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3 The Lord look'd down from heaven's That I might take my speedy fight, high tower,

and seek a safe retreat. the sons of men to view;

7, 8 Then would I wander far from benca, To see if any own'd his power,

and in wild deserts stray, or truth or justice knew,

Till all this furious storm were spent, 3 But all, he saw, were backward gone, this tempast past away. degenerate grown and base;

PART II. Ncne for religion cared, not one 9 Destroy, O Lord, their ill designs, 1 of all the sinful race.

their counsels soon divide; 4 But are those workers of deceit

For through the city my grieved eyes so dull and senseless grown,

have strife and rapine spy'd. That they like bread my people cal, 10 By day and night, on every wall

and Gou's just power disown? 6 Their causeless fear shall strangely grow; And in the midst of all her strength

they walk their constant round; and they, despised of God, Shall soon be foil'd; lis haud shall throw 11 Whoe'er through every part shall road

are grief and mischief found. their shatter'd bones abroad.

wil: fresh disorders meet; 6 Would he his saving power employ Deceit and guile their constant posts to break our servile band,

maintain in every street. Loud shouts of universal joy

12 For 'twas not any open foe should echo through the land.

that false reflections made ; PSALM 54.

For then I could with ease have borixe LO ORD, save me, for thy glericus name,

the bitter things he said: and in thy strength appear, 'Twas none who hatred had profess'd, To judge my cause; accept my prayer, that did against me rise ; and to my words give car.

For then I had with:Irawn myself 3 Mere strangers, whom I never wrongd, from his malicious eyes. to ruin me design'd;

13, 14 But 'twas e'en ihou, my guide, mag And cruel men, that fear no God,

friend, against my soul combineil.

yhom tenderest love did join ; 4,5*But God takes part with all my friends, whose sweet advice I valued mostí. and he's the surest guard;

whose prayers were mix'd with mine. The God of truth shall give my foes

15 Sure vengeance, equal to their crimen their falschood's due reward

such traitors must surprise, 6 While I my grateful offerings bring,

And sudden death requite those ills and sacrifice with joy ;

they wickedly devise. And in his praise iny Lime to come

16, 11 But I will call on God, who still delightfully employ.

shall in my


appear; 7 From dreadful danger and distress

At morn, at noon, at right, I'll pray;. the Lord liath set me free;

and he my voice shall hear. Through him shall I of all my foes

PART III. the just destruction see. PSALM 55.

18 God has released my soul from those Gan listen when I pray; LIVE ear, thou Judge of all the earth, that did with me contend;

And made a numerous host of friends Nor from thy humble suppliant turn iny righteous cause defend. thy glorious face away.

19 for he, who was my help of old, 2 Altend to this

sas complaint,

shall now his surpliant hear ; and hear my grievous moans ; And punish them whose prosperous state While I my irournful case declare, makes them no God to fear. with artless sighs and groa ns.

20 Whom can I trust, if faithless men 8 Hart how the foe insults aloud!

perfidiously devise how fierce oppressors rage!

To ruin me, their peaceful friend, Whose slanderous tongues, with wrathful and break the strongest ties? hate,

21 Though soft and melting are their words, against my fame engage.

their hearts with war abound; 4,5 My heart is rack'd with pain; my soul Their speeches are inore smooth than oil, with deadly frights distress'd;

and yet like swords they wound. With fear and trembling compass'd round, 22 Do thou, my soul, on God depend, with horror quite oppress'd.

and he shall thee sustain ; B How often wish'd I then, that I He aids the just, whom to supplant Ibe dove's swift wings could get a

the wicked strive in vain



25 My foes that trade in lies and blood, Who wonders last for me begun,
shall all untimely die;

And wilt not leave thy work undone. Whilst I, for health and length of days, 3 From heaven protect me by thine ara, on thee, my God, rely.

And shame all those who seek my harm; PSALM 56.

To my relief thy mercy send,

And truth, on which my hopes depend. Do ;

4 For I with savage men converse, for man may life pursues ;

Like hungry lions wild and fierce ; To crush me with repeated wrongs, With men wliose teeth are spears, their he daily strife renews.

words 2 Continually my spiteful foes

Envenom'd darts, and two-edged swords. to ruin me combine; Thou seest, who sitt'st enthroned on high, And, as thy glory hills the sky,

5 Be thou, O God, exalted high;
what mighty numbers join.

So let it be on earth display d,
8 But though sometimes surprised by fear, Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.
on danger's first alarm;

6 To take me they their net prepared,
Yet still for succour I depend
on thv Almighty arm.

And had almost my soul ensnared ;

But fell themselves, by just decree, 4 God's faithful promise I shall praize,

Into the pit they made for me. on which I now rely;

7 O God, my heart is fix'd, 'tis beni, In God I trust, and, trusting him, Its thankful tribute to present

the arm of flesh defy. 5 They wrest my words, and make them And, with my heart, my voice I'll raise

To thee, my God, in songs of praise speak

8 Awake, my glory; harp and lute,
a sense they never meant ;

No longer let your strings be mute;
Their thoughts are all, with restless epite,

And I, my tuneful part to take,
on my destruction bent.

Will with the early dawn awake. 6 In close assemblies they combine,

9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound
and wicked projects lay;

To all the listening nations round;
They watch my steps, and lie in wait

10 Thy mercy highest heaven transcends, to make my soul their prey.

Thy truth beyond the clouds extends.
7 Shall such injustice still escape? 11 Be thou, o God, exalted high;
O righteous God, arise ;

Ani, as thy glory fills the sky,
Let thy just wrath, too long provoked, So let it be on earth display'd,
this impious race chastise.

Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.
8 Thou numberest all my steps, since first

I was compelld to flee;
My very tears are treasured up SPEAK: Oye judges of the earth,
and register'd by thee.

Cr must not innocence

appeal 9 When therefore I invoke thy aid,

to heaven from your decree?
my foes shall be o'erthrown; | 2 Your wicked hearts and judginents are
For I am well assured that God

alike by malice sway'd ;
my righteous cause will own,
10. 11 i'll trust God's word, and so despise

Your griping hands, hy weighty bribes,

to violence betray'd.
the force that man can raise;
12 To thee, O God, my vows are due;

To virtue strangers, from the womb

their infant steps went wrong;
to thee I'll render praise,
13 Thou hast retrieved my soul from death, They prattled slander, and in lie's
and thou wilt still secure

employ'd their lisping tongue. The life thou hast so oft preserved,

4 No serpent of parch'd Afric's breed and make my footsteps sure:

does ranker poison, bear; 14 That thus protected by thy power,

The drowsy adder will as soon

unlock his sullen ear. I may this life enjoy; And in the service of my God

5 Unmoved by good advice, and deat

as adders they remain;
my lengthen'd days employ. From whom the skilful charmer's voice

can no attention gain.
On thy protection I depend;
, ;

e Defeat, O God, their ihreatening rage

and timely break their power; And to thy wing for shelter haste, Disarm these growling lions' jaws, Till this outrageous storm is pass'd.

e'er practised to devour. 2 To thy tribunal, Lord, I AY,

? Let now their insolence, at height, Thou sovereign Judge, and God most high, I like ebhingtides he spruit;

Their shiver'd dert3 deceive their aim, Lest wc, ungratefuliy, tvo SOUD when they their bow have tent.

forget their overthrow. 8 Like snails let them dissolve to slime; Disperse thein through the nations round like hasiy births, become

by thy avenging power; Vnworthy to behold the sun,

Do thou bring down their naughty pride, and dead within the womb.

O Lord, car shield and tower, 9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots boil, 12 Now, in the height of all their hopes, tempestuous wrath shall come

their arrogance chastise ; From God, and snatch them hence alive Whose tongues have sinn'd without restraint, to their eternal doom.

and curses joiu'd with lies. - 10 The righteous shall rejoice to see 13 Nor shalt ihou, whilst their race endures,

their crimes with vengeance meet; thine anger, Lord, suppress; And saints in persecutor's blood

That distant lands, by their just dooniga shall dip their harmless feet.

may Israel's God confess. 11. Transgressors then with grief shall see 14 Ai evening let them still persist just men rewards obtain;

like growling clogs to meet, And own a God, whose justice will Still wander all the city round, the guilty earth arraign.

and to averze every street. PSALM 59.

15 Then, az for malice now they do,

1 for hunger let them stray;
, my God, And yell their vain complaints aloud,
from all my spiteful foes;

defeated of their prey. In my defence oppose thy power

16 Whilst eariy I thy mercy sing, to theirs, who me oppose.

thy wondrous power consess; 2 Preserve me from a wicked race, For thou hast heen my sure defence, who make a trade of ill;

my refuge in distress. I'rotect me from remorseless men, 17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise, who seek ruy blood to spill.

O God, my strength, I'll sing; 3 They lie in wait, and mighty powers Thou art my God, the Rock from whence against my lite combine,

my health and safety spring. Implacable; yet, Lord, thou know'st,

PSALM 60. for no offence of mine. 4 In haste they run about, and watch

O my guiltless life to take;

Forsaking those who left thee first; Look down, O Lord, on my distress, As we thy just displeasure mouru, and to my help awake.

To us, in Inerty, Lord, return. 6 Thou, Lord of Hosts, and Israel's God, 2 Our strength, that firm as earth did stand, their healben rage suppress;

Is sent by thy avengiñg hand; Relentless vengeance take on those 0! heal the breeches thou hast made: who stubbornly transgress.

We shake, we fall, without thy aid ! 6 At evening, to beset my house,

3 Oar folly's sad effects we seel; like growling dogs they meet;

For, drunk with discord's cup we reel: While others through the city range, 4. But now, for thein who thee revered, and ransack every street.

Thou hast thy truth's bright banner rear'd. 7 Their throats envenom'd slander breathe; 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect;

their tongues are sharpen'd swords; Lord, hear the prayers that we direct: "WVbo bears?” say they, " or, hearing, dares 6 The holy God has spoke; and I, “reprove our lawless words?"

O'erjoy’d, on his firm word rely: 8 But from thy throne thou shalt, O Lord, To thee in porticns I'll their baffled plots deride;

Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride; And soon to shame and scorn expose To Sichem, Succoth next I'll join, their boasted heathen pride.

And measure out her vale by line. On thee I wait ; 'tis on thy strength 7 Manasseh, Gilead, both subscribe for succour I depend;

To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe ; 'Tis thou, o God, art my defence, Ephraim by arms supports my cause, who only can defend.

And Judah by religious laws. 10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft 8 Moah my slave and drudge shall be, from danger set me free,

Nor Elom from my yoke get free ; Shall crown my wishes, and subdue Proad Palestine's imperious statc my haughty foes to me.

Shall humbly ou our triumph wait. 11 Dest: uy then not, O Lord, at once; 9 But who shall quell these inighty powers, sexuain ihy vengeful blow;

And clear my way to Edon's lowers ?

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Or through her guarded frontiers tread And, laid in truth's impartiul scale,
The path that doth

to conquest lead ? the lightest things will both outweighe 10 Ev’n thou, O God, who hast dispersed 10 Then trust not in oppressive ways ; Our troops (for we forsook thee first); by spoil and rapine grow not vain; Those whom thou didst in wrath forsake, Nor let your hearts, if wealth increase, Atoned, thou wilt victorious make.

be set too much upon your gain. 11 Do thou our fainting cause sustain ; 11 For God has oft his will express'd, For hunnan succours are but vain,

and I this truth have fully known; 12 Fresh strength and courage God bestows: To be of boundless power possess'd Tis he treads down our proudest foes. belongs, of right, to God alone. PSALM 61.

12 Though mercy is his darling grace,

, in which he chiefly takes delight; which I, oppress'd with griet, Yet will he all the human race 2 From earth's remotest part address according to their works requite. to thee for kind relief.

PSALM 63. O lodge me safe beyond the reach


GOD, my gracious God, to thee of persecuting power ;

My morning prayers shall offer'd bes 3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful fous for thee my thirsty soul does pant :

hast been my sheltering tower. My fainting Mesh implores thy grace 4 So shall I in thy sacred courts Within this dry and barren place, secure from danger lie;

where I refreshing walers want. Beneath the covert of thy wings,

2.0! to my longing eyes, once more all future storms defy.

That view of glorious power restore, 6 In sign my vows are heard, once more which thy majestic house displays: I o'er thy chosen reign;

3 Because to me thy wond cus love 6 O! bless with long and prosperous life Than life itself does dearer prove, the king thou didst ordain.

my lips shall always speak thy praise. 7 Confirm his throne, and make his reign 4 My life, while I that life enjoy, accepted in thy sight;

In blessing God I will employ; And let thy truth and mercy both

with listed hands adore his name: in his defence unite.

5 My soul's content shall be as great 8 So shall I ever sing thy praise, As theirs, who choicest dainties eat, thy name for ever hleys ;

while I with joy his praise proclaim. Devote my prosperous days to pay 6 When down Ilie, sweet sleep to find, the vows of my distress.

Thou, Lord, art present to my mind; PSALM 82.

and when I wake in dead of night: My soul for help on God relies;

7 Because thou still dost surt ur bring, from him alone my safety flows ; Beneath the shadow of thy wing My Rock, my Heakh, that strength supplies I rest with safety and delight.

to bear the shock of all my oes. 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, 8 How long will ye contrive my fall, Cleaves fast to thee, whose inatchless power

which will but hasten on your own? in her support is daily shown: You'll totter like a bending wall,

9 But those the righteous Lord shall slay, or fence of uncemen ed stone.

That my destruction wish; and they 4 To make my envy'd honours less, that seek my life shall lose their own

they strive with lies, their chief delight; 10 They by untimely ends shall die,
Fortkey,though with their mouths they bless, Their fesh a prey to foxes lie ;

in private curse with inward spite. but God shall áll the king with joy. 5,6 But thou, my soul, ou God rely; 11 Who thee confess shall still rejoico, on him alone thv trust repose:

Whilst the false tongue, and lying roice, My Rock and Health will strength supply thou, Lord, shalt silence and destroy. to bear the shock of all my foes.

PSALM 64. 7 God does his saving health dispense,

LORD, hear the voice of my complaint and flowing blessings daily send: He is my fortress and defence;

Preserve my life from cruel foes, on him my soul shall still depend. and free my soul from fear. 8 In him, ye people, always trust; 2 0! hide me with thy tenderent care,

before his throne pour out your hearts; in some secure retreat, For God, the mercirul and just, Froin sinners that against me rise, his timely aid to us imparus.

and all their plots defeat. 8 The vulgar fickle are and frail; 3 See how, intent to work my harm,

the great dissemble and betray ; they whet their tongues like swords


And bend their bows to shoot their darts, 19 From out thy unexhausted store
sharp lies, and bitter words.

thy rain relieves the thirsty ground;
4 Lurking in private, at the just Makes lands, that barren were before,
they take their secret aim;

with corn and useful fruits abound. And suddenly at him they shoot, 10 On rising ridges down it pours, quite void of fear and shame.

and every furrow'd valley fills; 5 To carry on their ill designs

Thou mak'st thern soft with gentle showers, they mutually agree;

in which a blest increase distils. They speak of laying private snares, 11 Thy goodness does the circling year and think that none shall see.

with fresh returns of plenty crowa; 6 With utmost diligence and care And where thy glorious paths appear, their wicked plots they lay;

the fruitful clouds drop fatness down. The deep designs of all their hearts 12 They drop on barren forests, changed are only to betray.

hy them to pastures fresh and green; 7 But God, to anger justly moved, The hills about, in order ranged, his dreadful bow shall bend,

in beauteous robes of joy are seen. And on his flying arrow's point

13 Large flocks with fleecy wool adora shall swift destruction send.

the cheerful downs; the vallies bring & Those slanders which their mouths did A plenteous crop of full-ear'd corn, vent,

and seem, for joy, to shout and sing. upon theinselves shall fall;

Their crimes disclosed shali

make them be LET edithekends, with shouts of joy,
9 The world shall thenüod's power confess, Sing psalms in honour of his pame,
and nations trembling stand,

and spread his glorious praise. Convinced that 'tis the mighty work 3 And let them say, How dreadful, Lord, of his avenging hand:

in all thy works, art thou!
10 Whilst righteous men, whom God se- To thy great power thy stubborn foes

shall all be forced to bow.
in him shall gladly trust;

4 Through all the earth, the nations round And all the listening earth shall hear shall thee their God confess; loud triumphs of the just.

And with glad hymns, their awful dread PSALM 65.

of thy great name express. O ,

5 O come! behold the works of God; in Sion waits, thy chosen soat; and then with me you'll own, Our promised allars there we'll raise, That he to all the sons of men

and all our zealous vows complete. bas wondrous judgment shown. 20 thou, who to my humble prayer 6 He made the sea become dry land,

didst always bend thy listening ear, through which our fathers walk’d;
To thee shall all mankind repair, Whilst to each other of his might

and at thy gracious throne appear. with joy his people talk'd.
3 Our sins, though numberless, in vain 7 He, by his power, for ever rules;
to stop thy flowing mercy try;

his eyes the world survey;
Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, Let no presumptuous man rebel

and washest out the crimson dye. against his sovereign sway, 4 Dlest is the man, who near thee placed,

PART 11. within thy sacred dwelling lives! 8, 9 0! all ye nations, bless our God, Whilst we at humble distance taste and loudly speak his praise ;

the vast delights thy temple gives. Who keeps our souls alíve, and still 5 By wondrous acts, O God, most just, confirms our steadfast ways.

have we thy gracious answer found: 10 For thou hast try'd us, Lord, as fire In thee remo est nations trust,

does try the precious ore; and those whom stormy waves surround. 11 Thou brought'st us into straits, where wa 6,7 God, by his strength, sets fast the hills, oppressing burdens bore.

and does his matchless power engage, 12 Insulting foes did us, their slaves, With which the sea's Joud was he stills, through fire and water chase; and angry crowds' tunultuous rage. Bui yet, at last, thou brought'st us forth PART II.

into a wealthy place. 8 Thou, Lord, dost barbarous lands dismay, 1s Burnt-offerings to thy house I'll bring,

when they thy dreadful tokena view; and there my vows will pay, With joy they see the night and day 14 Which I with solenn zvai did maka

each other's track, by turns, pursue. in trouble's dismal day.

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