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565 Secure, substantial peace have they who truly love thy law ; No smiling mischief them can tempt, nor frowning danger awe. 166 For thy salvation I have hop'd, and though so long delay'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 bore to them

thy service easy made. 168 From strict observance of thy laws I never yet withdrew ; Convinc'd that my most secret ways are open to thy view.

TAU. 169 To my request and earnest cry attend, O gracious Lord; Inspire my heart with heav'nly skill, according to thy word. 170 Let my repeated pray'r 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 revealid, and taught me thy just ways. 172 My tongue the praises of thy word shall 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 I the laws thou hast ordain'd my heart's free choice have mado 174 My soul has waited long to see thy saving grace restor'd; Nor comfort knew, but what thy laws, thy heav'nly laws, afford. 175 Prolong my life, that I may sing my great Restorer'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.

IN deep distress I oft have cried


to God, who never yet denied To rescue me oppress'd with wrongs ; 2 Once more, O Lord, deliv’rance send, from lying lips my soul defend,

And from the rage of sland'ring 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 turn; of lasting flames, that fiercely burn,

The constant fuel thou shalt be. 5 But, O! how wretched is my doom, who am a sojourner become

In barren Mesech's desert soil ! With Kedar's wicked tents inclos’d, to lawless savages expos’d,

Who live on nought but theft and spoil. 6 My hapless dwelling is with those, who peace and amity oppose, ,

And pleasure take in others harms: 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek; but when to them of peace I speaks,

They straight cry out, To arms, to arms.


from thence expecting aid ; 2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God who heav'n and earth has made. 3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest, thy guardian will not sleep; 4 His watchful care, that Israel guards, will Israel's monarch keep 5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's wings thou shalt securely rest, 6 Where neither sun por moon shall thee by day or night moleste

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7 From common accidents of life

his care shall guard thee stills 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and foes that lie in wait to kill. 9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war, thy God shall thee defend; Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage safe to thy journey's end.

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*TWAS a joyful sound to hear our tribes devoutly say,

Up, Israel, to the temple haste, and keep your festal day! 2 At Salem's courts we must appear,

with our assembled pow'rs, 3 In strong and beauteous order rang'd, like her united tow'rs. 4 'Tis thither, by divine command, the tribes of God repair, Before his ark to celebrate

his name with praise and pray’r. 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 peace, for they shall prosp'rous be, Thou holy city of our God,

who bear true love to thee. 7 May peace within thy sacred walls a constant guest be found, With plenty and prosperity

thy palaces be crown'd. 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends no less than brethren dear, I'll pray-May peace in Salem's tow'rs

a constant guest appear. 9 But most of all I'll seek thy good, and ever wish thee well, For Sion and the temple's sake,

where God vouchsafes to dwell.


As servants wait their masters' hands, and maids their mistresses' com3, 4 O then have mercy on us, Lord; thy gracious aid to us afford; (mands. To us, whom cruel foes oppress, grown rich and proud by gur distressa

PSALM CXXIV. not the Lord, may Israel say,

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3, 4, 5 Their wrath had swallow'd us alive, and rag'd without control ; Their spite and pride's united floods had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul. 6 But prais'd be our eternal Lord, who rescued us that day, Nor to their savage jaws gave up

our threaten'd lives a prey. 7 Our soul is like a bird escap'd

from out the fowler's net ; The snare is broke, their hopes are cross'd, and we at freedom set. 8 Secure in his almighty name

our confidence remains, Who, as he made both hear'n and earth, of both sole Monarch reigns.


HO place on Sion's God their trust, like Sion's rock shall stand ;

Like her immoveable be fix'd by his almighty hand. 2 Look how the hills on ev'ry side Jerusalem inclose ; So stands the Lord around his saints, to guard them from their foes: 3 The wicked may afflict the just, but ne'er too long oppress, Nor force him by despair to seek

base means for his redress. 4 Be good, O righteous God, to those who righteous deeds affect; The heart that innocence retains,

let innocence protect..

5 All those who walk in crooked paths, the Lord shall soon destroy, Cut off th' unjust, but crown the saints with lasting peace and joy.

THEN Sion's God her sons recalls from long captivity,

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2 But soon in unaccustom'd mirth, we did our voice employ, And sung our great Restorer's praise in thankful hymns of joy. Our heathen foes repining stood,

yet were compell’d to own That great and wondrous was the work our God for us had done. [fess, 3“'Twas great,"say they,“'twas wondrous great;” much moreshould weconThe Lord has done great things, whereof we reap the glad success. 4 To us bring back the remnant, Lord, of Israel's captive bands, More welcome than refreshing show'rs to parch'd and thirsty lands; 5 That we, whose work commenc'd in tears, may see our labours thrive, Till finish'd with success, to make our drooping hearts revive. Though he desponds that sows his grain, yet doubtless he shall come To bind his full ear'd sheaves, and bring the joyful harvest home.

E build with fruitless cost, unless the Lord the pile sustain ;

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 labours with success, their nights with sound repose. 3 Children, those comforts of our life, are presents from the Lord; He gives a num'rous race of heirs, as piety's reward. 4 As arrows in a giant's hand,

when marching forth to war ; Ev'n so the sons of sprightly youth, their parents' safeguard are. 5 Happy the man whose quiver's fillid 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 Lord, nor only worship pays,
2 He shall upon the sweet returns of his own labour feed;
Without dependence live, and see

his wishes all succeed. 3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine, her lovely fruit shall bring ; His children, like young olive plants, about his table spring. 4 Who fears the Lord shall prosper thus; him Sion’s God shall bless, 5 And grant him all his days to see Jerusalem's success. 6 He shall live on, till heirs from him descend with vast increase ; Much bless'd in his own prosp'rous state,

and inore in Israel's peace. PSALM CXXIX. , ,

they oft have me assail'd, 2 Reduc'd me oft to heavy straits, but never quite prevailid. They oft have plough'd my patient back with furrows deep and long ; 4. But our just God has broke their chains, and rescued us from wrong..

5 Defeat, confusion, shameful rout
Their righteous doom, who Sion hate,
6 Like corn upon our houses' tops,
Which too much heat, and want of root,
7 Which in his arms no reaper takes,
No binder thinks it worth his pains
8 No traveller that passes by
To give it one kind look, or crave

be still the doom of those,
and Sion's God oppose.
untimely let them fade,
has blasted in the blade :
but unregarded leaves;
to fold it into sheaves.
vouchsafes a minute's stop,
heav'n's blessing on the crop.


PSALM CXXX. VROM lowest depths of woe

to God I sent my cry; 2 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, and graciously reply. 3 Should'st thou severely judge,

who can the trial bear? 4 But thou forgiv'st, lest we despond, and quite renounce thy fear. 5 My soul with patience waits

for thee, the living Lord; My hopes are on thy promise built, thy never failing word. 6 My longing eyes look out

for thy enliv'ning ray, More duly than the morning watch to spy the dawning day. 7 Let Israel trust in God,

no bounds his mercy knows; Theplenteous source and spring from whence eternal succour flows ; 8 Whose friendly streams to us

supplies in want convey ; A healing spring, a spring to cleanse, and wash our guilt away.

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nor cast a scornful eye ; Nor my aspiring thoughts employ in things for me too high. 2 With infant innocence thou know'st I have myself demean'd; Compos'd to quiet, like a babe

that from the breast is wean'd. 3 Like me let Israel hope in God,

his aid-alone implore ; Both now and ever trust in him,

who lives for evermore.


ET David, Lord, a constant place in thy remembrance find;

be ever in thy mind. 2 Remember what a solemn oath

to thee, his Lord, he swore ; How to the mighty God he vow'd, whom Jacob's sons adore ; 3, 4 I will not go into my house,

nor to my bed ascend ; No soft repose

shall close my eyes, nor sleep my eye lids bend; 5 Till for the Lord's design'd abode I mark the destin'd ground; Till I a decent place of rest

for Jacob's God have found. 6 Th' appointed place, with shouts of joy, at Ephrata we found, And made the woods and neighb'ring fields our glad applause resound. 7 O with due rev’rence let us then to his abode repair ; And, prostrate at his foot stool fall’n,

pour out our humble pray'r. 8 Arise, O Lord, and now sess

thy constant place of rest ; Be that, not only with thy ark,

but with thy presence, bles. 9, 10 Clothe thou thy priests with righteousness, make thou thy saints rejoice; And, for thy servant David's sake, hear thy anointed's voice. 11 God sware to David in his truth, nor shall his oath be vain, One of thy offspring, after thee,

upon thy throne shall reigns


12 And if thy seed my cov'nant kecp, and to my laws submit, Their children too upon thy throne for evermore shail sit. 13, 14 For Sion does, in God's esteem, all other seats excel; His place of everlasting rest,

where he desires to dwell. 15, 16 Her store, says he, I will increase, her poor with plenty bless ; Her saints shall shout with joy, her priests my saving health confess. 17 There David's pow'r shall long remain in his successive line, And my anointed servant there

sball with fresh lustre shine. 18 The faces of his vanquish'd foes

confusion shall o'erspread; Whilst, with confirm'd success, his crown shall Aourish on his head.

PSALM CXXXIII. TOW vast must their advantage be, how great their pleasure prose,

Who live like brethren, and consent in offices of love! 2 True love is like that precious oil, which, pour'd on Aaron's bead. Ran down his beard, and o'er his robes it costly moisture shed. 3 'Tis like refreshing dew, which does on liermon's top distil : Or like the early drops that fall

on Sion's fruitful hiil. 4 For Sion is the chosen seat,

where the almighty King The promis'd blessing has ordain'd, and life's cternal spring.

LESS God, ye servants, that attend upon his solemn state,

That in his temple, night by night, with humble rev’rence wait : 2,3 Within his house lift up your hands, and bless his holy name : From Sion bless thy Israel, Lord, who earth and heav'ndiustframe.



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Let all the servants of the Lord 2 Praise him all ye that in his house attend with constant care; With those that to his outmost courts with humble zeal repair. 3 For this our truest int’rest is,

glad hymns of praise to sing ; And with loud songs to bless his name, a most delightful thing. 4 For God his own peculiar choice the sons of Jacob makcs; And Israel's offspring for his own

most valued treasure takes. 5 That God is great, we often have by glad experience found; And seen how he, with wondrous pow'r, above all gods is crown'd. 6 For he, with unresisted strength, performs his şov'reign will, In heav'n and earth, and wat’ry stores that earth's deep caverns fill. 7 He raises vapours from the ground, which, pois'd in liquid air, Fall down at last in show'rs, through which his dreadful lightnings glare. 8 Hc from his store house brings the winds; and he, with vengcíui liand, The first born slew of man and beast, thro' Esypt's mourning land. 9 He dreadful signs and wonders show'd, thro' stubborn Egypt's coasts ; Nor Pharaoh could his plagues escape, nor all his num'rous hosts. 10, 11 'Twas he that various nations smote, and mighty kings suppress'd; Sinon and Og, and all besides,

who Canaan's land possess'd. 12, 13 Their land upon his chosen race he firmly did entail; For which his fame shall always last, his praise shall never fail.

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