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13 His rains from heaven parch'd hills, Thou op'st thy hand, the universe,


that soon transmit the liquid store, Till earth is burden'd with her fruit, and nature's lap car hold no more. 14 Grass, for our cattle to devour,

he makes the growth of every field:
Herbs, for man's use, of various power,
that either food or physic yield.
15h cluster'd grapes he crowns the vine,
to cheer man's heart,oppress'd with cares;
Gives oil, that makes his face to shine,
and corn, that wasted strength repairs.

16 The trees of God, without the care
or art of man, with sap are fed:
The mountain-cedar looks as fair

as those in royal gardens bred.
17 Safe in the lofty cedar's arms
the wanderers of the air may rest;
The hospitable pine from harms

protects the stork, her pious guest. 18 Wild goats the craggy rock ascend, its towering heights their fortress make, Whose cells in labyrinths extend,

where feebler creatures refuge take. 19 The moon's inconstant aspect shows the appointed seasons of the year; The instructed sun his duty knows, his hours to rise and disappear. 20,21 Darkness he makes the earth to shroud, when forest beasts securely stray; Young lions roar their wants aloud

to Providence, that sends them prey. 22 They range all night, on slaughter bent, till suminon'd by the rising morn, To skulk in dens, with one consent the conscious ravagers return. 23 Forth to the tillage of his soil the husbandman securely goes, Commencing with the sun his toil, with him returns to his repose. 24 How various, Lord, thy works are found; for which thy wisdom we adore! The earth is with thy treasure crown'd, till nature's hand can grasp no more. PART IV.


25 But still the vast unfathom'd main,
of wonders a new scene supplies,
Whose depths inhabitants contain
of every form, and every
26 Full-freighted ships from every port
there cut their unmolested way;
Leviathan, whom there to sport

thou mad'st, has compass there to play.
27 These various troops of sea and land
in sense of common want agree;
All wait on thy dispensing hand,

and have their daily alms from thee. 25 They gather what thy stores disperse, without their trouble to provide;

the craving world, is all supply'd.
29 Thou for a moment hid'st thy face,

the numerous ranks of creatures mourns
Thou tak'st their breath, all nature's race
forthwith to mother earth return.
30 Again thou send'st thy spirit forth
to inspire the mass with vital seed;
Nature's restored, and parent earth

smiles on her new-created breed. 31 Thus through successive ages stands firm fix'd thy providential care; Pleased with the work of thy own hands, thou dost the waste of time repair. 32 One look of thine, one wrathful look, earth's panting breast with terror fills; One touch from thee, with clouds of smoke in darkness shrouds the proudest hills. 33 In praising God, while he prolongs my breath, I will that breath employ; 34 And join uevotion to my songs, sincere, as in him is my joy. 85While sinners from earth's face are hurl'd, my soul, praise thou his holy naine, Till with my song the listening world join concert, and his praise proclaim. PSALM 105.

Render thanks, and bless the Lord

invoke his sacred name;

Acquaint the nations with his deeds,
his matchless deeds proclaim.
2 Sing to his praise in lofty hymas;
his wondrous works rehearse;
Make them the theme of your discourse
and subject of your verse.

3 Rejoice in his Almighty name,
alone to be adored;

And let their hearts o'erflow with joy
that humbly seek the Lord.

4 Seek ye the Lord, his saving strength
devoutly still implore;

And where he's ever present, seek

his face for evermore.

5 The wonders that his hands have wrought
keep thankfully in mind;

The righteous statutes of his mouth,
and laws to us assign'd.

6 Know ye, his servant Abraham's seed,
and Jacob's chosen race;

7 He's still cur God, his judgments still
throughout the earth take place.

8 His covenant he hath kept in mind
for numerous ages past,
Which yet for thousand ages more
in equal force shall last.

9 First sign'd to Abra'm, next by oath
to Isaac made secure;

10 To Jacob and his heirs a law

for ever to endure:

11 That Canaan's land should be their log when yet but few there were


12 But few in number, and those few all friendless strangers there. 13 In pilgrimage, from realm to realm, securely they removed; 14Whilst proudest monarchs,for their sakes, severely be reproved.

15 "These mine anointed are," said he;
"let none my servants wrong;
"Nor treat the poorest prophet ill,
"that does to me belong."
16 A dearth, at last, by his command,
did through the land prevail;
Till corn, the chief support of life,
sustaining corn, did fail.

17 But his indulgent providence
had pious Joseph sent,
Sold into Egypt, but their death,
who sold him, to prevent.

18 His feet with heavy chains were crush'd, with calumny his fame;

19 Till God's appointed time and word
to his deliverance came.
20 The king his sovereign order sent,
and rescued him with speed;
Whom private malice had confined,
the people's ruler freed.

21 His court, revenues, realms, were all subjected to his will;

22 His greatest princes to control, and teach his statesmen skill. PART II.

23 To Egypt then, invited guests, half-fanish'd Israel came;

And Jacob held, by royal grant,

the fertile soil of Ham.

24 The Almighty there with such increase his people multiply'd,

Till with their proud oppressors they in strength and number vied.

25 Their vast increase the Egyptians' hearts with jealous anger fired, Till they his servants to destroy by treacherous arts conspired.

26 His servant Moses then he sent, his chosen Aaron too,

27 Empower'd with signs and miracles to prove their mission true.

28 He call'd for darkness, darkness came, nature his summons knew;

29 Each stream and lake, transform'd to blood,

the wandering fishes slew.

30 In putrid floods, throughout the land, the pest of frogs was bred; From noisome fens sent up to croak at Pharaoh's board and bed.

81 He gave the sign, and swarms of flies came down in cloudy hosts; Whilst earth's enliven'd dust below bred lice through all their coasts. 82 He sent them battering hail for rain, and fire for cooling dew;

When thou return'st to set them free,
Let thy salvation visit me.
50 may I worthy prove to see
Thy saints in full prosperity;
That I the joyful choir may join,
And count thy people's triumph mine.
6 But ah! can we expect such
Of parents vile the viier race;
Who their misdeeds have acted o'er,
And with new crimes increased the score?
7 Ingrateful, they no longer thought
On all his works in Egypt wrought:
The Red Sea they no sooner view'd,
Than they their base distrust renew'd.
Yet he, to vindicate his name,
Once more to their deliverance came;
To make his sovereign power be known,
That he is God, and he alone.

9 To right and left, at his command,
The parting deep disclosed her sand;
Where firm and dry the passage lay,
As through some parch'd and desert way.
10 Thus rescued from their foes they were,
Who closely press'd upon their rear;
11 Whose rage pursued them to those waves,
That proved the rash pursuers' graves.
12 The watery mountains' sudden fall
O'erwhelm'd proud Pharaoh, host and all;
This proof did stupid Israel move
Toown God's truth, and praise his love.

13 But soon these wonders they forgot,
And for his counsel waited not;
14 But lusting in the wilderness,
Did him with fresh temptations press.
15 Strong food at their request he sent,
But made their sin their punishment;
16 Yet still his saints they did oppose,
The priest and prophet whom he chose.
17 But earth, the quarrel to decide,
Her vengeful jaws extending wide,
Rash Dathan to her centre drew,
With proud Abiram's factious crew.
18 The rest of those who did conspire
To kindle wild sedition's fire,
With all their impious train, became
A prey to heaven's devouring flame.
19 Near Horeb's mount a calf they made,
And to the molten image pray'd;
20 Adoring what their hands did frame,
They chang'd their glory to their shame.
21 Their God and Saviour they forgot,
And all his works in Egypt wrought;
22 His signs in Ham's astonish'd coast,
And where proud Pharaoh's troops were lost.
23 Thus urged, his vengeful hand he rear'd,
But Moses in the breach appear'd;
The saint did for the rebels pray,
And turn'd heaven's kindled wrath away.
24-Yet they his pleasant land despised,
or his repeated promise prized,

25 Nor did the Almighty's voice ober,
But when God said, Go up, would stay.
26 This seal'd their doom, without redross,
To perish in the wilderness;

27 Or else to be by heathens' hands
O'erthrown and scatter'd through the lands

28 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn race
Baal-Peor's worship did embrace;
Became his impious guests, and fed
On sacrifices to the dead.

29 Thus they persisted to provoke
God's vengeance to the final stroke:
'Tis come-the deadly pest is come,
To execute their general doom.
30 But Phineas, fired with holy rage,
The Almighty vengeance to assuage,
Did, by two bold offenders' fall,
The atonement make that ransom'd all
31 As him a heavenly zeal had moved,
So heaven the zealous act approved;
To him confirming, and his race,
The priesthood he so well did grace.
32 At Meribah God's wrath they moved,
Who Moses, for their sakes, reproved;
33 Whose patient soul they did provoke
Till rashly the meek prophet spoke.
34 Nor, when possess'd of Canaan's land,
Did they perform their Lord's command,
Nor his commission'd sword employ
The guilty nations to destroy.
35 Not only spared the pagan crew,
But, mingling, learnt their vices too;
36 And worship to those idols paid,
Which them to fatal snares betray'd
37, 38 To devils they did sacrifice
Their children with relentless eyes;
Approach'd their altars through a flood
Of their own sons' and daughters' blood.
No cheaper victims would appease
Canaan's remorseless deities;
No blood her idols reconcile,
But that which did the land defile.

39 Nor did these savage cruelties
The harden'd reprobates suffice;
For after their heart's lust they went,
And daily did new crines invent.
40 But sins of such infernal hue
God's wrath against his people drew,
Till he, their once indulgent Lord,
His own inheritance abhorr'd.
41 He them defenceless did expose
To their insulting heathen foes;
And made them on the triumph wait
Of those who bore them greatest hate,
12 Nor thus his indignation ceased;
Their list of tyrants still increased,
Till they, who God's mild sway declined,
Were made the vassals of mankind.
43 Yet when distress'd, they did repent
His anger did as oft roleut;

But freed, they did his wrath provoke, Renew'd their sins, and he their yoke. 44 Nor yet implacable he proved, Nor heard their wretched cries unmoved; 45 Bit did to mind his promise bring, And mercy's inexhausted spring. 46 Compassion too he did impart E'en to their foes' obdurate heart; And pity for their sufferings bred In those who them to bondage led. 47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel's bands Together bring from heathen lands: So to thy name our thanks we'll raise, And ever triumph in thy praise. 48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd, His name eternally confess'd; Let all his saints, with full accord, Sing loud Amens-Praise ye the Lord.

PSALM 107.

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14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night, and shades, as black as death's abode, He brought them forth to cheerful light, and welcome liberty bestow'd. 15 O then that all the earth with me would God, for this his goodness, praise; And for the mighty works which he throughout the wondering world displays! 16 For he, with his Almighty hand, the gates of brass in pieces brokej Nor could the massy bars withstand, or temper'd steel resist his stroke. PART III.

17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense with bold transgressions God defy; And for their multiply'd offence, oppre'd with sore diseases lie. 18 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, abhors to taste the choicest meats; And they by faint degrees draw near to death's inhospitable gates.


Then straight to God's indulgent ear do they their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, and frees them from their deep distress. 20 He all their sad distempers heals,

his word both health and safety gives; And, when all human succour fails, from near destruction them retrieves.


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attend on his eternai love.
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of proud oppressing foes released; And brought them back from distant lands, from north and south, and west and east. 4,5 Through lonely desert ways they went, nor could a peopled city find; Jill quite with thirst and hunger spent, their fainting souls within them pined. Then soon to God's induigent ear, did they their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafed to hear, and freed them from their deep distress. From crooked paths he led them forth, and in the certain way did guide To wealthy towns of great resort, where all their wants were well supply'd.

O then that all the earth with me would God, for this his goodness, praise; And for the nighty works which be throughout the wondering world displays!

For he from heaven the sad estate of longing souls with pity views; To hungry souls, that pant for meat, his goodness daily food renews.


10 Some lie, with darkness compass'd round, in death's uncomfortable shade,

And with unwieldy fetters bound,

by pressing cares more heavy made. 11, 12 Because God's counsels they defy'd, and lightly prized his holy word, With these afflictions they were try'd; they fell, and none could help afford. 13 Then soon to God's indulgent ear

did they their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafed to hear,

and freed them from their deep distress.

O thea that all the earth with me would God, for this his goodness, prale; And for the mighty works which he

throughout the wondering world displays! 22 With offerings let his altar flame,

whilst they their grateful thanks express,
And with loud joy his holy name,
for all his acts of wonder, biess.

23, 24 They that in ships, with courage bold,
Do God's amazing works behold,
o'er swelling waves their trade pursue,

25 No sooner his command is past,
and in the deep his wonders view.]

Which sweeps the sea with rapid haste,
than forth the dreadful tempest flies,

and makes the stormy biliows rise. 26 Sometimes the ships, tss'd up tɔ heaven, on tops of mountain waves appear; Then down the steep abyss are driven, whilst every soul dissolves with fear. 27 They reef and stagger to and fro,

like men with fumes of wine oppre'd; Nor do the skilful seamen know

which way to steer, what course is best 28 Then straight to God's indulgent ear

they do their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafes to hear,

and frees them from their deep distress. 29, 30 He does the raging storm appease, and makes the billows calm and still; With joy they see their fury cease, And their intended course fulfil

$1 O then that all the earth with me would God, for this his goodness, praise; And for the mighty works which he throughout the wondering world displays! 82 Let them, where all the tribes resort, advance to heaven his glorious name, And in the elders' sovereign court, With one consent his praise procla m. PART V.

33,34 A fruitful land,where streams abound, God's just revenge, if people sin, Will turn to dry and barren ground, to punish those that dwell therein. 35, 36 The parch'd and desert heath he makes

to flow with streams and springing wells, Which for his lot the hungry takes,

and in strong cities safely dwells. $7,38 Hesows the field, the vineyard plants, which gratefully his toil repay; Nor can, whilst God his Eiessing grants, his fruitful seed or stock decay. 89 But when his sins heaven's wrath provoke,

his health and substance fade away; He feels the oppressor's galling yoke, and is of grief the wretched prey. 40 The prince that slights what God conmands,

exposed to scorn, must quit his throne; And over wild and desert fands,

where no path offers, stray alone: 41 Whilst God, from all afflicting cares, sets up the humble man on high, And makes, in time, his numerous heirs with his increasing flocks to vie. 42,43 Then sinners shall have nought to say, the just a decent joy shall show; The wise these strange events shall weigh, and thence God's goodness fully know. PSALM 108.

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God, my heart is fully bent

to magnify thy name;

My tongue with cheerful songs of praise
shall celebrate thy fame.

2 Awake, my lute; nor thou, my harp,
thy warbling notes delay;
Whilst I with early hymns of joy
prevent the dawning day.
sto all the listening tribes, O Lord,
thy wonders I will tell,
And to those nations sing thy praise,
that round about us dweil;

4 Because thy mercy's boundless height
the highest heaven transcends,
And far beyond the aspiring clouds
thy faithful truth extends.
5 Be thou, O God, exalted high
above the starry frame;

And let the world, with one consent,
confess thy glorious name.

6 That all thy chosen people thee
the Saviour may declare;

Let thy right hand protect me still,
and answer thou my prayer.
7 Since God himself hath said the word,
whose promise cannot fail,
With joy I Sechem will divide,
And measure Succoth's vale.
8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh too,
and Ephraim owns my cause,
Their strength my regal power supports,
and Judah gives my laws.

9 Moab I'll make my servile drudge,
on vanquish'd Edem tread;
And through the proud Philistine lands
my conquering banners spread.
10 By whose support and aid shall I
their well-fenced city gain?
Who will my troops securely lead
through Edom's guarded plain?
11 Lord, wilt not thou assist our arms,
which late thou didst forsake?
And wilt not thou of these our hosts
once more the guidance take?
12 0 to thy servant in distress
thy speedy succour send;
For vaín it is on human aid
for safety to depend.

13 Then valiant acts shall we perform,
if thou thy power disclose;
For God it is, and God alone,
that treads down all our foes.

PSALM 109.

GOD, whose former mercies make
my constant praise thy due,
Hold not thy peace, but my sad state
with wonted favour view:
2 For sinful men, with lying lips,
deceitful speeches frame,

And with their study'd slander seek
to wound my spotless fame.

3 Their restless hatred prompts them still
malicious lies to spread;

And all against my life combine,

by causeless fury led.

4 Those whom with tenderest love I used
my chief opposers are;
Whilst I, of other friends bereft,
resort to thee by prayer.

5 Since mischief, for the good I did,
their strange reward does prove,
And hatred's the return they make
for undissembled love:

6 Their guilty leaders shall be made
to some ill man a slave;

And, when he's tryid, his mortal fog
for his accuser have.

7 His guilt, when sentence is pronounced,
shall meet a dreadful fate,
Whilst his rejected prayer but serves
his crimes to aggravate.

8 11e, snated by some untimely fate,
shan't live out half his days;

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