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PSALM 144. C. M. First Part. Bedford. [*]
v. 1, 2.-Aid and Victory in Spiritual Warfare. 1 DOR ever blessed be the Lord,
T My Saviour and my Shield; He sends his Spirit with his word,
To arm me for the field. 2 When sin and hell their force unite,
He makes my soul his care; Instructs me to the heav'nly fight,
And guards me through the war. 3 A Friend and Helper, so divine,
Doth my weak courage raise :
C. M. Second Part. Reading. [b] V.3,4,5,6.–Vanity of Man, and Condescension of God. p 1 T ORD, what is man, poor feeble man,
L Born of the earth at first!
Still hasting to the dust!
Or any of his race,
To visit him with grace! g 3 That God, who darts his lightnings down!
Who shakes the worlds above!
L. M. Shoel. [*]
II Like pillars round a palace set;
On whom the all-sufficient God
Himself, with all his grace, bestows. PSALM 145. L. M. Green's. Nantwich. *7
The Greatness of God.
I Shall fill the remnant of my days;
'Till death and glory raise the song.
Some thankful tribute to thine ear;
Thy bounty flows an endless stream:
Thy mercy swift; thine anger slow,
And speak thy majesty Divine:
The sound and honour of thy name. 0 5 Let distant times and nations raise
The long succession of thy praise ;
The joy and labour of their tongue.
Vast-and immortal be thy praise.
Ver. 1—7, 11-13.—The Greatness of God. 01 T ONG as I live I'll bless thy name,
U My King, my God of love ; My work and joy shall be the same,
In the bright world above.
And let his praise be great:
Thy works of grace repeat.
And while my lips rejoice,
The men, who hear my sacred song,
Shall join their cheerful voice. -4 Fathers to sons shall teach thy Name,
And children learn thy ways; o Ages to come thy truth proclaim,
And nations sound thy praise.
Shall through the world be known;
With public splendor shown.
Thy saints are rul'd by love: And thine eternal kingdom stands,Though rocks and hills remove. C. M. SECOND Part. Swanwick. [*]
Ver. 7, &c.—The Goodness of God. 01 SWEET is the mem'ry of thy grace,
N My God, my beav'nly King;
In sounds of glory sing.
His goodness to the skies : o Through the whole earth his bounty shines,
And ev'ry want supplies. e 3 With longing eyes thy creatures wait
On thee for daily food; o Thy lib'ral hand provides their meat,
And fills their mouth with good. e 4 How kind are thy compassions, Lord ! e How slow thine anger moves ! o But soon he sends his pard’ning word,
To cheer the souls he loves.
Thy pow'r and praise proclaim;
Ver. 14—17, &c.—Mercy to Sufferers.
I Thou soy'reign Lord of all !
Thy strength’ning hands uphold the weak,
And raise the poor who fall.
Or virtue lies distrest,
Thou giv'st the mourner's rest.
And guides our giddy youth ; Holy and just are all his ways,
And all his words are truth. 4 He knows the pain his servants feel,
He hears his children cry; And, their best wishes to fulfil,
His grace is ever nigh.
From men of heart sincere :
Is join'd with holy fear.
And pierce their hearts with pain ;
They sought the Lord in vain.
And spread his fame abroad; Let all the sons of Adam raise
The honours of their God.) PSALM 146. L. M. Old Hundred. [*]
Praise for Divine Goodness and Truth. 1 (DRAISE ye the Lord ; my heart shall join,
I In works so pleasant, so divine :
And earth and seas, with all their train;
And grants the pris'ner sweet release.
The Lord supports the sinking mind;
The widow and the fatherless. - He loves his saints; he knows them well; e But turns the wicked down to hell: o Thy God, o Zion, ever reigns ; Praise him in everlasting strains.
P. M. St. Helen's. [*] Praise for Divine Goodness and Truth. 1 T'LL praise my Maker with my breath ;
1 And when my voice is lost in death,
Praise shall employ my nobler pow'rs: -My days of praise shall ne'er be past, While life and thought and being last,
Or immortality endures. e 2 Why should I make a man my trust? e Princes must die, and turn to dust:
Vain is the help of fiesh and blood : Their breath departs, their pomp and pow'r, And thoughts all vanish in an hour;
Nor can they make their promise good. o 3 Happy the man, whose hopes rely On Israel's God: He made the sky,
And earth and seas, with all their train: -His truth for ever stands secure ; He saves th' opprest, he feeds the poor ;
And none shall find his promise vain. e 4 The Lord hath eyes to give the blind ; The Lord supports the sinking mind;
He sends the lab'ring conscience peace : He helps the stranger in distress, The widow and the fatherless,
And grants the pris’ner sweet release.