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PSALMS IN METRE,

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THE PSALMS OF DAVID.

PSALM 1.

C. M. 15 Appease the Son with due respect,
From the i. Psalm of David.

Your timely homage pay:

Lest he revenge the bold neglect, 1 HOW blest is he, who ne'er consents

Incensed by your delay.
By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits 6 If but in part his anger rise,
Where men profanely talk;

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
Shall both in ruin end.

That on his power depend.
PSALM 2. C. M.

PSALM 4.

C. M.
From the ii. Psalm of David.

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;
Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill, And when to him I niake my prayer
Shall there securely reign.”

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.

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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;
Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue
Successively renew.

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,
Of thy defence possess'd.

With stars of feebler light;
PSALM 5. C. M.

4 Oh, what is man, that, LORD, thou lov'st

To keep him in thy mind?
From the v. Psalm of David

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;
His blessing will extend ;
And with his favor all his saints,

To all the list'ning world, thy works,
As with a shield, defend.

Thy wondrous works, declare.

2 The thought of them shall to my soul PSALM 6.

S. M.

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,
Lest, if thy whole displeasure rise, Impartial justice to dispense,
I sink beneath thy rod.

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;
The wounds thy Spirit hath unclosed, Whose mercy ne'er forsook the man
O let that Spirit heal.

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;
And wilt thou not, al length, O GOD, Proclaim his deeds, till all the world
In pitying love return?

Confess no other God.
4 O come, ere life expire,
Send down thy power to save;

PSALM 9.

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,
PSALM 7. C. M.

What must the sons of violence,
From the vii, Psalm of David.

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.

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The righteous LORD will righteous deeds 15 Who to his plighted vows and trust
With signal favor grace,

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.

C. M.

His treasure to employ;
From the xiii. Psalm of David.

Whom no rewards can ever bribe
| HOW long wilt thou forget me, LORD? The guiltless to destroy.
Must I for ever mourn?

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

PSALM 13.

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,
Such bounty didst extend.

Because he still is nigh.
PSALM 11.

L. M.

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.
PSALM 12. C. M. 2 Thou my deliv'rer art, my God;
From the xv. Psalm of David.

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.
Whom righteousness directs;
Whose gen'rous tongue disdains to speak

PART II. L. M.
The thing his heart rejects.

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;
Nor hearken to a false report

They who for mercy merit praise,
By malice whisper'd round.

With thee shall wondrous mercy find 4 Who vice, in all its pomp

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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

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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?
In me the LORD an instance gave,

O cleanse me from my secret faults,
Whose darkness he has turn'd to light. Thou God that know'st them all!
4 Who then deserves to be adored, 7 Let no presumptuous sin, O LORD,
But God, on whom my hopes depend?

Dominion have o'er me;
Or who, except the mighty LORD, That, by thy grace preserved, I may

Can with resistless power defend ? The great transgression fee.
5 Let the eternal LORD be praised, 8 So shall my prayer and praises be
The rock on whose defence I rest!

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,

PSALM 16.

S. M.
My grateful voice to heaven I 'll raise;

From the xx. Psalm of David.
And nations, strangers to thy name,
Shall learn to sing thy glorious praise.

1 MAY Jacob's God defend

Aud hear us in distress;
PSALM 15.

Our succor from his temple send,
From the xix. Psalm of David,
Our cause from Sion bless!

15 PART I. C. M.

2 May he accept our vow,

Our sacrifice receive,
I THE heavens declare thy glory, LORD, Our heart's devout request allow,
Which that alone can fill;

Our holy wishes give!
The firmament and stars express

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,
Through earth's extent display;

We rise and upright stand.
Its bright contents the circling sun
Does round the world convey.

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.
And, through his progress, cheerful light
And vital warmth bestows.

PSALM 17.

From the xxii. Psalm of David.
PART II. C. M.

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

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