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Invested me with robes of state, 114 But still my steadfast trust
Who late in sackcloth mourn'd. I on thy help repose : 12 Exuted thus. I'll gladly sing That thou, my God, art good and just, Thy praise in grateful verse;
My soul with comfort knows. And, as thy favours endless are,
PART III. Thy endess praise rehearse.
15 Whate'er events betide,
Thy wi dom times them all;
From those that seek his fall.
To me. O Lord, disclose; 2 Bow down thy gracicus ear, And, as thy mercies still increase, And speedy succour send;
Preserve me from my foes, Do thou my steadfast rock appear; 17 Me from dishonour save, To shelter and defend.
Who still have call'd on thee; 3 Since thou, when foes oppress,
Let that, and silence in the grave, My rock and fortress art,
The sinner's portion be. To guide me forth from this distress, 18 Do thou their tongues restrain, Thy wonted health impart.
Whose breath in lies is spent; 4 Release me from the spare,
Who false reports, with proud disdain, Which they have closely laid;
Against the righteous vent. Since I, O God, my strength, repair 19 How great thy mercies are To thee alone for aid.
To such as fear thy name, $ To thee, the God of truth,
Which thou for those that trust thy care My life, and all that's mine,
Dost to the world proclaim ! (For thou preservidst me from my 20 Thou keep'st them in thy sight, youth,)
From proud oppressors free; I willingly resign.
From tongues that do in strife delight, 6 All vain designs I hate
They are preserv'd by thee. Of those that trust in lies;
21 With glory and renown And still my soul, in every state, God's name be ever bless'd; To God for succour flies.
Whose love in keilah's well-fenc'd town, PART II.
Was wondrously express'd ! many Those mercies thou hast shown,
22 I said, in hasty fight,
I'm bapish'd from thine eyes;' I'll cheerfully express; For thou hast seen my straits, and known Yet stiti ihou heep’st me in thy sight,
And heard'st my earnest cries. My soul in deep distress. 8 When Keilah's treacb'rous race
23 0! all ye saints, the Lord
With eager love pursue;
Who to the just will help afford,
And give the proud their due.
24 Ye Thai on God rely, 9 Thy mercy, Lord, display, And hear my just complaint;
Courageously proceed; For both my soul and flesh decay,
For he will still your hearts supply With grief and hunger faint.
With strength, in time of need. 10 Sad thoughts my life oppress;
E's blest whose sins have pardon
No more in judgment to appear; And ev'n consum'd my bones. 2 Whose guilt remission has obtain'd, 11 My toes my sufl'rings mock'd; And whose repentance is sincere.
My neighbours did upbraid ; s While I conceal'd the fretting sore, Dly friends, at sight of me, were shock'd, My bones consum'd without relief; And fied as men dismay'd.
All day did I with anguish roar; 12 Forsock by all am I,
But no complaints assuag'd my griel As dead, and out of mind;
4 Heavy on me thy hand remaind, And like a shatter'd vessel lie,
By day and night alike distress'h, Whose parts can pe'er be join'd. Till quite of vita: moisture drain’d, 13 Yet sland'rous words they speak, Like land with summer's drought op And seem my pow'r to dread,
press'd. Whilst they together counsel take, 5 No sooner I my wound disclos'd, My guiltless blood to shed.
The guilt that tortur'd me within
But thy forgiveness interpos'd,
Has chosen for his own.
Shall see remorseless sinners drown'd. From heav'n, bis throne, survey'd ;
And me with songs of triumph crown. 16, 17 No king is safe by num'rous hosts 8 In my instruction then confide, Their strength the strong deceives:
Ye that would truth's safe path descry; No manag'd horse, by force or speed,
His warlike rider saves.
bim Like men that reason have attain'd; Beholds with gracious eyes; Not like th'ungovern'd horse and mule, He frees their souls from death; their Whose fury must be curb’d and want, rein'd.
In time of dearth supplies.
The harden'd sinner shall confound; waits;
Blessings of mercy shall surround. Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice,
22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord,
NHROUGH all the changing scenes For well the righteous it becomes
In trouble and in joy,
My heart and tongue employ.
Till all that are distrest,
And charm their griefs to rest.
With me exalt his name:
He to my rescue came..
Desir'd success in ev'ry face
6 Behold,' say they, 'behold the man, 8,9 Let earth, and all that dwell therein, "Wbom providence reliev'd;
Before him trembling stand; "The man so dang’rously beset, For, when he spake the word, 'twas So wondrously retriev'd! made;
7 The hosts of God encamp around 'Twas fix'd at his command.
The dwellings of the just;
Who on his succour trust.
8 O! make but trial of his love,
Experience will decide
Who in his truth confide.
Have nothing else to fear :
Make you his service your delight, And such as did my harm devise,
Be to confusion brought. 10 While hungry liens lack their prey, 5 Then shall they fly, dispers'd like chafi The Lord will food provide
Before the driving wind;
Shall follow close behind.
6 And wben, through dark and slipp'ry
ways 11 Approach, ye piously dispos’d,
They strive his rage to shun,
His vengeful ministers of wrath
Shall goad them as they run. Of his religious fear. 12 Let him who length of life desires,
17 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong,
They hid their treach'rous snare; And prosp'rous days would see, 13 From sland'ring language keep his And, for my harmless soul, a pít
Did without cause, prepare ; tongue;
8 Surpris'd hy mischsefs unforeseen, His lips from falsehood free; 14 The crooked paths of vice decline, Their feet shall fall into the net
By their own arts betray'd, And virtue's ways pursue;
Which they for me had laid : Establish peace, where 'tis begun;
9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's great And where 'tis lost, renew.
name 15 The Lord from heav'n beholds the
For this deliv'rance bless, just With favourable eyes;
And, by his saving health secur'd, And, wben distress'd, his gracious ear
Its gratcful joy express.
10 My very bones shall say, 'O Lord, Is open to their cries; 16 But turns his wrathful look on those who sett'st the poor and helpless man
Who can compare with thee?
From strong oppressors free.'
PART II. Blot out their hated name.
11 False witnesses, with forg'd com 17 Deliv'rance to his saints he gives, When his relief they crave;
plaints, 18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart, and to my charge such things they laid,
Against my truth combin'd; And contrite spirit save. 19 'The wicked oft, but still in vain,
As I had ne'er design'd. Against the just conspire;
12 The good which I to them had done,
With evil they repaid; 20 For under their affliction's weight
And did, by malice undeservid, He keeps their bones entire. 21 The wicked, from their wicked arts, 13 But as for me, when they were sick,
My harmless life invade.
I still in sackcloth mourn'd;
To my own breast return'd. 22 For God preserves the souls of those Who on his truth depend;
14 Had they my friends or brethren
been, To them, and their posterity,
I could have done no more; His blessings shall descend.
Nor with more decent signs of grief PSALM XXXV.
A mother's loss deplore. A GAINST all those that strive with 15 How diff'rent did their carriage me,
prove, O Lord, assert my right;
In times of my distress! With such as war unjustly wage, When they, in crowds, together met, Do thou my battles fight.
Did savage joy express. 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield The rabble too, in num'rous throngs, Upon thy warlike arm;
By their example caine;
To wound my spotless fame. 3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their 16 Scoffers, that noble tables haunt, Acourse,
And earn their bread with lies, That haste my blood to spill; Did gnash their teeth, and sland'ring Say to my soul, 'I am thy health,
jests And will preserve thee still.'
Maliciously devise. At them with shame be cover'd o'er, 17 But, Lord, how long wilt thou look on? homy destruction sought;
And save my guiltless soul, which they True wisdom's banish'd from his breast,
4 His wakeful malice spends the night 18 So I, before the list’ning world, In forging his accurs'd designs ; Shall grateful thanks express;
His obstinate, ungen'rous spite And where the great assembly meets,
No execrable means declines. Thy nane with praises bless. 5 But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure hope, 19 Lord, suffer not my causeless foes, Above the heav'niy orb ascends; Who me unjustly hate,
Thy sacrer truth's unmeasur'd scope With open joy, or secret signs,
Beyond the spreading sky extends. To mock my sad estate.
6 Thy justice like the hills remains; 20 For they, with hearts averse to Unfathom'd depths thy judgments peace,
are ; Industriously devise,
Thy providence the world sustains; Against the men of quiet minds
The whole creation is thy care.
7 Since of thy goodness all partake, 21 Nor with these private arts content, With what assurance should the just Aloud they vent their spite;
Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make, And say "At last we found him out,' And saints to thy protection trust! "He did it in our sight.
8 Such guests shall to thy courts be led, 22 But thou, who doth both them and 'To baisquet on thy love's repast ;
And drink, as from a fountain's head, With righteous eyes survey,
Of joys that shall for ever last. Assert my innocence, O Lord,
9 With thee the springs of life remain's And keep not far away.
Thy presence is eternal day: 23 Stir up thyself in ny behalf; 10 o let thy saints thy favour gain; To judgment, Lord, awake;
To upright hearts thy truth display, elle Thy righteous servant's cause, O God, 11 Whilst pride's insulting foot would To thy decision take.
spurn, 24 Lord, as my heart has upright been, And wicked hands my life surprise, Lei me thy justice find;
12 Their mischiefs on themselves reNor let ay cruel foes obtain
turn; The triumph they design'd.
Down, down they're fall’n, no more to og 25 0! let them not, amongsi theniselves, rise. In boasting language say,
PSALM XXXVII. * At length our wishes are complete ; T
THOUGH wicked men grow rich or
great, 26 Let such as in my harm rejoic'd, Yet let not their successful state For same their faces hide;
Thy anger er thy envy raise; And frul dishonour wait on those, 2 For they, cut down like tender grass, That proudly me defy'd:
Or like young flowers, away shall pass, m 27 Whilst they with cheerful voices Whose blooming beauty soon decays. sh :'it,
3 Depend on God, and lim obey, Who my just cause befriend; So thou within the land shalt stay, And bless the Lord, who loves to make Secure from danger and from want: Success his saints attend.
4 Make his commands thy chief delighit; 28 So shall my tongue thy judgments And he, thy duty to requite, sing,
Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. Inspiza with grateful joy ;
5 in all thy ways trust thou the Lord, And cheerful hymns in praise of thee, And he will needful help afford, Shail ail my dess employ.
To perfect every just design ;
6 iie't make,like light, serene and clear,
Thy clouded innocence appear, Micked purpose would disguise; Áud as a mid-day sun to shine. But reason wuporte my heart, 7 With quiet mind on God depend,
le ne'er set3 God bedre his eyes. And patiently for him attend; 2 He socths himself, reund irom sight; Nor let thy anger foudly rise,
Secure he thinks bis treachi'sous game; Tho' wicked men with wealth abound, Til his dark plois, exposd to light, And with success the plots are crown'd
Their salse cortriver brand with shame. Which they maliciously devise. 9 In deeds he is my soe con esed, 8 From anger cease, and wrath forsake; Whilst with his tongue Le speaks me Let no ungovern'd passion make fair;
Thy wav'ring heart espouse their crime
9 For God shall sánful men destroy; 25 From my first youth, tol age pre Whilst only they the land enjny,
vail'd Who trust on hiin, and wait his time. I never saw the righteous fail'd, 10 How soon shall wicked men decay! Or wat v'ertal his nun ruus race; Their place shall vanish quite away, 26 Bécause compassion fili'd bis heart,
Nor by the strictest search be found; And he did cheerfuly imparı, 11 Whilst humble souls possess the God made bis offspring's wealth inearth,
crease. Rejoicing still with godly mirth, 27 With caution shun each wicked deed With peace and plenty always crown'd. In virtue's ways with zeal proceed, PART II.
And so prolong your happy days;
28 For God, who judgment loves, does 12 While sinful crowds, with false design,
still Against the righteous few combine,
Preserve his saints secure from ill, And gnash their teeth and threat'ning
While soon the wicked race decays. stand; 18 God shall their empty plots deride, 29, 30, 31 The upright shall possess the
land; And laugh at their defeated pride:
His portion shall for ages stand; He sees iheir ruin near at hand.
His mouth with wisdom is supply'd: 14 They draw the sword, and bend the His tougue by rules of judgment moves; bow,
His heart the law of God approves; The poor and needy to o'erthrow,
Therefore his footsteps never slide. And men of upright lives to slay;
PART IV. 15 But their strong bows shall soon be 32 In wait the watchful sinner lies, broke,
In vain the righteous to surprise; Their sharpen'd weapon's mortal stroke
In vain his ruin does decree: Through their own hearts shall force 33 God will not him defenceless leave, its way:
To his revenge expos'd, but save; 16 A little, with God's favour bless'd,
And, when he's sentenc'd, set him That's by one righteous man possess’d,
free. The wealth of many bad excels; 17 For God supports the just man's And thou, exalted in the land,
34 Wait still on God; keep his command, cause:
Thy blest possession ne'er shall quit: But as for those that break his laws,
The wicked soon destroy'd shall be, Their unsuccessful pow'r be queils. 18 His constant care the upright guides, And at his dismal tragedy
Thou shalt a safe spectator sit. And over all their life presides;
35 The wicked I in pow'r have seen, Their portion shall for ever last :
And, like a bay-tree, fresh and green 19 They, when distress o'erwhelms the
That spreads its pleasant branches earth,
round: Shall be unmoy'd and ev'n in dearth,
36 But he was gone as swift as thought The happy fruits of plenty taste.
And, though in ev'ry place I sought, 20 Not so the wicked man, and those
No sign or track of him I found. Who proudly dare God's will oppose;
37 Observe the perfect man with care, Destruction is their haplese share: And mark ali such as upright are ; Like fat of lambs, their hopes, and they,
Their roughest days in peace shall end. Shall in an instant melt away,
38 While on the latter end of those And vanish into smoke and air.
Who dare God's sacred will oppose, PART III.
A common ruip shall attend. 21 Whilst sinners, brought to sad decay, 39 God to the just will aid afrond ; Still borrow on, and never pay,
Their only safeguard is the Lord; The just have will and pow'r to give. Their strength in time of need is be 22 For such as God vouchsafes to Bless, 40 Because on him they still depend, Shall peaceably the earth possess;
The Lord will timely succour send, And those he curses shall not live. And from the wicked set them free 23 The good man's way is God's de
PSALM XXXVIII. light;
PHY chastning wrath, O Lord, te He orders all the steps aright
Of thy displeasure fall
For God upholds him with his hand. Thy arrows deep reinnirrs