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HY hast thou cast us off, O God? Wilt thou no more return ? 6 why against thy chosen flock Does thy fierce anger burn? 2 Think on thy ancient purchase, Lord, The land that is thy own, By thee redeem'd; and Sion's mount, Where once thy glory shone. 3 O ! come and view our ruin’d state; How long our troubles last; See how the foe, with wicked rage, Has laid thy temple waste. 4 Thy foes blaspheme thy name: where late Thy zealous servants pray’d, The heathen there, with haughty pomp, Their banners have display’d. 5, 6 Those curious carvings, which did once Advance the artist’s fame, With axe and hammer they destroy, Like works of vulgar frame. 7 Thy holy temple they have burn’d ; And what escap'd the flame, Has been profan'd, and quite defac'd, Though sacred to thy name. & Thy worship wholly to destroy Maliciously they aim’d; And all the sacred places burn’d, Where we thy praise proclaim’d. 9 Yet of thy presence thou vouchsaf'st No tender signs to send; We have no prophet now, that knows When this sad state shall end. PART II. 10 But, Lord, how long wilt thou permit Th’ insulting foe to boast 2 Shall all the honour of thy name For evermore be lost? 11 Why hold'st thou back thy strong right hand, And on thy patient breast, When vengeance calls to stretch it forth, So calmly lett'st it rest? 12 Thou heretofore, with kingly power, In our defence hast fought; For us, throughout the wond'ring world, Hast great salvation wrought. 13 'Twas thou, O God, who didst the sea By thy own strength divide; Thou break'st the wat'ry monsters’ heads; The waves o'erwhelm'd their pride. 14 The greatest, fiercest of them all, That seem'd the deep to sway, Was by thy power destroy’d, and made To savage beasts a prey.
15 Thou clav'st the solid rock, and mad'st
18 Remember, Lord, how scornful foes
Othee, O God, we render praise, To thee, with thanks repair; For, that thy name to us is nigh, Thy wondrous works declare. 2 In Israel when my throne is fix’d, With me shall justice reign: 3 The land with discord shakes; but I The sinking frame sustain. 4 Deluded wretches I advis’d Their errors to redress; And warn’d bold sinners, that they should Their swelling pride suppress. 5 Bear not yourselves so high, as if No power could yours restrain; Submit your stubborn necks, and learn To speak with less disdain: 6 For that promotion, which to gain Your vain ambition strives, From neither east nor west, nor yet From southern climes arrives. 7 For God the great disposer is, And sov’reign Judge alone, Who casts the proud to earth, and lists The humble to a throne. 8 His hand holds forth a dreadful cup; With purple wine 'tis crown'd; The deadly mixture which his wrath Deals out to nations round. Of this his saints sometimes may taste; But wicked men shall squeeze The bitter dregs, and be condemn’d
To drink the very lees,
This message will relate;
Then search, consult, and ask my heart,
O God, thy counsels are: Who is so great a God as ours? Who can with him compare? 14 Long since a God of wonders thee Thy rescu’d people found; 15 Long since hast thou thy chosen seed With strong deliv'rance crown'd. 16 When thee, O God, the waters saw, The frighted billows shrunk; The troubled depths themselves for fear Beneath their channels sunk. 17 The clouds pour’d down, while rending skies Did with their noise conspire? T& arrows all abroad were sent, Wing'd with avenging fire. 18 Heav'n with thy thunder's voice was torn, Whilst all the lower world With lightnings blaz'd, earth shook, and seem’d From her foundations hurl’d. 19 Through rolling streams thou find'st thy
Thy paths in waters lie;
And Aaron's sacred hand.
Let the instruction of my mouth
Has works of wonder wrought.
9 His prophet, I, to all the world The justice then of Jacob's God My song shall celebrate. Their cruelty disarm; Exalt the just, and seat him high PSALM LXXVI. IN Judah the Almighty’s known, His name in Jacob does excel: 2 His sanctu’ry in Salem stands; In Sion condescends to dwell. 3 He brake the bow and arrows there, There slain the mighty army lay : 4. Whence Sion's fame through earth is spread, , Than hills where roblers lodge their prey. 5 Their valiant chiefs, who came for spoil, Securely down to sleep they lay; But wak’d no more, their stoutest band *Gainst his, that did their legions slay. 6 When Jacob's God began to frown, Together slept in endless night: 7. When thou, whom earth and heav'n revere, What mortal power can stand thy sight? . 8 Pronounc'd from heaven, earth heard its Grew mood with fear, when thou didst conne 10 The wrath of man shall yield thee praise; Its last attempts but serve to raise 11 Wow to the Lord, ye nations; bring Vow’d presents to th’ eternal King; 12 Who proudest potentates can quell, To earthly kings more terrible, PSALM LXXVII. O God I cry’d, who to my help 2 In trouble's dismal day I sought My God with humble prayer. No med'cine gave relief: My soul no comfort would admit; 3 I thought on God, and favours past; But that increas'd my pain: The more I did complain. 4 Through every watch of tedious night M; grief is swell'd to that excess, sigh, but cannot speak. With signal mercy crown'd; Those famous years of ancient times, fi By night I recollect my songs, On former triumphs made;
With charge to be from age to age,
5 That generations yet to core Should to their unborn heirs Religiously transmit the same, And they again to theirs. 7 To teach them that in God alone Their hope securely stands; That they should ne'er his works forget, But keep his just commands. 8 Lest, like their fathers they might prove A stiff rebellious race, False-hearted, fickle to their God, Unsteadfast in his grace. 9 Such were revolting Ephraim's sons, Who though to warfare bred, And skilful archers, arm'd with bows, From field ignobly fled. --- 10, 11 They falsified their league with God, His orders disobey’d, Forgot his works and miracles * Before their eyes display’d. 12 Nor wonders, which their fathers saw, Did they in mind retain, Prodigious things in Egypt done, And Zoan’s fertile plain. 13 He cut the seas to let them pass, Restrain'd the pressing flood; While pil’d on heaps, on either side The solid waters stood. 14. A wondrous pillar led them on, Compos'd of shade and light ; A shelt’ring cloud it prov’d by day, A leading fire by night. 15 When drought oppress'd them, where no stream The wilderness supply'd, IIe cleft the rock, whose flinty breast Dissolv’d into a tide. 16 Streams from the solid rock he brought, Which down in rivers fell, That, trav’lling with their camp, each day Renew’d the miracle. 17. Yet there they sinn’d against him more, Provoking the Most High, In that same desert where he did Their fainting souls supply. 18 They first incens’d him in their hearts, That did his power distrust, And long’d for meat, not urg’d by want, But to indulge their lust. 19 Then o their blaspheming doubts; “Can God,” say they, “prepare * A table in the wilderness, * Set out with various fare : 20 “He smote the flinty rock, 'tis true, “And gushing streams ensu’d; “But can he corn and flesh provide * For such a multitude 2° 21. The Lord with indignation heard: From heaven avenging flame On Jacob fell, consuming wrath On thankless Israel came ; 22 Because their unbelieving hearts In God would not confide, Nor trust his care, who had from heav'n Their wants so oft supply’d; 23 Though he had made his clouds discharge Provisions down in show’rs; And when earth fail'd, reliev’d their needs From his celestial stores; 24. Though tasteful manna was rain’d down, Their lunger to relieve;
Though from the stores of heaven they did Sustaining corn receive. 25 Thus man with angels' sacred food, Ungrateful man was fed; Not sparingly, for still they found A plenteous table spread. 26 From heaven he made an east wind blow, Then did the south command 27 To rain down flesh like dust, and fowls Like sea’s unnumber'd sand. 28 Within their trenches he let fall The luscious easy prey; And all around their spreading camp The ready booty lay. 29. They fed, were fill'd; he gave them leave Their appetites to feast; 30, 31 Yet still their wanton lust crav'd on, Nor with their hunger ceas'd. But whilst in their luxurious mouths, They did their dainties chew, The wrath of God smote down their chiefse. And Israel’s chosen slew. PART II. 32 Yet still they sinn'd, nor would afford His miracles belief: 33 Therefore through fruitless travels he Consum'd their lives in grief. 34 When some were slain, the rest return’d To God with early cry; 35 Own’d him the #. of their defence, Their Saviour, God most high. 36 But this was feign'd submission all; Their heart their tongue bely’d; 37 Their heart was still perverse, nor would Firm in his league abide. 38 Yet, full of mercy, he forgave, Nor did with death chastise; But turn’d his kindled wrath aside, Or would not let it rise. 39 For he remember'd they were flesh, That could not long remain; A murm’ring wind, that’s quickly past, And ne'er returns again. 40 How oft did they provoke him there, How oft his patience grieve, In that same desert, where he did Their fainting souls relieve! 41 They tempted him by turning back, And wickedly repin'd, When Israel’s God refus’d to be 13y their desires confin'd. 42 Nor call'd to mind the hand and day That their redemption brought; 43 His signs in Egypt, wondrous works In Zoan's valley wrought. 44. He turn'd their rivers into blood, That man and beast forbore, And rather chose to die of thirst, Than drink the putrid gore. 45 He sent devouring swarms of flies; Hoarse frogs annoy’d their soil; 46 Locusts and caterpillars reap'd The harvest of their toil. 47 Their vines with batt’ring hail were broke; With frost the fig-tree dies; 48 Lightning and hail make flocks and herds One gen'ral sacrifice. 49 He turn’d his anger loose, and set No time for it to cease; And with their plagues ill angels sent, Their torments to increase.
50 He clear'd a passage for his wrath
56 Yet still they tempted, still provok'd The wrath of God most high; Nor would to practise his commands Their stubborn hearts apply; 57 But in their faithless fathers’ steps Perversely chose to go; They turn’d aside, like arrows shot From some deceitful bow. 58 For him to fury they provok'd With altars set on high; And with their graven images Inflam’d his jealousy. 59 When dj this, on Israel’s tribes His wrath and hatred fell; 60 He quitted Shiloh, and the tents Where once he chose to dwell. 81 To vile captivity his ark, His glory to disdain, 62. His people to the sword he gave, Nor would his wrath restrain. 63 Destructive war their ablest youth Untimely did confound; No virgin was to th’ altar led, With nuptial garlands crown'd. 64. In fight the sacrificer fell, The priest a victim bled; And widows, who their death should mourn, Themselves of grief were dead. 65 Then, as a giant rous’d from sleep, Whom wine had throughly warm’d, Shouts out aloud, the Lord awak'd, And his proud foe alarm’d. 66 He smote their host, that from the field A scatter’d remnant came, With wounds imprinted on their backs, Of everlasting shame. 67 With conquest crown'd, he Joseph’s tents And Ephraim's tribe forsook; 68 But Judah chose, and Sion’s mount For his lov’d dwelling took. '69. His temple he erected there, With spires exalted high; While deep, and fix’d, as those of earth, The strong foundations lie. 70 His faithful servant David too He for his choice did own,
EIIOLD, O God, how heathen hosts Have thy possession seiz’d! Thy sacred house they have defil’d, hy holy city raz'd? 2 The mangled bodies of thy saints Abroad unbury’d lay; Their flesh expos'd to savage beasts, And rav’nous birds of prey. 2 Quite through Jerus'lem was their blood like common water shed; And none were left alive to pay Last duties to the dead. 4 The neighboring lands our small remains With loud reproaches wound; And we a laughing-stock are made To all the nations round. 5 How long wilt thou be angry, Lord? Must we for ever mourn ? Shall thy devouring jealous rage, Like fire, for ever burn?
16 On foreign lands, that know not thec,
Thy heavy vengeance show’r; Those sinful kingdoms let it crush, That have not own’d thy power. 7. For their devouringjaws have prey’d On Jacob’s chosen race; And to a barren desert turn’d Their fruitful dwelling-place. 8 O think not on our former sins, But speedily prevent The utter ruin of thy saints, Almost with sorrow spent. 9 Thou God of our salvation, help, And free our souls from blame; So shall our pardon and defence Exalt thy glorious name. 10 Let infidels, that scoffing say, “Where is the God they boast?” In vengeance for thy slaughter’d saints, Perceive thee to their cost. 11 Lord, hear the sighing pris’ner's moans, Thy saving power extend; Preserve the wretches doom'd to die, From that untimely end. 12 On them who us oppress let all Our suff'rings be repaid; Make their confusion sev’n times more Than what on us they laid. 13 So we, thy people and thy flock, Shall ever praise thy name; And with glad hearts our grateful thanks. From age to age proclaim.
In our deliv'rance the effects Of thy resistless strength to find. 3 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou The lustre of thy face display; And all the ills we suffer now, Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away. 4 O thou, whom heavenly hosts obey, How long shall thy fierce anger burn? How long thy suff'ring people pray, And to their prayers have no return? 5 When hungry, we are forc’d to drench Our scanty food in floods of woe: When dry, our raging thirst we quench With streams of tears that largely flow. 6 For us the heathen nations round, As for a common prey, contest; . Our foes with spiteful joys abound, . And at our lost condition jest. 7 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou The lustre of thy face display, And all the ills we suffer now, Like scatter'd clouds, shall pass away.
8 Thou brought'st a vine from Egypt's land; And, casting out the heathen race, Didst plant it with thine own right hand, And firmly fix it in their place. 9 Before it thou prepar’dst the way, And mad'st it take a lasting root, Which, bless'd with thy indulgent ray, O'er all the land did widely shoot. 10, 11 The hills were cover'd with its shade, its goodly boughs did cedars seem; Its branches to the sea were spread, And reach'd to proud Euphrates’ stream. 12 Why then hast thou its hedge o'erthrown, Which thou hast made so firm and strong? Whilst all its grapes, defenceless grown, Are pluck’d by those that pass along. 13 See how the bristling forest-boar With dreadful fury lays it waste; Hark! how the savage monsters roar, And to their helpless prey make haste.
PART III. *
14 To thee, O God of hosts, we pray; Thy wonted goodness, Lord, renew ; From heaven, thy throne, this vine survey, And her sad state with pity view. 15 Behold the vineyard made by thee, Which thy right hand did guard so long; And keep that branch from danger free, Which for thyself thou mad'st so strong. 16 To wasting flames 'tis made a prey, And all its spreading boughs cut down; At thy rebuke they soon decay, And perish at thy dreadful frown. 17 Crown thou the King with good success, By thy right hand secur'd from wrong; The Son of Man in mercy bless, Whom for thyself thou mad'st so strong. 18 So shall we still continue free From whatsoe'er deserves thy blame; And, if once more reviv’d by thee, Will always praise thy holy name. 10 Do thou convert us, Lord, do thou The lustre of thy face display; And all the ills we suffer now, Like scatter'd clouds, skall pass away.
O God, our never-failing strength,’ With loud applauses sing; Andjointly make a cheerful noise To Jacob's awful King. 2 Compose a hymn of praise, and touch Your instruments of joy; Let psalteries and pleasant harps Your grateful skill employ. 3 Let trumpets at the great new moon Their joyful voices raise, To celebrate th' appointed time, The solemn day of praise. 4 For this a statute was of old, Which Jacob’s God decreed; To be with pious care observ’d By Israel's chosen seed. 5 This he for a memorial fix’d, . When, freed from Egypt’s land, Strange nations’ barb’rous speech we heard, But could not understand. 6 Your burden'd shoulders I reliev'd, (Thus seems our God to say) Your servile hands by me were freed, From laboring in the clay. 7 Your ancestors, with wrongs oppress'd, To me for aid did call; With pity I their suff'rings saw, And set them free from all. They sought for me, and from the cloud In thunder I reply'd; At Meribah’s contentious stream Their faith and duty try’d.
8 While I my solemn will declare, My chosen people, hear: If thou, O Israel, to my words Wilt lend thy list’ning ear; 9 Then shall no God besides myself Within thy coasts be found; Nor shalt thou worship any God Of all the nations round. 10 The Lord thy God am I, who thee Brought forth from Egypt's land; 'Tis I that all thy just desires Supply with libral hand. 11 But they, my chosen race, refus’d To hearken to my voice; Nor would rebellious Israel’s sons Make me their happy choice. 12 So I, provok'd, resign'd them up, To every lust a prey; And in their own perverse designs Permitted them to stray. 13 O that my people wisely would My just commandments heed! And Israel in my righteous ways With pious care proceed! 14. Then should my heavy judgments fall On all that them oppose, And my avenging hand be turn’d Against their num’rous foes. 15 Their enemies and mine should all Before my foot-stool bend; But as for them, their happy state Should never know an end. . 16 All parts with plenty should abound; With finest wheat their field: The barren rocks, to please their taste,
Should richest honey yield.