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And, till the stars ascend the skies,
Your tiresome toil pursue. 3 Short be your sleep, and coarse your fare,
In vain, till God has blest;
You shall have food and rest.
Shall real blessings prove, Nor all the earthly joys he sends, If sent without his love.] PSALM 128. C. M. Devizes. [*]
Family Blessings. in HAPPY man, whose soul is fill'd
With zeal and rey'rend awe! His lips to God their honours yield,
His life adorns the law. 2 A careful providence shall stand,
And ever guard thy head; Shall on the labours of thy hand
Its kindly blessings shed. 3 Thy wife shall be a fruitful vine ;
Thy children round thy board, Each like a plant of honour shine,
And learn to fear the Lord.
For months and years to come ;
Shall send the blessings home.
Shall see his house increase.; Shall see the sinking church arise, Then leave the world in peace. PSALM 129. C. M. Mear. [*]
Persecutors Punished. 1 TTP from my youth, may Israel say,
U Have I been nurs'd in tears ; My griefs were constant as the day,
And tedious as the years.
Of all the sons of strife ;
But not destroy'd my life.
3 Their cruel plough hath torn my flesh,
With furrows long and deep;
Nor let my sorrows sleep.
And with impartial eye,
And let his arrows fly.
To hear his thunders roll! And all the foes of Zion seiz'd,
With horrour to the soul.
Be blasted from the sky;
And all their projects die.
They have no root beneath ;
And lie despis'd in death.
No hope of harvest gives;
Nor binder fold the sheaves.
No traveller bestows
Nor minds it as he goes.]
The borders of despair,
My groans to move thine ear.
And thine impartial hand, Mark and revenge, iniquity,
No mortal flesh could stand.
For crimes of high degree;
To draw us near to thee.
4 [I wait for thy salvation, Lord,
With strong desires I wait; My soul, invited by thy word,
Stands watching at thy gate.]
Long for the morning skies,
And meet them with their eyes ;6 So waits my soul to see thy grace,
And more intent than they, Meet the first op’nings of thy face,
And finds a brighter day.)
Let Israel seek his face ;
And plenteous is his grace
For sinners long enslav'd ;
Pardoning Grace. a 1 DROM deep distress, and troubled thoughts,
T To thee, my God, I raise my cries :
And hope and love, as well as fear. e 3 As the benighted pilgrims wait,
And long and wish for breaking day,
When will my God his face display? 0 4 My trust is fix'd upon thy word,
Nor shall I trust thy word in vain;
And find relief from all their pain.
Through the redemption of his Son;
PSALM 131. C. M. York. [b]
Humility and Submission. e1 TS there ambition in my heart?
1 Search, gracious God, and see ; Or do I act a haughty part?
Lord, I appeal to thee.
And all my carriage mild ;
And quiet as a child.
Shall have a large reward ;
PSALM 132. L. M. Leeds. [*]
Ver. 5, 13—18.—The House of God.
An habitation for our God?
Among the sons of flesh and blood ?
And reign for ever, saith the Lord; o Here shall my pow'r and love be known,
And blessings shall attend my word. e 4 Here will I meet the hungry poor,
And fill their souls with living bread: Sniners who wait before my door, With sweet provision shall be fed. -5 Girded with truth, and cloth'd with grace, My priests, my ministers shall shine : Not Aaron in his costly dress,
Made an appearance so divine. o 6 The saints, unable to contain
Their inward joys, shall shout and sings
7 Jesus shall see a num'rous seed,
C. M. Christmas. Swanwick. [*]
TV Good David would afford,
A dwelling for the Lord.
His ark was settled there :
To worship thrice a year.
Nor wander far abroad;
And enter to thy rest; e Lo! thy church waits with longing eyes,
Thus to be own'd and bless'd.
Thy Spirit and thy word ;
Could no such grace afford.
Here let thy praise be spread :
And fill thy poor with bread. og Here let the Son of David reign,
Let God's Anointed shine ;
With love and pow'r divine.
And, as his kingdom grows,
And shame confound his foes.