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Y the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church

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the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine

This Translation of the Whole Book of Psalms into Metre, with Hymns is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermon, t the discretion of the Minister.

And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any Church, either by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint the Portions of Psalms which are to

be sung.

And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the Tunes to be sung, at any time, in his Church: And, especially, it shall be his duty to sup press all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance; by which vain and ungodly persons profane the service of th Sanctuary.

THE

PSALMS OF DAVID, IN METRE.

PSALM 1.

OW blest is he, who ne'er consents

or stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
Where men profanely talk;
But makes the perfect law of God
His business and delight;
evoutly reads therein by day,
And meditates by night.

Like some fair tree, which fed by
streams,

With timely fruit does bend,
e still shall flourish, and success
All his designs attend.
Ungodly men, and their attempts,
No lasting root shall find;
ntimely blasted, and dispers'd
he Pra Like chaff before the wind.

on thisTheir guilt shall strike the wicked
dumb
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Before their Judge's face: msino formal bypocrite shall then ations of Among the saints have place.

so before For God approves the just man's ways;
To happiness they tend:
it sinners, and the
Chord Shall both in ruin end.

ths they tread,

PSALM II.

NITH
ive order in such rash attempts engage,

WITH restless and ungovern'd rage,
Why do the heathen storm?

Timister, with

pecially, it sai an

persons profase

As they can ne'er perform?
The great in council and in might
indecency Their various forces bring;
gainst the Lord they all unite,
And his anointed King.
'Must we submit to their commands?"
Presumptuously they say:
To, let us break their slavish bands,
And cast their chains away.
But God, who sits enthron'd on high,
And sees how they combine,
Des their conspiring strength defy,.
And mocks their vain design.
Thick clouds of wrath divine

shall

of any Portions of

break

On his rebellious foes;
ad thus will he in thunder speak
To all that dare oppose:
Though madly you dispute my will,
The King that I ordain,
Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill,
'Shall there securely reign.'
Attend, O earth, whilst I declare
God's uncontroll'd decree :

Thou art my Son; this day, my heir, 'Have I begotten thee. 8Ask, and receive thy full demands; Thine shall the heathen be; 'The utmost limits of the lands Shall be possess'd by thee.

9 Thy threat'ning sceptre thou shalt shake,

And crush them every where;
'As massy bars of iron break
'The potter's brittle ware.'
10 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear,
Ye judges of the earth;

11 Worship the Lord with holy fear;
Rejoice with awful mirth.
12 Appease the Son with due respect,
Your timely homage pay;
Lest he revenge the bold neglect,
Incens'd by your delay.

13 If but in part his anger rise,
Who can endure the flame?

Then blest are they, whose hope relies
On his most holy name.
PSALM III.

[OW many, Lord, of late are grown The my And as their numbers hourly rise, So does their rage increase. 2 Insulting, they my soul upbraid, And him whom I adore; "The God in whom he trusts,' say they, 'Shall rescue him no more.'

3 But thou, O Lord, art my defence;
On thee my hopes rely;
Thou art my glory, and shall yet
Lift up my head on high.
4 Since whensoe'er, in like distress,
To God I made my pray'r,
He heard me from his holy hill;

Why should I now despair?
5 Guarded by him, I laid me down,
My sweet repose to take;
For I through him securely sleep,
Through him in safety wake.
6 No force nor fury of my foes
My courage shall confound,
Were they as many hosts as men,

That have beset me round.
7 Arise, and save me, O my God,
Who oft hast own'd my cause,
And scatter'd oft these foes to me,
And to thy righteous laws.
8 Salvation to the Lord belongs;
He only can defend:
His blessings he extends to all
That on his pow'r depend.

19 Their mouth vents nothing but deceit; Their heart is set on wrong;

Their throat is a devouring grave;

They flatter with tongue. 10 By their own counsels let them fall, Oppress'd with loads of sin; For they against thy righteous laws Have harden'd rebels been. 11 But let all those who trust in thee,

PSALM IV.

LORD, thou art my righteous Judge,

To my complaint ear:
Thou still redeem'st me from distress;
Have mercy, Lord, and hear.
2 How long will ye, O sons of men,
To blot
olot my fame devise?

How long your vain designs pursue,
And spread malicious lies?"
3 Consider that the righteous man
Is God's peculiar choice;
And when to him I make my pray'r,

He always hears my voice.
4 Then stand in awe of his commands,
Flee every thing that's ill,
Commune in private with your hearts,
And bend them to his will.

5 The place of other sacrifice.
Let righteousness supply;
And let your hope, securely fix'd,
On God alone rely.

6 While worldly minds impatient grow
More prosp'rous times to see;
Still let the glories of thy face

Shine brightly, Lord, on me.
7 So shall my heart o'erflow with joy,
More lasting and more true
Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine

Successively renew.

8 Then down in peace I'll lay my head,
And take my needful rest;
No other guard, O Lord, I crave,
Of thy defence possess'd.

PSALM V.

LORD; bear the voice of my complaint,
Accept my secret prayer;
2 To thee alone, my King, my God,
Will I for help repair.

3 Thou in the morn my voice shalt hear,
And with the dawning day
To thee devoutly I'll look up,
To thee devoutly pray.

4 For thou the wrongs that I sustain
Can'st never, Lord, approve,
Who from thy sacred dwelling-place
All evil dost remove.

With shouts their joy proclaim;
Let them rejoice whom thou preserv's

And all that love thy name.NE
12 To righteous men, the righteous Lond
His blessing will extend;
And with his favour all his saints,
As with a shield, defend."

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faint,

No hope of ease I see;
The night, that quiets common griefs
Is spent in tears by me.

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7 My beauty fades, my sight grows dim
My eyes with weakness close;
Old age o'ertakes me, whilst I think
8 Depart, ye wicked; in my wrongs
On my insulting foes.
Ye shall no more rejoice;
For God, I find, accepts my tears,
And listens to my voice.

5 Not long shall stubborn fools remain Unpunish'd in thy view;

9, 10 He hears, and grants my humb prayer;

And they that wish my fall,
Shall blush and rage to see that God
Protects me from them all.

All such as act unrighteous things.
Thy vengeance shall pursue.

6 The sland'ring tongue, O God of truth,
By thee shall be destroy'd,
Who hat'st alike the man in blood
And in deceit employ'd.

7 But when thy boundless grace shall me
To thy lov'd courts restore,
On thee I'll fix my longing eyes,
And humbly thee adore.

8 Conduct me by thy righteous laws,
For watchful is my foe;
Therefore, O Lord, make plain the way

Wherein I ought to go.

PSALM VII.

LORD

My trust alone in thee,
my God, since I have pl
From all my persecutors rage
Do thou deliver me.

9 Their mate

Their beari

Thy boundless praise declare. Through thee the weak confound the strong,

To save me from my threat'ning foe, 12 And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue
Lord, interpose thy power;
Their test, like a savage lion, he
They My helpless soul devour.
10 Bythe4 If I am guilty, or did e'er
OppresAgainst his peace combine;
For they a
ay, if I had not spared his life,
Have hard
Who sought unjustly mine;
11 But let Let then to persecuting foes
With My soul become a prey;
Let them

And crush their haughty foes;
And so thou quell'st the wicked throng
That thee and thine oppose.

3 When heaven, thy beauteous work on
high,

at them to earth tread down my life, And all In dust my honour lay.

Employs my wond'ring sight;
The moon, that nightly rules the sky,
With stars of feebler light;

12 Tonight Arise, and let thine anger, Lord,
His bei In my defence engage;
And with xalt thyself above my foes,
As with a s

4 What's man, say I, that, Lord, thou
lov'st

To keep him in thy mind?

Or what his offspring, that thou prov'st
To them so wondrous kind?

And their insulting rage:
wake, awake, in my behalf,
The judgment to dispense,
hich thou hast righteously ordain'd
for injur'd innocence.

5 Him next in pow'r thou didst create
To thy celestial train;

And sparer Fo

Correct medio to thy throne, adoring crowds
Too hearbhall still for justice fly:

1!

Have me therefore, for their sake, resume
Unable to hy judgment-seat on high.
The anguish partial judge of all the world,
Which thu trust my cause to thee;
My tortur cording to my just deserts,
And fills mySo let thy sentence be.
But, Lord, boret wicked arts and wicked men
To grant me together be o'erthrown;
Thy wonted guard the just, thou God, to whom
And ease the hearts of both are known.

ord, for thy wa Vouchsafe to

11 God me protects, not only me, But all of upright heart;

Who from his laws depart.

Thy glorious at

For after dead daily lays up wrath for those
o prisher of If they persist, he whets his sword,
Can magnis bow stands ready bent;
Quite tid Ev'n now, with swift destruction

wing'd,
His pointed shafts are sent.
The plots are fruitless which my foe
Unjustly did conceive;

The pit he digg'd for me, has prov'd
His own untimely grave.

faint, No hope of exe he night, that qu Is spent in tear My beauty fa My eyes with dage o'ertakes On my insulting

On his own head his spite returns,
Whilst I from harm am free;

PSAL

Depart, ye wild him the violence is fall'n,

Ye shall no mor r God, I find

Which he design'd for me.
Therefore will I the righteous ways
Of providence proclaim;

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And listens to sing the praise of God most high, 0 He hears, And celebrate his name.

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9 0 Thou, to whom all creatures bow Within this earthly frame,

Through all the world how great art

thou!

How glorious is thy name!

PSALM IX.

10

To celebrate thy praise, O Lord,
I will my heart prepare;
To all the list'ning world, thy works,
Thy wondrous works declare.

2 The thought of them shall to my sout
Exalted pleasures bring;
Whilst to thy name, O thou Most High,
Triumphant praise I sing.

3 Thou mad'st my haughty foes to turn
Their backs in shameful flight:
Struck with thy presence, down they fell,
They perish'd at thy sight.
4 Against insulting foes advanc'd,
Thou didst my cause maintain;
My right asserting from thy throne,
Where truth and justice reign.
5 The insolence of heathen pride
Thou hast reduc'd to shame;
Their wicked offspring quite destroy'd
And blotted out their name.
6 Mistaken foes, your haughty threats
Are to a period come;
Our city stands, which you design'd
To make our common tomb.
7, 8 The Lord for ever lives, who has
His righteous throne prepar'd,
Impartial justice to dispense,
To punish or reward.

art

PSALM VIII.

THOU, to whom all creatures bow
Within this earthly frame,
hrough all the world how great

6 Ordain'd, with dignity and state,
O'er all thy works to reign.

7 They jointly own his powerful sway;
The beasts that prey or graze;

8 The bird that wings its airy way; The fish that cuts the seas.

thou!

LORD my Gold

n all my pen heaven thy wondrous acts are sung, 9 God is a constant sure defence My trust alot How glorious is thy name!

thou deliver Nor fully reckon'd there;

Against oppressing rage;

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PART II.

12 When he inquiry makes for blood,
He'll call the poor to mind:
The injur'd humble man's complaint
Relief from him shall find.
13 Take pity on my troubles, Lord,
Which spiteful foes create,
Thou that hast rescu'd me so oft
From death's devouring gate.
14 In Sion then I'll sing thy praise,

To all that love thy name;
And, with loud shouts of grateful joy,
Thy saving power proclaim.
15 Deep in the pit they digg'd for me,
The heathen pride is laid;
Their guilty feet to their own spare
Are heedlessly betray'd.
16 Thus, by the just returns he makes,10

The mighty Lord is known;
While wicked men by their own plots,
Are shamefully o'erthrown.
17 No single sinner shall escape,
By privacy obscur'd;

Nor nation, from his just revenge,
By numbers be secur'd.
18 His suff'ring saints, when most dis-
tress'd,

He ne'er forgets to aid;

Their expectations shall be crown'd,
Though for a time delay'd.
19 Arise, O Lord, assert thy power,
And let not man o'ercome;
Descend to judgment, and pronounce

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7 Vain and deceitful is their speech,
With curses fill'd, and lies;
By which the mischief of their heart
They study to disguise...

8 Near public roads they lie conceald,
And all their art employ,
The innocent and poor at once
To rifle and destroy.

9 Not lions, couching in their dens,
Surprise their heedless prey
With greater cunning, or express
More savage rage than they.

Sometimes they act the harmless m
And modest looks they wear;
That so deceiv'd, the poor may less
Their sudden onset fear.

PART II.

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11 For God, they think, no notice takes
Of their unrighteous deeds;
He never minds the suff'ring poor,
Nor their oppression heeds.
12 But thou, O Lord, at length arise,
Stretch forth thy mighty arm;
And, by the greatness of thy power,
Defend the poor from harm.
13 No longer let the wicked vaunt,
And, proudly boasting, say,

Tush, God regards not what we do; 14 But sure thou seest, and all thei He never will repay.'

round,

Till, by consenting fear,
They to each other, and themselves,
But mortal men appear.

PSALM X.

THY presence why withdraw'st thou,

The guilty heathen's doom. 20 Strike terror through the nations

Why hid'st thou now thy face,
When dismal times of deep distress,
Call for thy wonted grace?

2 The wicked, swell'd with lawless pride,
Have made the poor their prey;
O let them fall by those designs
Which they for others lay.
3 For straight they triumph, if success
Their thriving crimes attend;

deeds,
Impartially
try;
The orphan; therefore, and the poor,
On thee for aid rely.

15 Defenceless let the wicked fall,
Of all their strength bereft;
Confound, O God, their dark designs,

Till no remains are left.
16 Assert thy just dominion, Lord,
Which shall for ever stand;
Thou who the heathen didst expel
From this thy chosen land.
17 Thou hear'st the humble supplican
That to thy throne repair;
Thou first prepar'st their hearts to pra
And then accept'st their prayer.

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