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83 My skin like shrivelld parchment They with fresh wonders entertain shows,
My ravish'd thoughts all day, That long in smoke is set;
98 Through thy commands I wiser grow Yet no affliction me can force
Than all my subtile foes; Thy statutes to forget.
For thy sure word doth mę direct, 34 How many days must I endure And all my ways'dispose. of sorrow and distress?
99 From me my former teachers now When wilt thou judgment execute May abler counsel take; On them who me oppress?
Because thy sacred precepts I 5 The proud have digg'd a pit for me, My constant study make. That have no other foes,
100 In understanding I excel But such as are averse to thee,
The sages of our days; And thy just tåws oppose.
Because by thy unerring rule 6 With sacred truth's eternal laws I order all my ways. All thy commands agree;
101 My feet with care I have refrain'd Ten persecute me without cause; From every sinful way, Thou, Lord, my helper be.
That to thy sacred word I might 7 With close designs against my life Entire obedience pay.
They had almost prevaild; 102 I bave not from thy judgments But ili obedience to thy will,
stray'd, My duty never fail'd.
By vain desires misled; 8 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, For, Lord, thou hast instructed me My drooping heart to cheer;
Thy righteous paths to tread. hat by thy righteous statutes I 103 How sweet are all thy words to me! My life's whole course may steer. O what divine repast ! LAMED.
How much more grateful to my soul For ever and for ever, Lord,
Than honey to my taste!
10-4 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I Unchanged thou dost remain;
With heav'nly skill am blest, hy word, establish'd in the heav'ns, Does all their orbs sustain.
Through which the treach’rous ways
of sin Thro' circling ages, Lord, thy truth Immoveable shall stand,
I utterly detest. s doth the earth, which thou uphold'st
The way of truth to show;
A watch-light to point out the path bey are thy faithful subjects all,
In which I ought to go:
106 I swear, and from my solemn oath My comfort and delight,
Will never start aside, must have fainted, and expired
That in thy rigbteous judgments I In dark affliction's night.
Will steadfastly abide. Thy precepts, therefore, from my
107 Since I with griefs am so opprest,
That I can bear no more, thoughts Shall never, Lord, depart;
According to thy word do thou or thou by them hast to new life
My fainting soul restore. Restored my dying heart.
108 Let still my sacrifice of praise
With thce acceptance find;
And, in thy righteous judgments, Lord, ho have thy precepts sought to know, 109 Though ghastly dangers me sur
Instruct my willing mind.
round, My guiltless life to take;
My soul thoy cannot awe,
Nor with continual terrors keep -t in the midst of danger I Thy word my study make.
From thinking on thy law. I've seen an end of what we call
110 My wicked and inveterate foes Perfection here below;
For me their snares have laid; -t thy commandments, like thyself,
Yet I have kept the upright path,
Nor from thy precepts stray'd. No change or period know,
111 Thy testimonies I have made
My heritage and choice;
My drooping heart rejoice.
112 My heart with early zeal began When men with open violence Thy statutes to obey,
Thy sacred law destroy. And till my course of life is done, 127 Yet their contempt of thy commands Shall keep thy upright way.
But makes their value rise
In my esteem, who purest gold, SAMECE. 213 Deceitful thoughts and practices
Coinpared with them, despise.
128 Thy precepts therefore I account, I utterly detest;
In all rospects, divine; But to thy law ailection bear
They teach me to discern the right, Too great to be exprest.
And all false ways decline. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord;
PE. I firmly anchor all my hopes
129 The wonders which thy laws contain On thy unerring word.
No words can represent; 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Therefore to learn and practise them Approach not my abode;
My zealous heart is bent. For firmly I resolve to keep
130 The very entrance to thy word The precepts of my God.
Celestial light displays, 116 According to thy gracious word,
And knowledge of true happiness From danger set me free;
To simplest minds conveys. Nor make me of those hopes ashamed, 131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, That I repose in thee.
And fainting with desire; 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,
That of thy wise commands I might And rescued from distress;
The sacred skill acquire. To thy decrees continually
132. With favour, Lord, look down OB My just respect address.
me, 118 The wicked thou hast trod to carth,
Who thy relief implore; Who from thy statutes stray'd; As thou art wont to visit those Their vile deceit, the just reward
Who thy blest name adore, Of their own falsehood made.
133 Directed by thy heavenly word 119 The wicked from thy holy land Let all my footsteps be;
Thou dost like dross remove; Nor wickedness of any kind I therefore, with such justice charm’d, Dominion have o'er me.
Thy testimonies love. 120 Yet, with that love they make me
134 Release, entirely set me free
From persecuting hands, dread,
That, unmolested, I may learn Lest I should so offend,
And practise thy commands. When on transgressors I behold
135 On me, devoted to thy fear, Tby judgments thus descend.
Lord, make thy face to shine;
Thy statutes both to know and keeps 121 Judgment and justice I have loved ;
My heart with zeal incline. Otherefore, Lord, engage
136 My eyes to weeping fountains turny In my defence, nor give me up
Whence briny rivers flow, To my oppressor's rage.
To see mankind against thy laws 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me,
In bold defiance go.
157 Thou art the righteous Judge, in 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,
whom In long expectance held;
Wrong'd innocence may trust;, Till thy salvation they behold, And, like thyself, tby judgments Lord, And righteous word fulfill'd.
In all respects are just. 124 To me, thy servant, in distress, 128 Most just and true those statutes Thy wonted grace display,
were, And discipline my willing heart
Which thou didst first decree; Thy statutes to obey.
And all with faithfulness perform'd, 125 Ön me, devoted to thy fear,
Succeeding times shall see. Thy'sacred skill bestow,
139 With zeal my flesh consumes awar. That of thy testimonies I
My soul with anguish frets, The full extent may know.
To see my foes contemn at once 126 'Tis time, lugh time for thee, o
Thy promises and threats.
140 Yet each neglected word of thing,
Howe'er by them despised,
Is pure, and for eternal truth
1154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me By me, thy servant, prized.
Thy timely aid afforci 141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate, With beams of mercy quicken me, Contempt from all I find;
According to thy word. Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive 155 From harden'd sinners thou reThy precepts from my mind.
mov'st 242 Thy righteousness shall then en Salvation far away; dure,
'Tis just thou shouldst withdraw from When time itself is past;
them Thy law is truth itself, that truth Who froin thy statutes stray. Which shall for ever last.
156 Since great thy tender mercies are 343 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, To all who thee adore;
According to thy judgments, Lord,
My fainting hopes restore. Beset with danger, still I make 157 A num'rous host of spiteful foes T precepts my delight.
Against my life combine ; 44 Eternal and unerring rules
But all too few to force my soul Thy testimonies give:
Thy statutes to decline.
And was with grief oppressid,
To see with what audacious pride
Thy cov'nant they transgress'd. -45 With my whole heart to God I call’d, 159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord, hear my earnest cry;
Lord, und I thy statutes to perform
How I thy precepts love; With all my care apply.
O therefore quicken me with beams 46 Again more fervently I pray'd, Of mercy from above. O save me, that I may
160 As from the birth of time thy truth, hy testimonies throughly know, Has held through ages past, And steadfastly obcy.
So shall thy righteous judgments, firm, 27 My earlier prayer the dawning day To endless ages last. Prevented, while I cry'd
SCHIN. o him, on whose engaging word My hope alone rely a.
161 Though mighty tyrants, without 18 With zeal have I awaked before
cause, The midnight watch was set,
Conspire my blood to shed, hat I of thy mysterious word
Thy sacred word has power alone Might perfect knowledge get.
To fill my heart with dread. 9 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, 162 And yet that word my joyful breast And wonted favour show:
With heavenly rapture warms; quicken me, and so approve Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war, Thy judgment ever true.
Ilave such transporting charms. O My persecuting foes advance, 163 Perfidious practices and lies And hourly nearer draw
I utterly detest; hat treatment can I hope from them But to thy laws'affection bear, That violate thy law?
Too vast to be exprest. Though they draw nigh, my com- 164 Seven times a day, with grateful fort is,
voice, Thou, Lord, art yet more near; Tby praises I resound, cou, whose commands are righteous Because I find thy judgments all all,
With truth and justice crown'd. Thy promises sincere.
165 Secure, substantial peace have they.. 2 Concerning thy divine decrees, Who truly love thy law; My soul has known of old,
No smiling mischief them can tempt, at they were true, and shall their Nor frowning danger awe. truth
166 For thy salvation I have hoped, o endless ages hold.
And though so long delay'd,
With cheerful zeal and strictest care RESCH.
All thy commands obey'd. Consider my affliction, Lord, 167 Thy testimonies I have kept, nd me from bondage draw;
And constantly obey'd;
Tby service easy made.
163 From strict observance of thy laws 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seeks I never yet withdrew;
But when to them of peace I speak, Convinced that my most secret ways They straight cry out, To arma, to Are open to thy view. TAU.
10 169 To my request and earnest cry, To
From thence expecting aid; Atten«l, o gracious Lord;
2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God Inspire my heart with beavenly skill, Who heaven and earth has made According to thy word.
3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest, 170 Let my repeated prayer at last
Thy guardian will not sleep; Before thy Throne appear;
4 His watchful care, that Israel guards According to thy plighted word,
Will Israel's monarch keep. For my reliet draw near.
5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's 171 Then shall my grateful lips return
wings The tribute of their praise,
Thou shalt securely rest, When thou thy counsels hast reveal'd,
6 Where neither sun nor moon And taught me thy just ways.
thee 172 Dly tongue the praişes of thy word
By day or night molest. Shall thankfully resound,
7 From common accidents of life Because thy promises are all
His care shall guard thee still; With truth and justice crown'd. 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and 173 Let thy Almighty arm appear,
foes And bring me tiinely aid;
That lie in wait to kill. For I the laws thou hast ordain'd
9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war, My heart's free choice have made.
Thy God shall thee defend; 174 My soul has waited long to see Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage Thy saving grace restored;
Safe to tby journey's end.
Our tribes devoutly ,
And keep your festal day! 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, 2 At Salem's courts we must appear, till I
With our assembled powers, Despair my way to find;
3 In strong and beauteous order ranged, Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek,
Like ber united towers,
The tribes of God repair,
Before his ark to celebrate
His name with praise and prayer. To God, who never yet deny'd 5 Tribunals stand erected there, To rescue me, oppress'd with wrongs; Where equity takes place: 2 Once more, O Lord, delivrance send, There stand the courts and palaces From lying lips my soul defend,
Of royal David's race. And from the rage of slandering 6 0, pray we then for Salem's peace, tongues.
For they shall prosp'rous be, 3 What little profit can accrue,
Thou holy city of our God, And yet what heavy wrath is due, Who bear true love to thee.
o thou perfidious tongue, to thee! 17 May peace within thy sacred walls 4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; A constant guest be found;
Of lasting flames, that fiercely burn, With plenty and prosperity.
The constant fuel thou shalt be. Thy palaces be crown'd. 5 But, O! how wretched is my doom, 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and Who am a sojourner become
friends In barren Mesech's desert soil !
No less than brethren dear, With Kedar's wicked tents enclosed, I'll pray-May peace in Salem's tower To lawless savages exposed,
A constant guest appear;":" Who live on nought but theft and spoil. 9 But most of all I'll seek thy good, 6 My hapless dwelling is with those And ever wish thee well, peace and amity oppose,
For Sion and the temple's sake, And pleasure take in others' haring : Where God vouchsafes to dwell.
And sung our great Restorer's praise N thee, wbo dwellst above the In thankful hymns of joy.
Our heathen foes repining stood, For mercy wait my longing eyes; Yet were compellid to own -s servants wait their masters' hands, That great and wondrous was the nd maids their mistresses' commands. work 4 0 then have mercy on us, Lord; Our God for us had done. hy gracious aid to us afford; 3' 'Twas great,' say they, 'twas won. o us, whom cruel foes oppress,
dróus great ; rown rich and proud by our distress. Much more should we confess, PSALM CXXIV.
The Lord has done great things,whereof Been pleased to interpose; , say, We reap the glad success.
4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord, Had he not then espoused our cause, Of Israel's captive bands,. When men against us rose;
More welcome than refreshing showers 4, 5 Their wrath had swallow'd us To parch'd and thirsty lands; alive,
5 That we, whose work commenced in And raged without control;
tears, heir spite and pride's united floods May see our labours thrive, Had quite o'erwhelm’d our soul. Till finish'd with success, to make But praised be our eternal Lord, Our drooping hearts revive. Who rescued us that day,
6 Though he desponds that sows his or to their savage jaws gave up
grain, Our threaten'd lives a prey.
Yet doubtless he shall come Our soul is like a bird escaped To bind his full-ear'd sheaves, and bring From out the fowler's net;
The joyful harvest home. ne snare is broke, their bopes are
PSALM CXXVII. cross'd,
E build with fruitless cost, unlessAnd we at freedom set. Secure in his Almiglity name Unless the Lord the city keep, Our confidence remains,
The watchman wales in vain. ho, as he made both heaven and 2 In vain we rise before the day, earth,
And late to rest repair,
And eat the bread of care.
le on his saints bestows; Like Sion's rock shall stand;
He crowns their labours with success, te her immoveable be fix'd
Their nights with sound repose. By his Almighty hand.
3 Children, those comforts of our life, Cook how the hills on every side Are presents from the Lord; Terusalem enclose;
Ile gives a num'rous race of heirs,
Ev'n so the sons of sprightly youth, -r force bim by despair to seek Their parents safeguard are. Base means for his redress.
5 Happy the man whose quiver's fill'd Be good, O righteous God, to those With these prevailing arms; Who righteous deeds affect; Ile need not fear to meet his foe, e heart that innocence retains,
At law or war's alarms. Cet innocence protect.
THE man is blest that fears the The Lord shall soon destroy,
Lord, t off th' unjust, but crown the saints Nor only worship pays, Vith lasting peace and joy.
But keeps his steps confined with care
To his appointed ways.
Of his labour feed;
His wishes all succeed.
Her lovely fruit shall bring;
all those who walk in crooked paths, THE
Vlemion's Godiber sons recall’d 2 We shali upinbther forect returns