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PSALM XIX. Sec. Part. C. M. * or b

The Excellency of Scripture.
I GOD's perfect law converts the soul,

Reciaims from false desires ;
With sacred wisdom his sure word

The ignorant inspires.
2 The statutes of the Lord are just,

And bring sincere delight;
His pure commands in search of truth

Assist the feeblest sight.
3 His perfect worship here is fix’d,

On sure foundations laid ;
His equal laws are in the scales

Of truth and justice weigh’d.
4 Of more esteem than golden mines,

Or gold refin'd with skill ;
More sweet than honey, or the drops

Which from the comb distil. 5 My trusty counsellors they are,

And friendly warning give; Divine rewards attend on those

Who by thy precepts live.
6 But what frail man observes how ott

He does from virtue fall ?
O cleanse me from my secret faults,
Thou God, who know'st them all.


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Psalm XIX. Long Metre.

Nature and Scripture compared.
1 THE heavens declare thy glory, Lord,

In every star thy wisdom shines;
But when our eyes behold thy word,
We read thy name in fairer lines.

2 The rolling sun, the changing light,

And nights and days thy power confess;
But the blest volume thou hast writ

Reveals thy justice and thy grace.
3 Sun, moon and stars convey thy praise

Through the whole earth, and never stand;
So when thy truth began its race,
It touch'd and glanc'd on every

land. 4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest,

Till through the world thy truth has run ; Till Christ hath all the nations blest

That see the light or feel the sun.
5 Great Sun of righteousness, arise ;

Bless the dark world with heavenly light,
Thy gospel makes the simple wise,

Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right. 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view,

In souls renew'd and sins forgiven;
Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew,
And make thy word my guide to heaven.


PSALM XIX. Six Line L. M.
I GREAT God, the heaven's well order'd frame
Declares the glory of thy name;

Here thy rich works of wonder shine ;
A thousand starry beauties there,
A thousand radiant marks appear

Of boundless power and skill divine. 2 From night to day, from day to night, The dawning and the dying light

Lectures of heavenly wisdom read ;
With silent eloquence, they raise
Our thoughts to our Creator's praise,

And neither sound nor language noed.

3 Yet their divine instructions run Far as the circuit of the sun,

And every nation knows their voice; Where'er he spreads his beams abroad, He publishes his maker, God,

Rolls round, and makes the earth rejoice. 4. But when we read thy written word; What light and joy those leaves afford!

These are our study and delight:
Not honey so invites the taste,
Nor gold that hath the furnace past,

Appears so pleasing to the sight. 5 From the discoveries of thy law, The perfect rules of life we draw ;

But 'tis thy blessed gospel, Lord, Which makes our guilty conscience clean, Converts our soul, subdues our sin,

And gives a free but large reward.
6 Who knows the errors of his thoughts!
Forgive, O Lord, our secret faults,

And from presumptuous sins restrain :
Accept the tribute of our praise,
That we have read thy book of grace,
And book of nature, not in vain.


Psalm XIX. Short Metre.

For the Lord's Day Morning.
I BEHOLD, the morning sun

Begins his glorious way,
His beams through all the nations run,

And life and light convey. 2 But where the gospel comes,

It spreads diviner light ;

It calls dead sinners from their tombs,

And gives the blind their sight. 3 How perfect is thy word!

And all thy judgments just ! For ever sure thy promise, Lord,

And we securely trust. 4 My gracious God, how plain

Are thy directions given ! O may I never read in vain,

But find the path to heaven. 5 I hear thy word with love,

O help me to obey ;
Send thy good Spirit from above,

To guide me, lest I stray.
6 Whilst with my heart and tongue

I spread thy praise abroad ;
Accept the worship and the song,
My Saviour and



PSALM XX. Long Metre. b

For a Day of Prayer in War.
I NOW may the God of power and grace
Attend his people's humble cry ;
Jehovah hears when Israel prays,

And sends deliverance from on high. 2 The name of Jacob's God defends

Better than shields or brazen walls ;
He from his sanctuary sends

Succour and strength when Zion calls. 3 Well he remembers all our sighs,

His love exceeds our best deserts ;
His love accepts the sacrifice
Of humble groans and broken hearts.

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