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That do observe if I transgress;

Set thy ways right before where my step goes.

For in his faltering mouth unstable
No word is firm or sooth;
Their inside, troubles miserable;

An open grave their throat, their tongue they smooth.
God, find them guilty; let them fall
By their own counsels quelled;
Push them in their rebellions all

Still on; for against thee they have rebelled.
Then all who trust in thee shall bring
Their joy, while thou from blame
Defend'st them: they shall ever sing,
And shall triumph in thee, who love thy name.
For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found

To bless the just man still:
As with a shield thou wilt surround

Him with thy lasting favour and good will.


August 13, 1653.

LORD, in thy anger do not reprehend me,
Nor in thy hot displeasure me correct;
Pity me, Lord, for I am much deject,
And very weak and faint; heal and amend me:
For all my bones, that even with anguish ache,

Are troubled; yea, my soul is troubled sore;

Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise ? Wearied I am with sighing out my days; Nightly my couch I make a kind of sea;




And thou, O Lord, how long? Turn, Lord; restore My soul; oh, save me, for thy goodness' sake! For in death no remembrance is of thee;



My bed I water with my tears; mine eye

Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark
I' the midst of all mine enemies that mark.
Depart, all
ye that work iniquity,

Depart from me; for the voice of my weeping
The Lord hath heard; the Lord hath heard my

My supplication with acceptance fair

The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping.
Mine enemies shall all be blank, and dashed

With much confusion; then, grown red with shame, They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a moment shall be quite abashed.


August 14, 1653.

Upon the words of Chush the Benjamite against him.

LORD, my God, to thee I fly ;
Save me, and secure me under
Thy protection while I cry;
Lest, as a lion (and no wonder),
He haste to tear my soul asunder,
Tearing and no rescue nigh.

Lord, my God, if I have thought
Or done this; if wickedness
Be in my hands; if I have wrought
Ill to him that meant me peace ;
Or to him have rendered less,
And not freed my foe for naught :


Let the enemy pursue my soul,
And overtake it; let him tread


My life down to the earth, and roll
In the dust my glory dead,
In the dust, and there outspread
Lodge it with dishonour foul.

Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire;
Rouse thyself amidst the rage
Of my foes that urge like fire;
And wake for me, their fury assuage;
Judgment here thou didst engage
And command, which I desire.

So the assemblies of each nation
Will surround thee, seeking right:
Thence to thy glorious habitation
Return on high, and in their sight.
Jehovah judgeth most upright
All people from the world's foundation.

Judge me, Lord; be judge in this
According to my righteousness,
And the innocence which is
Upon me cause at length to cease
Of evil men the wickedness,

And their power that do amiss.

But the just establish fast,

Since thou art the just God that tries
Hearts and reins. On God is cast
My defence, and in him lies;
In him who, both just and wise,
Saves the upright of heart at last.

God is a just judge and severe,
And God is every day offended;
If the unjust will not forbear,

His sword he whets; his bow hath bended




Already, and for him intended

The tools of death that waits him near.


(His arrows purposely made he
For them that persecute.)
He travails big with vanity;
Trouble he hath conceived of old
As in a womb, and from that mould
Hath at length brought forth a lie.

He digg'd a pit, and delved it deep,
And fell into the pit he made :
His mischief, that due course doth keep,
Turns on his head and his ill trade
Of violence will undelayed
Fall on his crown with ruin steep.

Then will I Jehovah's praise
According to his justice raise,
And sing the Name and Deity
Of Jehovah the Most High.


August 14, 1653.

O JEHOVAH our Lord, how wondrous great
And glorious is thy name through all the earth,
So as above the heavens thy praise to set!

Out of the tender mouths of latest bearth,
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou

Hast founded strength, because of all thy foes, To stint the enemy, and slack the avenger's brow, That bends his rage thy providence to oppose.



When I behold thy heavens, thy fingers' art,

The moon and stars, which thou so bright hast set

In the pure firmament, then saith my heart,
Oh, what is man that thou rememberest yet
And think'st upon him, or of man begot

That him thou visit'st, and of him art found?
Scarce to be less than gods thou mad'st his lot;

With honour and with state thou hast him crowned.


O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him lord;
Thou hast put all under his lordly feet,
All flocks and herds, by thy commanding word,
All beasts that in the field or forest meet,
Fowl of the heavens, and fish that through the wet
Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no dearth.
O Jehovah our Lord, how wondrous great

And glorious is thy name through all the earth!


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