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6 Fear him, ye saints; and you will then
PART II. C. M.
1 APPROACH, ye children of the Lord,
2 Let him who length of life desires,
3 The crooked paths of vice decline,
4 The Lord from heaven beholds the just
And, when distress'd, his gracious ear
5 But turns his wrathful look on those
6 Deliverance to his saints he gives,
7 Great troubles may afflict the just,
8 The wicked, from their wickedness, Their ruin shall derive;
Whilst righteous men, whom they detest, Shall them and theirs survive.
9 For God preserves the souls of those
SELECTION 30. L. M.
From the xxxvi. Psalm of David.
The highest orb of heaven transcends; Thy sacred truth's unmeasured scope
Beyond the spreading sky extends. 2 Thy justice like the hills remains,
Unfathom'd depths thy judgments are; Thy providence the world sustains,
The whole creation is thy care. 3 Since of thy goodness all partake,
With what assurance should the just Thy sheltering wings their refuge make, And saints to thy protection trust! 4 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 shall for ever last.
5 With thee the springs of life remain,
From the xxxvii. Psalm of David
PART I. II. 2.
HOUGH wicked men grow rich or great, state
Thy anger or thy envy raise;
Secure from danger and from want:
Shall all thy earnest wishes grant.
He'll make, like light, serene and clear,
Nor envy the success of crime:
PART II. II. 2.
1 THE good man's way is God's delight: He orders all the steps aright
Of him that moves by his command; Though he sometimes may be distress'd, Yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd,
For God upholds him with his hand. 2 With caution shun each wicked deed, In virtue's ways with zeal proceed,
And so prolong your happy days:
While soon the wicked race decays. 3 The upright shall possess the land, His portion shall for ages stand;
His mouth with wisdom is supplied,
PART III. II. 2.
1 THE wicked I in power have seen,
Their roughest days in peace shall end
3 God to the just will aid afford,
Their strength in time of need is he:
And from the wicked set them free.
SELECTION 32. C. M.
From the xxxviii. Psalm of David.
HY chastening wrath, O Lord, restrain,
2 My sins, which to a deluge swell,
3 But, Lord, before thy searching eyes All my desires appear;
The groanings of my burden'd soul
4 Forsake me not, O Lord, my God,
SELECTION 33. C. M.
From the xxxix. Psalm of David.
LORD, let me know my term of days,
The numerous train of ills disclose,
2 My life, thou know'st, is but a span,
3 Man, like a shadow, vainly walks,
4 Why then should I on worthless toys With anxious cares attend?
On thee alone my steadfast hope
5 Lord, hear my cry, accept my tears,
60 spare me yet a little time;
SELECTION 34. L. M.
From the xl. Psalm of David.
WAITED meekly for the Lord, Till he vouchsafed a kind reply; Who did his gracious ear afford,
And heard from heaven my humble cry. 2 The wonders he for me has wrought
Shall fill my mouth with songs of praise; And others, to his worship brought,
To hopes of like deliverance raise. 3 For blessings shall that man reward,
Who on th' Almighty Lord relies; Who treats the proud with disregard,
And hates the hypocrite's disguise. 4 Who can the wondrous works recount,
Which thou, O God, for us hast wrought! The treasures of thy love surmount
The power of numbers, speech, and thought.
5 I've learnt that thou hast not desired
6 I therefore come-come to fulfil
The oracles thy books impart: 'Tis my delight to do thy will;
Thy law is written in my heart. 7 In full assemblies I have told
Thy truth and righteousness at large,
Thy faithfulness and saving grace:
That all might that and truth embrace.