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is This man shall rest and safety find They still, through unbelief, rebelld, In seasons of distress;
Whilst they my wondrous works beheld. Whilst God prepares a pit for those
10 They forty years my patience griev'd, That stubbornly transgress.
Though daily I their wants reliev'd. 14 For God will never from his saints Then-'Tis a faithless race, I said, His favour wholly take;
Whose heart from me has always stray'd. His own possession and his lot
11 They ne'er will tread my righteous path: He will not quite forsake.
Therefore to them, in settled wrath, 15 The world shall then confess thee just Since they despis’d my rest, I sware, In all that thou hast dorie;
That they should never enter there. And those that choose thy upright ways,
PSALM XCVI. Shall in those paths go on.
JNG to the Lord a new-made song; 16 Who will app rar in my behalf, When wicked men invade?
Her common Patron's praise resound: Or who, when sinners would oppress, 2 Sing to the Lord, and bless his name, My righteous cause shall plead?
From day to day his praise proclaim, 17, 18, 19 Long since had I in silence slept, Who us has with salvation crown'd : But that the Lord was near,
3 To heathen lands his fame rehearse, To stay me when I slipt; when sad,
His wonders to the universe. My Troubled heart to cheer.
4 He's great, and greatly to be prais'd: 20 Wilt thou, who art a God most just, In majesty and glory raised Their sinful throne sustain,
Above all other deities : Wino make the law a fair pretence
5 For pageantry and idols alt Their wicked ends to gain?
Are they, whom gods the heathen calli 21 Against the lives of righteous men
He only rules, who made the skies : They form their close design;
6 With majesty and honour crown'd, And blood of innoceats to spill
Beauty and strength his throne surround.. In solemn league combine.
7 Be therefore both to him restor'a 22 Rat my defence is firmly plac'd
By you, who have false gods ador'd; In God, the Lord most high:
Ascribe due honour to his name: Ile is my rock, to which I may
8 Peace-off rings on his altar lay, For refuge always fly.
Before his throne your homage pay, 23 The Lord shall cause their ill designs Which he, and he alone, can claim: On teir own heads to fall:
9 To worship at his sacred court, He in their sins shall cut them off,
Let all the trembling world resort. Our God shall slay them all.
10 Proclaim aloud, Jehovah reigns, PSALM XCV.
Whose power the universe sustains,
And banish'd justice will restore:
11 Let therefore hear'n new joys confess; Loud thanks to our Almighty King; And heav'nly mirth let earth express ; For we our voices high should raise,
Its loud applause the ocean roar; When our salvation's Rock we praise. Its mute inhabitants rejoice, 2 Into his presence let us baste,
And for this triumph find a voice. To thank him for his favours past;
12 For joy let fertile vallies sing, To bim address, in joyful songs,
The cheerful groves their tribute bring, The praise that to his name belongs.
The tuneful choir of birds awake, 3 For God the Lord, enthron'a in state, 13 The Lord's approach to celebrate; Is, with unrivalls glory, great:
Who now sets out with awful state,
His circuit through the earth to take:
In his just government rejoice; 5. The rolling ocean's vast abyss,
Let all the isles with sacred mirth, Hy the same sov’reign right, is his;
In his applause unite their voice. T'is mov'd by his Almighty hand,
2 Darkness and clouds of awful shade That form’d and fix'd the solid land.
His dazzling glory shroud in state; 6 Q let us to his courts repair,
Justice and truth his guards are made, And bow with adoration there;
And fix'd by his pavilion wait. Down on our knees (levoutly all
3 Devouring fire before his face, Before the Lord, our Maker, fall.
His foes around with vengeance struok; 7 For he's our God, our Shepherd he, 4 His lightning set the world on blaze; llis flock and pasture sheep are we:
Earth saw it, and with terror shook.
Their height nor strength could help afford;
With storms of fire our foes pursu'd,
Confounded be their impious host, 14 For truth and justice, in his reign,
Who make the gods to whom they pray; Of strength and power take place ; All who of pageant idols boast :
His judgments are with righteousness To him, ye gods, your worship pay. Dispens'd to Jacob's race. 8 Glad Sion of thy triumph heard,
5 Therefore exalt the Lord our God; And Judah's daughters were o’erjoy'd; Before his footstool fall; Because thy righteous judgments, Lord, And, with his unresisted might,
Have pagan pride and power destroy'd. His holiness exto). 9 For thou, o God, art seated high,
6 Moses and Aaron thus of old Above earth's potentates enthron'd ; Among his priests ador'd; Thou, Lord, unrivalld in the sky,
Among his prophets, Samuel thus Supreme by all the gods art own'd.
His sacred name implor'd. 10 Ye who to serve this Lord aspire, Distress’ul
, upon the Lord they callid, Abhor what's ill, and truth esteein;
Who ne'er their suit deny'd; He'll keep his servants' souls eptire,
But, as with rev'rence they implor'd,
The cloudy pillar mov'd;
Obedient servants prov'd.
His people for their sake;
9 With worship at his sacred courts
Exalt our God and Lord; ING to the Lord a new-made song, For he, who only holy is, Who wondrous things has done;
Alone should be ador'd. With his right hand and holy arm
And sing before him songs of praise : 3 Of Israel's house his love and truth
3 Convinc'd that he is God alone, Have ever mindful been;
From whom both we and all proceed;
The flock that he vouchsafes to feed. 4 Let therefore earth's inhabitants
4 O enter then his temple gate, Their cheerful voices raise ;
Thence to his courts devoutly. press; And all, with universal joy,
And still your grateful hymns repeat,' Resound their Maker's praise.
And still his name with praises bless, 5 With harp and hymn's soft melody, 5 For he's the Lord, supremely good, Into the concert bring
His mercy is for ever surc; 6 The trumpet and shrill cornet's sound, His truth, which always firmly stood, Before th' Almighty King.
To endless ages shall endure. 7 Let the loud ocean roar her joy,
F mercy's never
failing spring, Join concert with the main. 8 With joy let rivlets swell to streams, And since they both to thee belong, To spreading torrents they ;
To thee, O Lord, address my song. And echoing vales from hill to hill
2 When, Lord, thou shalt with me reside, Redoubled shouts convey;
Wise discipline my reigo shall guide; 9 To welcome down the world's great Judge, With blameless life myself I'll make Who does with justice come,
A pattern for my court to take. And with impartial equity,
3 No ill design will I pursue, Both to reward and doom,
Nor those my fav’rites make that do:
4 Who to reproof has no regard, PSALM XCIX.
Him will I totally discard. (EHOVAH reigns; let therefore all 5 The private slanderer shall be
In public justice duom'd by me: On Cherubs' wings he sets enthron'd; From haughty looks I'll turn aside, Let earth's foundations shake.
And mortify the heart of pride. 2 On Sion's hill he keeps his court,
6 But honesty, call'd from her cell, His palace makes her towers;
In, splendour at my court shall dwell: Yet thence his sov’reignty extends
Who virtue's practice make their cares Supreme o'er earthly powers.
Shall have the first preferments there. 3 Let therefore all with praise address 7 No politics shall recommend His great and dreadful name;
His country's foe to be my friend : And, with his unresisted might,
None e'er shall to my favour rise, His holiness proclaim.
'By Alate'ring or malicious lice.
8 All those who wicked courses take, The Lord, from heaven, his lofty thrones An early sacrifice I'll make;
Hath all the earth survey'd. Cut off, destroy, till none remain
20 He listen'd to the captives' moans, God's holy city to profane.
He heard their mournful cry,
And freed, by his resistless power,
The wretches doom'd to die.
Might celebrate his fame,
And through the holy city sing Let my sad cry ascend.
Loud praises to his name: 2 O bide not thou thy glorious face 22 When all the tribes assembling there, In times of deep distress;
Their solemn vows address, Incline thine ear, and when I call,
And neighb'ring lands, with glad consent, My sorrows soon redress.
The Lord their God confess. 3 Each cloudy portion of my life,
23 But e'er my race is run, my strength Like scatter'd smoke expires;
Through his fierce wrath decays; My shrivell’d bones are like a hearth
He has, when all my wishes bloom'd, Parch'd with continual fires.
Cut short my hopeful days.
When half is scarcely past;
To endless ages last. 5 By reason of my sad estate
25 The strong foundations of the earth I spend my breath in groans;
Of old by thee were laid; My flesh is worn away, my skin
Thy hands the beauteous arch of heaven Scarce hides my starting bones.
With wondrous skill have made. 6 I'm like a pelican become,
26, 27 Whilst thou for ever shalt endure, That does in deserts mourn;
They soon shall pass away ; Or like an owl, that sits all day
And, like a garment often worn, On barren trees forlorn.
Shall tarnish and decay. 7 In watchings, or in restless dreams, Like that, when thou ordain'st their change, The night by me is spent,
To thy command they bend; As hy those solitary birds,
But thou continu'st still the same, That lonesome roofs frequent.
Nor have thy years an end. 8 All day by railing foes I'm made
28 Thou to the children of thy saints The subject of their scoro;
Shalt lasting quiet give;
Shall in thy presence live. 9 When grov'ling on the ground I lie,
soul, inspir'd with sacred love, My drink is mix'd with tears.
God's holy name for ever bless; 10 Because on me with double weight
Of all his favours mindful prove, Thy heavy wrath doth lie;
And still thy grateful thanks express. For thou, to make my fall more great, 3, 4 'Tis he that all thy sins forgives, Didst lift me up on high.
And after sickness makes thee sound; 11 My days, just hast'ning to their end, From danger he thy life retrieves, Are like an ev’ning shade;
By him with grace and mercy crown'd. My beauty does, like wither'd grass, 5, 6 He with good things thy mouth supplies, With waning lustre fade.
Thy vigour, eagle-like, renews; 12 But thy eternal state, O Lord,
He, when the guiltless suff'rer cries, No length of time shall waste;
His foe with just revenge pursues. The mem’ry of thy wondrous works
7 God made of old his righteous ways From age to age shall last.
To Moses and our fathers known; 13 Thou shalt arise, and Sion view
His works, to his eternal praise, With an unclouded face;
Were to the sons of Jacob shown. For now her time is come, thy own
8 The Lord abounds with tender love, Appointed day of grace.
And unexampled acts of grace;. 14 Her scatter'd ruins by thy saints
His wakeu'd wrath doth slowly move, With pity are survey d;
His willing mercy flies apace. They grieve to see her lofty spires
9, 10 God will not always harshly chide, In dust and rubbish laid.
But with his anger quickly part; 15, 16. The name and glory of the Lord And loves his punishments to guide All heathen kings shall fear;
More by his love than our desert. When he shall Sion build again,
11 As high as heaven its arch extends And in full state appear.
Above this little spot of clay, 17, 18 When he regards the poor's request, So much his boundless love transcends Nor sliglats their earnest prayer;
The small respects that we can pay. Our sons, for their recorded grace,
12, 13 As far as 'tis from east to west, Shall his just praise declare.
So far has he our sins remov’d; 19 For God, firom his abode on high, Who, with a father's tender breast, His gracious beams display'd:
Has such as fear'd him always lov’d
14, 15 For God, who all our frame surveys, 13 His rains from heaven parch'd hills recruit, Considers that we are but clay;
That soon transmit the liquid store, How fresh soe'er we seem, our days
Till earth is burden'd with her fruit, Like grass or flowers must fade away.
And nature's lap can hold no more. 16, 17 Whilst they are nipt with sudden blasts, 14 Grass, for our cattle to devour, Nor can we find their former place;
He makes the growth of every field: God's faithful mercy ever lasts,
Herbs, for man's use, of various power, To those that fear him, and their race. That either food or physic yield. 18 This shall attend on such as still
15 With cluster'd grapes he crowns the vine, Proceed in his appointed way;
To cheer man's heart, oppress'd with cares; And who not only know his will,
Gives oil, that makes his face to shine, But to it just obedience pay.
And corn, that wasted strength repairs. 19, 20 The Lord, the universal King,
16 The trees of God, without the care
The mountain-cedar looks as fair And hear and do his sacred will,
As those in royal gardens bred. 21 Ye hosts of his, this tribute pay,
17 Safe in the lofty cedar's arms Who still what he ordains fulfil.
The wand'rers of the air may rest; 22 Let every creature jointly bless
The hospitable pine from harms
Its tow'ring heights their fortress make,
Whose cells in labyrinths extend,
Where feebler creatures refuge take.
Possessest empire without bounds; Th' appointed seasons of the year; With honour thou art crown'd, thy throne Th’ instructed sun his duty knows, Eternal majesty surrounds.
His hours to rise and disappear. 2 With light thou dost thyself enrobe, 20, 21 Darkness he makes the earth to shroud, And glory for a garment take;
When forest beasts securely stray; Heaven's curtains stretch beyond the globe, Young lions roar their wants aloud Thy canopy of state to make.
To Providence, that sends them prey. 3 God builds on liquid air, and forms 22 They range all night, on slaughter bent, His palace chambers in the skies;
Till summon’d by the rising morn, The clouds his chariots are, and storms Toskulk in dens, with one consent
The swift-wing'd steeds with which he flies. The conscious ravagers return. 4 As bright as flame, as swift as wind, 23 Forth to the tillage of his soil His ministers heaven's palace fill,
The husbandman securely goes, To have their sundry tasks assign'd,
Commencing with the sun his toil, All proud to serve their Sov'reigo's will. With him returns to his repose. 5, 6 Earth on her centre fix’d, he
set, 24 How various, Lord, thy works are found; Her face with waters overspread;
For which thy wisdom we adore!
Till nature's hand can grasp no more. 7 But when thy awful face appear’d,
And by their haste confess'd their dread. Of wonders a new scene supplies, 8 Thence up by secret tracks they creep, Whose depths inhabitants contain
And, gushing from the mountain's side, Of every form, and every size.
There cui their unmolested way;
Thou mad'st, has compass there to play. That they no more oʻerpass their mounds, 27 These various troops of sea and land Nor to a second deluge swell.
In sense of common want agree;
All wait on thy dispensing hand,
And have their daily alms from thee. 10 Yet thence in smaller parties drawn, 28 They gather what thy stores disperse, The sea recovers her lost bills;
Without their trouble to provide; And starting springs from every lawn Thou op'st thy hand, the universe,
Surprise the vales with plenteous rills. The craving world, is all supply'd. 11 The field's tame beasts are thither led, 29 Thou for a moment hid'st thy face,
Weary with labour, faint with drought; The num'rous ranks of creatures mourn; And asses on wild mountains bred
Thou tak'st their breath, all nature's race Have sense to find these currents out.
Forthwith to mother earth return. 12 There shady trees from scorching beams 30 Again thou send'st thy spirit forth
Yield shelter to the feather'd throng; T'inspire the mass with vital seed; They drink, and to the bounteous streams Nature's restor'd, and parent earth Return the tribute of their song.
Smiles on her new-created breed.
O Render flisasikoseandables the Lord;
81 Thus through saccassive ages stands 19 Till God's appointed time and word
To his deliv'rance came.
And rescu'd him with speed;
Earth's panting breast with terror fills; The people's ruler freed.
In darkness shrouds the proudest hills. Subjected to his will;
My breath, I will that breath employ; And teach his statesmen skill. 94 And join devotion to my songs,
Half-famish'd Israel came;
The fertile goil of Ham.
24 Th’ Almighty there with such increase
His people multiply'd,
Till with their proud oppressors they
In strength and number vy'd.
With jealous anger fir'd, 2 Sing to his praise in lofty hymns; Till they his servants to destroy His wondrous works rehearse;
By treach'rous arts conspir'd. Make them the theme of your discourse, 26 His servant Moses then be sent, And subject of your verse.
His chosen Aaron too, 3 Rejoice in his Almighty name,
27 Empower'd with signs and miracles, Alone to be ador'd;
To prove their mission true. And let their hearts o'erflow with joy 28 He call’d for darkness, darkness came, That humbly seek the Lord.
Nature his summons knew 4 Seek ye the Lord, his saving strength 29 Each stream and lake, transform'd to blood, Devoutly still implore;
The wand'ring fishes slew. And, where he's ever present, seek
30 In putrid floods, throughout the land, His face for evermore.
The pest of frogs was bred; 5 The wonders that his hands have wrought From noisome fens sent up to croak Keep thankfully in mind;
At Pharaoh's board and bed. The righteous statutes of his mouth, 31 He gave the sigo, and swarms of flies And laws to us assign'd.
Came down in cloudy hosts; 6 Know ye, his servant Abraham's seed Whilst earth's enliven'd dust below And Jacob's chosen race ;
Bred lice through all their coasts. 7 He's still our God, his judgments still 32 He sent them batt'ring hail for rain, Throughout the earth take place.
And fire for cooling dew; 8 His cov'nant he hath kept in mind 33 He smote their vines, and forest plants: For num'rous ages past,
And garden's pride o'erthrew. Which yet for thousand ages more
34 He spake the word, and locusts came, In equal force shall last.
And caterpillars join'd; 9 First sigo'd to Abra'm, next, by oath They prey'd upon the poor remains To Isaac made secure;
The storm had left behind. 10 To Jacob and his heirs a law,
35 From trees to herbage they descend, For ever to endure:
No verdant thing they spare; 11 That Canaan's land should be their lot, But, like the naked fallow field, When yet but few they were;
Leave all the pastures bare. 12 But few in number, and those few 36 From fields to villages and towns, All friendless strangers there.
Commission'd vengeance flew; 13 In pilgrimage, from realm to realm, One fatal stroke their eldest hopes Seeurely they remov'd;
And strength of Egypt slew. 14 Whilst proudest monarchs, for their sakes 37 He brought his servants forth, enrich'd Severely he reprov'd.
With Egypt's borrow'd wealth; 15 “ These mine anointed are," said he; And, what transcends all treasure else, “Let none my servants wrong;
Enrich'd with vig'rous health. * Nor treat the poorest prophet ill,
138 Egypt rejoic'd, in hopes to find “ That does to me belong."
Her plagues with them remor'd; 16 A dearth at last, by his command, Taught dearly now to fear worse ills Did through the land prevail;
By those already prov'd. Till corn, the chief support of life,
39 Their shrouding canopy by day Sustaining corn, did fail.
A journeying cloud was spread; 17 But his indulgent providence
A fiery pillar all the night Had pious Joseph sent,
Their desert marches led. Sold into Egypt, but their death,
40 They longa for flesh; with ev’ning quails Wbo sold Lim, to prevent.
He furnish'd every tent; 18 His feet with heavy chains were crush'd, From heaven's high granary, each mord, With calumny his fame;
The brend of angels sent,