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9 Since mercy is the grace

That most exalts thy fame,
Forgive my heinous sin, O Lord,

And so advance thy Name.
10 Whoe'er, with humble fear,

To God his duty pays,
Shall find the Lord à faithful guide

In all his righteous ways.
11 For God to all his saints

His secret will imparts,
And does his gracious covenant write

In their obedient hearts.
12 To Israel's chosen race

Continue ever kind;
And, in the midst of all their wants,
Let them thy succour find.


From the xxvi. Psalm of David.*
TUDGE me, O Lord, for I the paths
JOf righteousness have trod;
I shall not fail, who all my trust

Repose on thee, my God.
2 I'll wash my hands in innocence,

And round thine altar go;
Pour the glad hymn of triumph thence,

And thence thy wonders show,
3 My thanks I'll publish there, and tell

How thy renown excels;
That seat affords me more delight,

In which thine honour dwells.

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* Extract from the Journal of the General Convention, 1632.

4. Resolved, As the sense and declaration of this Convention that so much of the rubrics in the Form of Consecration of a church or chapel as requires the singing of 'Psalm 26, verses 6, 7, and 8,' will hereafter be duly complied with by singing verses 2 and 3, in the selection from the 26th Psalm, included in the Psalms in Metre anthorized by these resolutions to be set forth.


From the xxvii. Psalm of David. W HOM should I fear, since God to me VV Is saving health and light? Since strongly he my life supports,

What can my soul affright?
2 Henceforth within his house to dwell

I earnestly desire;
His wondrous beauty there to view,

And of his will inquire.
3 For there I may with comfort rest,

In times of deep distress;
And safe, as on a rock, abide

In that secure recess.
4 When us to seek thy glorious face

Thou kindly dost advise;
“Thy glorious face I'll always seek.”

My grateful heart replies.
5 Then hide not thou thy face, O Lord,

Nor me in wrath reject;
My God and Sayiour, leave not him

Thou didst so oft protect.
6 Though all of nearest earthly ties,

Me, in my wo, forsake,
Yet thou, whose love excels them all,

Wilt care and pity take.
7 Instruct me in thy paths, O Lord,

My ways directly guide; Lest sinful men, who watch my steps,

Should see me tread aside. 8 I trusted that my future life

Should with thy love be crown'd; Or else my fainting soul had sunk,

With sorrow compass'd round. 9 God's time with patient faith expect,

Who will inspire thy breast With in ward strength; do thou thy part,

And leave to him the rest.


From the xxviii. Psalm of David.
ADORED for ever be the Lord;
A His praise I will resound,
From whom the cries of my distress

A gracious answer found.
2 He is my strength and shield; my heart

Has trusted in his Name;
And now relieved, my heart, with joy,

His praises shall proclaim.
3 The Lord, the everlasting God,

Is my defence and rock,
The saving health, the saving strength,

Of his anointed flock.
4 O save and bless thy people, Lord,

Thy heritage preserve; Feed, strengthen, and support their hearts, That they may never swerve,


From the xxix. Psalm of David. VE that in might and power excel, Y Your grateful sacrifice prepare; God's glorious actions loudly tell,'

His wondrous power to all declare. 2 To his great Name fresh altars raise

Devoutly due respect afford; Him in his holy temple praise,

Where he's with solemn state adored. 3 'Tis he that, with amazing noise,

The watery clouds in sunder breaks;
The ocean trembles at his voice,

When he from heaven in thunder speaks. 4 How full of power his voice appears!

With what majestic terror crown'd! Which from their roots tall cedars tears,

And strews their scatter'd branches round. 5 God rules the angry floods on high;

His boundless sway shall never cease; His saints with strength he shall supply, And bless his own with constant peace.


From the xxx. Psalm of David. TN my distress to God I cried, 1 Who kindly did relieve, And from the grave's expecting mouth

My hopeless life retrieve.
2 O to his courts, ye saints of his,

With songs of praise repair;
With me commemorate his truth,

And providential care.
3 His wrath has but a moment's reign,

His favour no decay;
The night of grief is recompensed

With joy's returning day.
4 Therefore, O Lord, I'll gladly sing

Thy praise in grateful verse;
And, as they favours endless are,
Thy endless praise rehearse.


From the xxxi. Psalm of David.
DEFEND me, Lord, from shame, •

For still I trust in thee;
As just and righteous is thy Name,

From danger set me free. 2 Bow down thy gracious ear,

And speedy succour send;
Do thou my steadfast rock appear,

To shelter and defend.
3 To thee, the God of truth,

My life, and all that's mine, (For thou preserv'st me from my youth,)

I willingly resign.

4 My hope, my steadfast trust,

I on thy help repose:
That thou, my God, art good and just,

My soul with comfort knows. 5 Whate'er events betide,

Thy wisdom times them all;
Then, Lord, thy servant safely hide

From those that seek his fall. 6 The brightness of thy face

To me, O Lord, disclose;
And, as thy mercies still increase,

Preserve me from my foes. 7 How great thy mercies are

To such as fear thy Name,
Which thou, for those that trust thy care,

Dost do the world proclaim ! 8 O all ye saints, the Lord

With eager love pursue;
Who to the just will help afford,

And give the proud their due. 9 Ye that on God rely,

Courageously proceed; i
For he will still your hearts supply
With strength in time of need.

From the xxxii. Psalm of David.
LTE'S blest, whose sins have pardon gain'd,
11 No more in judgment to appear;
Whose guilt remission has obtain's,

And whose repentance is sincere. 2 No sooner I my wound disclosed, . The guilt that tortured me within, But thy forgiveness interposed,

And mercy's healing balm pour'd in. 3 Sorrows on sorrows multiplied,

The harden'd sinner shall confound

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