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PORTSMOUTH, (or DARWELL's 148TH PSALM). 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4.

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TORD of the worlds above,
U How pleasant and how fair
The dwellings of Thy love,
Thy earthly temples, are !

To Thine abode
My heart aspires,

With warm desires

To see my God.
Oh! happy souls that pray

Where God appoints to hear !
Oh! happy men that pay
Their constant service there!

They praise Thee still;

And happy they

That love the way

To Zion's hill.
They go from strength to strength,

Through this dark vale of tears,
Till each arrives at length,
Till each in heaven appears :

Oh! glorious seat !

When God, our King,

Shall thither bring

Our willing feet. God is our Sun and Shield,

Our Light and our Defence; With gifts His hands are fill’d, We draw our blessings thence.

He shall bestow

Upon our race

His saving grace,

And glory too.
The Lord His people loves,

His hand no good withholds
From those His heart approves,
From pure and pious souls :

Thrice happy he,

O God of Hosts,

Whose spirit trusts
Alone in Thee.

OLD 100TH Psalm.* L. M.

GUILLAUME FRANC. Geneva, about 1543.

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148.
BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne

Ye nations bow with sacred joy;
Know that the Lord is God alone ;

He can create and He destroy.
His sovereign power, without our aid,

Made us of Clay and form'd us men;
And when, like wandering sheep, we stray'd,

He brought us to His fold again.
We'll crowd Thy gates with thankful songs,

High as the heavens our voices raise ;
And earth, with her ten thousand tongues,

Shall fill Thy courts with sounding praise.
Wide as the world is Thy command,

Vast as eternity Thy love;
Firm as a rock Thy truth must stand,

When rolling years shall cease to move. * Tune of the 134th Psalm in the Genevan Psalter. The earliest known copy of this tune is found in a Genevan edition of a portion of the English Psalter, in the Library of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, printed in 1561, with the title “ Fourescore and Seven Psalmes of David, in English Mitre, by Thomas Sternholde and

others."

LINCOLN. C. M.

From RAVENSCROFT's Psalter, 1621.

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149.
GRE
[REAT Shepherd of Thy people, hear, The hearing ear, the seeing eye,
Thy presence now display ;

The contrite heart bestow;
As Thou hast given a place for prayer, And shine upon us from on high,
So give us hearts to pray.

That' we in grace may grow.
Within these walls let holy peace,

And love and concord dwell:
Here give the troubled conscience ease,

The wounded spirit heal.
May we in faith receive Thy Word,

In faith present our prayers ;
And in the presence of our Lord
Unbosom all our cares.

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