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71 Tis good for me that I have felt
Afthction's chastning rod,
The statutes of my God. 72 The law that from the mouth proceeds
Of more esteem I hold
of thy Almighty hands,
To learn thy just commands. 74 My preservation to thy saints
Strong cornfort will afford,
Who trusted in thy word.
By sure experience see;
Thou hast afflicted me.
Afford me needful aid;
To me, thy servant, made!
That I again may live;
But what thy precepts give.
To ruin me have sought,
Employ my harmless thought. 79 Let those that fear thy Name espouse
My cause, and those alone,
Thy sacred precepts known.
Continue always sound;
To see thy saving grace;
My confidence I place.
With waiting for thy word;
And promis'd aid afford ? 83 My skin like shrivelld parchment
Thy statutes to forget.
Of sorrow and distress?
On them who me oppress?
That have no other foes,
86 With sacred truth's eternal laws
All thy commands agree:
Thou, Lord, my helper be.
They had almost prevail'd ;
My duty never fail'd. 88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore,
My drooping heart to cheer;
Unchang'd thou dost remain :
Does all their orbs sustain.
Immovable shall stand,
By thy Almighty hand. 91 All things the course by thee ordain'd
E'en to this day fulfil;
And servants of thy will.
My comfort and delight,
In dark affliction's night. 93 Thy precepts therefore from my
Restor'd my dying heart.
Protect me, Lord, from harm;
And carefully perform.
My guiltless life to take;
Thy word my study make.
Perfection here below:
No language can display;
My ravish'd thoughts all day.
Than all my subtle foes;
And all my ways dispose.
May abler counsel take,
My constant study make. 100 In understanding I excel
The sages of our days;
101 My feet with care I have refrain'd | 116 According to thy gracious word
Froin danger set me free;
Nor make me of those hopes asham'd
That I repose on thee.
And rescu'd from distress;
To thy decrees continually
My just respect address.
118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, 103 How sweet are all thy words to me! Who from thy statutes stray'd ; o what divine repast!
Their vile deceit the just reward How much more grateful to my soul Of their own falsehood made. Than honey to my taste!
119 The wicked from thy holy land 104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I
Thou dost like dross remove;
I therefore, with such justice
Thy testimonies love.
120 Yet with that love they make me NUN.
dread, 105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
Lest I should so offend,
When on transgressors I behold
Thy judgments thus descend.
AIN. 106 I sware, (and from my solemn oath 121 Judgment and justice I have lov'd; Will never start aside,)
O therefore, Lord, engage
In my defence, nor give me up
To my oppressors' rage! 107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me, That I can bear no more,
And so shall this distress According to thy word do thou
Prove good for me, nor shall the My fainting soul restore.
proud 108 Let still my sacrifice of praise
My guiltless soul oppress.
123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail, And in thy righteous judgments, In long expectance held; Lord,
Till thy salvation they behold,
And righteous word fulfill'd. 109 Tho' ghastly dangers me surround, 124 To me, thy servant in distress, My soul they cannot awe;
Thy wonted grace display, Nor with continual terrors keep
And discipline my willing heart From thinking on thy law.
Thy statutes to obey. 110 My wicked and invetrate foes
125 On me, devoted to thy fear, For me their snares have laid;
Thy sacred skill bestow,
That of thy testimonies I
The full extent may know. 111 Thy testimonies I have made
126 'Tis time, high time, for thee, O My heritage and choice;
Thy vengeance to employ, (Lord, For they, when other comforts fail, When men with open violence My drooping heart rejoice.
Thy sacred law destroy. 112 My heart with early zeal began 127 Yet their contempt of thy commands Thy statutes to obey;
But makes their value rise
In my esteem, who purest gold
Compar'd with them despise.
128 Thy precepts therefore I account
In all respects divine: 113 Deceitful thoughts and practices
They teach me to discern the right,
And all false ways decline.
PE. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tow'r, 129 The wonders which thy laws contain And shield art thou, O Lord;
No words can represent; I firmly anchor all my hopes
Therefore to learn and practise them On thy unerring word.
My zealous heart is bent. 115 Hence ye that trade in wickedness, 130 The very entrance to thy word Approach not my abode;
Celestial light displays; For firmly I resolve to keep
And knowledge of true happiness The precepts of my God.
To simplest minds conveys.
131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, 147 My earlier pray't the dawning day And fainted with desire,
Prevented, while I cried
My hope alone relied.
The midnight watch was set,
That I of thy mysterious word
Might perfect knowledge get. 133 Directed by thy heav'nly word | 149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, Let all my footsteps be;
And wonted favour shew;
O quicken me, and so approve
Thy judgments ever true! 134 Release, entirely set me free
150 My persecuting foes advance, From persecuting hands,
And hourly nearer draw; That, unmolested, I may learn
What treatment can I hope from And practise thy commands.
them 135 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Who violate thy law?
Thou, Lord, art yet more near;
Thou, whose commands are righteous 136 My eyes to weeping fountains turn,
Thy promises sincere.
My soul has known of old,
That they were true, and shall their
To endless ages hold.
153 Consider my affliction, Lord, 138 Most just and true those statutes were, And me from bondage draw; Which thou didst first decree ;
Think on thy servant in distress,
154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me 139 With zeal my flesh consumes away,
Thy timely aid afford;
With beams of mercy quicken me
According to thy word.
155 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st 140 Yet each neglected word of thine
Salvation far away; (Howe'er by them despis'd)
"Tis just thou should'st withdraw from Is pure, and for eternal truth
them By me, thy servant, priz'd.
Who from thy statutes stray. 141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate, | 156 Since great thy tender mercies are Contempt from all I find;
To all who thee adore ;
My fainting hopes restore.
Against my life combine;
But all too few to force my soul
Thy statutes to decline. 143 Though trouble, anguish,doubts, and I 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,
To compass me unite; (dread, And was with grief oppress'd,
To see with what audacious pride
Thy cov'nant they transgress'd. 144 Eternal and unerring rules
159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord, Thy testimonies give;
How I thy precepts love;
of mercy from above!
160 As from the birth of time thy truth 145 With my whole heart to God I callid, Has held through ages past, Lord, hear my earnest cry!
So shall thy righteous judgments firm
To endless ages last.
SCHIN. 146 Again more fervently I pray'd,
161 Tho' mighty tyrants, without cause, O save me, that I may
Conspire my blood to shed,
Thy sacred word has pow'r alone
To fill my heart with dread.
162 And yet that word my joyful breast | 2 Once more, O Lord, delivrance send, With heav'nly rapture warms;
Fromn lying lips my soul defend, Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war, And from the rage of sland'ring Have such transporting charms.
tongues. 163 Perfidious practices and lies
3 What little profit can accrue, I utterly detest;
And yet what heavy wrath is due, But to thy laws affection bear,
O thou perfidious tongue, to thee ! Too vast to be exprest.
4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; 164 Sev'n times a day, with grateful voice,
Of lasting tlames that fiercely burn, Thy praises I resound,
The constant fuel thou shalt be. Because I find thy judgments all 5 But O how wretched is my doom, With truth and justice crown'd.
Who am a sojourner become 165 Secure, substantial peace have they
In barren Mesech's desert soil !
With Kedar's wicked tents inclos'd, No smiling mischiefthem can tempt,
To lawless savages expos'd,
Who live on nought but theft and 166 For thy salvation I have hop'd,
spoil. And, though so long delay'd,
6 My hapless dwelling is with those With cheerful zeal and strictest care Who peace and amity oppose, All thy commands obey'd.
And pleasure take in others' harms. 167 Thy testimonies I have kept,
7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek ; And constantly obey'd;
But when to them of peace I speak, Because the love I bore to them
They straight cry out, To arms, to The service easy made.
arms! 168 From strict observance of thy laws
To Sion's hill I lift my eyes,
2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God, TAU.
Who heav'n and earth has made. 169 To my request and earnest cry
3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest, Attend, gracious Lord;
Thy Guardian will not sleep; Inspire my heart with heav'nly skill, 4 His watchful care, that Israel guards, According to thy word.
Will Israel's monarch keep. 170 Let my repeated pray'r at last
5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's Before thy throne appear;
wings According to thy plighted word,
Thou shalt securely rest,
6 Where neither sun nor moon shall 171 Then shall my grateful lips return
By day or night molest.
His care shall guard thee still ; 172 My tongue the praises of thy word
8 From the blind strokes of chance, and Shall thankfully resound,
foes Because thy promises are all
That lie in wait to kill.
9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war, 173 Let thy almighty arm appear,
Thy God shall thee defend;
Conduct thee thro' life's pilgrimage For I the laws thou hast ordain'd
Safe to thy journey's end.
"TWAS a joyful sound to hear
Up, Israel, to the temple haste, 175 Prolong my life, that I may sing
And keep your festal day.
2 At Salem's courts we must appear Whose justice from the depth of woes
With our assembled pow'rs,
3 In strong and beauteous order rang'd, 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, till I I Like her united tow'rs. Despair my way to find;
4 "Tis thither, by divine command, Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant
The tribes of God repair,
Before his ark to celebrate
His Name with praise and prayr.
5 Tribunals stand erected there, TN deep distress I oft have cried
Where equity takes place; To God, who never yet denied
There stand the courts and palaces To rescue me, opprest with wrongs: Of royal David's race.
60 pray we then for Salem's peace,
For they shall prosp'rous be, (Thou holy city of our God!)
Who bear true love to thee. 7 May peace within thy sacred walls
A constant guest be found, With plenty and prosperity
Thy palaces be crown'd. 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and
friends No less than brethren dear, I'll pray, May peace in Salem's tow'rs
A constant guest appear.
And ever wish thee well,
For mercy wait my longing eyes; 2 As servants watch their masters' hands,
And maids their mistresses'commands. 3, 4 0 then have mercy on us, Lord,
Thy gracions aid to us afford;
When men against us rose : 3,4,5 Their wrath had swallow'd us alive,
And rag'd without control;
Had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul. 6 But prais'd be our eternal Lord,
Who rescu'd us that day,
Our threaten'd lives a prey.
From out the fowler's net ;
Our confidence remains,
4 Be good, O righteous God, to those
Who righteous deeds affect;
Let innocence protect.
The Lord shall soon destroy;
From long captivity,
of what we wish'd to see.
We did our voice employ,
In thankful hymns of joy.
Yet were compellid to own,
Our God for us had done. 3 Twas great, say they; 'twas wondrous
great, Much more should we confess ; The Lord has done great things, whereof
We reap the glad success.
Of Israel's captive bands,
To parch'd and thirsty lands. 5 That we, whose work commenc'd in
Our drooping hearts revive.
Yet doubtless he shall come
The Lord the pile sustain;
The watchman wakes in vain. 2 In vain we rise before the day,
And late to rest repair,
And eat the bread of care.
He on his saints bestows;
Their nights with sound repose.
Are presents from the Lord ;
As piety's reward.
When marching forth to war,
Their parents' safeguard are.
With these prevailing arms;
PSALM OXXV. W HO place on Sion's God their trust,
Like Sion's rock shall stand; Like her immovably be fix'd
By his Almighty hand. 2 Look how the hills on evry side
Jerusalem enclose; So stands the Lord around his saints,
To guard them from their foes. 3 The wicked may afflict the just,
But' ne'er too long oppress,