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16 A dearth at last, by his command, 36 From fields to villages and towns Did through the land prevail ;
Commission'd vengeance flew ; Till corn, the chief support of life,
One fatal stroke their eldest hopes Sustaining corn did fail.
And strength of Egypt slew. 17 But his indulgent providence
37 He brought his servants forth, enrich'd Had pious Joseph sent,
With Egypt's borrow'd wealth; Sold into Egypt, but their death
And what transcends alltreasures else, Who sold him to prevent.
Enrich'd with vig'rous health. 18 His feet with heavy chains were 38 Egypt rejoic'd, in hopes to find crush'd,
Her plagues with them remov'd : With calumny his fame;
Taught dearly now to fear worse ills 19 Till God's appointed time and word By those already prov'd. To his deliv'rance came.
39 Their shrouding canopy by day 20 The king his sov'reign order sent,
A journeying cloud was spread; And rescu'd him with speed;
A fiery pillar all the night Whom private malice had confin'd,
Their desert marches led. The people's ruler freed.
40 They long'd for flesh; with ev'ning 21 His court, revenues, realm, were all
quails Subjected to his will;
He furnish'd ev'ry tent; 22 His greatest princes to control,
From heav'n's own granary, each And teach his statesmen skill.
The bread of angels sent.
41 He smote the rock, whose flinty breast
Pour'd forth a gushing tide; 23 To Egypt then, invited guests,
Whose flowing stream, where'er they Half-famish'd Israel came;
march'd, And Jacob held, by royal grant,
The desert's drought supplied. The fertile soil of Ham.
42 For still he did on Abram's faith 24 Th. Almighty there with such increase
And ancient league reflect; His people multiplied,
43 He brought his people forth with joy, Till with their proud oppressors they
With triumph his elect. In strength and number vied.
44 Quite rooting out their heathen foes 25 Their vast increase th' Egyptians' |
From Canaan's fertile soil, hearts
To them in cheap possession gave With jealous anger fir'd,
The fruit of others' toil.
45 That they his statutes might observe,
His sacred laws obey; 26 His servant Moses then he sent,
For benefits so vast let us His chosen Aaron too;
Our songs of praise repay. 27 Empower'd with signs and miracles To prove their mission true.
| PSALM CHI. 28 He call'd for darkness, darkness came;
RENDER thanks to God above, Nature his summons knew;
The fountain of eternal love ; 29 Each stream and lake, transform'a to
Whose mercy firm through ages past blood,
Has stood, and shall for ever last. The wond'ring fishes slew.
2 Who can his mighty deeds express, 30 In putrid floods, throughout the land, Not only vast but numberless? The pest of frogs was bred;
What mortal eloquence can raise From noisome fens sent up to croak
His tribute of immortal praise ? At Pharaoh's board and bed.
3 Happy are they, and only they, 31 He gave the sign, and swarms of flies Who from thy judgments never stray: Came down in cloudy hosts,
Who know what's right, nor only so, Whilst earth's enliven'd dust below
But always practise what they know. Bred lice through all their coasts. 4 Extend to me that favour, Lord, 32 He sent them battring hail for rain, Thou to thy chosen dost afford : And fire for cooling dew.
When thou return'st to set them free, 33 He smote their vines and torest plants, Let thy salvation visit me. And garden's pride o'erthrew.
50 may I worthy prove to see 34 He spake the word, and locusts came, Thy saints in full prosperity ! With caterpillars join'd;
That I the joyful choir may join, They prey'd upon the poor remains And count thy people's triumph mine! The storm had left behind.
6 But ah ! can we expect such grace, 35 From trees to herbage they descend, of parents vile the viler race; No verdant thing they spare;
Who their misdeeds have acted o'er, But, like the naked fallow field,
And with new crimes increas'd the Leave all the pastures bare.
7 Ungrateful, they no longer thought
The Third Part. On all his works in Egypt wrought; | 28 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn race The Red sea they no sooner view'd
Baal-peor's worship did embrace; But they their base distrust renew'd. Became his impious guests, and fed 8lYet he, to vindicate his Name,
On sacrifices to the dead. Once more to their delivrance came, 1 29 Thus they persisted to provoke To make his sov'reign pow'r be known, God's vengeance to the final stroke; That he is God, and he alone.
'Tis come ;-the deadly pest is come, 9 To right and left, at his command, To execute their genral doom.
The parting deep disclos'd her sand; I 30 But Phinehas, fir'd with holy rage, Where firm and dry the passage lay,
Th' Almighty vengeance to asswage, As through some parch'd and desert
Did, by two bold offenders' fall, way.
Th'atonement make that ransom'd all. 10 Thus rescu'd from their foes they were,
31 As him a heav'nly zeal had mov'd, Who closely press'd upon their rear;
So Heav'n the zealous act approv'd; 11 Whose rage pursu'd them to those
To him confirming, and his race, waves,
The priesthood he so well did grace. That prov'd the rash pursuers' graves.
| 32 At Meribah God's wrath they movil, 12 The watry mountain's sudden fall
Who Moses for their sakes reprov'd; O'erwhelm'd proud Pharaoh, host
33 Whose patient soul they did provoke,
z and all; This proof did stupid Israel move
Till rashly the meek prophet spoke. To own God's truth, and praise his 34 Nor, when possess'd of Canaan's land, love.
Did they perform their Lord's comThe Second Part.
Nor his commission'd sword employ 13 But soon these wonders they forgot,
The guilty nations to destroy. And for his counsel waited not ;
35 Nor only spar'd the Pagan crew, 14 But, lusting in the wilderness, Did him with fresh temptations press.
But, mingling, learnt their vices too;
36 And worship to those idols paid, 15 Strong food at their request he sent,
Which them to fatal snares betray'd. But made their sin their punishment : 16 Yet still his saints they did oppose,
37, 38 To devils they did sacrifice
Their children with relentless eyes ; The priest and prophet whom he
Approach'd their altars thro' a flood chose.
of their own sons' and daughters' 17 But earth, the quarrel to decide,
blood. Her vengeful jaws extending wide, Rash Dathan to her centre drew,
No cheaper victims would appease With proud Abiram's factious crew.
Canaan's remorseless deities;
No blood her idols reconcile, 18 The rest of those who did conspire
But that which did the land defile. To kindle wild sedition's fire, With all their impious train, became
The Fourth Part. A prey to heav'n's devouring flame. 39 Nor did these savage cruelties 19 Near Horeb's mount a calf they made,
The harden'd reprobates suffice; And to the molten image pray'd ;
For after their hearts' lust they went, 20 Adoring what their hands did frame,
And daily did new crimes invent, They chang'd their glory to their 40 But sins of such infernal hue shame.
God's wrath against his people drew, 21 Their God and Saviour they forgot,
Till he, their once indulgent Lord, . And all his works in Egypt wrought;
His own inheritance abhorr'd. 22 His signs in Ham's astonish'd coast, 41 He them, defenceless, did expose And where proud Pharaoh's troops 1 To their insulting heathen foes; were lost.
And made them on the triumphs wait 23 Thus urg'd, his vengeful hand he
of those who bore them greatest hate. rear'd,
42 Nor thus his indignation ceasd :
Their list of tyrants he increasid,
Till they, who God's mild sway de-
Were made the vassals of mankind. 24 Yet they his pleasant land despis'd, 43 Yet when distress'd they did repent, Nor his repeated promise prizid;
His anger did as oft relent; 25 Nor did th' Almighty's voice obey, But freed, they did his wrath provoke,
But when God said, Go up, would stay. Renew'd their sins, and he their yoke. 26 This seal'd their doom without re- 44 Nor yet implacable he prov'd,
To perish in the wilderness ; (dress, Nor heard their wretched cries un. 27 Or else to be by heathen hands
mov'd; O'erthrown, and scatter'd through the 45 But did to mind his promise bring, lands.
And mercy's inexhausted spring.
46 Compassion too he did impart
14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night, E'en to their foes' obdurate heart,
And shades as black as death's abode, And pity for their sufl'rings bred
He brought them forth to cheerful In those, who them to bondage led.
light, 47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel's bands
And welcome liberty bestow'd. Together bring from heathen lands; 15 0 then that all the earth with me So to thy Name our thanks we'll raise, Would God for this his goodness And ever triumph in thy praise.
praise, 48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd,
And for the mighty works which he His Name eternally confess'd:
Throughout the wond'ring world Let all his saints, with full aceord,
displays! Sing loud Amens-Praise ye the Lard. 16 For Fre with his Almighty hand
The gates of brass in pieces broke; PSALM CVII.
Nor could the massy bars withstand, To God your grateful voices raise,
Or temper'd steel resist his stroke. I Who does your daily patron prove,
The Third Part. And let your never-ceasing praise
17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense, Attend on his eternal love.
With bold transgressions God defy, 2, 3 Let those give thanks whom he from And, for their multiplied offence, bands
Oppress'd with sore diseases lie. of proud oppressing foes releas'd;
18 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, And brought them back from distant
Abhors to taste the choicest meats; lands,
And they by faint degrees draw near From north and south, and west and
To death's inhospitable gates. east.
19 Then straight to God's indulgent ear 4, 5 Thro' lonely desert ways they went,
Do they their mournful cry address, Nor could a peopled city find;
Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, Till, quite with thirst and hunger
And frees them from their deep disspent,
tress. Their fainting soul within them pin'd.
20 He all their sad distempers heals, 6 Then soon to God's indulgent ear
His word both health and safety gives; Did they their mournful cry address;
And, when all hunaa succour fails, Who graciously vouchsafd to hear,
From near destruction them retrieves And freed them from their deep distress.
121 o then that all the earth with me
Would God for this his goodness 7 Prom crooked paths he led them forth,
praise, And in the certain way did guide
And for the mighty works which he To wealthy towns of great resort,
Throughout the wond'ring world Where all their wants were well sup-!
| 29 With off'rings let his altar flame, 8 O then that all the earth with me
Whilst they their grateful thanks Would God for this his goodness
And with loud joy his holy Name
Fox all his acts of wonder bless!
The Fourth Part. 9 For he from heav'n the sad estate 23, 24 They that in ships, with courage of longing souls with pity views;
bold, To hungry souls that pant for meat,
O'er swelling waves their trade pur. His goodness daily food renews.
Do God's amazing works behold,
And in the deep his wonders view. 10 Some lie, with darkness com pass'd 25 No sooner his command is past, round,
But forth the dreadful tempest flies, In death's uncomfortable shade,
Which sweeps the sea with rapid haste, And with unwieldy fetters bound,
And makes the stormy billows rise. By pressing cares more heavy made. | 26 Sometimes the ships, toss'd up to 11, 12 Because God's counsel they defied, heav'n, And lightly priz'd his holy word,
On tops of mounting waves appear; With these afflictions they were tried : Then down the steep abyss are drivin;
They fell, and none could help afford. Whilst ev'ry soul disso.ves with fear. 13 Then soon to God's indulgent ear 27 They reel and stagger to and fro,
Did they their mournful cry address; Like men with fumes of wine opprest;
28 Then straight to God's indulgent ear Whilst I with early hymns of joy
They do their mournful cry address; Prevent the dawning day. Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, 3 To all the listning tribes, O Lord, And frees them from their deep dis
Thy wonders I will tell ; tress.
And to those nations sing thy praise 29, 30 He does the raging storm appease, That round about us dwell: And makes the billows calm and
4 Because thy mercy's boundless height still;
The highest heav'n transcends, With joy they see their fury cease,
And far beyond th' aspiring clouds And their intended course fulfil.
Thy faithful truth extends. 31 O then that all the earth with me
5 Be thou, O God, exalted high Would God for this his goodness
Above the starry frame; praise,
And let the world, with one consent, And for the mighty works which he
Confess thy glorious Name.
6 That all thy chosen people thee 32 Let them, where all the tribes resort,
Their saviour may declare:
Let thy right hand protect me still,
And answer thou my pray'r.
7 Since God himself hath said the word,
Whose promise cannot fail,
With joy I Shechem shall divide, 33, 34 A fruitful land, where streams a. And measure Succoth's vale. bound,
8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh too, God's just revenge, if people sin,
And Ephraim owns my cause : Will turn to dry and barren ground,
Their strength my regal pow'r supTo punish those that dwell therein.
ports, 35, 36 The parch'd and desert heath he And Judah gives my laws. makes
9 Moab I'll make my servile drudge, To flow with streams and springing
On vanquish'd Edom tread; wells,
And thro' the proud Philistine lands Which for his lot the hungry takes,
My conquring banners spread.
10 By whose support and aid shall I 37, 38 He sows the field, the vineyard Their well-fenc'd city gain ? plants,
Who will my troops securely lead Which gratefully his toil repay:
Through Edom's guarded plain ? Nor can, whilst God his blessing grants, His fruitful seed or stock decay.
11 Lord, wilt not thou assist our arms,
Which late thou didst forsake ? 39 But when his sins Heav'n's wrath pro- And wilt not thou of these our hosts voke,
Once more the guidance take ?
Thy speedy succour send !
For vain it is on human aid 40 The prince who slights what God
For safety to depend. commands,
| 13 Then valiant acts shall we perform, Expos'd to scorn, must quit his
If thou thy pow'r disclose; throne;
For God it is, and God alone, And over wild and desert lands,
That treads down all our foes. Where no path offers, stray alone. 41 Whilst God, from all afflicting cares,
PSALM CIX. Sets up the humble man on high,
GOD, whose former mercies make And makes in time his num'rous heirs
My constant praise thy due, With his increasing flocks to vie. Hold not thy peace, but my sad state 42, 43 Then sinners shall have nought to With wonted favour view.
2 For sinful men, with lying lips, The just a decent joy shall show;
Deceitful speeches frame, The wise these strange events shall And with their studied slanders seek weigh,
To wound my spotless fame. And thence God's goodness fully
3 Their restless hatred prompts them know.
Malicious lies to spread;
And all against my life combine,
By causeless fury led.
My chief opposers are; 2 Awake, my lute; nor thou, my harp, Whilst I, of other friends bereft, Thy warbling notes delay;
Resort to thee by pray't.
5 Since mischief for the good I did 22 For 1, to utmost straits reduc'd, Their strange reward coes prove,
Am void of all relief; And hatred's the return they make
My heart is wounded with distress, For undissembled love:
And quite pierc'd thro' with grief. 6 Their guilty leader shall be made | 23 I, like an ev'ning shade, decline, To some ili man a slave;
Which vanishes apace: And, when he's tried, his mortal foe I Like locusts, up and down I'm tossid, For his accuser have.
And have no certain place. 7 His guilt, when sentence is pronounc'd, 24, 25 My knees with fasting are grown Shall meet a dreadful fate,
weak, Whilst his rejected pray'r but serves My body lank and lean; His crimes to aggravate.
All that behold me shake their heads, 8 He, snatch'd by some untimely fate,
And treat me with disdain.
| 26, 27 But for thy mercy's sake, O Lord, Another, by divine decree,
Do thou my foes withstand; shall on his office seize.
That all may see 'tis thy own act,
The work of thy right hand. 9, 10 His seed shall orphans be, his wife A widow plung'd in grief;
| 28 Then let them curse, so thou but bless; His vagrant children beg their bread,
Let shame the portion be
of all that my destruction seek;
While I rejoice in thee. 11 His ill-got riches shall be made
29 My foe shall with disgrace be cloth'd, To usurers a prey; The fruit of all his toil shall be
And, spite of all his pride,
His own confusion, like a cloke,
The guilty wretch shall hide.. 12 None shall be found that to his wants
30 But I to God, in grateful thanks,
My cheerful voice will raise ;
And, where the great assembly meets,
Set forth his noble praise. 13 A swift destruction soon shall seize On his unhappy race;
31 For him the poor shall always find And the next age his hated name
Their sure and constant friend;
And he shall from inrighteous dooms
Their guiltless souls defend. 14 The vengeance of his father's sins Upon his head shall fall;
PSALM CX. God on his mother's crimes shall think THE Lord unto my Lord thus spake: And punish him for all.
1 Till I thy foes thy footstool make, 15 All these, in horrid order rank'd,
Sit thou in state at my right hand; Before the Lord shall stand,
2 Supreme in Sion thou shalt be,
And all thy proud opposers see
Subjected to thy just command.
3 Thee, in thy power's triumphant day,
The willing nations shall obey : 16 Because he never mercy show'd,
And when thy rising beams theyview, But still the poor oppress'd;
Shall all (redeemd from error's night)
Appear as numberless and bright
As crystal drops of morning dew. 17 Therefore the curse he lov'd to vent
4 The Lord hath sworn norsworn in vain, Shall his own portion prove;
That, like Melchisedech's, thy reign And blessing, which he still abhorr'd,
And priesthood shall no period know: Shall far from him remove,
5 No proud competitor to sit 18 Since he in cursing took such pride, At thy right hand will he permit, Like water it shall spread
But in his wrath crown'd heads o'er. Thro' all his veins, and stick like oil,
throw, With which his bones are fed.
6 The sentenc'd heathen he shall slay, 19 This, like a poison'd robe, shall still And fill with carcases his way, His constant cov'ring be,
Till he hath struck earth's tyrants Or an en venom'd belt, from which
dead: He never shall be free.
7 But in the high-way brooks shall first, 20 Thus shall the Lord reward all those
Like a poor pilgrim, slake his thirst, That ill to me design,
And then in triumph raise his head.
PRAISE ye the Lord; our God to 21 But for thy glorious Name, O God,
My soul her utmost pow'rs shall raise.
of saints, his praise shall be my song.