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PSALMS IN METRE,
THE PSALMS OF DAVID.
C. M. 15 Appease the Son with due respect,
Your timely homage pay:
Lest he revenge the bold neglect, 1 HOW blest is he, who ne'er consents
Incensed by your delay.
Who can endure the fame?
Then blest are they, whose hope relies 2 But makes the perfect law of God His business and delight;
On his most holy Name. Devoutly reads therein by day,
PSALM 3. C. M. And ineditates by night.
From the iii. Psalm of David. 3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, 1 THOU, gracious God, art my defence ; With timely fruit does hend,
On thee my hopes rely: He still shall flourish, and success
Thou art my glory, and shalt yet All his designs attend.
Lift up my head on high. 4 Ungodly men, and their attempts, 2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress, No lasting root shall find;
To God I made my prayer, Untimely blasted and dispersed
He heard me from his holy hill; Like chaff before the wind.
Why should I now despair? 5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb 3 Guarded by him I lay me down Before their Judge's face:
My sweet repose to take; No formal hypocrite shall then
For I through him securely sleep, Among the saints have place.
Through him in safety wake. 6 For God approves the just man's ways; 4 Salvation to the LORD belongs ; To happiness they tend :
He only can defend : But simmers, and the paths they tread,
His blessings he extends to all
That on his power depend.
From the iv. Psalm of David. 4 THUS God declares his sov'reign will: 1 CONSIDER that the righteous man “The King that I ordain,
Is God's peculiar choice;
He always hears my voice. 2 Attend, I earth, whilst I declare 2 Then stand in awe of his commands, God's uncontrollid decree:
Flee every thing that's ill, “Thou art my Son; this day, my heir, Commune in private with your hearts, Have I begotten thee.
And bend them to his will. 3 "Ask, and receive thy full demands ; 3 The sacrifice of righteousness Thine shall the Heathen be;
Present to God on high; The utmost liinit of the lands
And let your hope, securely fix'd, Shall be possess'd by thee."
On him alone rely. 4 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear,
4 While worldly mirds impatient grow Ye judges of the earth
More prosp'rous times to see; Worship ihe Lord with holy fear; Still let the glories of thy face Rejoice with awful mirth.
Shine brightly, LORD, on me.
5 So shall my heart o'erflow with joy,
12 In heaven thy wondrous acts are sung, More lasting and more true
Nor fully reckon'd there;
Thy boundless praise declare. 6 Then down in peace I 'll lay my head, 3 When heaven, thy beauteous work on high And take my needful rest ;
Employs my wond'ring sight; No other guard, O LORD, I crave,
The moon, that nightly rules the sky,
With stars of feebler light;
4 Oh, what is man, that, LORD, thou lov'st
To keep him in thy mind?
Or what his offspring, that thou prov'st
To them so wondrous kind? 1 REGARD my words, O gracious LORD, 5 Him next in power thou didst create
Accept my secret prayer; 'To thee alone, my King, my GOD,
To thy celestial train ; Will I for help repair.
Ordain'd with dignity and state,
O'er all thy works to reign. 2 Thou in the morn my voice shalt hear, And, with the dawning day,
6 They jointly own his powerful sway; To thee devoutly I'll look up,
The beasts that prey or graze; To thee devoutly pray.
The bird that wings its airy way;
The fish that cuts the seas. 3 LORD, I within thy house will come, In thy abundant grace;
7 0 thou, to whom all creatures bow And I will worship in thy fear,
Within this earthly frame, Tow'rd thy most holy place.
Through all the world how great art thou! 4 Let those, O LORD, who trust in thee,
How glorious is thy Name! With shouts their joy proclaim:
PSALM 8. C. M. Let them rejoice whom ihou preservist,
From the ix. Psalm of David. And all that love thy name. 5 To righteous men, the righteous LORD
1 TO celebrate thy praise, O LORD,
I will my heart prepare;
To all the list'ning world, thy works,
Thy wondrous works, declare.
2 The thought of them shall to my soul PSALM 6.
Exalted pleasures bring ;
Whilst to thy name, O thou Most High, From the vi. Psalm of David.
Triumphant praise I sing. 1 IN mercy, not in wrath,
3 The LORD for ever lives, who has Rebuke me. gracious God!
His righteous throne prepared,
To punish or reward. 2 Touch'd by thy quick’ning power, 4 All those who have his goodness proved, My load of guilt I feel :
Will in his truth confide;
That on bis help relied. 3 In trouble and in gloom,
5 Sing praises therefore to the LORD, Must I for ever monrn?
From Sion, his abode;
Confess no other God.
C. M. For who shall sing thy name in death,
From the xi Psalm of David. Or praise thee in the grave?
1 THE LORD a holy temple hath, 5 Why should I doubt thy grace,
And righteous throne, above; Or yield to dread despair?
Whence he surveys the sons of men, Thou wilt fulfil thy promised word,
And how their counsels move. And grant me all my prayer
2 If God the righteous, whom he loves,
For trial does correct,
What must the sons of violence,
Whom he abhors, expect? 10 THOU, to whom all creatures bow 3 Snares, fire, and brimstone, on their heads Within this earthly frame,
Shall in one tempest shower ; Through all the world how great art thou! This dreadful mixture his revenge How glorious is thy Name!
Into their cup shall pour.
The righteous LORD will righteous deeds 15 Who to his plighted vows and trust
Has ever firmly stood; * And to the upright man disclose
And, though he promise to his loss, The brightness of his face,
He makes his promise good.
6 Whose soul in usary disdains PSALM 10.
His treasure to employ;
Whom no rewards can ever bribe
7 The man, who by this righteous course How long wilt thou withdraw from me,
Has happiness insured, Oh! never to return?
When earthi's foundation shakes, shall stand, 20 hear, and to my longing eyes
By Providence secured Restore thy wonted light, "Dawn on my spirit, lest I sleep
C. M. lu death's most gloomy night.
From the xvi. Psalm of David. 8 Since I have always placed my trust 1 MY grateful soul shall bless the LORD, Beneath thy mercy's wing,
Whose precepts give me light; Thy saving health will come; and then
And private counsel still afford My heart with joy shall spring.
In sorrow's dismal night. 4 Then shall my song, with praise inspired, 2 I strive each action to approve To thee, my God, ascend,
To his all-seeing eye; Who to thy sérvant in distress
No danger shall my hopes remove,
Because he still is nigh.
3 Therefore my heart all grief defies,
My glory does rejoice ; 1 From the xiy. Psalm of David.
My Hesh shall rest, in hope to rise, 1 THE LORD look'd down from heaven's
Waked by his powerful voice. high tower, 1 And all the sons of men did view,
4 Thou, LORD, when I resign my breath, To see if any ow!’d his power,
My soul from hell shalt free; If any truth or justice knew;
Nor let thy Holy One in death
The least corruption see. 2 But all, he saw, were gone aside, All were degen'rate growii and base;
5 Thou shall the paths of life display, None took religion for their guide,
Which to thy presence lead; Not one of all the sinful race.
Where pleasures dwell without allay
And joys that never fade. 3 How will they tremble then for fear, When his just wrath shall them v'ertake:
PSALM 14. For to the righteous God is near,
From the xviii. Psalm of David And never will their cause forsake.
PART L. L. M. 40 that from Sion he'd employ His might, and burst th' oppressive band! 1 NO change of time shall ever shock Then shouls of universal joy.
My firm affection, LORD, to thee; Should loudly echo through the land.
For ihou hast always been my rock,
A fortress and defence to me.
My trust is in thy mighty power;
Thou art my shield from foes abroad, 1 LORD, who's the happy man that may At home my safeguard and my tower
To thy blest courts repair, Not , stranger-like, to visit them,
3 To thee I will address my prayer, But to inhabit there?
To whom all praise we justly owe; 2 "T is he who walketh uprightly,
So shall 1, by thy watchful care,
Be guarded safe from every foe.
PART II. L. M.
I Thou suit'st, O LORD, thy righteous 3 Who never did a slander forge
ways His neighbor's fame to wound;
To various paths of human kind;
They who for mercy merit praise,
With thee shall wondrous mercy find 4 Who vice, in all its pomp
power 2 Thou to the just shalt justice show; Can treat with just neglect;
The pure thy purity shall see: And piety, though clothed in rags, Such as perversely choose to go Religiously respect
Shall meet with due returns from the
3 That he the humble soul will save, 16 But what frail man observes how oft
And crush the haughty's boasted might, He does from virtue fall?
O cleanse me from my secret faults,
Dominion have o'er me;
Can with resistless power defend ? The great transgression fee.
With thy acceptance blest; To highest heavens his name be raised, And I, secure on thy defence, Who me with his salvation bless'd!
My strength and Saviour, rest. 6 My God, to celebrate thy fame,
From the xx. Psalm of David.
1 MAY Jacob's God defend
Aud hear us in distress;
Our succor from his temple send,
15 PART I. C. M.
2 May he accept our vow,
Our sacrifice receive,
Our holy wishes give!
S O LORD! thy saving grace Their great Creator's skill.
We joyfully declare ; 2 The dawn of each returning day Our banner in thy name we raise
Fresh beams of knowledge brings; 4 The LORD fulfil our prayer!” And from the dark returns of night
4 Now know we that the LORD Divine instruction springs.
His chosen will defend ; 3 Their powerful language to no realm From heaven will strength divine afford, Or region is confined ;
And will their prayer attend. T is nature's voice, and understood
5 Some earthly suecor trust, Alike by all mankind. 4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense
But we in God's right hand :
Lo! while they fall, so vain their boast,
We rise and upright stand.
6 Still save us, LORD! and still
Thy servants deign to bless; 5 From east to west, from west to east, His ceaseless course he goes;
Hear, King of heaven, in times of ill,
The prayers that we address.
From the xxii. Psalm of David.
PART I. C. M. 1 GOD's perfect law converts the soul, 1 MY GOD, my God, why leav'st thou me, Reclaims from false desires;
When I with anguish faint ? With sacred wisdom his sure word
Oh! why so far from me removed, The ignorant inspires.
And from my loud complaint ? 2 The statutes of the LORD are just, 2 Lo! I am treated like a worm, And bring sincere delight;
Like none of human birth; His pure commands in search of truth
Not only by the great reviled, Assist the feeblest sight.
But made the rabble's mirth. 3 His perfect worship here is fix'd, s With laughter all the gazing crowd On sure foundations laid;
My agonies survey; His equal laws are in the scales
They shoot the lip, they shake the head, of truth and justice weigh’d;
And thus deriding say: 4 of more esteem than golden mines, 4 “In God he trusted, boasting oft Or gold refined with skill;
That he was Heaven's delight; More sweet than honey, or the drops Let God come down to save him now That from the comb distil.
And own his favorite." 5 My trusty counsellors they are,
5 Withdraw not, then, so far from me And friendly warnings give :
When trouble is sọ nigh; Divine rewards attend on those
O send me help! thy help, on which Who by thy precepts live.
Alone I can rely