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9 Since mercy is the grace
That most exalts thy fame,
And so advance thy Name.
To God his duty pays,
In all his righteous ways.
His secret will imparts,
In their obedient hearts.
Continue ever kind;
SELECTION 21. C.M.
From the xxvi. Psalm of David.*
Repose on thee, my God.
And round thine altar go;
And thence thy wonders show,
How thy renown excels;
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.
SELECTION 22. C. M.
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?
I earnestly desire;
And of his will inquire.
In times of deep distress;
In that secure recess.
Thou kindly dost advise;
My grateful heart replies.
Nor me in wrath reject;
Thou didst so oft protect.
Me, in my wo, forsake,
Wilt care and pity take.
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.
SELECTION 23. C. M.
From the xxviii. Psalm of David.
A gracious answer found.
Has trusted in his Name;
His praises shall proclaim.
Is my defence and rock,
Of his anointed flock.
Thy heritage preserve; Feed, strengthen, and support their hearts, That they may never swerve,
SELECTION 24. L. M.
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;
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.
SELECTION 25. C. M.
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.
With songs of praise repair;
And providential care.
His favour no decay;
With joy's returning day.
Thy praise in grateful verse;
SELECTION 26. S. M.
From the xxxi. Psalm of David.
For still I trust in thee;
From danger set me free. 2 Bow down thy gracious ear,
And speedy succour send;
To shelter and defend.
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:
My soul with comfort knows. 5 Whate'er events betide,
Thy wisdom times them all;
From those that seek his fall. 6 The brightness of thy face
To me, O Lord, disclose;
Preserve me from my foes. 7 How great thy mercies are
To such as fear thy Name,
Dost do the world proclaim ! 8 O all ye saints, the Lord
With eager love pursue;
And give the proud their due. 9 Ye that on God rely,
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From the xxxii. Psalm of David.
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