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15 Then shall the richest incense smoke,, 4 To him your voice in anthems raise, the fattest rams shall fall,

Jehovah's awful name he bears, The choicest goats from out the fold, In him rejoice, extol his praise, and bullocks from the stall.

who rides upon high-rolling spheres 16 O! come all ye that fear the Lord, 5 Him, from his empire of the skies, attend with heedful care,

to this low world compassion draws, Whilst I what God for me has done The orphan's clakn to patronize, with grateful joy declare.

and judge the injured widow's cause. 17, 18 As I before his aid inplored, 6 'Tis God, who from a foreign soil so now. I praise his name;

restores poor exiles to their home; Who, if my heart had harbour d sin, Makes captives free, and fruitless toil would all my prayers disclaim.

their proud oppressor's righteous doom 19 But God to me, whene'er I cry'd, 7 'Twas so of old, when thou didst lead his gracious ear did hend,

in person, Lord, cur armies forth; And to the voice of my request

Strange teri ors through the desert spreadh, with constant love attend.

convulsions shook th' astonish'd earth. 20 Then bless'd for ever be my God, 8 The breaking clouds did rain distil,

who never, when I Withholds his mercy from my soul,

and heaven's high arches shook with fear; pray,

How then should Sinai's humble hill nor turns his face away,

of Israel's God the presence bear? PSALM 67.

9 Thy hand, at famish'd earth's complaint,

relieved her from celestial stores, in mercy, Lord, incline;

And when thy heritage was saint, And cause the brightness of thy face assuaged the drought with plenteow on all thy saints to shine:

showers. 2 That su ihy wondrous way

10 Where savages had ranged before, may through the world be known; at ease thou mad'st our tribes reside While distant lands their tribute pay, And, in the desert, for the

poor and thv salvation own.

thy generous bounty did provide S Let díffering nations join

PART II. to celebrate thy feme; Let all the world, O Lord, combine 11 Thou gav'st the word; we sallied forth to praise thy glorious name.

and in that powerful word c'ercarne ; 4 O let them shout and sing

While virgin-troops, with songs of miriba with joy and pious mirth;,

in state our conquest did proclaim. For thou, the righteous Judge and King, 12 Vast arnaies, by such generals led, shalt govern all the earth.

as yet had ne'er received a foil, 5 Let diðering natious foin

Forsook their camp with sudden dread, to celebrate thy same;

and to our women left the spoil. Let all the world, O Lord, combine 13 Though Egypt's drudges you have heen, to praise thy glorious name.

your army's wing shall shine as bright 6 Then shalliha teeming ground Aš doves, in golden sun-shine seen, a large increase disclose;

or silverd o'er with paler light. And we with plenty shall be crown'd, 14 'Twas so, when God's almighty hand which God, our God, bestows.

o'er scatter'd kings the conquest won; 7 Then God upon our land

Our troops, drawn up on Jordan's strand, shall constant blessings shower ;

bigh Salmon's glittering snow outshone. And all the world in awe shall stand 15 From thence to Jordan's farther coast, of his resistless power.

and Bashan's hill we did advance : PSALM 68.

No more her height shall Bashan boast, L. ET God, the God of battle, rise,

but that she's God's inheritance. and scatter his presumptuous foes; 16 But wherefore (though the honour's Let shameful rout their host surprise,

great) who spitefully his power oppose.

should this, o mountain, swell your prided 2 As smoke in tempest's rage is lost,

For Sion is his chosen seat, or wax into the furnace cast;

where he for ever will reside. Ho let their sacrilegious host

17 His chariots numberless; his powers before his wrathsul presence waste. are heavenly hosts, that wait his will; S But let the servants of his will

His presence now fills Sion's towers, his favour's gentle beams enjoy;

as once it honour'd Sinai's hill. Their upright hearts let gladness fill, 18 Ascending high, in triumph thoa end cheerful songs their longues employ.l captivity hast captive led;

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And on thy people didst bestow From whence his dreadful voice we hear

the spoil of arinies once their dread. like that of warring winds and tides. Ev'n rebels shall partake thy grace, 34 Ascribe the power to God most high : and humble proselytes repair

of humble Israel he takes care; To worship at thy dwelling-place, Whose strength, from out the dusky sky,

and all the world pay homage there. darts shining terrors through the air. 19 For benefits each day bestow'd, 35 How dreadful are the sacred courts,

be daily his great name adored, where God has fix'd his earthly throne ! 20 Who is our Saviour, and our God, His strength his feeble saints supports,

of life and death the sovereign Lord. to give Ğod praise, and him alone. 21 But justice for his hardend foes

PSALM 69. To the hoary of propundi ene benzehead beth oereed, SAVE O God, frphe waves that roll

and press to overwhelm my soul: who in presumptuous crimes proceed. 2 With painful steps in mire I tread, 22 The Lord hath thus in thunder spoke: And deluges o'erflow my head.

“ As I subdued proud Bashan's king, 13 With restless cries my spirits faint, “ Once more I'll break my people's yoke, My voice is hoarse with long complaint ;

“ and froin the deep my servants bring. My sight decays with tedious pain, 23 “ Their feet shall with a crimson flood Whilst for my God, I wait in vain.

of slaughter'd foes be cover'd o'er; 4 My hairs, though numerous, are but few,
« Nor earth receive such impious blood, Compared with foes that me pursue
" but leave for dogs th’unhallow'd gore.” With groundless hate ; grown now of might

To execute their lawless spite.
24 When, marching to thy blest abode, They force me guiltless, to resign,

the wondering multitude survey'd As rapine, what by right was mine:
The pompous state of thee, our God, 5 Thou, Lord, my innocence dust see,
in robes of majesty array'd;

Nor are my sins conceald from thee. 25 Sweet singing Levites led the van; 6 Lord God of hosts, take timely care,

loud instruments brought up the rear; Lest, for my sake, thy saints despair ; Between both troops, a virgin-train 7 Since I have suffer'd for thy name

with voice and timbrel charm'd the ear. Reproach, and bid my face in shame 26 This was the burthen of their song: 8 A stranger to my country grown,

“In full assemblies bless the Lord; Nor to my nearest kindred known; 4 All who to Israel's tribes belong, A foreigner, exposed to scorn

of Israel's God the praise record.” By brethren of my mother born. 27 Nor little Benjamin alone

9 For zeal to thy loved house and name from neighb'ring bounds did there attend, Consumes me like devouring flame; Nor only Judah's nearer throne Concern'd at their affronts to thee,

her counsellors in state did send; More than at slanders cast on me. But Zebulun's remoter seat,

10 My very tears and abstinence and Naphta!i's more distant coast, They construe in a spiteful sense: The grand procession to complete, 11 When clothed with sackeloth for the sent up their tribes, a princely host.

sake, 28 Thus

God to strength and unicn brought They me their common proverb make. our tribes, at strife till that blest hour; 12 Their judges at my wrongs do jest, This work,which thou, O God,hast wrought, Those wrongs they ought to have redressid

confirm with fresh recruits of power. How should I then expect to be
29 To visit Salem, Lord, descend, From libels of lewd drunkards free?

and Sion, thy terrestrial throne; 13 But, Lord, to thee I will repair
Where kings with

presents shall attend, For help, with humble, timely prayer;
and thee with offer'd crowns atone. Relieve me from thy mercy's store ;
80 Break down the spearmen's ranks, who Display thy truth's preserving power.

14 From threatening dangers me relieve, like pamper'd herus of savage might: And from the mire my feet retrieve; Their silver-armour'd chiess defeat, From spiteful foes in safety keep,

who in destructive war delight. And snatch me from the raging deep. 31 Egypt shall then to God stretch forth 15 Control the deluge, ere it spread,

her hands, and Afric homage bring; And roll its waves above my head; 32 The scatter'd kingdoms of the earth Nor deep destruction's open pit

their common sovereign's praises sing ; To close her jaws on me permit. 33 Who, mounted on the loftiest sphere 16 Lord, hear the humble prayer I make, of ancient heaven, sublimely rides ; For thy transcending goodness' sake;


Relieve thy suppplicant once more Let them, defeated, blesh and inooth, From thy abounding mercy's stoie. essnared in their own vile design. 17 Nor from thy servant bide thy face ; 3 Their doon let desolation be; Make haste, för desperate is my vase ; with share their malice be repaid, 18 Thy timely succour inlerpose, Who mock'd my confiderice in thee, And stieid me from remorseless foes.

and sport of my afflictions made. 19 Thou knotv'st what infamy and scorn 4 While those who humbly seek thy face, I from my enemies have boris;

to joyful triumplis shall be raised; Nor can their close dissembled spite, And a who prize thy saving grace, Or darkest plots escape thy sight. with me shall sing, The Lord be praised 20 Reproach and griei have broke my heart; 5 Thus, wretched ihough I am and poor, I look'd for some to take my pari, the mighty Lord of me takes care: To pity or relieve my pain;

Thou, God, who only carst restore, But look'd, alas! for both in vain.

to my relief with speed repair. 21 With hunger pined, for food I call;

Instead of food, they give me gall;
And when with thirst my spirits sink,

N thee I put my steadfast trust;

defend me, Lord, from shame; They give me vinegar to drink.

Incline thine ear, and save my soul; 22 Their tables, therefore, to their health for righteous is thy name. Shall prove a snare, a trap their wealth; 3 Be thou my strong abiding place, 23 Perpetual darkness seize their eyes, to which I may resort; And sudden blasts their hopes surprise. 'Tis thy decree ihat keeps me safe ; 24 On them thou shalt thy fury Till thy fierce wrath their racecour;

thou art my rock and fort.

4, 5 From cruel and ungcdly men 25 And make their house a dismal cell, protect and set me free; Where none will e'er vouchsafe to dwell. For, from my earliest youth till now, 26 For new aitlictions they procured my hope has been in thee. For him who had thy stripes endured; 6 Thy constant care did safely guard And made the wounii, thy scorrge had torr, iny tender infant days; To hleed afresh, with sharper scorn. Thuu took’st me from my mother's womb, 27 Sin shall to sin their steps betray, to sing thy constant praise. Till they to truth have lost the way: 7, 8 While soine on me with wonder

gaze, 28 From life thou shalt exclude their soul, thy hand supports ine still; Nor with the just their names enrol. Thy honour, therefore, and thy praise, 29 But me, howe'er distress'd and


my mouth shall always fill. Tüy strong salvation shall restore; 9 Reject not then, thy servant, Lord, 30 Thy power with songs I'll then proclaim,

when I with age decay; And celebrate with thanks thy name. Forsake me not when, worn with

years, 31 Our God shall this more highly prize, my vigour fades away, Than herds or flocks in sacrifice; 10 My foes against my fame and me 32 Which humble saints with joy shall sees with crafty malice speak; And hope for like redress with me. Against my soul they lay their snares, 33 For God regards the poor's complaint ; and mutual counsel take: Sets prisoners free from close restraint: 11 “ His God," say they, “ forsakes him Dow, 34 Let teaven, earth, sea, their voices raise, “ on whom he did rely;. And all the world resonnd his praise. “ Pursue and take him, whilst no hope 35 For God will Sion's walls erect; " of timeiy aid is nigh.” Fair Judah's cities he'll protect; 12 But thou, my God, withdraw not far, Till all her scatter'd sons repair

for speedy help I call: To undisturo'd possession there.

i3 Toʻshame and ruin bring my foos, 36 This blessing they shall, at their death, that seek to work my fall. To their religious heirs bequeath;. 14 But as for me, my steadfast hope And they to endless ages more

shall on thy power depend; Of such as his blest name adore.

And I in grateful songs of praise

my time to come will spend.

PART II. O Lord, to my relief draw near ; 15 Thy righteous acts, and saving health,

for never was more pressing need; my mouth shall still declare; For my deliverance, Lord, appear,

Unable yet to count them all, and add to that deliverance speed. though suom'd with utmost care. % Confusion on their heads return, 16 While God vouchsafes me his support, who to destroy my soul combine;

I'll in his strength go ou ;

An other righteousness disclaim, The happy land shall every where and mention his alone.

with endless peace abound. 17 Thou, Lord, hast taught me from my & His uncontrolld dominion shall youth

from sea to sea extend; to praise thy glorious name;

Begin at proud Euphrates' streams, And, ever since, thy wondrous works at nature's limits end.

have been my constant theme. 9 To him the savage nations round 18 Then now forsake me not, when I shall bow their servile heads; am grey and feeble grown;

His vanquish'd foes shall lick the dust, Tul I io these and future times

where he his conquests spreads. thy strength and power have shown. 10 The king of Tarshish, and the isles, 19 How high thy justice soars, O God! shall costly presents bring how great and wondrous are

From spicy Sheba gifts shall come, The mighty works which thou hast done! and wealthy Saba's king. who may with thee compare!

11 To him shall every king on earth 20 Me, whom ihy hand has sorely press'd, his humble homage pay thy grace shall yet relieve

And differing nations gladly join And from the lowest depth of woe,

to own his righteous sway. with tender care retrieve.

12 For he shall set the needy free, 21 Through thee, my time to come shall be when they for succour cry;

with power and greatness crown'd; Shall save the helpless and the poor, And me, who dismal years have pass d, and all their wants supply.

thy comforts shall surround. 22 Then I with psaltery and harp,

PART II. thy truth, O Lord, will praise; 13 His providence for needy souls To thee, the God of Jacob's race, shall due supplies prepare ; my voice in anthems raise.

And over their defenceless lives 28 Then joy shall fill my mouth, and songs shall watch with tender care. employ my cheerful voice;

14 He shall preserve and keep their souls My grateful soul by thee redeem d, from fraud and rapine free; shall in thy strength rejoice.

And, in his sight, their guiltless blood 24 My tongue thy just and righteous acts of

mighty price shail be. shall all the day proclaim;

15 Therefore shall God his life and reign Because thou didst confound my foes, to many years extend; and brought'st them all to shame. Whilst eastern princes tribute pay, PSALM 72.

and golden presents send. L ORD, let thy just decrees the king For him shall constant prayers be made, in all his ways direct;

through all his prosperous days; And let his son, throughout his reign, His just dominion shall afford thy righteous laws respect.

a lasting theme of praise. 2 So shall he still thy people judge 16 Of useful grain, through all the land, wiih pure and upright mind;

great plenty shall appear; Whilst all the helpless poor shall him A handaul, sown on mountains top, their just protector find.

a mighty crop shall bear: 3 Thien hills and mountains shall bring forth Its fruits, like cedars shook by winda, the happy fruits of peace;

a rattling noise sball yield; Which all the land shall own to be The city too shall thrive, and vie the work of righteousness :

for plenty with the field. 4 Whilst he the poor and needy race 17 The memory of his glorious name shall rule with gentle sway;

through endless years shall run; And from their humbie neck shall take His spotiess fame shall shine as bright oppressive yokes away.

and lasting as the sun. 5 L every heart thy awful fear In him the nations of the world shall then be rooted fast,

shall be completely bless'd, As long as sun and moon endure, And his unbounded happiness or time itself shall last.

by every tongue confess'd. 6 He shall descend like rain, that cheers 18 Then bless'd be God, the mighty Lord, the meadow's second birth;

the God whom Israel fears ; Or like warm showers whose gentle drops Who only wondrous in his works, refresh the thirsty earth.

beyond compare appears. 7 In his blest days the just and good 19 Let earth be with his glory 6]ld; shall be with favour crown'd;


Whilst to his praise the listening world 23, 24 Yet still thy presence me supply do their glad assent proclaim.

and thy right hand assistance gave: PSALM 73.

Thou first shalt with thy counsel guide, AT length, by certain proofs, "tis plain.

and then to glory me receive. that God will to his saints be kind; 25 Whom then in heaven, hut thee alone That all whose hearts are pure and clean have I, whose favour I require ?

shall his protecting favour find. Throughout the spacious earth there's none 2, 3 Till this sustaining truth I knew, that I besides ihee can desire. my staggering feet liad almost fail'd;

26 My trembling flesh, and aching hearts I grieved ihe sinner's wealth to view, may often fail to succour me;

and envy'd when the fools prevail'd. But God shall inward strength impart, 4, 5 They to the grave in peace descend, and my eternal portion be.

and, whilst they live, arc hale and strong; 27 For they that far from thee remove, No plagues or troubles then offend, shall into sudden ruin fall:

which oft to other men belong. If after other gods they rove, 6,7 With pride, as with a chain,they're held, thy vengeance shall destroy them all

and rapine seems their robe of state; 28 But as for me, 'tis good and just Their eyes stand out, with fatness swelld , that I should still to God repair

they grow, beyond their wishes, great. In him I always put my trust, 8, 9 With hearts corrupt, and lofty talk, and will his wondrous works declare, oppressive methods they defend;

PSALM 74. Their tongue through all the earth doeswalk;) their blasphemies to heaven ascend. W

TIIY hast thou cast us off, o God

wilt thou no more return ? 10 Ard yet admiring crowds are found, who servile visits duly make;

0! why against thy chosen flock Because with plenty they abound,

does thy tierce anger burn? of which their flattering slaves partake. Think on thy ancient purchase, Lorola 11 Their fond opinions these pursue,

the land that is thy own, till they with them profanely cry,

By thee redeem'd; and Zion's mount, How should the Lord our actions view ?

where once thy glory shone. can he perceive who dwells so high?" 3 0! come and view our ruin'd state; 12 Behold ihe wicked! these are they

how long our troubles lasts, who openly their sins profess;

See how the foe, with wicked rags, 1 And yet their wealth's increased each day,

has laid thy temple waste. and all their actions meet success. 4 Thy foes blaspheine thy nue; where 13, 14 " Then have I cleansed my heart,"

thy zealous servants pray'd,, said I,

The heathen there, with haughty pomp, W and washed my hands from guilt, in vain,

their hanners have display'd. u Il all the day oppress'd I lie,

15,6 Those curious carvings, which did once “and every morning suffer pain.",

advance the artist's fame, 15 Thus did I once to speak intend ;

With axe and hammer they destroy, hut if such things I rashly say,

like works of vulgar frame. Thy children, Lord, I must offend, 7 Thy holy temple they have burn'a : and basely should their cause betray.

and what , PART II.

Has been profaned, and quite defaced, 16, 17 To fathom this my thoughts I bent,

though sacred to thy name. but found the case too hard for me;

8 Thy worship wholly to destroy Till to the house of God I went;

inaliciously they aim'd; then I their end did plainly see.

And all the sacred places burn'd, 18 How high soe'er advanced, they all

where we thy praise proclaim'd. on slippery places loosely stand; 9 Yet of thy presence thou vouchsafest Thence into ruin headlong fall,

no tender signs to send; cast down by thy avenging hand.

We have no prophet now, that knows 19, 20 How dreadful and Low quick their

when this sad state shall end. fate!

PART IL. despised by thee, when they're destroy'd; 10 But, Lord, how long wilt thou permit As waking men with scorn do treat the insultir.g foe to boast?

the fancies that their dreams employ'd. Shall all the honour of thy name 21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief opprest, for evermore be lest?

my reins were rack'd with restless pains; 11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong rizh, So stupid was I, like a beast,

hand, who no reflecting thought retsins. and on thy patient breast,

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