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There stand the courts and palaces 4 Be good, O righteous God, to those of royal David's race.

who righteous deeds affect; 6 O, pray we then for Salem's peace, The heart that innocence retains, for they shall prosperous be,

let innocence protect. Tbou holy city of our God,

5 All those who walk in crooked paths wbo bear true love to thee.

the Lord shall soon destroy, 7 May peace within thy sacred walls

Cut off the unjust, but crown the saints a constant guest be found;

with las!ing peace and joy. With plenty and prosperity

PSALM 126. thy palaces be crowu'd.

THEN Sion's God her sons recald 8 For my dear brethr eu's sake, and friends WHE no less than brethren dear,

from long captivity, I'll pray-May peace iu Salem's towers It seem'd at first a pleasing dream

of what we wist:'d to see: a constant guest appear. 9 But most of all I seek thy goody

| 2 But soon in unaccustom'd mirth, and ever wish thee well,

we did our voice einploy, For Sion and the temple's sake,

And sung our great Restorer's praise

in thankful hymns of joy. where God vouchsates to dwell.

Cur heathen foes repining elood,
PSALM 123.

yet were compelld to own For mercy wait my longing eyes ; our God for as had done. As servants wait their masters hands,

3 “ 'Twas great,” say they, “ 'twas wondAnd naids their mistresses' co'mmands.

Tous great ;". 3, 4 O then bave mercy on us, Lord; much more should we confess, Thy gracious ail to us afford;

The I.ord bas done great things, whereof To us, whom cruel foes oppress,

we reap the glad success. Grown rich and prouil by our distress. 4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord, PSALM 124.

of Israci's captive bands, H been pleased to inter pose; AD not the Lord, may Israel say, More welcorne than refreshing showers

to parchi'd and thirsty lauds; 2 Had he list then espoused our cause 5 That we, whose work commenced in tears, when men against us rose;

may see our labours thrive, 8, 4,5 Their wrath hail swallow'd us alive, T:ll finishid with success, lo make and rag'd without control;

our drooping hearts revire. Their spile and pride's united Noods 6 Though he desponds that sows his grainy had quite o'erwhelu'd our soul.

yet doubtless lie shall come 6 But praised be our cterial Lord, To hind his full-ear'd sheaves, and bring who rescued us that day,

the joyful harvest home. Nor to their savage jaws gave up

PSALM 127. our threaten'd lives a prey. 7 Our soul is like a bird escaped


TE build with fruitless cost, unless

the Lord the pile sustain: from out the fowler's net;

Unless the Lord the city keep, The snare is broke, iheir hopes are crossd,

the watchinan wakes in vain. and we at freedom sel.

2 In vain we rise before the day, 8 Secure in bis Almiglity name

and late to rest repair, our confidence remains,

Allow no respite to our toil, Who, as he made both heaven and earth, and eat the bread of care. of both sole Monarch reigns.

Supplies of life, with ease to them,

he on his saints bestows;
THIO place on Sion's God their trusl, lle crowns their labours with success,
like Sion's rock shall stand;

their nights with sound repcse. Like her un moveable he fix'd

3 Children, those comforts of our life, by his Almighty hand.

are presents from the Lord; 2 Look how the hills on every side He gives a nunierous race of heirs Jerusalem enclose;

as piety's reward. So stands the Lord around his saints, 4 As arrows in a giant's hand, to guard them from their foes.

when marching forth to war; s The wicked may afflict the just, Ev'n so the sons of sprightly youth; but ne'er too long oppress,

their parent's safeguard are. Nor force him hy despair to seck 5 Slappy the man whose quiver's filra, bese means for his redress.

witb these prevailing ams;



O Lord. I am not proud of heart,

thus ;


He need not fear to meet his for, 6 My longing eyes look out at law or war's alarms.

for thy enlivening ray, , PSALM 128.

More duly than the morning watcta, man is blest that fears the Lord, to spy the dawning day. nòr only worship pays,

7 Let Israel trust in Gol, But keeps his steps confined with care no bounds his mercy knows; to his appointed ways.

The plenteous source and spring fra

whence 2 He shall upon the sweet returns of his own labour feed;

eternal succour flows; Without dependence live, and see

8 Whose friendly streams to us! his wishes all succeed.

supplies in want convey; 8 His wife, like a fair fertile vine, A healing spring, a spring to cleanse, her lovely fruit shall bring;

and wash our guilt away: His children, like young olive plants,

PSALM 131,

I ahout his table spring. 4 Who fears the Lord shall prosper

cast hig Sion's God shall bless,

Nor my aspiring thoughts employ 5 And grant kim all his days to see

in things for ine too high. Jerusalem's success.

2 With infant innocence thou know'st 6 He shall live on, till heirs from him

I have myself Jemean'd; descend with vast increase ;

Composed to quiet, like a babe Much blessd in his own prosperous state, 3 Like me let Israel hope in God,

that from the breast is wean'd. and more in Israel's peace.

his aid alone implore; PSALM 124.

Both now and ever trusí in him, FROM my youth up, may Ierael say,

who lives for evermore.

PSALM 132 2 Reduced me oft 10 heavy straits,

ET David, Lord, a constant place but never quite prevail'd. 3 They oft have plough'd my patient back Let all the sorrows he endured

with furrows deep and longi. 4 But our just God has broke their chains, 2 Remember what a solemn oath

be ever in thy mind. and rescued us from wrong:

to thee, his Lord, he swore; 5 Defeat, confusion, shameful rout

How to the mighty God he vow'd be still the doom of those,

whom Jacob's song adore; Their righteous doom, who Sion hate, and Sion's God oppose.

3, 4 I will not go into ing house, 6 Like corn upon our houses' tops,

nor to my hed ascend;

No soft repose shall close my eyes untimely let them fade,

oor sleep my eye-lils hend; Which too much beat, and want of root,

5 Till for the Lord's design'd abode has blasted in the blade:

I mark the destined ground; 7 Which in his arms no reaper takes,

Till I a decent place of rest but unregarded leaves;.

for Jacob's God have found, No binder ibinks it worth his pains

6 'The appointed place, with shouts of joy. to fold it into sheaves. 8 No traveller that passes by

at Ephrata we found,

And made the woods and neighbouringfiel vouchsafes a minute's stop, To give it one kind look, or crave

our glad applause resound.

7 O with due reverence let us then heaven's blessing on the crop.

to his abode repair ; PSALM 130.

And, prostrate at his footstool fall'n, FROG dowest depth of woe pour out our humble prayer.

8 Arise, O Lord, and now possess 2 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, thy constant place of resti, and graciously reply:

Be that, not only with thv ark, 8 Shouldst thou severely judge,

but with thy presence blest. who can the trial bear?

9, 10 Clothe thou thy priests with rights 4. But thou furgivist lest we despond,

ousness, and quite renounce thy fear.

make thou thy saints rejoice; 5 My sous with patience waits

And, for thy servant David's sake, for thee, the living Lord;

hear thy Anointed's voice. BIy hopes are on thy promise built, 11 God sware to David in his truth, jhy bever-failing word.

por shall bis oath be vain,

ano of thy offspring, after thee, And with loud songs to bless his samo upon tliy, throne shall reign:

a most delightful thing.. 12 And if thy seed my covenant kcep, 4 For God his own peculiar choice and to my laws submit,

the sons of Jacob inakes; Their children too upon ihy throue And Israel's offspring for his own for evermore shall sit.

most valued treasure takes. 13, 14 For Sion does, in God's esteem, 5 That God is great, we citen have all other seats excel;

by glau experience found; His place of everlasting rest,

And seen how he, with wondrous power, where he desires to dwell.

above all gods is crown'd. 15, 16 Her store, says he, I will increase, 6 For he, with unresisted strength, her poor with plenty bless ;

performs his sovereign will, Her saints shall shout for joy, her priests In heaven and earth, and watery stores my saving health confess.

that earth's deep caverns fill. 17 There David's power shall long remain 7 He raises vapours from the ground, in his successive line,

which, poised in liquid air, And my anointed servant there

Fall duwa at last in showers, through which shall with fresh Justre shine.

his dreadful lightnings glare. 18 The faces of his vanquish'd focs 8 Hc from his store-house brings the winds; confusion shall o'erspread;

and he, with vengeful hand, Whilst, with confirın’d success, his crown The first-born slew of inan and beast, shell flourish on his head.

through Egypt's mourning land.

9 He dreadful signs and wonders show'd, PSALM 133.

through stubborn Egypt's coasts ; OW vast must their advantage be,

Nor Pharaoh could his plagues escape HOW how great their pleasure prove,

nor all his numerous hosts. Who live like brethren, and consent 10, 11 'Twas he that various nations smote, in offices of love!

and mighty kings suppress'd; 2 True love is like that precious oil, Sihon and Og, and all besides, which, pour'd on Aaron's head,

who Canaan's land posses-d. Rap down his heard, and o'er lhis robes 12, 13 Their land upon his chosen race its costly moisture shed.

he firmly did entail; 3 T'is like refreshing dew, which does For which his fame shall always last, on llermon's top Jistil;

his praise shall never fail. Or like the early drops that fall

14 For God shall soon his people's causa on Sion's fruitful hill.

with piiying eyes survey; 4 For Sion is the chosen seat,

Repent him of his wrath, and turn where the Almighty King

His kindled rage away, The promised blessing has ordain'd. 15 Those idols, whose false worship spreado and life's elernal spring.

o'er all the heathen lands,

Are made of silver and of gull,
PSALM 184.

the work ot human hands. BLESS God, ye servants, that a:lend

16,17 They mɔve not their fictitious longues,

nor see with polisi'd eyes; That in his temple, night by night, Their counterfeited ears are deal, with humble reverence wait:

no breath their mouth supplies. 2,3 Within his house lift up your hands, 18 As senseless as themselves are they and bless his holy name:

that all their skill apply From Sion bless thy Israel, Lord, To make them, or in dangerous times who earth and heaven aidst framę on them for aid rely. PSALM 135.

19 Their just returns of thanks to God

let grateful Israel pay;

Nor let the priests of Aaron's race and magnify his uame;

to bless : 1° Lord delay. Let all the servants of the Lord

20 Their sense of his unbounded love his worthy praise proclaim.

let Levi's house express; 2 Praise him all ye ihat in his house And let all those who fear the Lord, attend with constant care;

his name for ever bless. With those that to his outmost courts 21 Let all with thanks his wondrous works with humble zeal repair.

in Sion's courts proclaim; 3 For this our truest icierest is, Let them in Salem, where he dwells, giad hymns of praise to sing

exalt his huly name.

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And from our cruel foes
PSALM 136.

in peace and safety brought

For God, &c. To God the mighty Lord

your joyful ihanks repeat; 25, 26 He does the food supply, To him due praise afford,

on which all creatures live;
as good as he is greaf:

To God, who reigr:s ou high,
For God dces prove

eternal praises give:
Our constant friend,

For God will

His boundless love

Our constant friend,
Shall never end.

His boundless love 2,3 To him, whose wondrous power

Shall lever end. all other gods obey,

PSALM 137.
Whem earthly kings adoré,
this grateful homage pay:

WHEN we, our weary limbs to rest,

sat down by proud Euphrates'stream, For Guil, fc.

We wept, with dolesul thoughts opprešing 4,5 By his Almighty hand

and Sion was our mournful theme. amazing works are wrought; 2 Our harps, that when with joy we sung, The heavens by his command

were wont their tuneful parts to bear, were to perfection brought:

With silent strings negrected hung
For God, &c.

on willow trees that witherd there. 6 He spread the ocean round

3 Meanwhile our foes, who all conspired about the spacious land;

to triumph in our slavish wrongs, And made the rising ground

Music and inirth of us required, above the waters stand:

“Come, sing us one of Sou's songs." For God, &c.

4 How shall we tube our voice to sing, 7, 8, 9 Through heaven he did display or touch our harps with skilful hands? his numerous hosts of light;

Shall hymns of joy to God, our King, The sun to rule by day,

be sung by slaves in foreign lands? the moon and stars by night: 5 o Salem, our once happy seat' For God, &c.

when I of thee forgetful prove, 10, 11, 12 He struck the first-born dead Let then my trembling hand forget of Egypt's stubborn land;

the speaking strings with art to move! And thence his people led

6 if I to mention thee forhear, with his resistless hand:

eternal silence seize iny tongue; For God, &c.

Or if I sing one cheerful air, 13, 14 By him the raging sea,

till thy deliverance is my song: as if in pieces rent,

7 Rememher, Lord, how Edom's race, Disclosed a middle way,

it thy own city's fatal day; through which his people went:

Cry'd out,“ Her stately walls deface,
For God, &c.

a anu with the ground quite level lay:* 15 Where soon he overthrew

8 Proud Babel's daugliter, doom'd to be proud Pharaoh and his host,

of grief and woe the wretched preyi Who, daring to pursue,

Bless d is the man who shall to thee were in the billows lost :

the wrongs thou laid'st on us repay. For God, &c.

9 Tbrice bless'd, who with just rage possest, 16, 17, 18 'Through deserts vast and wild and deaf to all the parents' moans, he led the chosen seed;

Shall snatch thy infants from the breast, And famous princes foild,

and dash their heads against the stonese and made great monarchs bleed :

PSALM 138.
For God, &c.

WITH my whole heart, my God and 19, 20 Sihon, whose potent hand

great Anmen's sceptre sway'l; thy praise I will proclaim; And Og, whose stern command

Before the gods with joy I'll sing, rich Bashan's land obey'd :

and bless thy holy wame. For God, &c.

2 I'll worship at thy sacred seaty 21, 22 And, of his wondrous grace, and, with thy love inspired,

their lands whom he destroy'd The praises of thy truth repeat, He gave to Israel's race,

o'er all thy works admired. to be by them enjoy'd:

3 Thou graciously inclinedst thine car, For God, &c.

when I to thee did

cry; 23, 24 He, in our depth of woes, And when my soul was press'd with fear on us with favour thought,

didst inward strength supply.


thy awful

power confess.

4 Therefore shall every earthly prince The wonders thou in me has shown, thy name with praise pursue,

My soul with grateful joy must own. Whom these admired events convince 15 Thine eyes my substance did survey, that all thy works are true.

Whilst yet a lifeless mass it lay, 5 They all thy wondrous ways, O Lord, In secret how exactly wrought, with cheerful


shall bless; Ere from its dark enclosure brought. And all thy glorious acts record, 16 Thcu didst the shapeless embryo see,

Its parts were register'd by thee; 6 For God, although euthroned on high, Thon saw'st the daily growth they took, does thence the poor respect;

Form'd by the model of thy book. The proud far off his scornfalfye 17 Let me acknowledge too, o God, beholds with just neglect.

That since this maze of life I trod, 7 Though I with troubles am oppress’d, Thy thoughts of love to me surmount he shall my foes disarm,

The power of numbers to recount. Relieve my soul when most distress'd, 18 Far soonei could I reckon o'er ar.d keep ine safe from harm.

The sands upon the ccean's shore; 8 The Lord, whose mercies ever last, Each morn revising what I've done, shall fix my happy state ;

I find the account hut new begun. And mindful of his favours past,

19 The wicked thou shalt slay, o God: shall his own work complete. Depart from me, ye men at blood,

20 Whose tongues heaven's Majesty proface, PSALM 139.

And take the Almighty's paire in vain. T 10.Lord, by strictest scarch hast / Lorid, late not. I their impious cren, My rising up and lying down;

And does not grief my heart oppress, My secret thoughts are known to thee, When reprobates thy laws transgress? Known long before conceived by me. 22 Who practise edinity to thee 3 Thine eye my bed and path surveys, Shall utmost hatred have from me; My public haunts and private ways;, Such men I utterly detest, 4 Thou know'st what 'tis my lips would vent, As if they were my fues profest. My yet unutier'd words' intent.

23, 24 Search, try, O God, my thoughts and 5 Surrounded by thy power I stand ;

heart, On every side I find thy hand :

If mischief jurk in any part; 6 O skill for huinau reach too high ! Correct me where I go astray, Too dazzling bright for mortal eye! And guide me in thy perfect way. 7 could I so perfidious he,

PSALM 140. To think of once deserting thee, Where, Lord, could I thog iniluence shun? PRESERVE in Lord, from crafty foes Or whither from thy presence run?

2 And from the sons of violence, 8 If up in heaven 1 take my flight,

on open mischief bent. Tis there thou dwell'st, enthroned in light; 3 Their slandering tongue the serpent's sting If down to hell's infernal plains,

in sharpness does exceed; 'Tis there Almighty vengeance i eigns. Between theu lips the gall of asps 9 If I the morning's wings could gain, and adder's venom breed. And

fly beyond the western main, 4 Preserve me, Lord, from wicked hands, 10 Thy swifter hand would first arrive, nor leave my soul forlorn, And there arrest thy fugitive.

A prey to sons of violence, 11 Or, should I try to shun thy sight who have my ruin sworn. Beneath the sable wings of night; 5 The prond for me have laid their snare, One glance from thee, one piercing ray, and spread their wily net; Would kindle darkness into day: With traps and gins, where'er I move, 12 The veil of night is ro disguise, I find my steps beset. No screen from thy all-searching eyes; 6 But thus environ'd with distress, Through inidnight shades thou furd'st iby thou art my God, I said; way,

Lord, hear my supplicating voice, As in the blazing noon of day.

that calls to thee for aid. 13 Thou knowisi the texture of my heart, 17 O Lord, the God whose saving strength My reins, and every vital part;

kind succour did convey, Esch single thread in nature's loom, And cover'd my adventurous head By thee was cover'd in the womb.

in battle's doubtful day; 14 I'll praise thee

from whose
hands I came, 8 Permit

rot their unjust designs A work of such a curious frame;

to answer their desire; Hh

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