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Thou hast fashioned me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me,
Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me; I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit? or whither shall I go then from thy presence ?
If I climb up into heaven, thou art there; if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
If I take the wings of the morning, and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there also shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; then shall my night be turned to day.
Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day; the darkness and light to thee are both alike. For my
reins are thine; thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
My bones are not hid from thee, though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book were all my members written;
Which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God; O how great is the sum of them!
If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake up, I am present with thee.
Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart'; prove me, and examine my thoughts.
Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.
PSALM 145. Exaltabo te, Deus. I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King, and I
will praise thy Name for ever and ever. Every day will I give thanks unto thee; and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and marvellous worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.
One generation shall praise thy works unto another, and declare thy power.
As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; and I will also tell of thy greatness.
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed ; and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and merciful; longsuffering, and of great goodness.
The Lord is loving unto every man; and his mercy is over all his works.
All thy works praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
They show the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, might be known unto men.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
The LORD upholdeth all such as fall, and lifleth
all those who are down.
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O LORD; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
I'he Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him; yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
The LORD preserveth all them that love him; but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.
SELECTION III. FROM PSALM 51. Miserere mei, Deus. HAI AVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy
great goodness; according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward
parts, and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean ; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again, and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show thy praise.
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; but thou delightest not in burntofferings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
FROM PSALM 42. Quemadmodum. LIKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks,
, My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself; for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
In the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among such as keep holyday.
Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me?
Put thy trust in God; for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.
The Lord hath granted his loving-kindness in the day-time; and in the night-season did I sing of him, and made my prayer unto the God of my
life. I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
Namely, while they say daily unto me, Where is now thy God?
Why art thou so vexed, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me?
O put thy trust in God; for I will get thank him, which is the help of my countenance and
Psalm 37. Noli æmulari. F PRET not thyself because of the ungodly; nei
ther be thou envious against the evil doers: For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and be withered even as the green herb.