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6 I've seen an end of what we call
Perfection here below;
No change or period know.
1 The love that to thy laws I bear
No language can display;
My raptured thoughts all day.
From every sinful way,
By vain desires misled;
Thy righteous paths to tread.
O what divine repast!
With heav'nly skill am blest; Through which the treach'rous ways of sin
I utterly detest.
PART XIV. 1 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
L ᄂ The way of truth to show: A watch-light, to point out the path
In which I ought to go. 2 I've vow'd, and from my cov'nant, LORD, Will never start aside,
L That in thy righteous judgments I
Will steadfastly abide. 3 Let still my sacrifice of praise
With thee acceptance find; And in thy righteous judgments, LORD, L
Instruct my willing mind.
4 Thy testimonies I have made
My heritage and choice;
My drooping heart rejoice.
Thy statutes to obey,
Shall keep thine upright way.
PART XV. SAMECH. C. M. 1 DECEITFUL thoughts and practices
I utterly detest;
Too great to be express'd.
And shield art thou, O LORD; I firmly anchor all my hopes
On thy unerring word. 3 Away from me, ye wicked men,
Approach not my abode; For firmly I resolve to keep
The precepts of my God. 4 According to thy gracious word,
From danger set me free; Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,
That I repose on thee.
PART XVI. AIN. C. M. 1 MINE eyes, alas! begin to fail,
In long expectance held;
And righteous word fulfill'd. 2 To me, thy servant in distress,
Thy wonted grace display, And discipline my willing heart
Thy statutes to obey.
Thy sacred skill bestow,
The full extent may know.
4 Thy laws and precepts I account
In all respects divine;
And all false ways decline.
No words can represent;
My zealous heart is bent.
Celestial light displays,
To simplest minds conveys.
And fainting with desire,
The sacred skill acquire.
Who thy relief implore;
Who thy blest Name adore.
Let all thy footsteps be;
Dominion have o'er me.
LORD, make thy face to shine:
My heart with zeal incline.
PART XVIII. TSADDI. C. M.
Wrong'd innocence may trust;
In all respects are just.
Which thou didst first decree;
Succeeding times shall see.
3 LORD! each neglected word of thine,
Howe'er by men despised, Is pure, and for eternal truth
By me, thy servant, prized.
When time itself is past;
Which shall for ever last.
5 Though trouble, anguish, doubts and dread,
To compass me unite;
Thy precepts my delight. 6 Eternal and unerring rules
Thy testimonies give:
My soul for ever live.
Mar 8.157 1 With my whole heart to God I call'dLORD, hear my earnest cry;
favil And I thy statutes to perform
L Will all my care apply. 2 Again more fervently I pray'd
O save me, that I may Thy testimonies fully know,
And steadfastly obey.
Prevented, while I cried
My hope alone relied.
And wonted favor show;
Thy judgments ever true.
My soul has known, of old
To endless ages hold.
PART XX. RESCH. C. M. 1 CONSIDER my affliction, LORD,
And me from bondage draw;
Who ne'er forgets thy law.
Thy timely aid afford;
According to thy word.
Salvation far away; 'T is just thou should'st withdaw from them
Who from thy statutes stray. 4 Since great thy tender mercies are,
To all who thee adore; According to thy judgments, LORD,
My fainting hopes restore.
How I thy precepts love;
Of mercy from above.
Has held through ages past,
To endless ages last.
1 Thy sacred word my joyful breast
With heav'nly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
Have such transporting charms. 2 Perfidious practices and lies
I utterly detest;
Too vast to be express’d.
Thy praises I resound, Because I find thy judgments all
With truth and justice crown'd.