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4 Restore me, lest they proudly boast
Permit not them that vex my soul
5 Since I have always plac'd my trust
Thy saving health will come; and then
6 Then shall my song, with praise inspir'd,
Who to thy servant in distress

PSALM XIV.

URE wicked fools must needs suppose, that God is nothing but a name ; their practice

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2 The Lord look'd down from heav'n's high tower, and all the sons of men To see if any own'd his pow'r; if any truth or justice knew. [did view,

3 But all, he saw, were gone aside,
None took religion for their guide,
4 But can these workers of deceit
That they, like bread my people eat,
5 How will they tremble then for fear,
For to the righteous, God is near,
6 Ill men, in vain, with scorn expose
Since God a refuge is for those,
7 Would he his saving pow'r employ
Then shouts of universal joy

'twas their own strength o'ercame;
to triumph in my shame.
beneath thy mercy's wing,
my heart with joy shall spring.
to thee my God ascend
such bounty didst extend.

all were degen'rate grown and base, not one of all the sinful race. be all so dull and senseless grown, and God's almighty pow'r disown? when his just wrath shall them o'ertake?

and never will their cause forsake. those methods which the good pursue; whom his just eyes with favour view.

5 Who to his plighted vows and trust
And though he promise to his loss,
6 Whose soul in usury disdains
Whom no rewards can ever bribe

PSALM XV.
ORD, who's the happy man that may

2 'Tis he, whose ev'ry thought and deed
Whose gen'rous tongue disdains to speak
3 Who never did a slander forge,
Nor hearken to a false report,

4 Who vice, in all its pomp and pow'r,
And picty, though cloth'd in rags,

to break his people's servile band, should loudly echo through the land.

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5 My lot is fall'n in that blest land He fills my cup with lib'ral hand,

has ever firmly stood;
he makes his promise good.
his treasure to employ;
the guiltless to destroy.
has happiness insur'd,

7 The man, who by his steady course
When earth's foundation shakes, shall stand, by Providence secur❜d.

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ROTECT me from my cruel foes,
Because my trust I still repose
2 My soul all help but thine does slight,
Yet can no deeds of mine requite

3 But those that strictly virtuous are,
To favour always, and prefer,
4 How shall their sorrows be increas'd,
Their bloody off'rings I detest,

PSALM XVI.

to thy bles courts repair,
but to inhabit there?
by rules of virtue moves;
the thing his heart disproves.
his neighbour's fame to wound;
by malice whisper'd round.
can treat with just neglect;
religiously respect.

and shield me, Lord, from harm,
on thy almighty arm.
all gods but thee disown;
the goodness thou hast shown.
and love the thing that's right,
shall be my chief delight.
who other gods adore?
their very names abhor.
where God is truly known;
'tis he supports my throne.

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6 In nature's most delightful scene

The place of my appointed reign

7 Therefore my soul shall bless the Lord, whose precepts give me light; And private counsel still afford in sorrow's dismal night. to his all secing eye; because he still is nigh.

8 I strive each action to approve

No danger shall my hopes remove,

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8,9 O! keep me in thy tend'rest care;
To guard me safe from savage foes,
10 O'ergrown with luxury, inclos'd
And, with a proud blaspheming mouth,

my happy portion lies;
all other lands outvies.

3 For thou hast search'd my heart by day, and visited by night;

And, on the strictest trial, found

Nor shall thy justice, Lord, alone
For I have purpos'd that my tongue
4 I know what wicked men would do,
But me thy just and mild commands
5 That I may still, in spite of wrongs,
O guide me in thy righteous ways,
6 Since, heretofore, I ne'er in vain
O! now, my God, incline thine car
7 The wonders of thy truth and love

Thou, whose right hand preserves thy saints from their oppressor's rage.

11 Well may they boast, for they have now
Their eyes at watch, their bodies bow'd,
12 In posture of a lion set,

Or a young lion, when he lurks

my glory does rejoice;
wak'd by his pow'rful voice.
my soul from hell shalt free;
the least corruption see.
which to thy presence lead;
and joys that never fade.

13 Arise, O Lord, defeat their plots,
From wicked men, who are thy sword,
14 From worldly men, thy sharpest scourge,
Who, fill'd with carthly stores, aspire

The Second Part.

15 Their race is num'rous, that partake
Their heirs survive, to whom they may
16 But I, in uprightness, thy face
And, waking, shall its image find

attend, O righteous Lord;
a gracious ear afford.
so let my sentence be;
my upright dealing sec.

its secret motions right.
my heart's designs acquit ;
shall no offence commit.
their safety to maintain;
from bloody paths restrain.
my innocence secure,
and make my footsteps sure.
to thee my pray'r address'd;
to this my just request.
in my defence engage;

thy shelt'ring wings stretch out,
that compass me about:
in their own fat they lie;
both God and man defy.

my paths encompass'd round; and couching on the ground; when greedy of his prey; within a covert way.

their swelling rage control;
deliver thou my soul:
whose portion's here below;
no other bliss to know.
their substance while they live;
the vast remainder give.
shall view without control;
reflected in my soul.

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PSALM XVIII.

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TO change of time shall ever shock
For thou hast always been a rock,
Thou, my deliv'rer art, my God;
Thou art my shield from foes abroad,
3 To thee I will address my pray'r,
So shall I, by thy watchful care,
4, 5 By floods of wicked men distress'd,
With dire infernal pangs oppress'd,

my firm affection, Lord, to thee; a fortress and defence to me. my trust is in thy mighty pow'r; at home my safeguard and my tow'r.

to whom all praise we justly owe; be guarded from my treach'rous foe. with seas of sorrow compass'd round, in death's unwieldy fetters bound;

6 To heav'n I made my mournful pray 'r, to God address'd my humble moan; Who graciously inclin'd his ear, and heard me from his lofty throne. The Second Part.

7 When God arose my part to take, the conscious earth was struck with fear; The hills did at his presence shake, nor could his dreadful fury bear. 8 Thick clouds of smoke dispers'd abroad, ensignsof wrath, before him came; Devouring fire around him glow'd, that coals were kindled at its flame.

9 He leftthe beauteous realms of light, whilst heav'nbow'd downitsawfulhead;
Beneath his feet substantial night
was like a sable carpet spread.
10 The chariot of the King of kings, which active troops of angels drew,
On a strong tempest's rapid wings, with most amazing swiftness flew. [veil;
11, 12 Black watery mists and clouds conspir'd, with thickest shades his face to
But at his brightness soon retir'd, and fell in show'rs of fire and hail. [roar;
13 Through heav'n's wide archathund'ring peal, God's angry voice did loudly
While earth's sad face with heaps of hail, and flakes of fire, was cover'd o'er.
14 His sharpen'd arrows round he threw, which made his scatter'd foes retreat;
Like darts his nimble lightnings flew,
15 The deep its secret stores disclos'd,
By his avenging wrath expos'd,

and quickly finish'd their defeat. the world's foundations naked lay; which fiercely rag'd that dreadful day. The Third Part.

16 The Lord did on my side engage; from heav'n, his throne, my cause upheld;
And snatch'd me from the furious rage of threat'ning waves, that proudly
swell'd.

17 God his resistless pow'r employ'd my strongest foes' attempts to break;
Who else with ease had soon destroy'd the weak defence that I could make.
18 Theirsubtle rage had near prevail'd, when I distress'd and friendless lay;
But still, when other succours fail'd, God was my firm support and stay.
19 From dangers that inclos'dme round, he brought me forth, and set me free;
For some just cause his goodness found, that mov'd him to delight in me
20 Because in me no guilt remains, God does his gracious help extend:
My hands are free from bloody stains, therefore the Lord is still my friend.
21, 22 For I his judgements kept in sight, in his just paths I always trod;
I never did his statutes slight,
nor loosely wander'd from my God.
23, 24. But still my soul, sincere and pure, didey'n from darling sins refrain;
His favours therefore yet endure, because my heart and hands are clean.

The Fourth Part.

25,26 Thousuit'st, O Lord, thy righteous ways to various paths of human kind;
They who for mercy merit praise, with thee shall wondrous mercy find.
Thou to the just shall justice show; the pure thy purity shall see :
Such as perversely choose to go,
shall meet with due returns from thee.

27,28 That he the humble soul will save, and crush the haughty's boasted might. In me the Lord an instance gave, whose darkness he has turn'd to light. 29 On his firm succour I relied, and did o'er num'rous foes prevail: Nor fear'd, whilst he was on my side, the best defended walls to scale. 30 For God's designs shall still succeed; his word will bear the utmost test; He's a strong shield to all that need, and on his sure protection rest. 31 Who then deserves to be ador'd, but God, on whom my hopes depend? can with resistless pow'r defend? Part.

Or who, except the mighty Lord,

The Fifth 32, 33 'Tis God that girds my armour Through him my feet can swiftly run, 34 Lessons of war from him I take, Strong bows of steel with case I break, 35 The buckler of his saving health His hand sustains me still; my wealth 36 My goings he enlarg'd abroad, And, when in slippery ways I trod, 37 Through him I num'rous hosts defeat, Nor from my fierce pursuit retreat, 38 Cover'd with wounds, in vain they try Spite of their boasted strength, they lie 39 God, when fresh armies take the field, recruits my strength, my courage He makes my strong opposers yield, subdu'd by my prevailing arms. [warms; 40 Through him the necks of prostrate foes my conquering feet in triumph Aided by him, I root out those, who hate and envy my success. [press; 41 With loud complaints all friends they tried; but none was able to defend; At length to God for help they cried; but God would no assistance lend. 42 Like flying dust, which winds pursue, their broken troops Iscatter'd round; Their slaughter'd bodies forth I threw, like loathsome dirt, that clogs the ground.

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and all my just designs fulfils; and nimbly climb the steepest hills. and manly weapons learn to wield; forc'd by my stronger arms to yield,

protects me from assaulting foes; and greatness from his bounty flows. till then to narrow paths confin'd; the method of my steps design'd. and flying squadrons captive take; till I a final conquest make. their vanquish'd heads again to rear; beneath my feet, and grovel there,

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The Sixth Part.

by God's appointment me obey; and foreign nations own my sway.

43 Our factious tribes, at strife till now, The heathen to my sceptre bow, 44 Remotest realnis their homage send, when my successful name they hear; Strangers for my commands attend, charm'd with respect, or aw'd by fear. 45 All to my summons tamely yield, For stronger holds they quit the field, 46 Let the eternal Lord be prais'd, To highest heav'ns his name be rais'd, 47 'Tis God that still supports my right; 'Tis he, that, with resistless night, 48 My universal safeguard he! He made me great, and set me free 49 Therefore to celebrate his fame, And nations, strangers to his name, 50 "God to his king deliv'rance sends; "His mercy evermore extends

or scon in battle are dismay'd; and still in strongest holds afraid. the rock on whose defence I rest! who me with his salvation blest! his just revenge my focs pursues; fierce nations to my yoke subdues. from whom my lasting honours ficw;

from my remorseless bioody foe. my grateful voice to heav'n I'll raise; shall thus be taught to sing his praise:

shows his anointed signal grace; to David, and his promis'd race."

XIX.

PSALM

HE heav'ns declare thy glory, Lord,
The firmament and stars express

which that alone can fill;
their great Creator's skill,

fresh beams of knowledge brings;
divine instruction springs.
or region is confin'd;
alike by all mankind.
through earth's extent display;
does round the world convey.
has such a cheerful face;
to run his glorious race.
his restless course he goes;
and vital warmth bestows.

Part.

2 The dawn of each returning day And from the dark returns of night 3 Their pow'rful language to no realm "Tis nature's voice, and understood 4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense Whose bright contents the circling sun 5 No bridegroom on his nuptial day, No giant does like him rejoice 6 From east to west, from west to east, And, through his progress, cheerful light

The Second 7 God's perfect law converts the soul; With sacred wisdom his sure word 8 The statutes of the Lord are just, His pure commands in search of truth 9 His perfect worship here is fix'd, His equal laws are in the scales 10 Of more esteem than golden mines, More sweet than honey, or the drops 11 My trusty counsellors they are, Divine rewards attend on those, 12 But what frail man observes how oft O cleanse me from my secret faults, 13 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord, That, by thy grace preserv'd, I may,

So shall my pray'r and praises be And I, secure on thy defence,

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HE Lord to thy request attend, The name of Jacob's God defend, 2 To aid thee from on high repair, 3 Remember all thy off'rings there, 4 To compass thy own heart's desire Make kindly all events conspire

5 To thy salvation, Lord, for aid With banners in thy name display'd; 6 Our hopes are fix'd, that now the Lord, From heav'n resistless aid afford, 7 Some trust in steeds for war design'd; Against them ail we'll call to mind 8 But from their steeds and chariots thrown, Disorder'd, broke, and trampled down, 9 Still save us, Lord, and still proceed Hear, King of heav'n, in times of need,

reclaims from false desires; the ignorant inspires. and bring sincere delight; assist the feeblest sight. on sure foundations laid; of truth and justice weigh'd; or gold refin'd with skill; that from the comb distil. and friendly warnings give; who by thy precepts live. he does from virtue fall? thou God, that know'st them all! dominion have o'er me; the great transgression flee. with thy acceptance blest; my Strength and Saviour, rest.

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and hear thee in distress; and grant thy arms success. and strength from Sion give; thy sacrifice receive.

thy counsels still direct; to bring them to effect. we cheerfully repair, "The Lord accept thy pray'r." our sov'reign, will defend : and to his pray'r attend. an chariots some rely; the pow'r of God most high. behold them through the plain, whilst firm our troops remain. our rightful cause to bless; the pray'rs that we address.

PSALM XXI.

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HE king, O Lord, with songs of praise shall in thy strength rejoice; With thy salvation crown'd, shall raise to heav'n his cheerful voice. 2 For thou, whate'er his lips request, But hast, with thy acceptance, blest

not only dost impart; the wishes of his heart.

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