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S3 My skin like shrirell'd parchment shows,
That long in smoke is set; Yet no affliction me can force
Thy statutes to forget.
84 How many days must I endure
When wilt thou judgment execute
85 The proud have digg d a pit for me, That have no other foes,
,But such as are averse to thee,
86 With sacred truth's eternal laws
Men persecute me without cause j
87 With close designs against my life
But hi obedience to thy will,
88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, My drooping heart to cheer;
That bv thy righteous statutes I
89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns,
90 Thro' circling ages, Lord, thy truth Immoveable shall stand,
As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st By thy Almighty hand.
91 All things the course hy thee ordain'd E'en to this day fulfil l
They are thy faithful subjects all,
92 Unless thy sacred law had been
1 must have fainted, and expired"
In dark affliction's night. •3 Thy precepts, therefore, from my thoughts
Shall never, Lord, depart;
Restored my dying heart.
94 As I am thine, entirely thine, Protect me, Lord, from harm,
Who have thy precepts sought to know, And carefully perform.
95 The wicked hive their ambush laid My guiltless life to take;
But in the midst of danger I
96 I've seen an end of what we call
But thy cuuniiandments, like thyself,
ifl The love that to thy laws I hoar
They with fresh wonders entertain
My ravish'd thoughts all day. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow
Than all my suhtile foes';
And all my ways dispose.
■ From me my former teachers now
May abler counsel take; Because thy sacred precepts I
My constant study make.
100 In understanding I excel
Because hy thy unerring rule
101 My feet with cart I have refraui'd From every sinful/way,
That to thy sacred word I might
102 I have not from thy judgments
103 llow sweet are all thy words to me'
0 what divine repast!
How much more grateful to my soul
104 Taught hy thy sacred precepts, I
Through which the trcach'rous ways of sin
1 utterly detest.
105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
A watch-tight to point out the path
106 I ewear, and from my solemu oath Will never start aside,
That in thy righteous judgments I
107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, That I can bear no more,
According to thy word do thou
108 Let Slill my sarrilice of praise
And, in thy righteous judgments, Lord, Instruct my willing mmd.
109 Though ghastly dangers me sur
110 My wicked and invterate fnes
Yet I have kept the upright path,
HI Thy testimonies 1 have n.ado
For they, when other comforts fail,
112 My heart with early zeal began
Thy statutes to obey,
Shali keep thy upright way.
SAM EC H.
I utterly detest;
Too great to be exprest.
114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord;
I firmly anchor all my hopes
115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Approach not my ahode;
For firmly I resolve to keep
116 According to thy gracious word,
Nor make me of those hopes ashamed, That I repose in thee.
117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,
To thy decrees continually
118 The wiched thou hast trod to earth, ■ Who from thy statutes stray'd;
Their vile deceit, the just reward
119 The wicked from thy holy land
I therefore, with such justice charm'd, Thy testimonies love.
120 Yet, with that love they make me
121 Judgment and justice I have loved; 0 therefore, Lord, engage
In my defence, nor give me up
122 Do thou be surety, Lord, forme,
Prove good for nie; nor shall the proud My guiltless soul oppress.
123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,
Till thy salvation they behold,
124 To me, thy servant, in distress,
And discipline my willing heart
125 On me, devoted to thy fear,
That of thy testimonies I
The full extent may know. 136 'Tis time, high■ time for thee O
Thy vrngeanee to employ;
When men with open violence
127 Yet their contempt of thy ccmmuidi But makes their value rise
In my esteem, who purest gold,
128 Thy precepts therefore 1 account, In all respects, divine;
They teach me to discern the right,
129 The wonders which thy laws conuufi No words can represent;
Therefore to learn and practise them My zealous heart is bent.
130 The very entrance to thy word
And knowledge of true happiness
131 With eager hopes 1 waiting stood, And fainting with desire;
That of thy wise commands I might The sacred skill acquire.
132 With favour, Lord, look down oa
133 Directed by thy heavenly word
Nor wichedness of any kind
134 Release, entirely set me free
That, unmolested, 1 may learn
135 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Thy statutes hoth to know and keep,
136 My eyes to weeping fountains tarn, Whence briny rivers flow,
To see mankind against thy laws
137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in
whom Wrong'd innocence may trust; And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord, In all respects are just.
138 Most just and true those statulel
139 With zeal my flesh consumes awar, My soul with anguish frets.
To see my foes contemn at once
140 Yel each neglected word of thJaff.
Ia pure, and for eternal truth
141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate. Contempt from all I find,
Yet no afironts or wrongs can drive
142 Thy righteousness shall then en
143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts,
144 Eternal and unerring rules
Tench me the wisdom that will make My soul for ever live.
145 With my whole heart to God I call'd, Lord, hear my earnest cry;
And I thy statutes to perform
146 Again more fervently I pray'd,
Thy testimonies throughly know,
147 Hy earlier prayer the dawning day Prevented, while \ cry'd
To him, on whose engaging word
148 With zeal have I awaked before
That I of thy mysterious word
149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, And wonted favour show:
O quicken me, and so approve
150 My persecuting foes advance,
What treatment can I hope from them That violate thy law?
151 Though they draw nigh, my com
fort is, Thou, Lord, art yet more near; Thou, whose commands are righteous
152 Concerning thy divine decrees,
That they were true, and shall their
And me from hondage draw';
Who ne'sr forgets thy law.
154 Plead thou mycause; to that and me Thy timely aid afford;
With beams of mercy quicken me,
155 From harden'd sinners thou re*
mov'st Salvation far away; Tie just thou shouldst withdraw from
156 Since great thy tender mercies ars To all who thee adore;
According to thy judgments, Lord,
157 A num'rous host of spiteful foes
But all loo few to force my soul
158 Those hold transgressors I beheld, And was with griet oppress'd,
To see with what audacious pride
159 Vet while they slight, consider,
160 As from the blrth of time thy truth Has held through ages past,
So shall thy righteous judgments, firm, To endless ages last.
161 Though mighty tyrants, without
162 And yet that word my joyful breast With heavenly rapture warms;
Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
163 Perfidious practices and lies
But to thy laws affection bear,
164 Seven times a day, with grateful
165 Secure, substantial pence have they , Who truly lovethv law;
No smiling mischief/ them can tempt,
166 For thy salvation IJiive hoped,
With cheerful zeal and strictest care
167 Thy testimonies I have kept,
Because the love I hore to then
1G8 From strict observance of thy laws
I never yet withdrew;
Are open to thy view.
169 To my request and earnest cry, Attend, O gracious Lord;
Inspire my heart with heavenly skill, According■ to thy word.
170 Let my repeated prayer at last
According to thy plighted word,
171 Then shall my grateful lips return The tribute of their praise,
When thou thy counsels hast reveal'd, And taught me thy just ways.
172 tly tongue the praises of thy word Siirii thankfully resound,
Because thy promises are all
173 Let thy Almighty arm appear,
For 1 the laws thou hast ordain'd
174 My soul has waited long to see
Hor comfort knew, but what thy laws, Thy heavenly laws, afford.
175 Prolong my life, that I may sing■ My great hestorer's praise;
Whose justice, from the depths of woe, My fainting soul shall raise.
176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd,
till I Despair my way to find; Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek, Who keeps thy laws in mind. PSALM CXX.
IN deep distress I oft have cry'd To God, who never yet deny'd To rescue me, oppre*s'd with wrongs; 3 Once more, 0 Lord, deuVrance send, J"rom lying lips my soul defend, And from the rage of slandering tongues.
3 What little profit can accrue, And yet what heavy wrath is due,
O thou perfidious tongue, to thee!
4 Thy sting upon thyself shall aim; Of lasting flames, that fiercely burn, The constant fuel thou shalt be.
3 But, 0! how wretched is my doom, Who am a sojourner become
In harren Mesech's desert soil! Wit! Kedar's wicked tents enclosed, To lawless savages exposed,
Who live on nought but theft and spoil a My hapless dwelling is with those Who pence and amity oppose.
Ana pleasure take in others' barms:
7 Sweet peace is all I court andsfei) But when to them of peace I si**k, They straight cry out, To anas, to arms.
TO Slon's hill 1 lilt my eyes,
2 From Sion's bill, and Sion's God
3 Then thou, my sou!, in safety rest, Thy guardian will uot sleep,
4 His watchful care, that Israel guards, Will Israel's monarch keep.
5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almightt'i
wings Thou shalt securely rest,
6 Where neither sun nor moon shall
thee By day or night molest.
7 From common accidents of life His care shall guard thee still;
8 From the blind strokes of chance,sad
foes That lie in wait to kilt
9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,
Conduct thet through life's pilgrimage
OTwas a joyful sound to hear
2 At Salem's courts we must appear, With our assembled powers,
3 In strong and beauteous order ranged, Like her united towers,
4 Tis tluther, hy divine command,
Before bls ark to celebrate
5 Tribunals stand erected there,
There stand the courts and palaces
6 O, pray we then for Salem's peale,
Thou buly city of our God,
7 May peace within thy sacred walb
With plenty and prosperity
8 For my dear brethren'! sake, sad
friends No less than brethren dear, 111 pray—May peace in Salem's towen, A constant gue.-f appear.
9 But most of airl'L seek thy good,
For Sion and the temple's sake.
ON thee, who dwelPst ahove the
H\D not the Lord, may Israel say,
When men against us rose;
6 15ut praised be our eternal Lord,
Nor to their savage jaws gave up
7 Our soul is like a blrd escaped
The snare is broke, their hopes are
8 Secure in his Almighty name
Who, as he made hoth heaven and
WHO place on Sion's God their
2 Look how the hills on every side
So stands the Lord around his saints,
3 The wiched may afflict the just,
I^or force him hy despair to seek
4 Be good, O righteous God, to those
The heart that innocence retains,
5 All those who walk in crooked paths,
Cut off ill" unjust, but crown the saints
WHEN Sion's God her sous recall'd
Of what we wish d to see:
And sung our grent Restorer's praU■ft
In thankful hymns of joy.
Yet were compelled to own
Our God for us had done.
3 ' Twas great,* say they, l *twas won-
Much more should we confess,
4 To us bring hack the remnant, Lord,
More welcome than refreshing showers
5 That we, whose work commenced in
May see our lahours thrive,
6 Though he desponds that sows his
Tet doubtless he shall come
WE build with fruitless cost, unlesfc
2 In vain we rise before the day,
Allow no respite to our toil,
And eat the bread of care.
He on his saints bestows;
Their nights with sound repose.
3 Children, those comforts oi our life,
He gives a num'rous race of heh%
4 As arrows in a giant's hand, %
E v'n so the sons of sprightly youth,
5 Happy the man whose quiver's fill'd
He need not fear to meet his foe,
THE man is blest that fears the
2 He shall upon the sweet returns ,
Without dependence live, and set
3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine,
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