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Ami say, "At last we found him out, « he t it in our sight."

22 But thou, who dosi both them and me with righteous eyes survey,

Assert my innocence, O Lord, and keep not faraway.

23 Stir up thyself in my behalf; to judgment, Lord, awake;

Thy righteous servant's cause, O God, to thy decision take.

24 Lord, as my heart lias upright been, let me thy justice find;

Nor let my cruel foes obtain the triumph they design'd.

25 Oh! let them not, amongst themselves, in boasting language say,

* At length our wishes are complete j
u at last he's made our prey.*'

26 Let such as in ray harm rejoiced,
'for shame their faces hide;
And foul dishonour wait on those)

that proudly me defy'd:

27 Whilst they with cheerful voices shout, who my just cause hefriend;

And bless the Lord, who loves to make success his saints attend.

28 So shall my tongue thy judgments sing, insphedwiih grateful joy;

And cheerful hymns in praise of thee, shall all my days employ.


MY crafty foe, with flattering art, his wicked purpose would disguise; But reason whispers to my heart, he never sets God before his eyes.

2 lie soothes himself, retired from sight; secure he thinks his treacherous game;

Till his dark u. exposed to light, their false contriver brand with shame.

3 In deeds he is my foe confess'd, whilst with his tongue he speaks me

fair; True wisdom's banish'd from his breast, and vice has sole dominion there.

4 His wakeful malice spends the night in forging his accursed designs;

Ilis obstinate ungenerous spite no execrable means declines.

5 But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure "o n\ e the heavenly orb ascends;

Thy sacred truth's unmeasured scope

beyond the spreading sky extends. € Thy justice like the hills remains;

unfaihora'd depths thy judgments are; Thy providence the world sustains;

the whole creation is thy care. 7 Since of thy goodness all partake,

tvifh what assurance should the just Thy sheltering wings their refuge make,

and saints to thy protection trust! I Such guests shall to thy courts be led,

to banquet on thy love's repast; JLnd drink, as from a fountain's head,

of joys that shall for ever last.

9 With thee the springs of life remain; thy presence is eternal day:

10 O let thy saints thy favour gain; to upright hearts thy truth display.

11 Whilst pride's insulting fout would spurn,

and wicked hands my life surprise,

12 Their mischiefs on themselves return, down, down they're fallen, no more to



THOUGH wicked men grow rich or great, Yetlet not their successful slate thy anger or thy envy raise;

2 For they, cut down like tender cry, Or like young flowers, away shall pass,

whose blooming heauty soon dcca)s.

3 Depend on God, and him ohey, So thou within the land sbalt stay,

secure from danger and from want:

I Make his commands thy chief delight And he, thy duty to requite,

shall all thy earnest wishes grunt.

5 In all thy ways trust thou the Lord, And he will needful help afford,

to perfect every just design;

6 He'll make, like i serene and cleat, Thy clouded innocence appear,

and as a mid-day sun to some.

7 With quiet mind on God depend, And patiently for him attend;

nor let thy anger fondly rise. Though wicked men with wealth abound, And with success the plots are erown'd

which they maliciously devise.

8 From anger cease, and wrath forsake , Let no ungovem'd passion make

thy wavering heart espouse their rrimc;

9 For God shall sinful men destfoy j Whilst only they the land enjoy,

who trust on him, and wait his time.

10 How soon shall wicked men decay! Their place shall vanish quite away,

nor by the strictest search be found;

11 Whilst humble souls possess the earth, Rejoicing still with godly mirth,

with peace and plenty always crownV. PART II.

12 Whilesmful crowds, with fake design, Against the righteous new comhine,

and gnash their teeth and thieatemni stand;

13 God shall their empty plots deride, And laugh at their defeated pride;

he sees their ruin near at hand.

14 They draw the sword, and hend ifc bow,

The poor and needy to o*erthrow, and men of upright lives to slay;

15 But their strong bows sliall soon I BM

Their sharpen'd weapon's mortal stroke, through their own hearts shall force it* way.

16 A little, with God's favour bless'd, That's by one righteous man possessVI,

the wealth of innny bad excels;

17 For God supports the just man's

cause; .

But as for those that break his laws,'

their unsuccessful power he quells.

18 His constant care the upright guides, And over all their life presides;

their portion shall for ever last:

19 They, wheu distress o'erwhelms the

earth, Shall be unmoved, and even in dearth, the happy fruits of plenty taste.

20 Not so the wicked man, and those Who proudly dare tiod;s will oppose;

destruction is their hapless share: Like fat of lambs■, their hopes, and they, Shall in an instant melt away,

and vanish into smoke and air.

21 While sinners, brought to sad decay, Still borrow on, and never pay,

the j ust have will and power to give;

22 For such as God vouchsafes to bless, Shall peaceably the earth possess;

and those he curses shall not live.

23 The good man's way is God's delight: He orders all the steps aright

of him tiiat moves by his command;

24 Though he sometimes may be dis

tress'd, Yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd; for God upholds him with his hand.

25 From my first youth,till age prevail'd, I never saw the righteous faiI'd,

or want o'ertake his numerous race;

26 Because compassion fill'd his heart, And he did cheerfully impart,

God made his offspring's wealth increase.

27 With caution shun each wicked deed, In virtue's ways with zeal proceed,

and so prolong your happy days;

28 For God, who judgment loves, does


Preserve his saints secure from ill, while soon the wicked race decays.

29,30, 31 The upright shall possess the land;

His portion shall for ages stand; his mouth with wisdom is supply'd;

His tongue by rules of judgment moves;

His heart the law of God approves; therefore his footsteps never slide. PART IV.

32 In wait the watchful sinner lies, In vain the righteous to surprise;

in vain his ruin does decree:

33 God will not him defenceless leave, To his revenge exposed, but save;

and, when he's sentenced, set him free.

34 Waitstill on God; keep his command, And thou, exalted in the land,

.thy blest possession ue'er shall quit

The wicked soon destroy' d shall be,
And at his dismal tragedy
thou shalt a safe spectator sit.

35 The wicked I in power have seen,
And, like a bay-tree, fresh and green,

that spreads its pleasant branches round

36 But he was gone as swift as thought; And, though in every place I sought,

no sign or track of him I found.

37 Obseive the perfect man with care, And mark all such as upright are;

their roughest days in peace shall end:

38 While on the latter end of those Who dare God's sacred will oppose,

a common ruin shall attend.

39 God to the just will aid afford; Their only safeguard is the Lord;

their strength in time of need is he

40 Because on him they still depend, The Lord will timely succour send,

and from the wicked set them free.


THY chastening wrath, O Lord, rethough I deserve it all; [strain,

Nor let at once on me the storm of thy displeasure fall.

2 In every wretched part of me
thy arrows deep remain;

Thy heavy hand's afflicting weight
I can no more sustain.

3 My flesh is one continued wound
thy wrath so fiercely glows;

Betwixt my punishment and guilt my bones have no repose.

4 My sins, which to a deluge swell, my sinking head o'erflow,

And, for my feeble strength to bear, too vast a burden grow.

5 Stench and corruption fill my wounds, my folly's just return;

6 With trouble I am warp'd and oow'd and all day long I mourn.

7 A loath'd disease afflicts my loins, infecting every part;

8 With sickness worn, I groan and roar through anguish of my heart.


9 But, Lord, hefore thy searching eyes all my desires appear;

And sure my groans have heen too loud, not to have reach'd thine ear.

10 My heart's oppress'd, my strength di my eyes deprived of light; [cay'd,

11 Friends, lovers, kinsmen gaze aloof on such a dismal sight.

12 Meanwhile, the foes that seek my life their snares to take me set;

Vent slanders, and contrive all day to forge some new deceit:

13 But I, as if both deaf and dumb, nor heard, nor once reply'd;

14 Quite deaf and dumb, like one who*e with conscious guilt ib ty'd. f ton^u*

15 For, Lord, to thee I do appeal, my innocence to clear;

i Assured that thou, the righteous God, my injured cause wilt hear.

16 *. Hear me," said I, w lest my proud "a spiteful joy display; [foes

a Insulting, if they see my foot u but once to go astray."

17 And, with continual grief oppressed, tu sink I now begin;

18 To thee, 0 Lord, I will confess, to thee hewail my sin.

-19 But whilst I languish, my proud foes

their strength and vigour boast; And they that hate me without cause

.'ire grown a dreadful bust. 20 Even they whom I obliged, return

my kindness with despite; And are my enemies, hecause

I choose the path that's right.
Si Forsake me not, O Lord my God,

nor far from me depart;
22 Blake haste to my relief, 0 thou,

who my salvation art.

RESOLVED to watch o'er ail my
I kept my tongue in awe;

1 curb'd my hasty words, when X the wicked prosperous saw.

2 Like one that's dumb, I silent stood, and did my tongue refrain

From good discourse; but that restraint increased my inward pain.

3 My heart did glow with working

thoughts, and no repose could take; Till strong reflection fann'd the fire, and thus at length I spake:

4 Lord, let me know my term of days, how soon my life will end:

The numerous train of ills disclose, which tins frail state attend.

5 My life, thou know'st, is but a span $ a cypher sums my years;

And every man, in hest estate,

but vanity appears. € Man, like* a shadow, vainly walks,

with fruitless cares oppress'd; lie heaps up wealth, but cannot tell

by w horn 'twill he possess'd. 7 Why then should I on worthless toys

with anxious cares attend? On thee alone my steadfast hope

shall ever, Lord,depend. 8, 9 Forgive my sins; nor let me scorn'd

by foolish sinners be; For I was dumb, and murmur'd not,

I*ecause 'twas done by thee.

10 The dreadful burden of thy wrath in mercy soon remove;

Lest my frail flesh, too weak to bear the heavy load should prove,

11 For when thou chasteuest man for sin, thou mak'st his beauty fade,

(So vain a thing is he1) like cloth by fretting mollis decay'd.

12 Lord, hear my cry, accept my tears and listen to my prayer,

Who sojourn like a stranger here, as all my fathers were.

13 O! spare me yet a little time; my wasted strength restore,

Before I vanish quite from hence,. and shall he seen no more.


1 WAITED meekly for the Lord, till he vouchsafed a kind reply; Who did ius gracious ear afford, and heard from heaven my humble cry

2 He took me from the dismal pit, when founder\i deep in miry clay;

On solid ground he placed my feet, and suner'daot my steps to stray.

3 The wonders be for me has w rouglu shall fill my mouth with songs of

praise; And others, to his worship brought, to hones of like deliverance raise.

4 For blessings shall that man reward, who on th' Almighty Lord relies;

Who treats the proud with disregard, and bates the hypocrite's disguise.

5 Whocan the wondrous works recants which thou, O God, for us hast

wrought? The treasures of thy love surmount the power of numbers, speech, and thought.

6 I've learnt that thou hast not defied offerings and sacrifice alone;

Nor blood of guiltless beasts required for man's transgression to atone.

7 I therefore come—come to fulfil the oracles thy books impart;

8 Tis my deligbt to do thy will; thy law is written in ray heart.

PART II. 0 In full assemblies I have told

thy truth and righteousness at largf: Nor did, thou know'st, my Ups withheld from uttering what thou gavV. hi charge:

10 Nor kept within my breast confined thy faithfulness and saving grace;

But preach'd thy love, for all design'd, that all might that, and truth, embrve

11 Then let those mercies 1 declared to others, Lord, extend to me;

Thy loving-kindness my reward, thy truth my safe projection lie.

12 Fori with troubles am otstrehs'd, loo numherless for me to bt-nr;

Nor less with loads of guilt opiiress'n'
that plunge and sink me to despair

As soon, alas! may I recount
the hairs of this afflicted head;

My vanquish *d courage they surmouol, and fill my drooping soul wiihtlrva-l. TART III.

13 But, Lord, to my relief draw near, for never was more pressing need \

In my deliverance, Lord, appear, and add to that deliverance speed.

14 Confusion on their head* return, who to destroy my soul combine;

Let them, defeated, blush and mourn,

ensnared in their own vile design. to Their doom let desolation be,

with shame their malice be repaid, Who moek'd my confidence in thee,

find sport of my affliction made. 16 While thosewhohumblyseekthyface,

to joyful triumphs shall be raised; And all who prize thy saving grace,

w ith me resound, The Lord be praised.

1 7 Thus, wretched though I am and poor,

of me tU' Almighty Lord takes care: Thou God, who only canst restore, to my relief with speed repair.


HAPPY the man whose tender care relieves the poor distress'd! When troubles compass him around, the Lord shall give him rest.

2 Tk?Lordhislife,with blessings crown'd,

in safety shall prolong \ And disappoint the wilfof those that seek to do him wrong.

3 If he in languishing estate, oppress'd with sickness lie;

The Lord will easy make his bed find inward strength supply.

4 Secure of this, to thee, my God, I thus my prayer addressed;

"Lord, for thy mercy, heal my soul,

"though I have much transgress'd." 0 My cruel foes, with slanderous words

attempt to wound my fame; K When shall he die," say they," and men

"forget his very name?" 6 Suppose they formal visits make,

'tis all but empty show; They gather mischief in their hearts,

and vent it where they go. 7, 8 With private whispers, such as these,

to hurt me they devise: '* A sore disease afflicts him now j

u he's fallen, no more to rise."

9 My own familiar bosom friend, on whom I most rely'd,

Has me, whose daily guest he was, wit h open scorn defy'd.

10 But thou, my sati and wretched state, in mercy, Lord, regard;

And raise me up, that all their crimes may meet their just reward.

11 By this I know thy gracious ear is open, when I callj

Because thou sufterest not my foes to triumph in my fall.

12 Thy tender care secures my life from danger and disgrace j

And thou vouchsaf 'st to set me still

before thy glorious face. 13 Let therefore Israel's Lnrd and God

from age to age be bless'd;
And all the people's glad applause

with loud Amens express'd.

AS pants the hart for cooling streams,
when heated in the chase;
So Iong6 my soul, O God, for thee,
and thy refreshing grace.

2 For thee, my God, the living God, my thirsty soul doth pine;

0! when shall I behold thy face, thou Majesty Divine?

3 Tears are my constant food, while thus insulting foes upbraid;

"Deluded wretch! where's now thy God* "and where his promised aid?"

4 I sigh, whene'er my musing thoughts those happy days present,

When I, with troops of pious friends,

thy temple did frequent. When I advanced with songs of praise,

my solemn vows to pay, And led the joyful sacred throng,

that kept the festal day.

5 Why restless, why cast down,my soul.* trust God; who will employ

His aid for thee, and change these sighs to thankful hymns of joy.

6 My soul's cast down, O God! but thinks on thee and Ston still;

From Jordan's bank, from llcrmon's heights, and Mizar's humbler hill.

7 One trouble calls another on, and, gathering o'er my head,

Fall spouting down, till round my soul a roaring sea is spread.

8 But when thy presence, Lord of life, has once dispelled this storm,

To thee I'll midnight anthems sing,' and all my vows perform.

9 God of my strength, bow long shall I, like one forgotten, mourn;

Forlorn, forsaken, and exposed to my oppressor's scorn r

10 My heart is pierced, as with a sword, while thus my foes upbraid:

"Vain boaster, where is now thy God? "and where his promised aid?" 1 Why restless, why cast down, my soul" hope still j and thou shalt sing The praise of him who is thy God, thy health's eternal spring. PSALM 43.

JUST Judge of heaven, against my foes do thou assert my injured right; 0 set me free, my God, from those that in deceit and wrong delight. 2 Since thou art still my only stay,

why leav'stthou me in deep distress? Why go I mourning all the day, whilst me insulting foes oppress *

3 let iw witli fight and truth be blest; be these-mv guides to lead the way,

Till on thy holy hill I rest,
and in lliy sacred temiile pray.

4 Then will 1 there fresh altars raise
to God, who is my only 1oy;

And well-tuned harps, with songs of , praise,

shall nil my grateful hours employ. SVVhy then cast down, my soul ? and why

so much oppress'd with anxious care? On tiod, thy God, for aid rely,

who will thyruin'd state repair.


LORD, our fathers oft have told in our attentive ears, Thy wonders, in their days perlbrm'd, and elder times than theirs:

2 How thou, to plant them here, didsl the heathen from this land, Idrive

Dispeopled by repeated strokes ol thy avenging hand.

3 For not their courage, nor their sword, to them possession gave;

Kor strength, that from unequal force their fainting troops could save:

But thy right hand and powerful arm, whose succour they implored;"

Thy presence with the chosen race, who thy great name adored.

4 As thee their tiod our fathers own'd, thou art our sovereign King;

0! therefore, as thou didsl to them, to us deliverance bring.

5 Through thy victorious name, our arms the proudest foes shall quell;

And crush them with repeated strokes
^ R» oft as they rehel.
5 I'll neither trust mv bow nor sword,
when I in light engage 1 - -"■ •

7 But thee, who hast our foes subdued,
and shamed their spiteful rage.

8 To thee the triumph we ascribe, from whom the conquest came:

In God we will reioice all day, and ever bless his name. PART II.

9 But thou hast cast us off; and now most shamefully we yield;

For thou no more vouchsaPst to lead our armies to the field:

10 Since when, to every upstart foe we turn our backs in fight)

And with our spoil their malice feast, who bear us ancient spite.

11 To slaughter doom'd,wefall,like sheep, into their butchering hands;

Or (what's more wretched yet) survive, dispersed through heathen lands.

12 Thy people thou hast sold for slaves, and set their price so low,

Tial not thy treasure, by the sale,

lmttheir disgrace may grow. 13,14 Reproach'd byall the nations round,

the heathen's by-word grown;

Whose scorn of us is both in speech and mocking gestures shown.

15 Confusion strikes me blind; my face in conscious shame I hide;

16 While we arc scnlT'd, and God Washy their licentious pride. Ipheined

1'AKT III. ^

17 On us this heap of woes is fallen: all this we have endured;

Yet have not, Lord, renounced thy name, or faith to thee abjured:

18 But in thy righteous paths have kept our hearts and steps with car*;

19 Tho' thou hast broken all our strength, and we almost desjtair.

20 Could we, forgetting thy great name, on other gods rely,

21 And nor the Searcher of ail hearts the treacherous crime /iescry ,

22 Thou seest what suderimrs, for thy we every day sustain; |^i,'

All slaughters, or reserved like sheen' appointed to be slain.

23 Awake, arise; iet seeming sleeno longer thee detain;

Nor let us, Lord, who sue to thee for ever sue in vain.

24 Oh ! wherefore hidest thou thy face from our afflicted state,

25 Whose souls and bodies sink to earth with grief's oppressive weight'

2fi Arise, O Lord, and timely haste

to our deliverance make; Redeem us, Lord; if not for our's, yet for thy merev's sake.'

PSALM 45. T1THILK I the King's loud praise reTT indited by my heart, [hearse,

My tongue is like the pen of him that writes with ready art

2 How matchless is thv form, O King! thy mouth with grace o'erflows;'

Because fresh blessings God on thee eterna,'ty hestows.

3 Gird on thy sword, most mighty prioer and, clad in rich array,

With glorious ornaments of power majestic pomp display.

4 Ride on in state, and still protect ■ the meek, the just, and true:

Whilst thv right hand,wilh swift reve^fe. does all thy foes pursue.

5 How sharp thy weapons are to thera that dare thy power despise!

Down, down they fall, while thro' thrit heart the feather'd arrow flies.

6 But thy firm throne, O God, is fis\L forever to eridure;

Thy sceptre's sway shall always last, hy righteous laws secure.

7 Because thy heart, hy justice led did upright ways approve,'

And hated still the crooked paths, where wandering sinners rave;

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