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PART III. 11. 2. 1 The wicked I in power have seen, And like a bay-tree fresh and green
That spreads its pleasant branches round: But he was gone as swist as thought; And, though in every place I sought,
No sign or track of him I found. 2 Observe the perfect man with care, And mark all such as upright are;
Their roughest days in peace shall end: While on the latter end of those Who dare God's sacred will oppose,
A common ruin shall attend.
Their strength in time of need is he:
From the xxxviii. Psalm of David. 1 THY chastning wrath, O LORD, restrain,
Though I deserve it all; Nor let on me the heavy storm
Of thy displeasure fall.
My sinking head o’erflow,
Too vast a burden grow.
All my desires appear;
Have reach'd thine open ear.
Nor far from me depart; Make haste to my relief, O thou Who my salvation art.
PSALM 33. C. M.
From the XIXİL. Psalm of David.
How soon my life will end:
Which this frail state attend.
A cipher sums my years; And every man, in best estate,
But vanity appears. 3 Man, like a shadow, vainly walks,
With fruitless cares oppress'd; He heaps up wealth, but cannot tell
By whom 't will be possess’d.
4 Why then should I on worthless toys
With anxious cares attend ? On thee alone my steadfast hope
Shall ever, LORD, depend.
And listen to my prayer,
As all my fathers were.
My wasted strength restore, Before I vanish quite from hence,
And shall be seen no more.
PSALM 34. L. M.
From the xl. Psalm of David. 1 I 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 deliv'rance 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
Offerings and sacrifice alone;
For man's transgression to atone. 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. ✓ In full assemblies I have told
Thy truth and righteousness at large: Nor did, thou know'st, my lips withhold
From uttering what thou gav'st in charge: 8 Nor kept within my breast confined
Thy faithfulness and saving grace; But preach'd thy love, for all design'd,
That all might that and truth embrace. 9 Then let those mercies I declared
To others, LORD, extend to me; Thy loving-kindness my reward,
Thy truth my safe protection be.
PSALM 35. C. M.
From the xli. Psalm of David.
Relieves the poor distress'd!
The LORD shall give him rest. 2 The Lord his life, with blessings crown'd,
In safety shall prolong;
That seek to do him wrong. 3 If he, in languishing estate,
Oppress'd with sickness lie;
And inward strength supply. 4 Secure of this, to thee, my God,
I thus my prayer address'd; “ LORD, for thy mercy, heal my soul,
Though I have much transgress'd.” 5 Thy tender care secures my life
From danger and disgrace;
Before thy glorious face.
From age to age be bless'd;
With loud Amens express'd.
PSALM 36. C. M.
From the xlii. Psalm of David.
When heated in the chase;
And thy refreshing grace.
My thirsty soul doth pine;
Thou Majesty divine ? 3 Why restless, why cast down, my soul ?
Trust God; who will employ
To thankful hymns of joy.
Like one forgotten, mourn;
To my oppressor's scorn?
While thus my fóes upbraid: « Vain boaster, where is now thy Gor?
And where his promised aid ?"
6 Why restless, why cast down, my soul ?
Hope still; and thou shalt sing The praise of Him who is thy God,
Thy health's eternal spring.
PSALM 37. II. 5.
From the xlii. Psalm of David. 1 AS pants the wearied hart for cooling springs,
That sinks exhausted in the summer's chase, So pants my soul for thee, great King of kings,
So thirsts to reach thy sacred dwelling place. 2 Why throb, my heart? why sink; my sadd’ning soul?
· Why droop to earth, with various woes oppress'd? My years shall yet in blissful circles roll,
And peace be yet an inmate of this breast. 3 LORD, thy sure mercies, ever in my sight,
My heart shall gladden through the tedious day; And 'midst the dark and gloomy shades of night,
To thee, my God, I 'll tune the grateful lay. 4 Why faint, my soul? why doubt JEHOVAH'S aid ?
Thy God the God of mercy still shall prove; Within his courts thy thanks shall yet be paid
Unquestion'd be his faithfulness and love!
PSALM 38. L. M.
From the xliii. Psalm of David. 1 LET me with light and truth be bless'd;
Be these my guides to lead the way, Till on Thy holy hill I rest,
And in thy sacred temple pray.
To God, who is my only joy;
Shall all my grateful hours employ.
So much oppress'd with anxious care? On God, thy God, for aid rely,
Who will thy ruin'd state repair.
PSALM 39. C. M.
From the xlv, Psalm of David.
Indited by my heart,
That writes with ready art.
Thy mouth with grace o'erflows; Because fresh blessings God on thee
3 Gird on thy sword, most mighty prince;
And, clad in rich array,
Majestic pomp display.
The meek, the just, and true;
Does all thy foes pursue.
That dare thy power despise! Down, down they fall, while through their heart
The piercing arrow flies.
For ever to endure;
By righteous laws secure.
Did upright ways approve,
Where wand'ring sinners rove:
The oil of gladness shed;
Advanced thy lofty head.
PSALM 40. II. 2.
From the xlvi. Psalm of David.
In him, undaunted, we ’ll confide;
Torn piece-meal by the roaring tide. 2 A gentler stream with gladness still The city of our LORD shall fill,
The royal seat of God most high :
While his almighty aid is nigh. 3 Submit to God's almighty sway, For him the Heathen shall obey,
And earth her sovereign LORD confess:
PSALM 41. L. M.
From the xlvii. Psalm of David. 1 O ALL ye people, clap your hands,
And with triumphant voices sing: No force the mighty power withstands
Of God, the universal King.