Page images

rideth upon


ASCENSION-DAY. parts of the earth for thy pos-


Be wise now, therefore, O LIFT up your heads, 0 ye gates ; and be

ye kings ; be instructed, ye lift

ye up, ye everlasting doors, and the King judges of the earth.

Serve the LORD with fear, of glory shall come in. Who is the King of glory?

and rejoice with trembling. The Lord strong and mighty ; to his name: extol him that

Sing unto God, sing praises even the LORD mighty in battle.

the heavens by his Lift up your heads, O ye gates ; and be ye lift up, .ye him.

name JAH, and rejoice before everlasting doors, and the King

Thou, O God, sentest of glory shall come in. Who is the King of glory? Pitance, and refreshedst it when

gracious rain upon thine inheEven the LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.

it was weary. O clap your hands together,

The LORD gave the word ; all ye people; shout unto God

great was the company of those with the voice of triumph.

that published it. For the LORD most high is

Though ye have lain among terrible; he is a great King wings of a dove covered with

the pots, yet shall ye be as the over all the earth. God is gone up with a shoạt;

silver, and her feathers with

yellow gold. the Lord with the sound of a

Thou hast ascended on high ; trumpet.

thou hast led captivity captive; Sing praises to God, sing thou hast received gifts for men; praises ; sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

yea, for the rebellious also, that God reigneth over the hea- the LORD God might dwell then: God sitteth upon


Blessed be the LORD, who throne of his holiness.

The princes of the people are daily loadeth us with benefits ; gathered together, even

even the God of our salvation.

the people of the God of Abraham; of the earth: O sing praises

Sing unto God, ye kingdoms for the shields of the earth

unto the LORD; belong unto God: He is greatly

To him that rideth upon the exalted.

heaven of heavens, which were

of old : Lo, he doth send out his WHITSUNDAY.

voice, and that a mighty voice. FROM PSALMS 2, 68.

Ascribe the strength unto God; I WILL declare the decree; his excellency is over Israel, the LORD hath said unto me, and his strength is in the clouds. Thou art my son, this day have O God, thou art terrible out I begotten thee.

of thy holy places; the God of Desire of me, and I shall give Israel iş he that giveth strength thee the heathen for thine and power unto his people inheritance, and the utmost Blessed be God.




season :

THE FIRST DAY. stand up, and the rulers take

counsel together against the

LORD, and against his Anointed: PSALM 1. Beatus vir, qui non abiit. 3 Let us break their bonds

BLESSED is the man that asunder, and cast away their hath not walked in the counsel cords from us.

4 He that dwelleth in heaven of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, and hath not sat shall laugh them to scorn : the in the seat of the scornful: LORD shall have them in de

2 But his delight is in the rision. law of the Lord, and in his law 5 Then shall he speak unto will he exercise himself day them in his wrath, and vex and night.

them in his sore displeasure. 3 And he shall be like a tree

6 Yet have I set my King planted by the water-side, that upon my holy hill of Sion. will bring forth his fruit in due 7 I will preach the law,

whereof the LORD hath said 4 His leaf also shall not unto me, Thou art my Son, this wither; and look, whatsoever day have I begotten thee. he doeth, it shall prosper.

8 Desire of me, and I shall 5 As for the ungodly, it is give thee the heathen for thine not so with them; but they are inheritance, and the utmost like the chaff, which the wind parts of the earth for thy posscattereth away from the face session. of the earth.

9 Thou shalt bruise them 6 Therefore the ungodly with a rod of iron, and break shall not be able to stand in them in pieces like a potter's the judgment; neither the vessel. sinners in the congregation of

10 Be wise now, therefore, the righteous.

O ye kings; be learned, ye that 7 But the Lord knoweth the are judges of the earth, way of the righteous; and the 11 Serve the LORD in fear, way of the ungodly shall perish. and rejoice unto him with Psalm 2. Quare fremuerunt gentes ?

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be WHY do the heathen so angry, and so ye perish from furiously rage together ? and the right way: if his wrath be why do the people imagine a kindled, yea but a little, blessed vain thing?

are all they that put their trust 2 The kings of the earth in him.


Psalm 3. Domine, quid multiplicati? | and in your chamber, and be LORD, how are they in

still. creased that trouble me? many

5 Offer the sacrifice of rightare they that rise against me.

eousness, and put your trust in 2 Many one there be that the Lord. · say of my soul, There is no

6 There be many that say, help for him in his God.

Who will show us any good ? 3 But thou, O Lord, art my

7 Lord, lift thou up the light defender; thou art my worship, of thy countenance upon us. and the lifter up of my head.

8 Thou hast put gladness in 4 I did call upon the Lord my heart, since the time that with my voice, and he heard me

their corn, and wine, and oil out of his holy hill.

increased. 5 I laiid me down and slept,

9 I will lay me down in and rose up again ; for the peace, and take my rest; for it Lord sustained me.

is thou LORD only that makest 6 I will not be afraid for ten me dwell in safety. thousands of the people, that Psalm 5. Vcrba mea auribus. have set themselves against me round about.

PONDER my words, O LORD, 7 Up, Lord, and help me,

consider 0



2 O hearken thou unto the my God; for thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheek voice of my calling, my King, bone : thou hast broken the and my God: for unto thee will teeth of the ungodly.

I make my prayer. 8 Salvation belongeth unto

3 My voice shalt thou hear the LORD; and thy blessing is betimes, O LORD ; early in the upon thy people.

morning will I direct my prayer

unto thee, and will look up. PSALM 4. Cum invocarem.

4 For thou art the God that HEAR me, when I call, o hast no pleasure in wickedness; God of my righteousness: thou neither shall any evil dwell hast set me at liberty, when I with thee.. was in trouble ; have mercy 5 Such as be foolish, shall upon me, and hearken unto my not stand in thy sight; for prayer.

thou hatest all them that work 2 0 ye sons of men, how vanity. long will ye blaspheme mine 6 Thou shalt destroy them honour, and have such pleasure that speak lies: the LORD will in vanity, and seek after false- abhor both the blood-thirsty hood ?

and deceitful man. 3 Know this also, that the 7 But as for me, I will come Lord hath chosen to himself into thine house, even upon the the man that is godly ; when multitude of thy mercy, and in I call upon the LORD he will thy fear will I worship toward hear me.

thy holy temple. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not; & Lead me, O LORD, in thy commune with your own heart, righteousness, because of mine enemies; make thy way plain trouble, and worn away because before my face.

of all mine enemies. 9 For there is no faithfulness 8 Away from me all


that in his mouth; their inward parts work vanity; for the LORD are very wickedness.

hath heard the voice of my 10 Their throat is an open weeping. sepulchre; they flatter with 9 The LORD hath heard my their tongue.

petition; the LORD will receive 11 Destroy thou them, O my prayer. God; let them perish through 10 All mine enemies shall be their own imaginations ; cast confounded, and sore vexed; them out in the multitude of they shall be turned back, and their ungodliness; for they have put to shame suddenly, rebelled against thee. 12 And let all them that put

PSALM 7. Domine, Deus meus. their trust in thee rejoice : they O LORD, my God, in thee shall ever be giving of thanks, have I put my trust: save me because thou defendest them; from all them that persecute they that love thy name shall me, and deliver me; be joyful in thee:

2 Lest he devour my soul 13 For thou, LORD, wilt give like a lion, and tear it in pieces, thy blessing unto the righteous, while there is none to help. and with thy favourable kind- 3 O Lord my God, if I have ness wilt thou defend him, as done any such thing; or if there with a shield,

be any wickedness in my hands;

4 If I have rewarded evil

unto him that dealt friendly PSALM 6, Domine, ne in furore. with me; yea, I have delivered

O LORD, rebuke me not him that without any cause is in thine indignation, neither mine enemy; chasten me in thy displeasure. 5 Then let mine enemy per

2 Have mercy upon me, o secute my soul, and take me · Lord, for I am weak : 0 LORD, yea, let him tread my life down heal me,

for my bones are upon the earth, and lay mine vexed.

honour in the dust. 3 My soul also is sore trou- 6 Stand up, O Lord, in thy bled : but, LORD, how long wilt wrath, and lift up thyself, thou punish me ?

because of the indignation of 4 Turn thee, O LORD, and mine enemies ; arise up for me deliver my soul; O save me, for in the judgment that thou hast thy mercies' sake :

commanded : 5 For in death no

ng And so shall the congreremembereth thee ; and who gation of the people come about will give thee thanks in the pit? thee : for their sakes therefore

6 I am weary of my groaning: lift up thyself again. every night wash I my bed, and 8 The LORD shall judge the water my couch with my tears. people: give sentence with me,

7 My beauty is gone for very 10 LORD, according to my



righteousness, and according 3 For I will consider thy to the innocency that is in me. heavens, even the works of thy

9 O let the wickedness of the fingers; the moon and the stars ungodly come to an end ; but which thou hast ordained. guide thou the just.

4 What is man, that thou 10 For the righteous God art mindful of him ? and the trieth the very hearts and reins. son of man that thou visitest

11 My help cometh of God, him? who preserveth them that are 5 Thou madest him lower true of heart.

than the angels, to crown him 12 God is a righteous judge, with glory and worship. strong, and patient; and God is 6 Thou makest him to have provoked every day.

dominion of the works of thy 13 If a man will not turn, he hands: and thou hast put all will whet his sword; he hath things in subjection under his bent his bow, and made it ready. feet;

14 He hath prepared for him All sheep and oxen; yea, the instruments of death ; he and the beasts of the field; ordaineth his arrows against the 8 The fowls of the air, and persecutors.

the fishes of the sea ; and 15 Behold, he travaileth with whatsoever walketh through mischief; he hath conceived the paths of the seas. sorrow, and brought forth un- 9° 0 LORD, our Governor, godliness.

how excellent is thy name in 16 He hath graven a

and digged all the world ! up a pit, and is fallen himself into the destruction that he made for other.

THE SECOND DAY. 17 For his travail shall come upon his own head, and his

PSALM 9. Confitebor tibi. wickedness shall fall on his own pate.

I WILL give thanks unto 18 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole the LORD, according to his heart; I will speak of all thy righteousness; and I will praise marvellous works. the name of the LORD most 2 I will be glad and rejoice high.

in thee; yea, my songs will I

make of thy name, O thou Most PSALM 8. Domine, Dominus noster.

Highest. O LORD, our Governor, how 3 While mine enemies are excellent is thy name in all the driven back, they shall fall and world; thou that hast set thy perish at thy presence: glory above the heavens !

4 For thou hast maintained 2 Out of the mouth of very my right and my cause; thou babes and sucklings hast thou art set in the throne that judgest ordained strength, because of right. thine enemies, that thou mightest 5 Thou hast rebuked the still the enemy and the avenger. heathen, and destroyed the


« PreviousContinue »