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15 Those mine anointed are,' said he; 134 He spake the word, and locusts came,

Let none my servants wrong ; And caterpillars join'd; «Nor treat the poorest prophet ill, They prey'd upon the poor remains "That does to me belong

The storm had left behind. 16 A dearth, at last, by his command, 35 From trees to herbage they descend,

Did through the land prevail; No verdant thing they spare; Till corn, the chief support of life, But, like the naked fallow field; Sustaining corn, did fail.

Leave all the pasture bare. 17 But his indulgent providence 36 From fields to villages and towns, Had pious Joseph sent,

Commission'd vengeance flew; Sold into Egypt, but their death, One fatal stroke their eldest hopes Who sold him, to prevent.

And strength of Egypt slew. 18 His feet with heavy chains were 37 He brought his servants forth, escrush'd,

rich'd With calumny his fame;

With Egypt's borrow'd wealth; 19 Till God's appointed time and word And, what transcends all treasure else, To his deliv'rance came.

Enrich'd with vig'rous health. 20 The king his sov'reign order sent, 38 Egypt rejoiced, in hopes to find And rescu'd him with speed;

Her plagues with them removed; Whom private malice bad confined, Taught dearly now to fear worse ille The people's ruler freed.

By those already proved. 21 His court, revenues, realms, were all 39 Their shrouding canopy by day Subjected to his will;

A journeying cloud was spread;
22 His greatest princes to control, A fiery pillar all the night
And teach his statesmen skill.

Their desert marches led.

40 They long'd for flesh; with evening

quails 28 To Egypt then, invited guests, He furnish'd ev'ry tent; Half famish'd Israel came;

From heaven's high granary, each And Jacob held, by royal grant,

morn, The fertile soil of Ham.

The bread of angels sent. 34. Th' Almighty there with such in- 41 He smote the rock, , whose finty

breast His people multiply'd,

Pour'd forth a gushing tide; Till with their proud oppressors they Whose flowing stream, where'er they In strength and number vied.

marcb'd, 25 Their vast increase th’ Egyptians' The desert's drought supply'd. hearts

42 For still he did on Abra'm's faith With jealous anger fired,

And ancient league reflect; Till they his servants to destroy 48 He brought his people forth with joy,

By treacherous arts conspired. With triumph his elect. 26 His servant Moses then he sent, 44 Quite rooting out their heathen foes His chosen Aaron tuo,

From Canaan's fertile soil, 27 Empower'd with signs and miracles, To them in cheap possession gave To prove their mission true.

The fruit of other's toil: 28 He call'd for darkness, darkness came, 45 That they his statutes might observe Nature his summons knew;

His sacred laws obey: 29 Each stream and lake, transform'd For benefits so vast, let us to blood,

Our songs of praise repay. The wand'ring fishes slew.

PSALM CVI. 30 In putrid foods, throughout the land, The pest of frogs was bred; O e ;

Render thanks to God above,
From noisome fens sent up to croak
At Pharaoh's board and bed.

Whose mercy firm through ages past 31 He gave the sign, and swarms of flics Has stood, and shall for ever last. Came down in cloudy hosts;

2 Who can bis mighty deeds express, Whilst earth's enliven'd dust below Not only vast, but numberless ?

Bred lice through all their coasts. What mortal eloquence can raise 32 He sent them batt'ring hail for rain, His tribute of immortal praise? And fire for cooling dew;

3 Happy are they, and only tbey, 33 He smote their vines, and forest Who from thy judgments never stray, plants,

Who know what's right; nor only se, And garden's pride o'erthrow, But almys practise what they know.


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4 Extend to me that favour, Lord, 23 Thus urged, his vengeful hand he Thou to thy chosen dost afford :

reard, When thou return'st to set them free, But Moses in the breach appear'd; Let thy salvation visit me.

The saint did for the rebels pray, 5 ( may I worthy prove to see And turn'd heaven's kindled' wrath Thy sainis in full prosperity;

away. That I the joyful choir may join, 24 Yet they his pleasant land despised, And count thy people's triumph mine. Nor his repeated promise prized, 8 Biit ah! can we expect such grace, 25 Nor did the Almighty's voice obey, of parents vile the viler race; But when God said, Goup, would stay. Who their misdeeds have acted o'er, 26 This seal'd their dooni, without reAnd with new crimes increased the score? dress, 7 Ingrateful, they no longer thought To perish in the wilderness; On all his works in Egypt wrought; 27 Or else to be hy beathen's bands The Red Sea they no sooner view'd, O'erthrown, and scatter'd through the Than they their base distrust renew'd.

lands. 8 Yet he, to vindicate his name,

Once more to their deliverance came; 28 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn raco

To make his sov'reign power be known, Baal-Peor's worship did embrace;
That he is God, and he alone. Became his impious guests, and fed
9 To right and left, at his command, Om sacrifices to the dead.
The parting deep disclosed her sand; 29 Thus they persisted to provoke
Where firm and dry the passage lay, God's vengeance to the final stroke:
As through some parch'd and desert 'Tis come-the deadly pest is come,

To execute their general doom. 10 Thus rescued from their foes they 30 But Phineas, fired with holy rage, were,

Th’ Almighty vengeance to assuage, Who closely pressid upon their rcar; Did, by two bold offenders' fall, 11 Whose rage pursued them to those Th’atonement make that ransom'd all waver,

31 As him a heavenly zeal had moved, That proved the rash pursuers' graves. So heaven the zealous act approved; 12 The watery mountains sudden fall To him confirming, and his race, Olerwhelm'd proud Pharaoh, host and The priesthood he so well did grace. all;

32 At Meribah God's wrath they moved, This proof did stupid Israel move Who Moses, for their sakes, repraved; To own God's truth, and praise his love. 33. Whose patient soul they did provoke, PART 11.

Till rashly the meek prophet spoke. 18 But soon these wonders they forgot, 34 Nor, when possess’d of Canaan' And for his counsel waited not;

land, 14 But lusting in the wilderness, Did they perform the Lord's command, Did him with fresh temptations press. Nor his commission'd sword employ 16 Strong food at their request he sent, The guilty nations to destroy. But oude their sin their punishment; 35 Not only spared the pagan crew, 16 Yet still his saints they did oppose, But, mingling, learnt their vices 100; The priest and prophet whom he chose. 36 And worship to those idols paid, 17 But earth, the quarrel to decide, Which them to fatal snares betray'd. Her vengeful jaws extending wide, 37, 38 To devils they did satrifice Rash Dathan to her centre drew, Their children with relentless eyes; With proud Abiram's factious crew. Approach'd their altars through a flood 18 The rest of those who did conspire of their own sons' and daughters' blood. To kindle wild sedition's fire,

No cheaper victims would appease
With all their impious train, became Canaan's remorseless deities;
A prey to heaven's devouring flame. No blood her idols reconcile,
19 Near Horeb's mount a calf they But that which did the land defile.

And to the molten image pray'd; 39 Nor did these savage cruelties
20 Adoring what their hands did frame, The harden'd reprobates suffice; .
They changed their glory to their

shame. For after their heart's lust they went,
21 Their God and Saviour they forgot, And daily did new crimes invent.
And all bis works in Egypt wrought; 40 But sins of such infernal hue
22 His

signs in Ham's astonish'd coast, God's wrath against his people drew, And where proud Pharaoh's troops were Till he, their once indulgent Lord, lost.

His own inheritance abhor 'd.

41 He them defenceless did expose 19 For he from heaven the sad estate To their insulting heathen foes;

Of longing souls with pity views; And made them on the triumph wait To hungry souls, that pant for meat, Of those who bore them greatest hate. His goodness daily food renews. 42 Nor thrus his indignation ceased;

PART II. Their list of tyrants still increased, 10 Some lie, with darkness compassid Till they, who God's mild sway declined, round, Were made the vassals of mankind. In death's uncomfortable shade, 43 Yet when, distressd, they did repent, And with unwieldy fetters bound, His anger did as oft relent;

By pressing cares more heavy made. But freed, they did bis wrath provoke, 11, 12 Because God's counsels they deRenew'd their sins, and he their yoke. fy'd, 44 Nor yet implacable he proved, And lightly prized his holy word, Nor heard their wretched cries un- With these afflictions they were try'd; moved;

fell, and none could be pafford. 45 But did to mind his promise bring, 13 Then soon to God's indulgent ear And mercy's inexhausted spring.

Did they their mournful cry address; 46 Compassion too he did impart Who graciously vouchsafed to hear, E'en to their foes' obdurate heart; And freed them from their deep disAnd pity for their sufl'rings bred

tress. In those who them to bondage led. 14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night, 47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel's bands And shades, as black as death's abode, Together bring from heathen lands : He brought them forth to cheerful light, So to thy name our thanks we'll raise, And welcome liberty bestow'd. And ever triumph in thy praise. 15 O then that all the earth with me 48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd, Would God, for this his goodness, His name eternally confess'd;

praise; Let all his saints, with full accord, And for the mighty works which he Sing loud Amens-Praise ye the Lord. Throughout the wond'ring world disPSALM CVII.

plays! TWGod your grateful voices raise,

16 For he, with his Almighty hand, Who does your daily Patron prove; The gates of brass in pieces broke; And let your never-ceasing praise Nor could the massy bars withstand, Attend on his eternal love.

Or temper'd steel resist his stroke. 2, 3 Let those give thanks, whom he

PART III. from bands

17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense Of proud oppressing foes released ; - With bold transgressions God defy; And brought them back from distant And for their multiply'd offence, lands,

Oppress'd with sore diseases lio. From north and south, and west and 18 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, east.

Abhors to taste the choicest meats; 4, 5 Through lonely desert ways they And they by faint degrees draw near went,

To death's inhospitable gates. Nor could a peopled city find; 19 Then straight to God's indulgent es Till quite with thirst and hunger spent, Do they their mournful cry address; Their fainting souls within them who graciously vouchsafes to hear, pined.

And frees them from their deep distrest. 6 Then soon to God's indulgent ear 20 He all their sad distempers heals,

Did they their mournful cry address; His worá both health and safety give Who graciously vouchsafed to hear, And, when all human succour fails, And freed them from their deep dis From near destruction them the tress.

trieves. 7 From crooked paths he led them forth, 21 O then that all the earth with me

And in the certain way did guide Would God, for this his good To wealthy towns of great resort,

praise; Where all their wants were well sup- And for the mighty works which he ply'd.

Throughout the wond'ring world die 8 O then that all the earth with me

plays ! Would God, for this his goodness, 22 With offerings let his altar fame, praise;

Whilst they their grateful thanks * And for the mighty works which he

press, Throughout the wond'ring world dis-And with loud joy his holy name, play!

For all his acts of wonder, bless.


And over wild and desert lands, 28, 24. They that in ships, with courage Where no path offers, stry alone: bold,

41 Whilst God, from all atflicting cares, O'er swelling waves their trade pursue, Sets up the humble man on high, Do God's amazing works behold, And makes, in time, his num'rous heirs

And in the deep his wonders view. With his increasing flocks to vie. 25 No sooner his command is past, 42, 43 Then sinners shall have nought to

Than forth the dreadful tempest flies, say, Which sweeps the sea with rapid haste, The just a decent joy shall show ;

And makes the storiny billows rise. The wise these strange events shall $26 Sometimes the ships, tossid up to weigh, heav'n,

And thepce God's goodness fully know. On tops of mountain waves appear;

PSALM CVIII. Then down the steep abyss are drivin, whilst every soul dissolves with fear. O Gonnagnify

thy name;

God, my beart is fully bent 27 They reel and stagger to and fro, Like men with fumes of wine oppressd; My tongue with cheerful songs of praise Nor do the skilful seamen know

Shall celebrate thy fame. Which way to steer, what course is best. 2 Awake, my lute; nor thou, my harp, 28 Then straight to God's indulgent ear Thy warbling notes delay;

They do their mournful cry address; Whilst I with early hymns of joy
Who graciously votichsafes to hear, Prevent the dawning day,
And frees them from their deep distress. 3 To all the listning tribes, O Lord,
29, 30 He does the raging storm appease, Thy wonders I will tell,

And makes the billows calm and still And to those nations sing thy praise, With joy they see their fury cease,

That round about us dwell; And their intended course fubfil. 4 Because thy mercy's boundless height 31 () then that all the earth with me The highest heaven transcends, Would God, for this bis goodness, And far beyond th’aspiring clouds praise;

Thy faithful truth extends. And for the mighty works which he 5 Be thou, O God, exalted high Throughout the wond'ring world dis Above the starry frame; plays!

And let the world, with one consent, 32 Let them, where all the tribes re Contess thy glorious name. sort,

6 That all thy chosen people thee Advance to heaven his glorious name,

Their Saviour may declare;
And in the elders' sov'reign court, Let thy right hand protect me still,
With one consent his praise proclaim. And answer thou my prayer:

7 Since God himself hath said the word, 33, 34 A fruitful land, where streams Whose promise cannot fail, abound,

With joy I Sechem will divide, God's just revenge, if people sin, And measure Succoth's vale. Will turn to dry and barren ground, 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh too,

To punish those that dwell therein. And Ephraim owns my cause; 35, 36 The parch'd and desert beath he Their strength my regai power sup makes

ports, To flow with streams and springing And Judah gives my laws. weils,

19 Muab l’U make my servile drudge, Which for his lot the hungry takes, On vanquish'd Edom tread;

And in strong cities safely dwells. And through the proud Philistine lands 37, 38 He sows the field, the vineyard My cong'ring banners spread. plants,

10 By whose support and aid shal! I Which gratefully his toil repay;

Their well-fenced city gain? Nor can, whilst God his blessing grants, Who will my troops securely lead

His fruitful seed or stock decay. Through Edom's guarded plain? 39 But when his sins heaven's wrath 11 Lord, wilt not thou assist our arms, provoke,

Which late thou didst forsake? His health and substance fade away; And wilt not thou of these our hosts He fcels th' oppressor's galling yoke, Once more the guidance take?

And is of grief the wretched prey. 12 0 to thy servant in distress 40 The prince that slights what God Thy speedy succour send; commands,

For vain it is on human aid taposed to scorn, must quit his throne;' For safety to depend.

13 Then valiant acts shall we perform,

PART IL If thou thy pow'r disclose;

16 Because he mercy Dever show, For God it is, and God aione,

But still the poor oppress'd;
That treads down all our foes. And sought to slay the helpless man,

With heavy woes distress'd:

17 Tlierefore the curse he loved to ven,

Shall his own portion prove; O God, whose former mercies make

And blessing, which he still abbord, Hold not thy peace, but my sad state Shall far from hina remove. With wonted favour view :

18 Since he in cursing took sinch pride, 2 For sinful men, with lying lips, Like water it shall spread Deceitful speeches frame, Through all his veins, and stick like oil

, And with their study'd slander seek With which his bones are fed.

To wound my spotless fame. 19 This, like a poison'd robe, shall still 3 Their restless hatred prompts them His constant covering be, still

Or an envenom'd belt, from which Malicious lies to sp. cad;

He never shall be free. And all against my life combine, 20 Thus shall the Lord reward all those By causeless sury led.

That ill to me design; 4 Those whom with tend'rest love I used, That with malicious

false reports My chief opposers are;

Against my life combine. Whilst I, of other friends berest, 21 But for thy glorious naine, O God, Resort to thee by prayer.

Do thou deliver me ; 5 Since mischief, for the good I did, And for thy plenteous mercy's sake,

Their strange reward does prove, Preserve and set me free.
And batred's the return they make 22 For I, to utmost straits reduced,
For undissembled love :

Am void of all relief;
6 Their guilty leaders shall be made My beart is wounded with distress,
To some ill man a slave;

And quite pierced through with griel

. And, when he's try'd, his mortal foe 23 I like an evening shade decline, For his accuser have.

Which vanishes apace; 7 His guilt, when sentence is pronounced, Like locusts, up and down I'm tossd, Shall meet a dreadful fate,

And have no certain place. Whilst his rejected prayer but serves 24, 25 My knees with fasting are grows His crimes to aggravate.

weak, 8 He, snatch'd by some untimely fate, My body lank and lean;

Sha'nt live out half his days; All that behold me shake their heads, Another, by divine decree,

And treat me with disdain. Shall on bis office seize.

26, 27 But for thy mercy's sake, O Lord, 9, 10 His seed shall orphans be, his wife Do thou my foes withstand;

A widow, plunged in grief; That all may see 'tij thy own act, His vagrant children beg their bread, The work of thy right hand.

Where none can give relief. 28 'Then let them curse, so thou but bless; 11 His ill-got riches shall be made Let shame the portion be To usurers a prey ;

Of a!l that my destruction seek, The fruit of all his toil shall be

While I rejoice in thee. By strangers borne away.

29 My foes shall with disgrace be clothed 12 None shall be found that to his wants And spite of all his pride, Their mercy will extend,

His own confiuion, like a cloak, Or to his helpless orphan seed

The guilty wretch shall hide. The least assistance lend.

30 But I to God, in grateful thanks, 13 A swift destruction soon shall seize My cheerful voice will raise ; On his unhappy race;

And where the great assembly meets And the next age his hated name Set forth his noble praise. Shall utterly deface.

31 For him the poor sball always find 14 The vengeance of his father's sins Their sure and constant friend; Upon his head shall fall;

And he shall from unrighteous dooms God on his mother's crimes shall 'think, Their guiltless souls defend.

And punish bim for all. 15 All these, in korrid order rank',

PSALM OX. Before the Lord shall stand,

THE Lord unto my Lord thus spake Till his fierce anger quite cuts off

Their mein'ry from the land. 2 'Sit thou in state at my right band:


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