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13 His rains from heaven parch'd hills, Thou op'st thy band, the universe, recruit,

the craving world, is all supply'd. tha: soon transmit the liquid store, 29 Thou for a moment hid'si thy face, Till earth is burdend with her fruit, the numerous ranks of creatures muurs

and nature's lap cac hold no more. Thou tak'st their breath, all nature's race 14 Grass, for our cattle to devour,

forthwith to mother earth return. he makes the growth of every field: 30 Again thou send'st thy spirit forth Perlis, for man's use, of various power, to inspire the mass with vital seed ;

that either food or physic yield. Nature's restored, and pai ent earth 151/ hcluster'd grapes he crowns the vine, smiles on her new-created breed.

tocheer man's heart,oppress'd with cares; 31 Thus through successive ages slands Gives vil, that makes his face to shine, firm fix'd thy providential care; and corn, thai wasted strength repairs. Pleased with the work of thy own hands

thou dost the waste of time repair. PART III.

32 One look of thine, one wrathlul look, 16 The trees of God, without the care

earth's panting breast with terror fills; or art of man, with sap are fed:

One louch from thee, with clouds of smoke The mountain-cedar looks as fair

in darkness shrouds the proudest hills. as those in royal gardens brei. 17 Safe in the lofty cedar's arms

33 In praising God, while he prolongs the wanderers of the air may rest;

mny breath, I will that breath employ;

34 And join uevotion to my songs, The hospitable pine from harms

sincere, as in him is my joy. protects the stork, her picus guest.

35While sinnersfrom earth's face are hurla 18 Wild goats the craggy rock ascend, its towering heights their fortress make, Till with my song the listening world

my soul, praise thou his holy name, Whose cells in labyrinths extend, where feebler creatures refuge take.

join concert, and his praise proclaim. 19 The moon's inconstant aspect shows

PSALM 105. the appointed seasons of the year; The instructed sun his duty knows,

invoke his sacred name; his hours to rise and disappear. 20,21 Darkness he makes the

earthtoshroud, Acquaint the nations with his deeds,

his matchless deeds proclaim. when forest beasts securely stray;

2 Sing to his praise in lofty hymas; Young lions roar their wants aloud

his wondrous works rehearse; to Providence, that sends them prey.

Make them the theme of your discoum 22 They range all night, on slaughier bent, till suminon'd hy the rising morn,

and suhject of your verse.

3 Rejoice in his Almighty name, To skulk in dens, with one consent

alone to be adored; the conscious ravagers return.

And let their hearts o'erflow with joy 23 Forth to the tillage of his soil the bushandman securely goes,

that humbly seek the Lord.

4 Seck ye the Lord, his saving strength Commencing with the sun his toil, with him returns to his repose.

devoutly still implore; 24 Ilow various, Lord, thy works are found; And where he's ever present, seek

his face for evermore. for which thy wisdoni we adore ! The earth is with thy treasure crown'd,

5 T'he wonders that his hands have wrought till nature's hand can grasp no more.

keep thankfully in mind;

The righteous stalutes of his mouth,
PART IV.

and laws to us assign'd. 25 But still the vast unfathom'd main, 6 Kaow ye, his servant Abraham's seed, of wonders a new scene supplies,

and Jacob's chosen race Whose depths inhabitants contain 7 He's still cur God, his judgments still of every form, and every size.

throughout the earth take place. 26 Full-freighted ships from every port 8 His covenant he hath kept in mind there cut their unmolested way;

for numerous ages past, Leviathan, whorn there to sport

Which yet for thousand ages more thou mad'st, has compass there to play. in equal force shall last. 27 These various troops of sea and land 9 First sigu'd to Abra'm, next by oath in sense of common want agree;

to Isaac made secure; All wait on thy dispensing hand,

10 To Jacob and his heirs a law and have their daily alins from thee. for ever to endure: * They gather what thy stores disperse, 11 That Canaan's land should be the late

without their trouble to provide ; when get but few there were

12 But few in number, and those few 93 He smote their vines and forest plants, all friendless strangers there.

and garden's pride o'erthrew. 13 In pilgrimage, from realm to realm, 134 He spake the word, and locusts came, securely they removed ;

and caterpillars join'd; 14Whilst preudest monarchs, for their sakes, They prey'd upon the poor remains severely be reproved.

the storm had left behind. 15 « These mine anointed are," said he; 35 From trees to berbage they descend, 1 " let none my servants wrong;.

no verdant thing they spare; « Nor treat the poorest prophet ill, But, like the naked fallow field, " that does to me belong."

leave all the pastures bare. 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. 11 But his indulgent providence 37 He brought his servants forth, enriched had pious Joseph sent,

with Egypt's borrow'd wealth; Sold into Egypt, but their death, And, what transcends all treasure else, who sold him, to prevent.

enrich'd vith vigorous health. 18 His feet with heavy chains were crusli’d, 38 Egypt rejoiced, in hopes to find with calumny his lare;

her plagues with them removed; 19 Till God's appointed time and word Taught dearly now to fear worse ills to his deliverance came.

by those already proved. 20 The king his sovereign order sent, 39 Their shrouding canopy by day and rescued him with speed;

a journeying cloud was spread; Whom private malice had confined, A fiery pillar all the night the people's ruler freed.

their desert marches led. 21 His court, revenues, realms, were all 40 They long d for flesh; with evening quai's subjected to his will;

be furnishi'd every tent; 22 his greatest princes to control, From heaven's high granary, each mornio and teach his statesmen skill.

the bread of angels sent. PART 1.

41 He smote the rock whose flipty breast 23 To Egypt then, invited guests, pour'd forth a gushing tide; half-fanush'd Israel came;

Whose flowing stream, where'er they And Jacob held, by royal grant,

march'd the fertile soil of Ham.

the desert's drought supply'd 24 The Almighty there with such increase 42 For still he did on Abra’m's fasta his people multiply'd,

and ancient league refiect; Till with iheir proud oppressors they 43 He brought his people forth with joy, in strength and number vied.

with triumph his elect. 25 Their vast increase the Egyptians' hearts 44 Quite rooting out their heathen foes with jealous anger fired,

from Canaan's fertile soil, Till they his servants to destroy, To them in cheap possession gave by treacherous arts conspired.

the fruit of others' toil: 26 His servant Moses then he sent, 45 That they his statutes might observe, his chosen Aaron too,

his sacred laws obey: 27 Empower'd with signs and miracles For benefits so vagt, let us to prove their mission true.

our songs of praise repay. 28 He calld for darkness, darkness came,

PSALM 106. nature his summons knew; O Ron

dereithainkote Grond above 29 Each stream and lake, transform'd to

The fountain of eternal love; blood,

Whose mercy firm through ages past the wandering fishes slew.

Has stood, and shall for ever last. 30 In putrid foods, throughout the land, 12 Who can his mighty deeds express the pest of frogs was bred;

Not only vast, but numberless ? From noisome fers sent up to croak What mortal eloquence can raise at Pharaoh's board and bed.

His tribute of immortal praise? 81 He gave the sign, and swarms of flies 3 Happy are they, and only they, came down in cloudy hosts;

Who from thy judgments never stray. Wbilst earth's enliven'd dust below Who know what's right; nor only so,

bred lice through all their coasts. But always practise what they know. $2 He sent them battering bail for rain, 4 Extend to me that favour, Lord, and fire for cooling dew;

Thou to thy chozoa dost afford

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would stay.

When thou return'st to set them free, 25 Nor did the Almighty's voice ober, Let thy salvation visit me.

But when God said, Go

up, 5 O may I worthy prove to see

26. This seald their doom, without redrost, Thy saints in full prosperity ;.

To perish in the wilderness ; That I the joyful choir say join, 27 or else to hc by heathens' hands And count thy people's triumph mine. O’erthrown and scatter'd through the lands 6 But ah! can we expect such grace,

PART III. or parents vile the vier race;

28 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn race Who their misdeeds have acted o'er, Baal-Peor's worship did embrace; And with new crines increased the score? Became his impious guests, and fed 7 Ingrateful, they no longer thought On sacrifices to the dead. On all his works in Egypt wrought : 29 Thus they persisted to provoke The Red Sea tbey no sooner view'd, God's vengeance to the final stroke: Than they their base distrust renew'd. 'Tis come--the deadly pest is come, g Yet he, to vindicate his name, To execute their general doom. Once more to their deliverance came; 30 But Phineas, fired with holy rage, To make his sovereign power be known, The Almighty vengeance to assuage, That he is God, and he alone.

Did, by two bold offenders' fall, 9 To right and left, at his command, The atonement make that ransom'd all. The parting deep disclosed her sand; :31 As him a heavenly zeal had moved, Where firm and dry the passage lay,

So heaven the zealous act approved ; As through sume parch'd and desert way. To him confirming, and his race, 10 Thus rescued from their foes they were, The priesthood he so well did grace. Who closely press’d upon their rear; 32 At Meribah God's wrath they moved, 11 Whose rage pursued them to those waves, Who Moses, for their sakes, reproved; That proved the rash pursuers' graves. 33 Whose patient soul they did provoke 12 The watery mountains' sudden fall Till rashly ihe meek prophct spoke. O’erwhelm'd proud Pharaoh, host and all; 34 Nor, when possess'd of Canaan's land, This proof did stupid Israel move Did they perform their Lord's comidandy Toown God's truth, and praise his love. Nor his commission'd sword employ PART II.

The guilty nations to destroy.

35 Not only spared the pagan crew, 13 But soon these wonders they forgot, But, mingling, learnt their vices too; And for his counsel waited noi;

36 And worship to those idols paid, 14 But lusting in the wilderness;

Which them to fatal snares betray'da Did him with fresh tein;tations press. 37, 38 To devils they did sacrifice 15 Strong food at tner request he sent, Their children with relentless eyes; But made their sin their punishment; Approach'd their altars through a flood 16 Yet still his saints they did oprose, of iheir own sons' and daughters' blood The priest and prophet whom he chose.

No cheaper victims would appease
17 But earth, the quarrel to decide, Canaan's remorseless deities;
Her vengeful jaws extending wide, No blood her idols reconcile,
Rash Daihan to her centre drew,

But that which did the land defile.
With proud Abiram's factious crew.

PART IV. 18 The rest of those who did conspire 39 Nor did these savage cruelties To kindle wild sedition's fire,

The hardeu'd reprobates suffice; With all their impious train, became For after their heart's lust they wenta A prey to heaven's devouring fiame. And daily did new criines invent. 19 Near Horeb's mount a calf they made, 40 But sins of such infernal hue And to the molten image pray'd; God's wrath against his people drew, 20 Adoring what their hands did frame, Till he, their once indulgent Lord, They chang’d their glory to their shame. His own inheritance abhorr'd. 21 Their God and Saviour they forgot, 41 He them defenceless did expose And all his works in Egypt wronght; To iheir insulting heathen focs; 22 His signs in Ham's astonish'd coast. And made them on the triumph wait And where proud Pharaugi's troops were lost. Of those who hore them greatest hate, 23 Thus urged, his vengeful hand he reard, 12 Nor thus his indignation ceased; But Moses in the breach appear'; Their list of tyrants still increased, The saint did for the rebels pray, Till they, who God's mild sway declined, And turn'd heaven's kindled wrath away. Were made the vassals of mankind. 24-Yet they his pleasant land despised, 13 Yet when distress’d, they did repente Vor his repeated pronsis, prized, His anger du us oft roleut

But freed, they did his wrath provoke, 14 From dismal dungeons, dark as might Renew'd their sins, and he their yoke. and shades, as black as death's abode, 44 Nor yet implacable he proved, He brought them forth to cheerful light, Nor heard their wretched cries unmoved; and welcome liberty bestow'd. 45 Bört did to mind his promise bring,

15 0 then that all the earth with me And mercy's inexhausted spring.

would God, for this his goodness, praises 46 Compassion too he did impart And for the mighty works which he E'en to their foes' obdurate heart; throughout the wondering world displays! And pity for their sufferings bred 16 For he, with his Almighty hand, In those who them to bondage led. the gates of brass in pieces brokej 47 Suill save us, Lord, and Israel's hands Nor could the massy bars withstand, Together bring from heathen lands: or temper'd steel resist his stroke. So to thy naine our thanks we'll raise,

PART III. And ever triumph in thy praise.

17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense 48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd, with bold transgressions God defy ; His name eternally confess'd;

And for their multiply'd offence, Let all his saiuts, with full accord, oppread with sore diseases lie. Sing loud Amens-Praise ye the Loril. 18 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, PSALM 107.

abhors to taste the choicest meats; God your grateful

And they by faint degrees draw bear

to And let your never-ceasing joraise attend on his eternai love.

do they their mournful cry address ; 23 Let those give thanks, whom he from Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, bands

and frees them from their deep distresi. of proud oppressing fucs released ;

20 He all their sad distempers heals, And hrought them back from distant lands,

his word both bealth and safety gires; from north and south, and west and east?| And, when all lauman succour fails, 4,5 Through lonely doseri ways they went, 21 Othea that all the earth with me

froin near destruction them retrievom. ror could a peopled city find;

would Gol, for this his goodness, praises Jill quite with thirst and hunger spent, their fainting souls within thein pined.

And for the mighty works which he & Then soon to God's induigent ear,

througliout the wondering world displaye! did they their mournfui cry address ;

22 With offerings let his altar fame, Who graciously vouchsafed io hear,

whils! they their grateful thanks express and freed them from their deep distress.

.And with loud joy his holy rame, 7 From crvoked paths he led them iorth,

for all his acts of wonder, biess.

PART IV. and in the certain way did guide To wealthy towns of great resort,

123, 24 They that in ships, with courage bold, where all their wanis were well

cupply'd. Do God's amazing works behold,

o'er swelling waves their trade pursue 3 0 then !hat a!! the carth with me would God, for this his goodness, praise ; 125 Xo sooner his command is pasi,

and in the deep his wonders view.] And for the inighty works which be

throughout the wondering worll displays!han forth the dreadful tempest Aies, For he from heaven the sad estate

Which sweeps the sea with rapid haste, of longing souls with pity views ;

and makes the stormy biliows rise. To hungry souls, that pant for meat,

26 Sonetimes the ships, 1.985'd upta bearen, his goodness daily food renews.

on tops of mountain waves appear;

The down the steep abyss are driven, PART II.

whilst every scul dissolves with fear. 10 Some lie, with darkness compass'd round, 27 They reel and stagger to and fro, in death's uncomfortable shade,

like men with fumes of wine opprecr'd; And with unwieldy fetters bound, Nor do the skilful seamen know

hy pressing cares more heavy made. which way to steer, what course is beste 11, 12 Because God's counsels they defy'd, 28 Then straight to God's indulgent ear

and lightly prized bis holy word, they do their mournful cry address; With these aflictions they were try'd ; Who graciously vouc bsafes to herr,

they fell, and none could help afford. and frees them from their deep distress. 13 Then soon to God's indulgent ear 29, 30 He does the ragivg storn appease,

did they their mournful cry address; and makes the billows calm and still; Who gracivusly vouchsafed to hear, With joy they see their fury cease,

and creed them from their deep distress. And their intended course fulfil

31 O then thal all the earth with me Let thy right hand protect me stift,

would God, for this bis goodness, praise; and answer thou my prayer. And for the mighty works which he 7 Since God himself hath said the word,

throughout the wondering world displays! whose promise cannot fail, 32 Let them, where all the tribes resort, With joy I Sechem will divide,

advance to heaven his glorious name, And measure Succoth's vale. And in the elders' sovereign court, 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh too, With one consent his praise procla m. and Ephraim owns iny cause ; PART V.

Their strength my regal power supports 33,34 A fruitful land, where streams abound, and Judah gives my laws.

Gol's just revenge, if people sin, 9 Moab I'll make my servile drudge, Will turn to dry and barren ground, on vanquish'd Edcm tread; to punish those that dwell therein.

And through the proud Philistine landa 35, 36 The parch'd and desert heath he

my conquering banners spread. makes

10 By whose support and aid sball I to flory with streams and springing wells, their well-fenced city gain? Which for his lot the hungry takti, Who will my troops securely lead

and in strong cities safely dwells. through Edom's guarded plain? 87,38 Hesows the field, the vineyard plants, 11 Lord, wilt not thou assist our arms, which gratefully his toil repay;

which late thou didst forsake ? Nor can, whilst God his tiessing grants, And will not thou of these our hosts his fruitful seed or stock decay.

once more the guidance take? 39But when his sins heaven's wrath provoke, 12 0 to thy servant in distress

his health and substance fade away; thy speedy succour send; He feels the oppressor's galling yoke, For vain it is on human aid

and is of griel the wretched prey. for safety to depend. 40 The prince that slights what God cois- 13 Then valiant acts shall we perform, mands,

if thou thy power disclose; exposed to scorn, must quit his throne ; Fo: God it is, and God alone, And over wild and desert sands,

that treads down all our foes. where no path offers, stray alone: 41 Winilst God, from all afflicting cares,

PSALM 109. scts up the huinble man on high,

O God, whose former mercies make And makes, in time, his numerous heirs

with his increasing Alocks to vie. Hold not thy peace, but my sad state 42,43 Then sinners shall have nought to say, with wonted favour view: the just a decent joy shall show;

2 For sinful men, with lying lips, The wise these strange events shall weigh,

deceitful speeches frame, and thence God's goodness fully know. And with their study'd slander seek PSALM 108.

to wound my spoiless fame. O God, my heart is fully bent

3 Their restless hatred prompts them stil

malicious lies to spread; My tongue with cheerful songs of praise Ard all against my life combine, shall celebrate thy fame.

by causeless fury led. 2 Awake, my lute; nor thou, my harp, 4 Those whom with tenderest love I used thy warbling notes delay;

my chief opposers are; Whilst I with early hyinns of joy Whilst I, of other friends bereft, prevent the dawning day,

resort to thee by prayer. s to all the listening tribes, O Lord, 5 Since mischief, for the good I did, thy wonders I will tell,

their strange reward does prove, And to those nations sing thy praise, And hatred's the return they make that round about us riweil;

for undissembled love: 4 Because thy mercy's boundless Weight 6 Their guilty leaders shall be made the highest heaven transcends,

to some ill man a slave; And far beyond the aspiring clouds And, when he's tryd, his mortal fog thy faithful truth exiends.

for his accuser have. 5 Bé thon, O God, exalted high 7 His guilt, when sentence is pronouncerta above the starry frame;

shall meet a dreadful fate, And let the world, with one consent,

Wbilst his rejected prayer hut serves confess thy glorious name.

his crimes to aggravate. 6 That all thy chosen people thee 8 lle, enatulid hy some untimely tate, dieu Saviour may deciare;

sa'n'i live out half his days;

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