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By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this 13th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine
HIS 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 Minister.
And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any Church, either by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint the Portions 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,
PSALMS OF DAVID,
OW blessed is he who ne'er consents
H By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
2 But makes the perfect law of God
Devoutly reads therein by day,
3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, With timely fruit does bend,
We still shall flourish, and success
4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,
5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb Before their Judge's face;
No formal hypocrite shall then
6 For God approves the just man's ways;
But sinners, and the paths they tread,
WITH restless and ungoverned rage
2 The great in counsel and in might Their various forces bring;
Against the Lord they all unite,
3 "Must we submit to their commands ?"
"No; let us break their slavish bands,
4 But God, who sits enthroned on high,
5 Thick clouds of wrath divine shall break On his rebellious foes:
And thus will he in thunder speak
6 "Though madly you dispute my will,
"Whose throne is fixed on Sion's hill,
7 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare God's uncontrolled decree :
"Thou art my Son; this day, my heir,
8 "Ask, and receive thy full demands ;
9 "Thy threatening sceptre thou shalt shake, "And crush them every where, "As massy bars of iron break
"The potter's brittle ware."
10 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear, Ye judges of the earth;
11 Worship the Lord with holy fear; Rejoice with awful mirth.
12 Appease the Son with due respect,
13 If but in part his anger rise, Who can endure the flame?
Then blessed are they, whose hope relies On his most holy name.
TOW 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, and shalt yet
4 Since, whensoe'er, in like distress,
5 Guarded by him, I laid me down
6 No force nor fury of my foes
7 Arise, and save me, O my God,
Who oft hast owned my cause, And scattered oft these foes to me And to thy righteous laws.
8 Salvation to the Lord belongs;
LORD, thou art my righteous Judge; To my complaint give ear; Thou still redeem'st me from distress; Have mercy, Lord, and hear.
2 How long will ye, O sons of men,
3 Consider that the righteous man
4 Then stand in awe of his commands,
5 The place of other sacrifice
6 While worldly minds impatient grow
7 So shall my heart o'erflow with joy,
Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine
8 Then down in peace I'll lay my head, And take my needful rest;
No other guard, O Lord, I crave,
LORD, hear the voice of my complaint,
Accept my secret prayer;
2 To thee alone, my King, my God, Will I for help repair.
3 Thou, in the morn, my voice shalt hear,
To thee devoutly I'll look up,
4 For thou the wrongs that I sustain
All evil dost remove.