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True penitents shall thus succeed,
PART II. y them are they, to whom The Lord for God is known:
Who seek thee whilst thou may'st be Whom he, from all the world besides,
found; d from the common deluge freed, Shall see remorseless sinners drown'd. Thy favour, Lord, in all distress, ly tower of refuge I must own; ou shalt my haughty foes suppress, And me with songs of triumph crown. n my instruction then confide, e that would truth's safe path descry; ur progress I’ll securely guide, And keep you in my watchful eye. Submit yourselves to wisdom's rule, like men that reason have attain'd; It like th’ ungoverm'd horse and mule, Whose fury must be curb’d and rein'd. Sorrows on sorrows multiply'd, The harden'd sinner shall confound; t them who in his truth confide, Blossings of mercy shall surround. His saints, that have perform'd his laws, Their life in triumph shall employ; them, as they alone have cause, ingrateful raptures shout for joy. PSALM XXXIII. E. all the just to God, with joy, * Their cheerful voices raise; well the righteous it becomes !osing glad songs of praise. * Letharps, and psaltérics, and lutes, "Joyful concert meet; new-made songs of ioud applause The harmony complete. ..For faithful is the word of God; His Works with truth aboumd; Justice loves; and all the earth § with his goodness crown'd. By his Almighty Word, at first, e heav'nly arch was reard; § all the beauteous hosts of light At his command appear'd. he swelling floods, together roll’d, He makes in heaps to lie; ". As in a store-house safe, ° wat'ry treasures by. | Let earth, and all that dwell therein, Before him trembling stand; * when he spake the word, 'twas made; "was fixá at his command. He, when the heation closely plot, or counsels undermines; 'Wisdom ineffectual makes § people's rash designs. Whate'er the mighty Lord decrees hallstand for ever sure. 5 settled purpose of his heart ** ages shall endure,
Has chosen for his own. 13, 14, 15. He all the nations of the earth, From heav'n, his throne, survey’d; He saw their works, and view'd their thoughts; By him their hearts were made. 16, 17 No king is safe by num’rous hosts Their strength the strong deceives: No manag'd horse, by force or speed, His warlike rider saves. 18, 19 "Tis God, who those that trust in laim Beholds with gracious eyes; He frees their souls from death; their want, In time of dearth supplies. 20, 21 Our soul on God with patience waits; Our help and shield is he: Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice, Because we trust in thee. 22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord, Do thou to us extend; Since we, for all we want or wish, On thee alone depend.
HROUGH all the changing scenes of life, In trouble and in joy, The praises of my God shall still My heart and tongue employ. 2 Of his deliv'rance I will boast, Till ali that are distrest, From my example comfort take, And charm their griefs to rest. 3 O ! magnify the Lord with me, With me exalt his name: 4 When in distress to him I call’d, He to my rescue came. 5 Their drooping hearts were soon refresh'd, Who look’d to him for aid; Desir'd success in ev'ry face A cheerful air display’d. 6 : Behold,” say they, ‘behold the man, “Whom providence reliev'd; “The man so dang'rously beset, “So wondrously retriev'd P 7 The hosts of God encamp around The dwellings of the just; Deliv'rance he affords to all Who on his succour trust. 8 O ! make but trial of his love, Experience will decide IIow'blest they are, and only they, Who in his truth confide. 9 Fear him, ye saints; and you will then
Make you his service your delight,
10 While hungry lions lack their prey, The Lord will food provide
For such as put their trust in him,
PART II. 11 Approach, ye piously dispos'd, And my instruction hear; I'll teach you the true discipline Of his religious fear. 12 Let him who length of life desires, And prosporous days would see, 13 From sland'ring language keep his tongue; His lips from falsehood free; 14. The crooked paths of vice decline, And virtue’s ways pursue; Establish peace, where 'tis begun; And where 'tis lost, renew. 15 The Lord from heav'n beholds the just With favourable eyes; And, when distress'd, his gracious ear Is open to their cries; 16. But turns his wrathful look on those Whom mercy can't reclaim, To cut them off, and from the earth Blot out their hated name. 17, Deliv'rance to his saints he gives, When his relief they crave; 18. He's high to heal the broken heart, And contrite spirit save. 19. The wicked oft, but still in vain, Against the just conspire; 20. For under their affliction's weight He keeps their bones entire. 21. The wicked, from their wicked arts, Their ruin shall derive; Whilst righteous men, whom they detest, Shall them and theirs survive. 22 For God preserves the souls of those Who on his truth depend; To them, and their posterity, His blessings shall descend.
And such as did my harm deviso, Beto confusion brought. 5Then shall they fly, dispers'dlikeclf Before the driving wind; God’s vengeful minister of wrath Shall follow close behind. 6 And when, through dark and slips, ways, They strive his rage to shun, His vengeful ministers of wrath Shall goad them as they run. 7 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong, They hid their treach’rous smare; And, for my harmless soul, a pit Did without cause, prepare; 8 Surpris’d by mischiefs unforeseen, By their own arts betray’d, Their feet shall fallinto the met Which they for me had laid: 9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's goal name For this deliv'rance bless, And, by his saving health securd, Its grateful joy express. 10 My very bones shall say, “O Lord ‘Who can compare with thee; ‘Who sett'st the poor and helplesman “From strong oppressors free." PART II. 11 False witnesses, with forg'd to plaints, Against my truth combin'd : And to my charge such things theyhi As I had ne'er design'd. 12 The good which I to them haddo With evil they repaid; And did, by malice undeserv’d, My harmless life invade. - | 13 out as for me, when they were i* I still in sackcloth mourn’d; I pray’d and fasted, and my pray To my own breast return'd. 14 Had they my friends or brethro been, I could have done no more; , Nor with more decent signs of grief A mother's loss deplore. 15. How diff'rent did their carriage prove, In times of my distress! When they, in crowds, together me! Did savage joy express. The rabble too, in mum’rous throngs, By their example came; And ceas'd not with reviling words, To wound my spotless fame. 16 Scoffers, that noble tables haunt, And earn their bread with lies, ... Did gnash their teeth, and sland jests
True wisdom's banish’d stom his breast, And vice has sole dominion there. 4 His wakeful malice spends the night In forging his accurs’d designs; His obstinate, ungen’rous spite No execrable means declines. 5 But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure hope, Above the heav'nly orb ascends; Thy sacred truth’s unmeasur’d scope Beyond the spreading sky extends. 6 Thy justice like the hills remains; Unsathom'd depths thy judgments are; Thy providence the world sustains; The whole creation is thy care. 7 Since of thy goodness all partake, With what assurance should the just Thy shelt’ring wings their refuge make, And saints to thy protection trust 8 Such guests shall to thy courts be led, To banquet on thy love’s repast; And drink, as from a fountain’s head, Of joys that slail for ever last. 9 With thee the springs of life remain; Thy presence is eternal day: 10 O lettly saints thy favour gain; To upright hearts thy truth display. 11 Whilst pride's insulting foot would Spurn, And wicked hands my life surprise, 12 Their mischiefs on themselves retution : Down, down they’re fall’n, no more to l'Ise.
GH wicked men grow rich or great, Yet let not their successful state Thy anger or thy envy raise; 2 For they, cut down like tender grass, Or like young flowers, away shall pass, Whose blooming beauty soon decays. 3 Depend on God, and him obey, So thou within the land shalt stay, Secure from danger and from want: 4 Make his commands thy chief delight; And he, thy duty to requite, Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. 5 In all thy ways trust thou the Lord, And he will needsul help afford, To perfect every just design; 6 IIe'll make, likelight, serene and clear, Thy clouded innocence appear, Ánd as a mid-day sun to shine. 7 With quiet mind on God depelid, And patiently for him attend; Nor jet thy anger fondly rise, Tho' wicked men with wealth abound, And with success the plots are crown'd which they maliciously devise. 8 From anger cease, and wrath forsake; Let no § passion make
Roy. to watch o'erall my ways,
Waited meekly sor the Lord, Till he vouchsafed a kind reply; Who did his gracious ear afford, And heard from heaven my humble cry. 2 He took me from the dismal pit, When founder'd deep in miry clay; On solid ground he plac'd my feet, And suffered not my steps to stray, 3 The wonders he for me has wrought Shall fill my mouth with songs of