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BY the #so the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestanz Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Com
vention, this 13th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thou
sand seven hundred and eighty-nine—
This Translation of the Whole Book of Psalms into Metre, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the
And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any Church, either by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint the Por. tions of Psalms which are to be sung.
And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the Tunes to be sung, at any time, in his Church: .And, especially, it shall be his duty, to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance; by which vain and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary.
OW blest is he, who ne'er consents By ill advice to walk, Nor stands in sinners’ ways, nor sits Where men profanely talk; 2. But makes the perfect law of God His business and delight; ' Devoutly reads therein by day, And meditates by night. 3. Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, With timely fruit does bend, He still shall Hooi, and success All his designs attend. 4. Ungodly men, and their attempts, No lasting root shall find; Untimely blasted and dispers'd v Like chaff before the wind. 5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb Before their Judge's face: No formal hypocrite shall then Among the saints have place. 6 For God approves the just man's ways; To happiness they tend: But sinners, and the paths they tread, Shall both in ruin end. PSALM II. Wo: restless and ungovern'd rage, Why do the heathen storm? Why in such rash attempts engage, As they can ne'er perform : 2 The great in council and in might Their various forces bring; Against the Lord they all unite, And his anointed King. 3 **Must we submit to their commands?” Presumptuously they say: **No, let us break their slavish bands, “And cast their chains away.” 4. But God, who sits enthron'd on high, And sees how they combine, Does their conspiring strength defy, And mocks their vain design. 5 Thick clouds of wrath divine shall break On his rebellious foes; And thus will he in thunder speak To all that dare oppose: 6 “Though madly you dispute my will, “The King that Yo... “Whose throne is fix’d on Sion's hill, “Shall there securely reign.” 7 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare God's uncontrol’d decree: “Thou art my Son, this day, my heir, “Have I begotten thee. $ “Ask, and receive thy full demands; “Thine shall the heathen be; “The utmost limits of the lands “Shall be possess'd by thee. 9 “Thy threat'ning sceptre thou shalt shake, “And crush them every where; * As massy bars of iron break “The potter's brittle ware.”
11 Worship the Lord with holy fear; Rejoice with awful mirth. 12 Appease the Son with due respect, Your timely homage pay; Lest he revenge the bold neglect, Incens’d by your delay. 13 If but in part his anger rise, Who can endure the flame 2 Then blest are they, whose hope relies On his most holy name.
PSALM III. Ho many, Lord, of late are grown The troublers of my peace! And as their numbers hourly rise, So does their rage increase. 2 Insulting, they my soul upbraid, And him whom I adore; “The God in whom he trusts,” say they, “Shall rescue him no more.” 3 But thou, O Lord, art my defence; On thee my hopes rely; Thou art my glory, ...}shall yet Lift up my head on high. o 4 Since whensoe'er, in like distress, To God I made my prayer, He heard me from his holy hill; Why should I now despair? 5 Guarded by him, I laid me down My sweet ol. to take; For I through him securely sleep, Through him in safety wake. 6 No force nor fury of my foes My courage shall confound, Were they as many hosts as men, That have beset me round. 7 Arise, and save me, O my God, Who oft hast own'd my cause, And scatter'd oft these foes to me, And to thy righteous laws. 8 Salvation to the Lord belongs; He only can defend: His blessing he extends to all That on his power depend.
Lord, thou art my righteous Judge,
And spread malicious lies :
And bend them to his will.
10 Learn then, i. princes; and give ear, Ye judges of the earth; *
On God alone rely.
Lo hear the voice of my complaint,
HY dreadful anger, Lord, restrain, And spare a wretch forlorn; Correct me not in thy fierce wrath, Too heavy to be borne. 2 Have mercy, Lord; for I grow faint, Unable to endure The anguish of my aching bones, Which thou alone can’st cure. 3 My tortur'd flesh distracts my mind, And fills my soul with grief; But, Lord, how long wilt thou delay To grant me thy relief?,
4 Thy wonted goodness, Lord, repeat,
O Lord my God, since I have plac’d My trust alone in thee, From all my persecutors' rage Do thou deliver me. 2 To save me from my threat'ning foe, Lord interpose thy power; Lest, like a savage lion, he My helpless soul devour. 3, 4 If I am guilty, or did e'er Against his peace combine ; Nay, if I have not spar'd his life, Who sought unjustly mine ; 5 Let then to persecuting oes My soul become a prey; Let them to earth tread down my life, In dust my honour lay. 6 Arise, and let thine anger, Lord, In my defence engage; Exalt thyself above my foes, And their insulting rage: Awake, awake, in my behalf, The judgment to dispense, Which thou hast righteously ordain’d For iniured innocence. 7 So to thy throne, adoring crowds Shall still for justice fly : Oh! therefore, for their sake, resume - Thy judgment-seat on high. 8 Impartial Judge of all the world, I trust my cause to thee; According to my just deserts, So let thy sentence be. 9 Let wicked arts and wicked men Together be o’erthrown; But guard the just, thou God, to whom The hearts of both are known. 10, 11 God me protects, not only me, But all of upright heart; And daily lays up wrath for those Who from his laws depart. 12 If they persist, he whets his sword, His bow stands ready bent; 13 Ev’n now, with swift destruction wing’d, His pointed shafts are sent. 14. The plots are fruitless which my foe
Unjustly did conceive :
15 The pit he digg’d for me, has prov'd
Thou, to whom all creatures bow Within this earthly frame, Through all the world how great art thou! How glorious is thy name! In heaven thy wondrous acts are sung, Nor fully reckon'd there; 2 And yet thou mak’st the infant tongue Thy boundless praise declare. Through thee the weak confound the strong, And crush their haughty foes; And so thou quell'st the wicked throng, That thee and thine oppose. 3 When heaven, thy beauteous work on high, Employs my wond'ring sight; The moon, that nightly rules the sky, With stars of feebler light; 4 What's man, say I, that, Lord, thou lov'st To keep him in thy mind? Or what his offspring, that thou prov'st To them so wondrous kind? 5 Him next in power thou didst create To thy celestial train; 6 Ordain'd, with dignity and state, O'er all thy works to reign. 7 They jointly own his powerful sway; The beasts that prey, or graze; * The bird that wings its airy way; The fish that cuts the seas. 9 O Thou, to whom all creatures bow Within this earthly frame, Through all the world how great art thou! How glorious is thy name!
O celebrate thy praise, O Lord,
or. justice to dispense, o punish or reward. 9 God is a constant sure defence Against oppressing rage, As troubles rise, his needful aids In our behalf engage. 10 All those who have his goodness prov’d Will in his truth confide; Whose mercy ne'er forsook the man That on his help rely’d. 11 Sing praises therefore to the Lord, From Sion, his abode; Proclaim his deeds, till all the world Confess no other God.
PART II. 12 When he inquiry makes for blood, He'll call the poor to mind: The injur’d humble man's complaint Relief from him shall find. 13 Take pity on my troubles, Lord, Which spiteful foes create, Thou that hast rescu'd me so oft From death's devouring gate. 14. In Sion then I'll sing thy praise, To all that love thy name, And with loud shouts of grateful joy, Thy saving power proclaim, 15 Deep in the pit they digg'd for me, The heathen pride is laid; Their guilty feet to their own snare Are heedlessly betray’d. 16 Thus, by the just returns he makes, The mighty Lord is known; While §. men by their own plots Areshamefully o'erthrown. 17 No single sinner shall escape, By privacy obscur'd; Nor nation, from his just revenge, By numbers be secur’d. 18. His suff’ring saints, when most distress'd, He ne’er forgets to aid; Their expectations shall be crown'd, Though for a time delay’d. 19 Arise, O Lord, assert thy power, And let not man o'ercome; Descend to judgment, and pronounce The o heathen’s doom. 20 Strike terror through the nations round, Till, by consenting fear, They to each other, and themselves, But mortal men appear.
Because thy judgments unobserv'd,
5 If God the righteous, whom he loves,
So godly men decay, O Lord,
OW long wilt thou forget me, Lord?
And suddenly, or I shall sleep
In everlasting night.
And how their councils move:
Such bounty didst extend.