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PSALMS IN METRE,

SELECTED

FROM THE PSALMS OF DAVID,

PSALM 1.

C. M. 5 Appease the Son with due respect,
From the i. Psalm of David.

Your timely homage pay: 1 HOW blest is he, who ne'er consents

Lest he revenge the bold neglect,

Incensed by your delay.
By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits 6 If but in part his anger rise;
Where men profanely talk;

Who can endure the fame? 2 But makes the perfect law of God

Then blest are they, whose hope relies His husiness and delight;

On his most holy Natue. Devoutly reads therein ky day,

PSALM 3.

C. M. And meditates by night.

From the iii. Psalm of David. 3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, 1 THOU, gracious God, art my defence; With timely fruit does bend,

On thee my hopes rely: He stiil shall Rourish, and success

Thou art my glory, and shalt yet All his designs attend.

Lift up my head on high. 4 Ungodly men, and their attempts, 2 Since whensoe'ec, in my distress, No lasting root shall find;

To God I made my prayer Untimely blasted and dispersed

He heard me from his holy hill; Like chaff before the wind.

Why should I now despair! 5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb 3 Guarded by him I lay me down Before their Judge's face:

My sweet repose to take; No formal hypocrite shall then

For 1 through him securely sleep, Among the saints tave place.

Through him in safety wake. 6 For God approves the just man's ways; 4 Salvation to the LORD belongs ; To happiness they tend :

He only

can defend :
But sinners, and the paths they tread, His blessings he extends to all
Shall both in ruin end.

That on his power depend.
PSALM 2

C. M.
PSALM 4.

C. M.
From the ii. Psalm of David.

From the iv. Psalm of David. 1 THUS Gon declares his sov'reign will: 1 CONSIDER that the righteous man “The King that I ordain,

Is God's peculiar choice;
Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill, And when to him I niake my prayer
Shall there securely reign."

He always hears my voice. 2 Attend, 0 earth, whilst I declare 2 Then stand in awe of his commands, God's uncontroll'd decree:

Flee every thing that's ill, * Thou art my Son, this day, my heir, Commune in private with your hearts, Have I begotten thee.

And bend them to his will. 3“

Ask, and receive thy full demands; 3 The sacrifice of righteousness
Thine shall the Heathen be;

Present to God on high;
The utmost liinit of the lands

And let your hope, securely fix'd, Shall be possess'd by thee."

On him alone rely. 4 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear,

4 While worldly mirds impatient grow Ye juuges of the earth

More prosp'rous times to see; Worship the LORD with holy fear; Still let the glories of thy face Rejoice with awful mirth.

Shine brightly, LORD, on me.

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5 So shall my heart o'erflow with joy, i2 In heaven thy wondrous acts are sung, More lasting and more truie

Nor fully reckou'd there; Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue Successively renew.

Thy houndless praise declare. 6 Then down in peace I 'll lay my head, 3 When heaven, thy beauteous work on high, And take my needful rest;

Employs my wond'ring sight;
No other guard, O LORD, I crave. The moon, that nightly rules the sky,
Of thy defence possess'd.

With stars of feebler light;
PSALM 5.

4 Oh, what is man, thal, LORN, thou lor's C. M.

To keep him in thy mind?
From the v. Psalm of David

Or what his ontspring, that thou prov's

To them so wondrous kind? 1 REGARD my words, O gracious LORD,

5 Him next in power thou didst create Accept my secret prayer;

To thy celestial train ;
To thee alone, my King, my God,
Will I for help repair.

Ordain'd with dignity and state,

O'er all thy works to reign. 2 Thou in the morn my voice shalt hear, And, with the dawning day,

6 They jointly own his powerful sway; To thee devoutly I 'll look up,

The beasts that prey or graze; To thee devoutly pray.

The bird that wings its airy way;

The fish that cuts the seas. 3 LORD, I within thy house will come, In thy abundant grace;

7 0 thou, to whom all creatures bow And I will worship in thy fear,

Within this earthly frame, Tuw'rd thy most holy place.

Through all the world how great art tha' 4 Let those, O LORD, who trust in thee,

How glorious is thy Naine? With shouts their joy proclaim:

PSALM 8. C. M Let them rejoice whom thon preservist,

From the ix. Psalm of David. And all that love thy name. 5 To righteous men, the righteous LORD

1 TO celebrate thy praise, O LORD, His blessing will extend;

I will my heart prepare ; And with his favor all his saints,

To all the listning world, thy works, As with a shield, defend.

Thy wondrous works, declare.

2 The thought of them shall to my sou. PSALM 6.

S. M.

Exalled pleasures hring;

Whilst to thy name, O thou Most High, From the vi. Psalm of David.

Triumphant praise I sing. 1 IN mercy, not in wrath,

3 The LORD for ever lives, who has Rebuke ine. gracious God!

His righteous throne prepared,
Lest, if thy whole displear ure rise, Impartial justice to dispense,
I sink beneath thy rod.

To punish or reward. 2 Touch'd by thy quick’ning power, 4 All those who have his goodness proved, My load of guilt I feel :

Will in his truth confide;
The wounds thy Spirit hath unclosed, Whose mercy ne'er foryook the man
O let that Spirit heal.

That on bis help relied. 3 In trouble and in gloom,

5 Sing praises therefore to the LORD, Must I for ever mourn?

From Sion, his aboile;
And wilt thou not, al length, O God, Proclaim his deeds, till all the world
In pitying love return?

Confess no other God.
4 0 come, ere life expire,
Send down thy power to save;

PSALM 9. C. M. For who shah thy name in death,

From the xi Psalm of David. Or praise thee in the grave ?

I THE LORD a holy temple hath, 5 Why should I doubt thy grace,

And righteous throne, above; Or yield to dread despair?

Whence he surveys the sons of men, Thou wilt fulfil thy promised word,

And how their counsels move. And grant me all my prayer.

2 If God the righteous, whom he loves, PSALM 7.

C. M.

For trial does currect,

What must the sons of violence,
From the vili. Psalm of David.

Whom he abhors, expect? 10 THOU, to whom all creatures bow 3 Snares, fire, and brimstone, on their heade Within this earthly frame,

Shall in one tempest shower; Through all the world how great art thou! This dreadful mixture his revenge How glorious is thy Name!

Into their cup sha!l pour.

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•The righteous LORD will righteous deeds | 5 Who to his plighted vows and trust
With signal favor grace,

Has ever firmly stood;
And to the pright man disclose

And, though he promise to his loss,
The brightness of his face.

He inakes his promise good.

6 Whose soul in usury disdains PSALM 10.

C. M.

His treasure to employ ;
From the xiii. Psalm of David.

Whom no rewards can ever bribe
1 HOW long wilt thou forget me, LORD? The guiltless to destroy.
Must I for ever mourn?

7 The man, who by this righteous course
How long wilt thou withdraw from me, Has happiness insured,
Oh! never to return?

When earth's foundation shakes, shall stand, 2 O hear, and to my longing eyes

By Providence secured.
Restore thy wonted light,
Dawn on ny spirit, lest I sleep.

PSALM 13.

C. M.
In death's most gloomy niglil.

From the xvi. Psalm of David.
3 Since I have always placed my trust 1 MY grateful soul shall bless the LORD,
Beneath thy mercy's wing,

Whose preceptu give me light;
Thy saving health will come; and then And private counsel still afford
My heart with joy shall spring.

In sorrow's dismal nighi.
4 Then shall my song, with praise inspired, 2 I strive each action to approve
To thee, my God, ascend,

To his all-seeing eye;
Who to thy servant in distress

No danger shall my hopes remove,
Such bounty didst extend.

Because he still is nigh.
PSALM 11. L. M. 3 Therefore my heart all grief defies,

My glory does rejoice ;-
From the xiv. Psalm of David.

My Hesh shall rest, in hope to rise,
I THE LORD look'd down from heaven's

Waked by his powerful voice.
high lower,
And all the sons of men did view,

4 Thou, LORD, when I resign ny breath, 'To see if any own'd his power,

My soul froin hell shalt free;
If any truih or justice knew;

Nor let thy Holy One in death

The least corruption see.
2 But all, he sa v, were gone aside,
All were degenérale grown and hase;

5 Thou shalt the paths of life display, None look religion for their guide,

Which to thy presence lead;
Not one of all the sinful race.

Where pleasures dwell without allay

And joys that never fade.
8 How will they tremble then for fear,
When his just wrath shall them o'ertake:

PSALM 14.
For to the righteous God is near,

From the xviii. Psalm of David.
And never will their cause forsake.

PART I. L. M.
4 0 that from Sion he'd employ

His might, and burst th' oppressive band! /1 NO change of time shall ever shock
Then shouts of universal joy

My firm affection, LORD, to thee;
Should loudly echo through the land.

For ihou hast always been my rock,

A fortress and defence to me.
PSALM 12. C. M. 2 Thou my deliv'rer art, my God;
From the xv. Psalın of David.

My trust is in thy mighty power;
I LORD, who's the happy man that may

Thou art my shield froin foes abroad,
To thy blest courts repair,

At home my safeguard and my tower Not, stranger-like, to visit them,

3 To thee I will address my prayer, But to inhabit there?

To whom all praise we justly owe; 2 "T is he who walketh uprightly,

So shall 1, by thy watchful care,
Whom righteousness directs;

Be guarded safe from every foe.
Whose gen'ronis tongue disdains to speak

PART II. L. M.
The thing his heart rejects.

1 THOU suit'st, O LORD, thy righteous 3 Who never did a slander forge

ways
His neighbor's fame to wound;

To various paths of human kind;
Nor hearken to a false report

They who for mercy merit praise,
By malice whisper'd round.

With thee shall wondrous mercy find. 4 Who vice, in all its pomp and power 2 Thou to the just shalt justice show; Can treat with just neglect ;

The pure thy purity shall see:
And piety, though clothed in rags, Such as perversely choose to go,
Religiously respect.

Shall meet with due returns fron the

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8 That he the humble soul will save, 16 But what frail man shserves bow oft

And crush the haughty's boasted might, He does from virtue fall? In me the LORD an instance gave,

O cleanse me from my secret faults, Whose darkness he has turn'd to light. Thou God that know'st them all! 4 Who then deserves to be adored, 7 Let no presumptuous sin, O LORD,

Bit God, on whom my hopes depend? Dominion have o'er ine; Or who, excepe the mighty LORD, That, by thy grace preserved, I may

Can with resistless power defend ? The great transgression flee. 5 Let the eternal LORD be praised, 8 So shall my prayer and praises be The rock on whose defence I rest!

With thy acceptance blest; To highest heavens his name be raised, And I, secure on thy defence, Who me with his salvation bless'd!

My strength and Saviour, rest. 6 My God, to celebrate thy fame,

PSALM 16.

S. M. My grateful voice to heaven 1 'Il raise;

From the xx. Psalm of David
And nations, strangers to thy name,
Shall learn to sing thy glorious praise.

1 MAY Jacob's GoD defend

And hear us in distress;
PSALM 15.

Our succor from his temple send,
From the xix. Psalm of David.

Our cause from Siom bless!

2 May he accept our vow, PART I. C. M.

Our sacrifice receive, 1 THE heavens declare thy glory, LORD, Our heart's devout request allow, Which that alone can fill;

Our holy wishes give! The firmament and stars express

3 O LORD! thy saying grace Their great Creator's skili.

We joyfully declare; 2 The dawn of each returning day Our banner in thy name we raise

Fresh beans of knowledge brings; “ The LORD fulfil our prayer!" And from the dark returns of night

4 Now know we that the LORD Divine instruction springs.

His chosen will defend ; 3 Their powerful language to no realm From heaven will strength divine afford, Or region is confined ;

And will their prayer attend. T is nature's voice, and understood

6 Some earthly succor trust. Alike by all mankind.

But we in GOD's right hand : 4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense Lo! while they fall, so vain their boast, Through earth's extent display;

We rise and upright stand.
Its bright contents the circling sun
Does round the world convey.

6 Still save us, LORD! and still

Thy servants deign to bless; 5 From east to west, from west to east, His ceaseless course he goes ;

Hear, King of heaven, in times of in, And, through his progress, cheerful light

The prayers that we address. And vital warmth bestows.

PSALM 17.

From the xxii. Psalm of David.
PART II. C. M.

PART I C. M. 1 God's perfert law converts the soul, 1 MY GOD, my God, why lear'st thou me, Reclaims from false desires ;

When I with anguish faint ? With sacred wisdom his sure word

Oh! why so far from me removed, The ignorant inspires,

And from my loud complaint ? 2 The statutes of the LORD are just, 2 Lo! I am treated like a worm, And bring sincere delight;

Like none of human birth; His pure commands in search of truth Not only by the great reviled, Assist the feeblest sight.

But made the rabble's mirth. 3 His perfect worship here is fix'd, 3 With laughter all the gazing crowd On sure foundations laid;

My agonies survey; His equal laws are in the scales

They shoot the lip, they shake the head, of truth and justice weigh'd ;

And thus deridíng say: 4 of more esteem than golden mines, 4 “ In God he trusted, boasting oft Or gold refined with skill;

That he was Heaven's delight; More sweet than honey, or the drops Let Gou come down to save him now That from the comb distil.

And own his favorite.” 5 My trusty counsellors they are,

5 Withdraw not, then, so far from me And friendly warnings give:

When trouble is so nigh, Divine rewards attend on those

O send me help! thy help, on which Who by thy precepts live.

Alone I can rely

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PART II. C. M.

10 Then shall a chosen spotless race,

Devoted to his Name,
I LIKE water is my life pour'd out, To their adoring sons his truth
My joints are out of frame;

And glorious acts proclaim.
My heart dissolves within my breast,
Like wax before the flame:

PSALM 18.

C. M. 2 My strength is like a potsherd dried,

From the xxiii. Psalm of David. My tongue is parch'd with drought; 1 THE LORD hinself, the mighty LORD And to the dismal shades of death

Vouchsafes to be my guide; My fainting soul is brought

The Shepherd, by whose constant care

My wants are all supplied. 3 Like dogs, to compass me, my foes In wicked council meet :

2 In tender grass he makes me feed, They pierced my inoffensive hands,

And gently there repose; They pierced my harmless feet.

Then leads me to cool shades, and where

Refreshing water flows. 4 My body's rack'd, till all my bones Distinctly may be told;

3 He does my wand'ring soul reclaim, Yet such a spectacle of wo

And, to his endless praise,

Instruct with humble zeal to walk As pastime they behold.

In his must righteous ways. 5 As spoil, my garments they divide, 4 I pass the gloomy vale of death, Lots for my vesture cast :

From fear and danger free; Therefore, Ó leave me not, my God,

For there his aiding rod and staff
But to my succor hasle.

Defend and comfort me.
PART III. C. M.

5 Since God doth thus his wondrous love

Through all my life extend,
I LORD, to my brethren I'll declare That life to himn I will devote,
The triumphs of thy Naine:

And in his temple spend.
In presence of assembled saints
Thy glory thus proclaim:

PSALM 19. C. M.

From the xxiv. Psalm of David. 2 “Ye worshippers of Jacob's GOD, AI! you of Israel's line,

1 THE spacious earth is all the LORD'S. O praise the LORD, and to your praise The Lord's her fulness is; Sincere obedience join.

The world, and they that dwell therein. 3. “ He ne'er disdain'd on low distress

By sov'reign right are his. Tu cast a graciqus eye;.

2 He framed and fix'd it on the seas; Nor luru'd froin inisery his face,

And his almighty hand But hears its humble cry."

Upon inconstant floods has made

The stable fabric stand. 4 Thus, in thy sacred courts, will i

3 But for himself this LORD of all My cheerful thanks express;

One chosen seat design'd; In presence of thy saints perform

Oh! who shall to that sacred hill The vows of my distress.

Deserved admittance find? 5 The meek companions of my grief 4 The man whose hands and heart are pure, Shall find my table spread;

Whose thoughts from pride are free; And all that seek the LORD shall be

Who honest poverty prefers With joys immortal fed.

To gainful perjury. 6 Then shall the giad converted world To God their homage pay;

5 This, this is he, on whom the LORD

Shall shower his blessings down; And scalier'd nations of the earth

Whom God, his Saviour, shall vouchsate Oue sov'reign LORD obey.

With righteousness to crown. 9 'T is his supreme prerogative

6 Such is the race of saints, by whom O'er all mankind to reign;

The sacred courts are trod; 'T is just that he should rule the world, And such the proselytes that seek Who does the world sustain.

Thy face, O Jacob's God.
8 The rich, who are with plenty fed, 7 Erect your heads, eternal gates ;
His houty must confess;

Unfold, to entertain
The sons of want, by him relieved, The King of glory: see! he comes
Their gen'rous patron bless.

With his celestial train.
9 With humble worship to his throne 8 Who is the King of glory? who?
They all for aid resort;

The LORD, for strength renown'd;
That power, which first their being gave, In battle nighty; o'ex his foes
Alone can tbem support.

Eternal victor crowu'd.

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