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By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church
in the United States of America, in Conrention, this 13th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine
This translation of the Whole Book of Psalms into Metre, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister.
And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any Church, either by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint the Purtions of Psalms which are to
And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the T'unes to be sung, at any time, in his Church: And, especially, it shall be his duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance; by which vaiñ and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary
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8 " Ask, and receive thy full demande;
“thine shall the heathen be; HOW
OW hlest is he, who ne'er consents
“The utmost Jimits of the lands Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
“shall be possess'd by thee. where men profanely talk;
9" Thy threatening sceptre thou shalt slaka
" and crush them every where; 2 But makes the perfect law of God his business and delight;
" As massy bars of iron break Devoutly reads therein by day,
“the potter's brittle ware." and meditates by night.
10 Learn then, ye princes; and give eat, 8 Like some fais tree, which, fed by 11' Worship the Lord with holy fear ;
streams, with timely fruit does bend,
rejoice with awful mirth. He still shall flourish, and success
12 Appease the Son with due respect, all his designs attend.
your timely bomage pay: 4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,
Lest he revenge the hold neglech,
incensed by your delay. no lasting root shall fiud;
13 If but in par: his anger rise, Untimely blasted and dispersed like chaff hefore the wind.
who can endure the Aame? 6 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb Then blest are they, whose hope relies before their Judge's face:
on his most holy name.
PSALM 3. No formal hypocrite shall then among the saints have place. How
many, Lord, of late are grown 6 For God approves the just man's ways;
And as their numbers hourly rise, to happiness they tend: But sinners, and the paths they tread,
so do their rage increase. shall both in ruin end.
2 Insulting, they my soul upbreid,
and him wbom I adore; ? PSALM 2
“ The God in whom he trusts," say they,
u ghall rescue him no more. WITH resties and ungovernd rage,
3 But thou, O Lord, art my defence ; Why in such rash attempts engage, on thee my hopes rely; as they can ne'er perform?
Thou art my glory, and shall yet 2 The great in council and in might lift up my head on high. their various forces bring:
4 Since whensoe'er, in like distress, Against the Lord they all unite,
to God I made my prayer, and his anointed King.
He heard me from his holy hili; S “ Must we submit to their commands ?" why should I now despair? presumptuously they say:
5 Guarded by him, I laid me down "No, let us break their slavish bands, my sweet repose to take; " and cast their chains away."
For I through him securely sleep, 4 But God, who sits enthroned on high, through him in safety wake. and sees how they combine,
6 No force nor fury of my foes Does their conspiring strength defy, my courage shall confound, and mocks their vain design.
Were they as many hosts as men, 6 Thick clouds of wrath divine shall break that have beset me round. on his rebellious foes;
17 Arise, and save me, O my Godly And thus will he in thunder speak
who oft hast own'd my cause, to all that dare oppose:
And scatter'd oft these toes to me, 6 " Though inadly you dispute my will, and to thy righteous laws. " the King that I ordain,
8 Salvation to the Lord belongs , " Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's bill, he only can defend:
u shall there securely reign.". His blessings he extends to all 7 Atiend, 0 earth, whilst I declare that on his power depend ...! God's ulicontroli'd decree:
PSALM 4. w Thou art iny Son; this day, my heir, o
Lord, thou art niy righteous Judge bare I hegotten thee.
to my complaint give enr: B b 2
Thou still redeemost ine from distress;
Their throat is a devouring grave ; have mercy, Lord, and hear.
they Hatter with their tongue. 2 How long will ye, O sons of men, 10 By their own counsels let thein fan to bloc my famé devise ?
oppress'd with loads of sin; How long your vain designs pursue, For they against thy righteous laws and spread malicious lies?
have harden'd rebels been. S Consider that the righteous man 11 But let all those who trust in thee, is God's peculiar choice;
with shouts their joy proclaimı ; And when io him I make my prayer,
Let them rejoice whoin thou preservist, he always hears my voice.
and all that love thy name. 4 Then stand in awe of his commands, 12 To righteous men, the righteous Lord fee every thing that's ill,
his blessing will extend; Commune in private with your hearts, And with his favour all his saints, and bend them to his will.
as with a shield, defend. 5 The place of other sacrifice
PSALM 6. le! righteousness supply And let your hope, securely fix'd, on God alone rely.
and spare a wretch forlorn;
," 6 While worldly minds impatient grow
Correct me not in thy fierce wrath
'too heavy to be borne. more prosperous times to see; Stili let the glories of thy face
2 Have mercy, Lord; for I grow faint,
unable to endure shine brightly, Lord, on me. 7 So shall iny heart o'erflow with joy, ,
The anguish of my aching bones,
which thou alone canst cure. more lasting and more true Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine 3 My tortured fesla distracts my mind, successively renew.
and fills my soul with grief; 8 Then down in peace I'll lay my head, But, Lord, how long wilt thou delay and take my needful rest;
to grant me thy relief? No other guard, O Lord, I crave,
4 Thy worted goodness, Lord, repeat, of thy defence possess'd.
and ease my troubled soul;
Lord, for thy wondrous mercy's sako, PSALM 5.
vouchsafe to make me whole. LORD, hear the voice
of my complaint
, 5 For after death no more can I
; 2 To thee alone, my King, my God,
No prisoners of the silent grave will I for help repair.
can magnify thy name. 3 Thou in the inorn my voice shalt hear, 6 Quite tired with pain, with groaning taide and with the dawning day
no hope of ease I see; To thee devoutly I'll look up,
The night, that quiets common griefs, to thee devoutly pray.
spent in tears by me. 4 For thou the wrongs that I sustain
7 My beauty fades, my sight grows dim can't never, Lord, approve,
my eyes with weakness close; Who from thy sacred dwelling-place
age o'ertakes me, whilst I think all evil dost remove.
on my insulting fues. 6 Not long shall stubborn fools remain
8 Depart, ye wicked; in my wrongs unpunish'd in thy view;
ye shall no more rejoice, All such as act unrighteous things
För God, I find, accepts niy tears, thy vengeance shall
and listens to my voice. pursue. 6 The slandering tongue, O God of trutt, 9, 10 He hears, and grants my bumablo by thee shall be destroy’d,
prayer; Who hat'st alike the man in blood
and they that wish my fall, and in deceit employ’d.
Shall blush and rage to see that God 7 But when thy boundless grace shall nie
protects me from them all. to thy loved courts restore,
PSALM 7. On thee I'll fix my longing eyes,
O my God, since I have placed and humbly thee adore.
my trust alone in thee, 8 Conduct me by thy righteous lavvs, From all my persecutors' rage for watchful is my foe;
do thou deliver me. Therefore, O Lord, make plain the way 2 To save me from my threat’ning og wherein I ought to go.
Lord, interpose thy power ; 9 Their mouth vents nothing but deceit; Lest, like a savage lion, be theis heart is set ola wrong;
my helpless soul devour.
8,411 I am guilty, or did e'er
13 When heaven, thay beauteous work ou against his peace combine;
bigh, Nay, if I had not spared his life,
einploys my wondering sight; who sought unjusily miue;
The moon, that nightly rules the sky, 5 Let then to persecuting fues
with stars of feebler light; my soul become a prey;
4 What's man, say I, that, Lord, thou loy', Let ihem to earth tread down niy life, to keep him in ihy mind? in dust my honour lay.
Or what' his ofi'spring, that thou prov'st 6 Arise, and let thine anger, Lord,
to thein so wondrous kind ? mn my defence engage;
5 llim next in power thou didsi create Exait thyself above my foes,
to thy celestial train; and their insulting rage:
6 Ordain'd, with dignity and state, Awake, awake, in iny behalf, ,
o'er all thy works to reign. the judgment to dispense,
7 They jointiy own his powerful sway; Whicli thou hast righteously ordain’d
the beasts that prey or graze; for injured innocence.
8 The bird that wings ils airy way; 7 So to thy throne, adoring crowds
the fish that cuts the seas. shall still for justice fly:
9 0 Thou, to whom all creatures bow On: therefore, for their sake, resume
within this ear:bly frame, thy judginent-seat on high.
Through all the world how great art tbvu! • I inpartial Judge of all ihe world, how giorious is thy name! I trust iny cause to thee;
PSALM 9. According io my just deserts,
To celebrate thy praise, O Lord, so let thy senience be. 9 Let wicked arts and wicked men To all the listening world, thy works, together be o'erthrown;
thy wondrous works declare. But guard the just, thou God, to whom 2 The thonght of them shall tu my soul the hearts of both are known.
exalted pleasures bring; 10, 11 Gud me protects, not only me, Whilst to thy name, 0 thou Most High, but all of uprighi heart;
triumphant praise 1 sing. And daily lays up wrath for those 3 Thou mad'st my haughty foes to tura whic from his laves Jepart,
their backs in shaineful Night: 12 If they persist, he whets his 3'rord, Struck with thy presence, down they fello his bow stands ready bent;
they perishi'd at thy sight. 13 Ev'n now, with swist destruction wing d, 4 Against insulting foes advanced, his pointed shafts are sent.
thou didst my cause maintain; 14 The plois are fruitless which my foe My right asserting from thy throne, unjustly did conceive;
where truth and justice reign. 15 The pit he digg’d for me, has proved 5 The insolence of heathen pride bis own untimely grave.
thou hast reduced to shaine; 16 Os his own head his spite returns, Their wicked offspring quite destroy'd, whilst I from harm am free;
and blotted out their name. Ou hin the violence is fall'n,
6 Mistaken foes, your haughty threats which he design' for me.
are to a period come; 17 Therefore will I the righteous ways Our city stands, which you desigu'd of Providence proclama;
to make our common tomb. I'll sing the praise of God most high, 7, 8 The Lord for ever lives, who has and celebrate his name.
his righteous throne prepared, PSALM 8.
Impartial justice to dispense,
to punish or reward.
against oppressing rage; Through all the world how great art thou! As troubles rise, his needful aids how glorious is thy name!
in our behalf engage. In beaven thy wondrous acts are sung,
10 All those who have his goodness proved nor fully reckon'd there;
will in his truth confide; 2 And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue Whose mercy ne'er forsook the man thy houndless praise declare.
that on his help rely'd. Through thee the weak confound the strong, u Sing praises therefore to the Lord, ani crush their haughty toes ;
from Zion, his abode; Add so thou quell'st live wicked throng, Proclaiin his deeds, till at the world cual tee and thine oppuse.
confess no other God.
They think their vain designs shall thr:re, 12. When he inquiry makes for blood, from all misfortunes free. he'll cul the poor to mind:
7 Vain ard deceitful is their speechy The injured humble man's complaint with curses fill'd, and lies ; relief from hin shall find.
By which the mischief of their heart 13 Take pily on my troubles, Lord, they study to disguise. which spiteful focs create,
8 Near public roads they lie concealidh, Thou that hast rescued me so oft
and all their art employ, from death's devouring gate.
The innocent and poor at once 14 In Sion then I'll sing thy praise
to rifle and destroy. to all that love thy name;
9 Not lions, couching in their dens, And, with loud shouts of grateful joy, surprise their heedless prey thy saving power proclaim.
With greater cunning, or express 15 Þeep in the pit they digg’d for me, more savage rage than they. the heathen pride is laid;
10 Sometiines they act the harmless man, Their guilty feet to their own snare and morlest looks they wear ; are heedlessly betray’d.
That so deceived, the poor may less 16 Tinus, hy the just return ke makes, their sudden onse! fear. the mighty Lord is known ;
PART II. Whils wicked men by their own plots, 11 For God, they think, no notice takes are shamefully o’erthrown.
of their unrighteous deeds ; 17 No single sinner shall escape,
He never ininds the suffering poor, by privacy obscured;
nor their uppression heeds. Nor Fiation, from his just revenge,
12 But thou, O Lord, at length arise, by bumbers be secured.
stretch forth thy mighty arm; 18 Kis suffering saints, when most distress’d, And, by the greatness of thy power, he ne'er forgets to aid;
defend the poor from harm. Their expectations shall he crown'd, 13 No longer let the wicked vaunt, though for a time delay'd.
and, proudly boasting, say, 19 Arise, O Lord, assert thy power, “T'ush, God regards not what we do; and let not man o'ercome;
“ be never will repay." Descend to judgment, and pronounce 14 But sure thou seest, and all their deeds the guilty heathen's doom.
impartially dost try; 20 Strike ierror through the nations round, The orphan, therefore, and the poor, till, hoy consenting fear,
on thee for aid rely: They to each other, and whemselves, 15 Defenceless let the wicked fall, but mortal men appear.
of all their strength bereit; PSALM 10.
Confound, O God, their dark designs
till no remains are left. VIIY Lord ?
which shall for ; why hid'st thou now thy fare, Thou wlio the heathen didst expel Wheu dismal times of deep distress from this the chosen laud. call for thy wonted grace?
17 Thou hear's the humble gupplicants 2 The wicked, swelld with lawless pride, that to thy throne repair ; have made the poor their prey;
Thou first prepar'st their hearts to pray, O let them fail by those designs
and then accept's: their prayer. which they for others lay:
18 Thou in thy righteous judgment, weigh'st 3 For straight they triumph, if success
the fatherless and poor; their thriving crimes atiend;
That go the tyrants of the earth And sordid wretches, whom God hates, way persecute no more, perversely they commend.
PSALM 11. 4 To own a power above themselves, their haughty pride disdains;
a refuge alivays nigh And therefore in their stubborn mind Why should I, like a tinorous hird, no thought of God remains.
to distant mountains fly? 8 Oppressive methods they pursue, 2 Behold, the wirked bead their bow, and all their foes they slight;
and ready fix their dart, Because thy judgments unchserved, Lurking in ambush to destroy are far above their sight.
the men of upright heart. 6 Thep sondly think their prosperous states When once the firm 34surance fallo, sliall unmolested be;
which public faith wparts,