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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
Of sorrow and distress?

When wilt thou judgment execute
On them who me oppress?

85 The proud have digg d a pit for me, That have no other foes,

,But such as are averse to thee,
And thy just laws oppose.

86 With sacred truth's eternal laws
All thy commands agree;

Men persecute me without cause j
Thou, Lord, my helper be.

87 With close designs against my life
They had almost prevail'd;

But hi obedience to thy will,
My duty never fail'd.

88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, My drooping heart to cheer;

That bv thy righteous statutes I
My life's whole course may steer.

89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
Unchanged thou dost remain;

Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns,
Does all their orbs sustain.

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,
And servants of thy will.

92 Unless thy sacred law had been
My comfort and delight, >

1 must have fainted, and expired"

In dark affliction's night. •3 Thy precepts, therefore, from my thoughts

Shall never, Lord, depart;
For thou hy them hast to new life

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
Thy word my study make.

96 I've seen an end of what we call
Perfect!.m hen; below j

But thy cuuniiandments, like thyself,
No chan.£e or period know.

ifl The love that to thy laws I hoar
Ho language can display;

They with fresh wonders entertain

My ravish'd thoughts all day. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow

Than all my suhtile foes';
For thy sure word doth me direct,

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
The sages of our days -,

Because hy thy unerring rule
I order all my ways.

101 My feet with cart I have refraui'd From every sinful/way,

That to thy sacred word I might
Entire olwdience pay.

102 I have not from thy judgments

By vain desires misled;
For, Lord, thou hnst instructed me
Thy righteous paths to tread.

103 llow sweet are all thy words to me'

0 what divine repast!

How much more grateful to my soul
Than honey to my taste!

104 Taught hy thy sacred precepts, I
With heav'nly skill am blest,

Through which the trcach'rous ways of sin

1 utterly detest.


105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
The way of truth to show;

A watch-tight to point out the path
In which I ought to go.

106 I ewear, and from my solemu oath Will never start aside,

That in thy righteous judgments I
Will steadfastly ablde.

107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, That I can bear no more,

According to thy word do thou
My fainting soul restore.

108 Let Slill my sarrilice of praise
With thee acceptance find;

And, in thy righteous judgments, Lord, Instruct my willing mmd.

109 Though ghastly dangers me sur

My soul they cannot awe,
Nor*with continual terrors keep
From ihinking on thy law.

110 My wicked and invterate fnes
For me their snares have laid;

Yet I have kept the upright path,
Nor from thy precepts stiay'd.

HI Thy testimonies 1 have n.ado
My heritage and choice;

For they, when other comforts fail,
My drooping heart rejuic*.

112 My heart with early zeal began

Thy statutes to obey,
And till my course of life is done,

Shali keep thy upright way.


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I utterly detest;
But to thy law affection bear

Too great to be exprest.

114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord;

I firmly anchor all my hopes
On thy unerring word.

115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Approach not my ahode;

For firmly I resolve to keep
The precepts of my God.

116 According to thy gracious word,
From danger set me free;

Nor make me of those hopes ashamed, That I repose in thee.

117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,
And rescued from distress;

To thy decrees continually
My just respect address.

118 The wiched thou hast trod to earth, ■ Who from thy statutes stray'd;

Their vile deceit, the just reward
Of their own falsehood made.

119 The wicked from thy holy land
Thou dost like dross remove;

I therefore, with such justice charm'd, Thy testimonies love.

120 Yet, with that love they make me

Lest I should so offend,
When on transgressors 1 behold
Thy judgments thus descend.


121 Judgment and justice I have loved; 0 therefore, Lord, engage

In my defence, nor give me up
To my oppressor's rage.

122 Do thou be surety, Lord, forme,
And so shall this distress

Prove good for nie; nor shall the proud My guiltless soul oppress.

123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,
In long expectance held;

Till thy salvation they behold,
And righteous word futfilPd.

124 To me, thy servant, in distress,
Thy wonted grace display,

And discipline my willing heart
Thy statutes to obey.

125 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Thy sacred sltill bestow,

That of thy testimonies I

The full extent may know. 136 'Tis time, high■ time for thee O

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Thy vrngeanee to employ;

When men with open violence
Thy sacred law destroy.

127 Yet their contempt of thy ccmmuidi But makes their value rise

In my esteem, who purest gold,
Compared with them, despise.

128 Thy precepts therefore 1 account, In all respects, divine;

They teach me to discern the right,
And all false ways decline.


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
Celestial light displays,

And knowledge of true happiness
To simplest minds conveys.

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

Who thy relief implore;
As thou art wont to visit those
Who thy blest name adore.

133 Directed by thy heavenly word
Let all my footsteps be:

Nor wichedness of any kind
Dominion have o'er me.

134 Release, entirely set me free
From persecuting" hands,

That, unmolested, 1 may learn
And practise thy commands.

135 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Lord, make thy face to shine;

Thy statutes hoth to know and keep,
My heart with zeal incline.

136 My eyes to weeping fountains tarn, Whence briny rivers flow,

To see mankind against thy laws
In hold defiance go.


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

Which thou didst first decree;
And all with faithfulness perform'd,
Succeeding times shall see.

139 With zeal my flesh consumes awar, My soul with anguish frets.

To see my foes contemn at once
Thy promises and threats.

140 Yel each neglected word of thJaff.
Hewer hy them despised,

Ia pure, and for eternal truth
By me, thy servant, prized.

141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate. Contempt from all I find,

Yet no afironts or wrongs can drive
TTiy precepts from my mind.

142 Thy righteousness shall then en

When time itself is past j
Thy law is truth itself, that truth
Which shell for ever last.

143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts,

and dread,
To compass me unite;
Beset with danger, still I make
Thy precepts my delight.

144 Eternal and unerring rules
Thy testimonies give:

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
With all my care apply.

146 Again more fervently I pray'd,
O save me, that I may

Thy testimonies throughly know,
And steadfastly obey.

147 Hy earlier prayer the dawning day Prevented, while \ cry'd

To him, on whose engaging word
Myhope alone rely'd.

148 With zeal have I awaked before
The midnight watch was set,

That I of thy mysterious word
Might perfect knowledge get.

149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, And wonted favour show:

O quicken me, and so approve
Thy judgmeut ever true.

150 My persecuting foes advance,
■ And hourly nearer draw;

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

Thy promises sincere.

152 Concerning thy divine decrees,
My soul has known of old, *

That they were true, and shall their
To endless ages hold.

15S Consider my affliction, Lord,

And me from hondage draw';
Think on thy servant in distress,

Who ne'sr forgets thy law.

154 Plead thou mycause; to that and me Thy timely aid afford;

With beams of mercy quicken me,
According to thy word.

155 From harden'd sinners thou re*

mov'st Salvation far away; Tie just thou shouldst withdraw from

Who from thy statutes slray.

156 Since great thy tender mercies ars To all who thee adore;

According to thy judgments, Lord,
My fainting hopes restore.

157 A num'rous host of spiteful foes
Against my life comblne;

But all loo few to force my soul
Thy statutes to decline.

158 Those hold transgressors I beheld, And was with griet oppress'd,

To see with what audacious pride
Thy cov'nant they transgress'cL

159 Vet while they slight, consider,

How I thy precepts love;
0 therefore quicken me with beams
Of mercy from ahove.

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

Conspire my blood to shed,
Thy sacred word has power alone
To fill my heart with dread.

162 And yet that word my joyful breast With heavenly rapture warms;

Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
Have such transporting charms.

163 Perfidious practices and lies
I utterly detest;

But to thy laws affection bear,
Too vast to be exprest.

164 Seven times a day, with grateful

Thy praises I resound,
Because I find thy judgments all
With truth and justice rrov. n'd.

165 Secure, substantial pence have they , Who truly lovethv law;

No smiling mischief/ them can tempt,
Nor frowning danger awe.

166 For thy salvation IJiive hoped,
And though so long dPhiy'd,

With cheerful zeal and strictest care
All thy commands obey'd.

167 Thy testimonies I have kept,
And constantly obey'd;

Because the love I hore to then
Thy service easy made.

1G8 From strict observance of thy laws

I never yet withdrew;
Convinced that my moat secret wayi

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
Before thy throne appear;

According to thy plighted word,
For my relief draw near.

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
"With truth and justice crown'd.

173 Let thy Almighty arm appear,
And bring me timely aid;

For 1 the laws thou hast ordain'd
My heart's free choice have made.

174 My soul has waited long to see
Thy saving grace restored;

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,
From thence expecting aid;

2 From Sion's bill, and Sion's God
Who heaven and earth has made.

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,
Thy God shall thee defend;

Conduct thet through life's pilgrimage
Safe to thy journey's end.

OTwas a joyful sound to hear
Our tribef■ devoutly say,
Up, Israel, to the temple haste,
And keep your festal day!

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,
The tribes of God repair,

Before bls ark to celebrate
His name with praise and prayer.

5 Tribunals stand erected there,
Where equity takes place:

There stand the courts and palaces
Of royal David's race.

6 O, pray we then for Salem's peale,
For they shall prosp'rous be,

Thou buly city of our God,
Who bear true love to thee.

7 May peace within thy sacred walb
A constant guest be found;

With plenty and prosperity
Thy palaces be crown'd.

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,
And ever wish thee well,

For Sion and the temple's sake.
Where God vouchsafes to dwell.


ON thee, who dwelPst ahove the
For mercy wait my longing eyes;
As servants wait their masters' hands,
And maids their mistresses' commands.
'.i, I O then bnve mercy on us, Lord;
Thy gracious aid to us afford;
To us, whom cruel foes oppress,
Grown rich and proud bv our distress.

H\D not the Lord, may Israel say,
Been pleased to interpose;
2 Had he not then spoused our cause,

When men against us rose;
i, J, b Their wrath had swallow'd us
And raged without control;
Th' ir spite and pride's unitea floods
Had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul.

6 15ut praised be our eternal Lord,
Who rescued u i that day,

Nor to their savage jaws gave up
Our threaten'd lives a prey.

7 Our soul is like a blrd escaped
From out the fowler's net;

The snare is broke, their hopes are
And we at freedom set

8 Secure in his Almighty name
Our confidence remains,

Who, as he made hoth heaven and
Of hoth sole Monarch reigns.

WHO place on Sion's God their
Like Sion's rock shall stand;
Like her immoveable be fix'd
By his Almighty hand.

2 Look how the hills on every side
Jerusalem enclose;

So stands the Lord around his saints,
To guard them from their foes.

3 The wiched may afflict the just,
But ne'er too long oppress,

I^or force him hy despair to seek
Base means for his redress.

4 Be good, O righteous God, to those
Who righteous deeds *uTect:

The heart that innocence retains,
Let innocence protect.

5 All those who walk in crooked paths,
The Lord shall soon destroy,

Cut off ill" unjust, but crown the saints
With lasting peace and joy.

WHEN Sion's God her sous recall'd
From long captivity,
It seem'd at first a pleasing dream

Of what we wish d to see:
£ But soon in unaccustom'd mirth,
We surf onr voioe employ,

And sung our grent Restorer's praU■ft

In thankful hymns of joy.
Our heathen foes repining stood*

Yet were compelled to own
That great and wondrous was the

Our God for us had done.

3 ' Twas great,* say they, l *twas won-
drous great;'

Much more should we confess,
The Lord has done great things .whereof
We reap the glad success.

4 To us bring hack the remnant, Lord,
Of Israel's captive hands,

More welcome than refreshing showers
To parch'd and thirsty lands;

5 That we, whose work commenced in

May see our lahours thrive,
Till finish'.| with success, to make
Our ■drooping hearts revive.

6 Though he desponds that sows his

Tet doubtless he shall come
To bind his full-e.irVi sheaves,and brins;
The joyful harvest home.

PSALM i.xxvII.

WE build with fruitless cost, unlesfc
The Lord the phV sustain:
Unless the Lord the city keep,
The watchman wakes in vain.

2 In vain we rise before the day,
And late to rest repair,

Allow no respite to our toil,

And eat the bread of care.
Supplies of life, with ease to them.

He on his saints bestows;
He crowns their lahours with succesft

Their nights with sound repose.

3 Children, those comforts oi our life,
Are presents from the Lord;

He gives a num'rous race of heh%
As piety's reward.

4 As arrows in a giant's hand, %
When marching forth to war;

E v'n so the sons of sprightly youth,
Their parents safeguard are.

5 Happy the man whose quiver's fill'd
With these prevailing arms;

He need not fear to meet his foe,
At law or war's alarms.


THE man is blest that fears the
Nor only worship pays,
But keeps his steps confined with car*
To his appointed ways.

2 He shall upon the sweet returns ,
Of his own lahour feed;

Without dependence live, and set
His wishes all succeed. *

3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine,

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