« ZurückWeiter »
“ BY the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two; this book of Psalms in Metre, selected from the Psalms o David, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all congregacions 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 portions 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 music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung at any time in his church; and especially, it shali be his duty to suppress all light and upseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance, by which vajn and ungodly peruvu profane the service of the sanctuary."
PSALM 1. C. M. | 4 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear From the i. Psalm of David.
Ye judges of the earth; Low blest is he, who ne'er consents Worship the Lord with holy fear; By ill advice to walk,
Rejoice with awful mirth. Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits 5 Appease the Son with due respect, Where men profanely talk;
Your timely homage pay : 2 But makes the perfect law of God
Lest he revenge the bold neglect,
Incensed by your delay.
Who can endure the fame 3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by Then blest are they, whose hope relies streams,
On his most holy Naine.
PSALM 3. C. M.
From the iii. Psalm of David. 4 Ungodly men, and their attempts, No lasting root shall find;
1 THOU, gracious God, art my de.
fence; Untimely blasted and dispersed
On thee my hopes rely : Like chaff before the wind.
Thou art my glory, and shalt yet 5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked Lift up my head on high.
dumb Before their Judge's face:
2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress, No formal hypocrite shall then
To God I made my prayer, Among the saints have place.
He heard me from his holy hill;
Why should I now despair ? 6 For God approves the just man's ways;
3 Guarded by him I lay me down To happiness they tend :
My sweet repose to take; But sinners, and the paths they tread,
For I through him securely sleep,
Through him in safety wake.
4 Salvation to the Lord belongs ;
He only can defend :
That on his power depend.
PSALM 4. C. M.
From the iv. Psalm of David. 1 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare
1 CONSIDER that the righteous man God's uncontroll'd decree:
Is God's peculiar choice; • Thou art my Son; this day, my heir, And when to him i make my prayer Have I begotten thee.
He always hears my voice. 3 "Ask, and receive thy full demands; 2 Then stand in awe of his commands Thiné sball the Heathen be ;
Flee every thing that's ill, The utmost limit of the lands
Commune in private with your hearis, Shall be possess'd hy thee."
And bead thrin to his will.
3 The sacrifice of righteousness 4 O come, ere life expire, Present to God on high;
Send down thy power to save ; And let ycur hope, securely fix'd, For who shall sing thy name in death On him alone rely.
Or praise thee in the grave ? 4 While worldly minds impatient grow 5 Why should I doubt thy grace, More prosp'rous times to see ;
Or yield to dread despair? Still let the glories of thy face
Thou wilt fulfil thy promised word, Shine brightly, Lord, on me.
And grant me all my prayer. 6 So shall my heart o'erflow with joy, More lasting and more true
PSALM 7. C. M. Than theirs, who stores of corn and
From the viii. Psalm of David. wine Successively renew.
1 0 THOU, to whom all creatures bov 6 Then down in peace I'll lay my Through all the world how great ar
Within this earthly frame, head, And take my needful rest;
thou ! o other guard, O Lord, I crave,
How glorious is thy Name ! Of thy deferice possess'd.
2 In heaven thy wondrous acts are PSALM 5. L. M.
Nor fully reckon'd there; From the v. Psalm of David. And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue 1 REGARD my words, O gracious
Thy boundless praise declare.
3 When heaven, thy beauteous wor) Accept my secret prayer;
on high, To thee alone, my King, my God, Will I for help repair.
Employs my wond'ring sight;
The moon, that nightly rules the sky, 2 Thou in the morn my voice shalt hear, With stars of feebler light;
And, with the dawning day, To thee devoutly I 'll look up,
4 Oh, what is man, that, Lord, thou To thee devoutly pray.
To keep him in thy mind ? 3 Lord, I within thy house will come,
Or what his offspring, that thou provist In thy abundant grace;
To them so wondrous kind ? And I will worship in thy fear,
Tow'rd thy most holy place. 5 Him next in power thou didst create 4 Let those, O Lord, who trust in thee, Ordain'd with dignity and state,
To thy celestial train;
O'er all thy works to reign.
6 They jointly own his powerful sway; 5 To righteous men, the righteous Lord The beasts that prey or graze; His blessing will extend;
The bird that wings its airy way; And with his favor all his saints,
The fish that cuts the seas. As with a shield, defend.
7 0 thou, to whom all creatures bow PSALM 6. S. M.
Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world how great an From the vi. Psalm of David.
How glorious is thy Name !
PSALM 8. C. M.
From the ix. Psalm of David. 2 Touch'd by thy quick’ning power,
1 TO celebrate thy praise, O Lord, My load of guilt I feel :
I wil my heart prepare; The wounds thy Spirit hath unclosed, To all the list'ning world, thy works, O let that Spirit heal.
Thy wondrous works, declare. 3 In trouble and in gloom,
2 The thought of them shall to my sou Must I for ever mourn?
Exalted pleasures bring : And wilt thou not, at length, O God, Whilst to thy name, o thou Most Higii, In pitying love return 1
Triumphant praise I sing.
$ The Lord for ever lives, who has
PSALM 11. L. M.
From the xiv. Psalm of David. To punish or reward.
1 THE Lord look'd down from heaven's 1 All those who have his goodness
high tower, proved,
And all the sons of men did view, Will in his truth confide;
To see if any own'd his power, Whose mercy ne'er forsook the man If any truth or justice knew; That on his help relied.
2 But all, he saw, were gone aside, 5 Sing praises therefore to the Lord, All were degen'rate grown and base, From Sion, his abode ;
None took religion for their guide, Froclaim his deeds, till all the world Not one of all the sinful race. Confess no other God.
3 How will they tremble then for fear,
When his just wrath shall them o'er. PSALM 9. C. M.
For to the righteous God is near, From the xi. Psalm of David. And never will their cause forsake. HE Lord a holy temple hath, 4 O that from Sion he'd employ And righteous throne, above;
His might, and burst th' oppressive Whence he surveys the song of men,
band! And how their counsels move. Then shouts of universal joy ? If God the righteous, whom he loves,
Should loully echo through the land. For trial does correct, What must the sons of violence,
PSALM 12. C. M. Whom he abhors, expect?
From the xv. Psalm of David. 3 Snares, fire, and brimstone, on their | 1 LORD, who's the happy man that heads
may Shall in one tempest shower;
To thy blest courts repair, This dreadful mixture his revenge Not, stranger like, to visit them, Into their cup shalt pour.
But to inhabit there? 1 The righteous Lord will righteous 2 'T is he who walketh uprightly, deeds
Whom righteousness directs; With signal fan grace,
Whose gen'rous tongue disdains to And to the upright man disclose
speak The brightness of his face.
The thing his heart rejects.
3 Who never did a slander forge PSALM 10. C. M.
His neighbor's fame to wound;
Nor hearken to a false report From the xiii. Psalm of David.
By malice whisper'd round. L HOW long wilt thou forget me, 4 Who vice, in all its pomp and power Lord ?
Can treat with just neglect; Must I for ever mourn?
And piety, though clothed in rags, ow long wilt thou withdraw from me, Religiously respect. Oh! never to return ?
5 Who to his plighted vows and trust 20 hear, and to my longing eyes Has ever firmly stood; Restore thy wonted light,
And, though he promise to his loss, Dawn on my spirit, lest I sleep.
He makes his promise good.
Whom no rewards can ever bribe
7 The man, who by his righteous Then shall my song, with praise inspired,
Has happiness insured, To thee, my God, ascend,
When earth's foundation shakes, shall Who to thy servant in distress
stand, Such bounty didst extend.
By Providence secured.