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Push them in their rebellions all
Still on; for against thee they have rebell’d.
Then all who trust in thee shall bring

Their joy, while thou froin blame
Defend'st them, they shall ever sing
And shall triumph in thee, who love thy name.
For thou Jehovah wilt be found

To bless the just man still,
As with a shield thou wilt surround
Him with thy lasting favour and good will.

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Psalm VI. Aug. 13. 1653. LORD, in thine anger do not reprehend me

Nor in thy hot displeasure me correct ;

Pity me, Lord, for I am much deject;
And very weak and faint ; heal and amend me :
For all my bones, that ev'n with anguish ache,

Are troubled, yea my soul is troubled sore,

And thou, O Lord, how long ? turn Lord, restore My soul, O save me for thy goodness sake : For in death no remembrance is of thee;

Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise ?

Wearied I am with sighing out my days, Nightly my couch I make a kind of sea ; My bed I water with my tears ;

tears ; mine

eye Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark

'th' midst of all mine enemies that mark. Depart all ye that work iniquity, Depart from me, for the voice of my weeping

The Lord hath heard, the Lord hath heard my pray’r,

My supplication with acceptance fair
The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping.

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Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd

With much confusion ; then grown red with shame,

They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a inoment shall be quite abash’d.

Psalm VII. Aug. 14. 1659.*
Upon the words of Chush the Benjamite against him.
LORD

my God, to thee I fly,
Save me and secure me under
Thy protection while I cry,
Lest as a lion (and no wonder)
He haste to tear my soul asunder,
Tearing and no rescue nigh.

Lord my God, if I have thought
Or done this, if wickedness
Be in my hands, if I have wrought
Ill to him that meant me peace,
Or to him have render'd 'less,
And not freed my foe for nought;

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Let th' enemy pursue my soul
And overtake it, let him tread
My life down to the earth, and roll

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21. Mine enemies shall all be -Adam, soon as he heard blank and dash'd

The fatal trespass done by Eve, With much confusion:]

amaz'd,

Astonied stood and blank.
Blank, as in Comus, 452.
And noble grace that dash'd brute
violence

* This is a very pleasing With sudden adoration, and blank awe. stanza, which I do not elsewhere

T. Warlon. recollect. T. Warton. Compare P. L. ix. 888.

In the dust my glory dead,
In the dust and there out-spread
Lodge it with dishonour foul.

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Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire,
Rouse thyself amidst the rage
Of my foes that urge like fire ;
And wake for me, their fury' assuage;
Judgment here thou didst engage
And command which I desire.

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So th' assemblies of each nation
Will surround thee, seeking right,
Thence to thy glorious habitation
Return on high and in their sight.
Jehovah judgeth most upright
All people from the world's foundation.

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Judge me, Lord, be judge in this
According to my righteousness,
And the innocence which is
Upon me: cause at length to cease
Of evil men the wickedness
And their pow'r that do amiss.

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But the just establish fast,
Since thou art the just God that tries
Hearts and reins. On God is cast
My defence, and in him lies,
In him who both just and wise
Saves th' upright of heart at last.

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God is a just judge and severe,
And God is every day offended ;
If the unjust will not forbear,
His sword he whets, his bow hath bended
Already, and for him intended
The tools of death, that waits him near.

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(His arrows purposely made he
For them that persecute.) Behold
He travels big with vanity,
Trouble he hath conceiv'd of old
As in a womb, and from that mould
Hath at length brought forth a lie.

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He digg'd a pit, and delv’d it deep,
And fell into the pit he made ;
His mischief that due course doth keep,
Turns on his head, and his ill trade
Of violence will undelay'd
Fall on his crown with ruin steep.

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Then will I Jehovah's praise
According to his justice raise,
And sing the Name and Deity
Of Jehovah the most high.

55. —and delu'd it deep,] was once a delve. Spenser, F. Delve was

not now obsolete. Q. ii. viii. 4. So, On the Death of a fair In

Which to that shady delve him fant, v. 32.

brought at last. Hid from the world in a low.delved And in Jonson. But Spenser tomb.

has also dell. T. Warton. What is now a dell, an open pit, VOL. IV.

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Psalm VIII. Aug. 14. 1653.
O JEHOVAH our Lord, how wondrous great

And glorious is thy name through all the earth!
So as above the Heav'ns thy praise to set

Out of the tender mouths of latest birth.

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Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou

Hast founded strength because of all thy foes, To stint th’ enemy, and slack th' avenger's brow,

That bends his rage thy providence to’oppose.

When I behold thy heav'ns, thy fingers art,

The moon and stars which thou so bright hast set 10 In the pure firmament, then saith my heart,

O what is man that thou rememb’rest yet,

And think’st upon him ; or of man begot

That him thou visit'st, and of him art found? Scarce to be less than Gods, thou mad'st his lot, 15

With honour and with state thou hast him crown'd.

O’er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him, Lord,

Thou hast put all under his lordly feet, ,
All flocks, and herds, by thy commanding word,

All beasts that in the field or forest meet,

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Fowl of the heav'ns, and fish that through the wet

Sea paths in shoals do slide, and know no dearth. O Jehovah our Lord, how wondrous great

And glorious is thy name through all the earth!

7. To stint the enemy, and slack syllable of Enemy. See also th' avenger's brow,] Here is à above, Ps, v. 16. Ps. vii. 22. T. most violent cesure in the last Warton.

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