador'd;
His sacred Name implor'd.
Who ne'er their suit denied;
He graciously replied. 7 For with their camp, to guide their
Obedient servants prov'd.
His people for their sake; And those, who rashly them oppos'd,
Did sad examples make.
Exalt our God and Lord;
To God their cheerful voices raise; 2 Glad homage pay with awful mirth,
And sing before him songs of praise. 3 Convinc'd that he is God alone,
From whom both we and all proceed; We, whom he chooses for his own,
The flock that he vouchsafes to feed. 4 O enter then his temple gate,
Thence to his courts devoutly press, And still your grateful hymns repeat,
And still his Name with praises bless. 5 For he's the Lord, supremely good,
His mercy is for ever sure:
And steadfast judgment, I will sing; And since they both to thee belong,
To thee, O Lord, address my song. 2 When, Lord, thou shalt with me re
side, Wise discipline my reign shall guide; With blameless life myself I'll make
A pattern for my court to take. 3 No ill design will I pursue,
Nor those my fav'rites make that do ; 4 Who to reproof bears no regard.
Him will i totally discard.
In publick justice doom'd by me.
6 But honesty, callid from her cell, 1 14 Her scatter'd ruins by thy saints
In splendour at my court shall dwell: With pity are survey'd ;
Shall have the first preferments there. In dust and rubbish laid. 7 No politicks shall recommend
15, 16 The Name and glory of the Lord His country's foe to be my friend :
All heathen kings shall fear; None e'er shall to my favour rise
When he shall Sion build again, By flattring or malicious lies.
And in full state appear. 8 All those who wicked courses take 17, 18 When he regards the poor's request, An early sacrifice I'll make;
Nor slights their earnest pray'r; Cut off, destroy, till none remain
Our sons, for this recorded grace,
Shall his just praise declare.
19 For God, from his abode on high, W HEN I pour out my soul in pray'r,
His gracious beams display'd : V Do thou, O Lord, attend;
The Lord from heav'n, his lofty throne,
Has all the earth survey'd.
1 20 He listend to the captives' moans,
He heard their mournful cry,
And freed by his resistless pow'r
The wretches doom'd to die;
21 That they in Sion, where he dwells, 3 Each cloudy portion of my life
Might celebrate his fame,
And through the holy city sing
Loud praises to his Name.
22 When all the tribes assembling there
Their solemn vows address, 4 My heart, like grass that feels the blast Of some infectious wind,
And neighbring lands, with glad con.
The Lord their God confess. . 5 By reason of my sad estate
23 But, ere my race is run, my strength I spend my breath in groans ;
Through his fierce wrath decays;
He has, when all my wishes bloom'd,
Cut short my hopeful days.
24 Lord, end not thou my life, said I, 6 I'm like a pelican become, That does in deserts mourn ;
When half is scarcely past :
Thy years, from worldly changes free,
To endless ages last. 7 In watchings or in restless dreams
25. The strong foundations of the earth The night by me is spent,
of old by thee were laid; As by those solitary birds
Thy hands the beauteous arch of
heaven That lonesome roofs frequent.
With wondrous skill have made. 8 All day by railing foes I'm made The subject of their scorn;
26, 27 Whilst thou for ever shalt endure, Who all, possess'd with furious rage,
They soon shall pass away;
And, like a garment often wor,
Shall tarnish and decay.
Like that, when thou ordain'st their My bread is strew'd with ashes o'er,
change, My drink is mix'd with tears.
To thy command they bend :
But thou continu'st still the same, 10 Because on me with double weight
Nor have thy years an end.
Shalt lasting quiet give; 11 My days, just hastning to their end,
Whose happy race, securely fix'd,
Shall in thy presence live.
M Y soul, inspir'd with sacred love, 12 But thy eternal state, O Lord,
W God's holy Name for ever bless; No length of time shall waste;
2 of all his favours mindful prove, The mem'ry of thy wondrous works And still thy grateful thanks express. From age to age shall last.
| 3, 4 'Tis he that all thy sins forgives, 13 Thou shalt arise, and Sion view
And after sickness makes thee sound;
From danger he thy life retrieves,
By him with grace and mercy
5, 6 He with good things thy mouth sup-1 3 God builds on liquid air, and forms plies;
His palace-chambers in the skies; Thy vigour, eagle-like, renews :
The clouds his chariot are, and storms He, when the guiltless suffrer cries, The swift-wing'd steeds with which His foe with just revenge pursues.
he flies. 7 God made of old his righteous ways 4 As bright as flame, and swift as wind,
To Moses and our fathers known; His ministers heaven's palace fill, His works, to his eternal praise,
To have their sundry tasks assign'd; Were to the sons of Jacob shown. All proud to serve their Sovreign's 8 The Lord abounds with tender love,
will. And unexampled acts of grace;
5, 6 Earth on her centre fix'd he set, His waken'd wrath does slowly move,
Her face with waters overspread, His willing niercy flows apace.
Nor proudest mountains dar'd, as yet,
To lift above the waves their head. 9, 10 God will not always harshly chide, But with his anger quickly part;
7 But when thy awful face appear'd, And loves his punishments to guide
Th' insulting waves dispers'd; they
fled, More by his love than our desert.
When once thy thunder's voice they 11 As high as heav'n its arch extends
And by their haste confess'd their Above this little spot of clay,
dread. So much his boundless love transcends
8 Thence up by secret tracks they creep, The small respects that we can pay.
And, gushing from the mountain's 12, 13 As far as 'tis from east to west,
side, So far has he our sins remov'd,
Through valleys travel to the deep, Who with a father's tender breast
Appointed to receive their tide. Has such as fear him always lov'd.
9 There hast thou fix'd the ocean's 14,15 For God, who all our frame surveys, bounds, Considers that we are but clay;
The threat'ning surges to repel; How fresh soe'er we seem, our days That they no more o'erpass their
Like grass or flowers must fade away. mounds, 16, 17 Whilst they are nipt with sudden
Nor to a second deluge swell. blasts,
The Second Part. Nor can we find their former place;
ace; 10 Yet thence, in smaller parties drawn, God's faithful mercy ever lasts
The sea recovers her lost hills;
And starting springs from ev'ry lawn 18 This shall attend on such as still
Surprise the vales with plenteous rills. Proceed in his appointed way;
11 The field's tame beasts are thither led, And who not only know his will,
Weary with labour, faint with But to it just obedience pay.
drought : 19, 20 The Lord, the universal King,
And asses, on wild mountains bred, In heav'n has fix'd his lofty throne; Have sense to find these currents out. To him, ye angels, praises sing,
12 Their shady trees, from scorching In whose great strength his pow'r is
Yield shelter to the feather'd throng; Ye that his just commands obey,
They drink, and to the bounteous And hear and do his sacred will,
streams 21 Ye hosts of his, this tribute pay,
Return the tribute of their song, Who still what he ordains fulfil. 13 His rains from heav'n parch'd hills 22 Let ev'ry creature jointly bless
recruit, The mighty Lord: and thou, my That soon transmit the liquid store, heart,
Till earth is burden'd with her fruit, With grateful joy thy thanks express, And nature's lap can hold no more. And in this concert bear thy part. 14 Grass for our cattle to devour,
He makes the growth of ev'ry field; PSALM CIV.
Herbs for man's use, of various powy
That either food or physick yield. BLESS God, my soul; thou, Lord, 15 With cluster'd grapes he crowns the
[cares; With honour thou art crown'd, thy
To cheer man's heart, opprest with
Gives oil that makes his face to shine, throne
And corn that wasted strength repairs. Eternal majesty surrounds. 2 With light thou dost thyself enrobe,
The Third Part.
16 The trees of God, without the care Heav'n's curtains stretch beyond the Or art of man, with sap are fed ; globe,
The mountain cedar looks as fair
As those in royal gardens bred.
17 Safe in the lofty cedar's arms
32 One look of thine, one wrathful look, The wand'rers of the air may rest;
Earth's panting breast with terror The hospitable pine from harms
fills; Protects the stork, her pious guest. One touch from thee, with clouds of 18 Wild goats the craggy rock ascend,
smoke Its towring heights their fortress
In darkness shrouds the proudest make,
hills. Whose cells in labyrinths extend, 33 In praising God, while he prolongs
Where feebler creatures refuge take. My breath, I will that breath employ; 19 The moon's inconstant aspect shows
34 And join devotion to my songs, Th' appointed seasons of the year;
Sincere as is in him my joy. Th'instructed sun his duty knows, 35 While sinners from earth's face are His hours to rise and disappear.
hurlid, 20, 21 Darkness he makes the earth to
My soul, praise thou his holy Name,
Till with my song the listning world shroud,
Join concert, and his praise proclaim.
RENDER thanks, and bless the 22 They range all night, on slaughter
Invoke his sacred Name;
Acquaint the nations with his deeds, To sculk in dens, with one consent,
His matchless deeds proclaim.
2 Sing to his praise, in lofty hymns 23 Forth to the tillage of his soil
His wondrous works rehearse ;
Make them the theme of your disCommencing with the sun his toil,
course, With him returns to his repose.
And subject of your verse.
Alone to be ador'd;
Devoutly still implore;
And, where he's ever present, seek 25 But still the vast unfathom'd main
His face for evermore.
Keep thankfully in mind; 26 Full-freighted ships from ev'ry port The righteous statutes of his mouth, There cut their unmolested way;
And laws to us assign'd.
6 Know ye, his servant Abram's seed,
7 He's still our God, his judgments still 27 These various troops of sea and land Throughout the earth take place.
In sense of common want agree: 8 His cov'nant he hath kept in mind
For num'rous ages past; And have their daily alms from thee. Which yet for thousand ages more 28 They gather what thy stores disperse, In equal force shall last.
Without their trouble to provide: 9 First sign'd to Abr'am, next by oath
To Isaac made secure;
For ever to endure.
| 12 But few in number, and those few Forth with to mother earth return.
All friendless strangers there. 30 Again thou send'st thy Spirit forth 13 In pilgrimage from realm to realm
T' inspire the mass with vital seed; Securely they remov'd;
Firm fix'd, thy providential care ; 15 These mine anointed are, said he, Pleas'd with the work of thy own Let none my servants wrong; hands,
Nor treat the poorest prophet ill, Thou dost the wastes of time repair. That does to me belong.