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At the meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, in May, 1830, the Committee on Psalmody, presented the following amended and improved book of Psalms and Hymns, which was approved by the Assembly; and its use, in the worship of God, authorised in all the churches under their care.
Psalm 1. FIRST PART. C. M.
Where sinners love to meet;
And hates the scoffer's seat: 2 But in the statutes of the Lord
Has placed his chief delight;
And meditates by night.
By living waters set, Safe from the storms and blasting wind,
Enjoys a peaceful state. 4 Green as the leaf, and ever fair
Shall his profession shine; While fruits of holiness appear
Like clusters on the vine.
What vain designs they form!
Or chaff before the storm.
Among the sons of grace, When Christ the Judge, at his right hand, Appoints his saints
His heart approves it well ;
Psalm 1. SECOND PART. S. M.
Who shuns the sinner's ways,
Nor takes the scorner's place: 2 But makes the law of God
His study and delight, Amidst the labours of the day,
And watches of the night. 3 He like a tree shall thrive,
With waters near the root ;
His works are heavenly fruit. 4 Not so th’ ungodly race;
They no such blessings find;
Before the driving wind.
Before that judgment seat, Where all the saints at Christ's right hand
In full assembly meet ?
The way the righteous go:
Psalm 1. THIRD PART. L. M.
APPY the man whose cautious feet
Shun the broad way where sinners go, Who hates the place where atheists meet,
And fears to talk as scoffers do.
Among the statutes of the Lord;
3 He, like a plant by gentle streams,
Shall flourish in immortal green;
On every work his hands begin.
As chaff before the tempest flies,
When the last trumpet shakes the skies. 5 In vain the rebel seeks to stand
In judgment with the pious race;
Divides him to a different place. 6 - Straight is the way my saints have trod;
I blessed the path, and drew it plain;
Psalm 2. FIRST PART. S. M.
Of heaven, and earth, and seas,
And answers thy decrees. 2 The things so long foretold
By David, are fulfilled ;
Jesus, thine Holy Child 3 Why did the Gentiles rage,
And Jews with one accord
Th' anointed of the Lord? 4 Rulers and kings agree
To form a vain design;
Against his Christ they join.