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BOOK OF PSALMS,
SUITED TO THE
FEASTS AND FASTS OF THE CHURCH,
AND OTHER OCCASIONS OF
PUBLISHED BY CIIARLES WILLIAMS.
NO. 8, STATE-STREET.
9. P. BUCKINGHAM, PRINTER, WINTER-STREET.
BY the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Epis. copal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this thirteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven and eighty nine
This Translation of the Whole Book of Psalms into Metre, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister.
And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any Church, either by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint the Portion of Psalms which are to be sung.
And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in musick, to give order concerning the Tunes to be sung, at any time in his Church: And, especially, it shall be his duty, to suppress all light and unseemly musick; and all indecency and irreverence in the performance ; by which, vain and ungodly persons profane the service of the sanctuary.
PSALMS OF DAVID,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits where men profanely talk; 2 But makes the perfect law of God his business and delight; Devoutly reads therein by day
and meditates by night. 3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, with timely fruit does bend, He still shall flourish, and success all his designs attend. 4 Ungodly men, and their attempts, no lasting root shall find ; Untimely blasted, and dispers'd,
like chaff before the wind. 5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb before their Judge's face : No formal hypocrite shall then
among the saints have place. 6 For God approves the just man's ways; to happiness they tend : But sinners, and the paths they tread, shall both in ruin end.
2 The great in council and in might their various forces bring ; Against the Lord they all unite,
and his anointed King. 3 « Must we submit to their commands ?” presumptuously they say : “ No, let us break their slavish bands, and cast their chains away." 4 But God, who sits enthron'd on high, and sees how they combine, Does their conspiring strength defy, and mocks their vain design. 5 Thick clouds of wrath divine shall break on his rebellious foes; And thus will he in thunder speak
to all that dare
oppose 8“ Though madly you dispute my will, the king that I ordain, “ Whose throne is fix'd on Zion's hill, shall there securely reign." 7 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare . God's uncontrollid decree : 66 Thou art my son ; this day, my heir, have I begotten thee. 8 « Ask, and receive thy full demands; thine shall the hea hen be ; « The utmost limits of the lands
shall be possess’d by thee. 9“ Thy threat’ning sceptre thou shalt shake, and crush them ev'ry where ; “ As massy bars of iron break
the potter's brittle ware." LO Learn then, ye princes; and give ear, ye judges of the carth; 11 Worship the Lord with holy fear; rejoice with awful mirth. 12 Appease the Son with due respect, your timely homage pay : Lest he revenge the bold neglect,
incens'd by your delay. 13 If but in part his anger rise,
who can endure the flame ? Then blest are they, whose hope relies on his most holy name.
the troublers of my peace! And as their numbers hourly rise, so does their rage increase. 2 Insulting, they my soul upbraid, and him whom I adore ; « The God in whom he trusts,” say they, « shall rescue him no inorc." 3 But thou, O Lord, art my defence ; on thee my hopes rcly ; Thou art my glory, and shall yet
lift up my head on high. 4 Since whensoe'er in like distress to God I made my pray’r, He heard me from his holy hill ;
why should I now despair ? 5 Guarded by him, I laid me down my sweet repose to take. For I through him securely sleep, through him in safety wake. 6 No force nor fury of my foes
my courage shall confound, Were they as many hosts as men, that have beset me round. 7 Arise, and save me, O my God, who oft hast own'd my cause, And scatter'd oft these foes to me,
and to thy righteous laws. 8 Salvation to the Lord belongs ;
he only can defend : His blessing he extends to all
that on his pow'r depend.
Thou still redeem'st me from distress; have mercy, Lord, and hear. 2 How long will ye, O sons of men, tø blot my fame devise ? How long your vain designs pursue, and spread malicious lies? 3 Consider that the righteous man is God's peculiar choice ; And when to him I make my pray'r, he always hears my voice. 4 Then stand in awe of his command, flee ev'ry thing that's ill, Commune in private with your hearts, and bend then to his will. 5 The place of other sacrifice
let righteousness supply ; And let your hopes, securely fix'd, on God alone rely. 6 While worldly minds impatient grow more prosp'rous timesto sce; Still let the glories of thy face
shine brightly, Lord, on me. 7 So shall my heart o’erflow with joy, more lasting and more true Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine successively renew. 8 Then down in peace I'll lay my head, and take my needful rest; No other guard, O Lord, I crave,
of thy defence possess'd.
2 To thee alone, my King, my God, will I for help repair.
to thee devoutly pray. 4 For thou the wrongs that I sustain canst never, Lord, approve, Who from thy sacred dwelling-place all evil dost remove. 5 Not long shall stubborn fools remain unpunish'd in thy view; All such as act unrighteous things thy vengeance shall pursue. 6 The sland'ring tongue, O God of truth, by thee shall be destroy'd, Who hat'st alike the man in blood
and in deceit employ'd. 7 But when thy boundless grace shall me to thy lov'd courts restore. On thee I'll fix my longing eyes,
and humbly there adore. 8 Conduct me by thy righteous laws, for watchful is my foc ; Therefore, O Lord, make plain the way wherein I ought to go.
9 Their mouth vents nothing but deceit;
their heart is set on wrong;
PSALM VI. WHY dreadful anger, Lord, restrain, and spare a wretch forlorn;
Correct me not in thy fierce wrath, too heavy to be borne. 3 Have mercy, Lord, for I grow faint, unable to endure The anguish of my aching bones,
which thou alone can'st cure. 3 My tortur'd flesh distracts my mind, and fills my soul with grief; But, Lord, how long wilt thou delay to grant me thy relief? 4 Thy wonted goodness, Lord, repcat, and ease my troubled soul; Lord, for thy wondrous mercy's sake, vouchsafe to make me whole. 5 For after death no more can I
thy glorious acts proclaim, No pris'ners of the silent grave
can magnify thy name. 6 Quite tir'd with pain, with groaning faint, no hope of case I see ; The night, that quiets common griefs, is spent in tears by me. 7 My beauty fades, my sight grows dim, my eyes with weakness ciose; Old age o'ertakes me, whilst I think on my insulting foes. 8 Depart, ye wicked ; in my wrongs ye shall no more rejoice ; For God, I find, accepts my tears,
and listens to my voice. 9,10 Hc hears,and grants my humble pray’r; and they that wish my fall, Shall blush and rage to see that God protects me from them all
do thou delirer me. 2 To save me from my threat'ning foe, Lord interpose thy pow'r ; Lest, like a savage lion, he
my helpless soul devour. 3, 4 If I am guilty, or did e'er
against his peace combine ; Nay, if I had not spar'd his life,
who sought unjustly mine ; 5 Let then, to persecuting focs
my soul become a prey ; Let them to earth tread down my life, in dust my honour lay. 6 Arise, and let thine anger, Lord, in my defence engage ; Exalt thyself above my foes,
and iheir insulting rage : Awake, awake, in my behalf;
the judgement to dispense, Which thou hast righteously ordain'd for injur'd innocence. 7 So to thy throne, adoring crowds shall still for justice fly : Oh! therefore for their sake, resume thy judgement seat on high. 8 Impartial Judge of all the world, I trust my cause to thee; According to my just deserts,
so let thy sentence be. 9 Let wicked arts and wicked men together be o'erthrown ; But guard the just, thou Gud, to whom the hearts of both are known, 10, 11 God me protects, not only me, but all of upright heart ; And daily lays up wrath for those
who from his laws depast..