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4 Restore me, lest they proudly boast
URE wicked fools must needs suppose, that God is nothing but a name ; their practice
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,
'twas their own strength o'ercame;
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
2 'Tis he, whose ev'ry thought and deed
4 Who vice, in all its pomp and pow'r,
to break his people's servile band, should loudly echo through the land.
5 My lot is fall'n in that blest land He fills my cup with lib'ral hand,
has ever firmly stood;
7 The man, who by his steady course
ROTECT me from my cruel foes,
3 But those that strictly virtuous are,
to thy bles courts repair,
and shield me, Lord, from harm,
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,
8,9 O! keep me in thy tend'rest care;
my happy portion lies;
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
Thou, whose right hand preserves thy saints from their oppressor's rage.
11 Well may they boast, for they have now
Or a young lion, when he lurks
my glory does rejoice;
13 Arise, O Lord, defeat their plots,
The Second Part.
15 Their race is num'rous, that partake
attend, O righteous Lord;
its secret motions right.
thy shelt'ring wings stretch out,
my paths encompass'd round; and couching on the ground; when greedy of his prey; within a covert way.
their swelling rage control;
TO change of time shall ever shock
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;
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;
17 God his resistless pow'r employ'd my strongest foes' attempts to break;
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25,26 Thousuit'st, O Lord, thy righteous ways to various paths of human kind;
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.
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,
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."
HE heav'ns declare thy glory, Lord,
which that alone can fill;
fresh beams of knowledge brings;
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,
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.
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.
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.