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Such as he kindled on the plain
The men who his own image bear.
PSALM XII. Long Metre.
The faints' fafety and hope in evil times; or, fins of the tongue complained of, viz. blafphemy, falfehood, &c. 1 ORD, if thou doft not foon appear, Virtue and truth will flee away :
A faithful man among us here Will fcarce be found, if thou delay. 2 The whole difcourfe, when neighbours meet, Is fill'd with trifles loofe and vain; Their lips are flattery and deceit, And their proud language is profane. 3 But lips that with deceit abound Shall not maintain their triumph long: The God of vengeance will confound The flattering and blafpheming tongue. 4"Yet fhall our words be free," they cry, "Our tongues fhall be controll'd by none: "Where is the Lord will afk us why? "Or fay our lips are not our own ?" 5 The Lord, who fees the poor opprefs'd, And hears th' oppreffor's haughty ftrain, Will rife to give his children reft, Nor fhall they truft his word in vain. 6 Thy word, O Lord, though often try'd, Void of deceit fhall ftill appear; Not filver, feven times purify'd
From drofs and mixture, fhines fo clear. 7 Thy grace fhall, in the darkest hour, Defend the holy foul from harm; Though when the vileft men have power, On every fide will finners fwarm.
PSALM XII. Common Metre. [b] Complaint of a general corruption of manners; or, the promife and figns of Chrift's coming to judgment.
1HE ELP, Lord, for men of virtue fail;
Religion lofes ground!
The fons of violence prevail,
And treacheries abound.
2 Their oaths and promifes they break,
3 If we reprove fome hateful lie,
4 Scoffers appear on every fide,
Is rais'd to feats of power and pride,
5 Lord, when iniquities abound,
6 Is not thy chariot haftening on?
Yes, faith the Lord, now will I rife,
"I fhall appear to their furprife,
"And fet my fervants free."
8 Thy word, like filver feven times try'd,
The men who in thy truth confide
PSALM XIII. Long Metre. [b]
Pleading with God under defertion; or, hope in darkness.
OW long, O Lord, fhall I complain,
Canft thou thy face forever hide,
And I ftill pray and be deny'd ?
2 Shall I forever be forgot,
As one whom thou regardeft not?
3 How long fhall my poor troubled breaft Be with these anxious thoughts opprefs'd? And Satan, my malicious foe,
Rejoice to fee me funk fo low?
4 Hear, Lord, and grant me quick relief,
5 How will the powers of darkness boaft,
PSALM XIII. Common Metre. [b]
When fhall I feel thofe heavenly rays
2 How long fhall my poor lab'ring foul
Thy word can all my foes control,
3 See how the prince of darkness tries
He spreads a mist around my eyes,
4 Be thou my fun, be thou my fhield;
Make hafte, before mine eyes are feal'd
5 How would the tempter boast aloud
Behold the fons of hell grow proud
6 But they fhall fly at thy rebuke,
He knows the terrors of thy look,
7 Thou wilt difplay that fovereign grace
PSALM XIV. 1ft Part. Common Metre. [b]
1 FOOLS in their hearts believe and fay, all religion's vain;
"There is no God that reigns on high, "Or minds th' affairs of men."
2 From thoughts fo dreadful and profane
And in their impious hands are found
3 The Lord, from his celeftial throne,
4 By nature all are gone aftray;
There's none that fears his Maker's hand,
5 Their tongues are us'd to fpeak deceit;
How fwift to mifchief are their feet!
6 Such feeds of fin (that bitter root)
Nor can they bear diviner fruit,
Till grace refine the ground.
PSALM XIV. 2d Part. Common Metre. [b]
The folly of perfecutors.
RE finners now fo fenfelefs grown,
And never worship at thy throne,
2 Great God! appear to their furprise,
Let them no more thy wrath despise,
3 Doft thou not dwell among the juft?
That we should make thy name our trust:
4 O that the joyful day were come,
When God fhall bring his children home,
PSALM XV. Common Metre. [*] Characters of a faint; or, a citizen of Zion; or, the qualifications of a Chriftian.
HO' fhall inhabit in thy hill,
Whom will the Lord admit to dwell
2 The man that walks in pious ways,
3 He fpeaks the meaning of his heart,
His hands difdain a golden bribe,
And never gripe the poor:
This man fhall dwell with God on earth,
PSALM XV. Long Metre. [*]
Religion and juftice, goodness and truth; or, duties to God and man; or, the qualifications of a Chriftian. HO fhall afcend thy heavenly place,
Great God, and dwell before thy face? The man that minds religion now,
And humbly walks with God below: