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• God will not suffer me to fall,

15 0 then that thy most holy will But still prolongs my days;

Might o'er my ways preside; That, by declaring all his works,

fand I the course of all my life I may advance his praise.

By thy direction guide! 8 When God had sorely me chastised, 16 Then with assurance should I walk, 'Till quite of hopes bereaved,

From all confusion free; His mercy from the gates of death

Convinced, with joy, that all my ways My fainting life reprieved.

With thy commands agree. 9 Then open wide the temple gates

7 My upright heart shall my glad mouth To which the just repair,

With cheerful praises fill, That I may enter in, and praise

When, by thy righteous judgments taught, My great deliv'rer there.

I shall have learu'd thy will. 10 Within those gates of God's abode

8 So to thy sacred laws shall I To which the righteous press,

Entire observance pay: Since thou hast heard, and set me safe,

To then forsake me not, my God, Thy holy Name I'll bless.

Nor cast me quite away. 11 That which the builders once refused Is now the corner-stone:

PART II. BETH. C. M. This is the wondrous work of GOD,

11 How shall the young preserve their ways The work of God alone.

From all pollution free? 12 This day is God's; let all the land By making still their course of life Exalt their cheerful voice:

With thy commands agree. « LORD, we beseech thee, save us now

2 With hearty zeal for thee I seek, And make us still rejoice."

To thee for succor pray; 13 Him that approaches in God's name

To suffer not my careless steps Let all th' assembly bless;

From thy right paths to stray. « We that belong to God's own house Have wish'd you good success."

3 Safe in my heart, and closely hid

Thy word, my treasure, lies, 14 God is the LORD, through whom we all

To succor me with timely aid
Both light and comfort find;

When sinful thoughts arise.
Fast to the altar's horns with cords
The chosen victim bind.

4 Secured by that, my grateful soul 15 Thou art my LORD, O God, and still

Shall ever bless thy Name;

o teach me then by thy just laws I'll praise thy holy Name; Because thou only art my God,

My future life to frame. I'll celebrate thy fame.

5 My lips, unlock'd by pious zeal, 16 O then with me give thanks to GOD,

| To others have declared Who still does gracious prove;

How well the judgments of thy mouth And let the tribute of our praise

Deserve our best regard. Be endless as his love.

6 Whilst in the way of thy commands,

More solid joy I found,
PSALM 97.

Than had I been with vast increase

Of envied riches crown'd.
From the cxix. Psalm of David.

17 Therefore thy just and upright laws PART I. ALEPH. C. M.

Shall always fill my mind; . 1 HOW bless'd are they who always keep And those sound rules which thou prescrib'st The pure and perfect way;

Entire respect shall find. Who never from the sacred paths

18 To keep thy statutes undefaced Of God's commandments stray!

Shall be my constant joy;.
2 How bless'd, who to his righteous laws The strict remembrance of thy word
Have still obedient been;

Shall all my thoughts employ,
And have with fervent huinble zeal,
His favor sought to win!

PART III. GIMEL. C. M. 3 Such men their utinost caution use 11 BE gracious to thy servant, LORD; To shun each wicked deed;

Do thou my life defend, But in the path which he directs

That I according to thy word
With constant care proceed.

My time to come may spend.
Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, LORD, 2 Enlighten both my eyes and mind,
To learn thy sacred will;

That so I may discern
And all our diligence einploy

The wondrous things which they behold, Thy statutes to fulfil.

Who thy just precepts learn.

3 My fainting soul is almost pined, 13 Dirert me in the sacred ways

To which thy precepts lead; While always on the eager search

Because my chief delight has been Of thy just will interit.

Thy righteous paths to tread. 4 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud, 4 Do thou to thy most just command Whom still thy curse pursues ;

Incline iny willing heart; Since they to walk in thy right ways Let no desire of worldly wealth Presumptuously refuse.

From thee my thoughts divert. 5 But far from me do thou, O LORD 5 From those vain objects turn mine eyes Contempt and shame remove;

Which this false world displays; For I thy sacred law affect

But give me lively power and strength With undissembled love.

To keep thy righteous ways. 6 For thy commands have always been 16 Confirm the promise of thy word, My comfort and delight;

And give thy servant aid, By them I learn with prudent care

Who to transgress thy sacred laws
To guide my steps aright.

Is awfully afraid.
PART IV. DALETH. C. M. 7 The censure and reproach I fear,

In mercy, LORD, remove; 1 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care,

For all the judgments thou ordain'st
Close to the dust doth cleave;

Are full of grace and love.
Revive me, LORD, and let me now
Thy promised aid receive.

8 Thou know'st how after thy commands 2 To thee I still declared my ways,

My longing heart does pant; And thou inclin’dst thine ear;

10 then make haste to raise me up, O teach me then my future life

And promised succor grant By thy just laws to steer.

PART VI. VAU. c. M. 3 If thou wilt make me know thy laws, 11 THY constant blessing, LORD, bestow And by their guidance walk,

To cheer my drooping heart; The wondrous works which thou hast done To me, according to thy word, Shall be my constant talk.

| Thy saving health impart. 4 But see, my soul within me sinks, 2 So shall I, whosoe'er upbraids, Press'd down with weighty care;

This ready answer make; Do thou, according to thy word,

“In God I trust, who never will My wasted strength repair.

His faithful promise break." 5 Far, far from me be all false ways 3 Then let not quite the word of truth And lying arts removed ;

Be from my mouth removed; But kindly grant I still may keep

Since still my ground of steadfast hope, The path by thee approved.

Thy judgments, LORD, have proved 6 Thy faithful ways, thou Gon of truth, 14 So I to keep thy righteous laws My happy choice I've made;

Will all my study bend; Thy judgments, as my rule of life,

And constantly my time to come Before me always laid.

In their observance spend. 7 My care has been to make my life 5 My soul shall gladly walk at large With thy commands agree;

From all oppression free, O then preserve thy servant, LORD,

Since I resolve to make my life From shame and ruin free.

With thy commands agree. 8 So in the way of thy commands

6 My longing heart and ravish'd soul Shall I with pleasure run;

Shall both o'erflow with joy,
And, with a heart enlarged with joy, When in thy loved commandments I
Successfully go on.

My happy hours employ.
PART V. HE. C. M. 17 Then will I to thy holy laws
I INSTRUCT me in thy statutes, LORD,

Lift up my willing hands; Thy righteous paths display;

My care and business then shall be And 1 from them, through all my life,

To study thy commands. Will never go astray.

PART VII. ZAIN. C. M. 2 If thou true wisdom from above

11 ACCORDING to thy promised grace Wilt graciously impart,

Thy favor, LORD, extend; To keep thy perfect laws I will

Make good to me the word on which Devote my zealous heart.

Thy servant's hopes depend

? That only comfort in distress

15 'Tis good for me that I have felt Did all my griefs control;

Affliction's chast'ning rod,
Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round, I That I may duly learn and keep
Revived my fainting soul.

The stalutes of my God. 3 Thy judgments then of ancient date 16 The law that from thy mouth proceede I quickly call'd to mind,

Of more esteem I hold Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul Than richest mines, than thousand mines Did speedy comfort find.

Of silver and of gold. 4 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart by da

PART X. JOD. C. M. Has fill'd iny thoughts by night:

11 To me, who am the workmanship I then resolved by thy just laws

Of thy almighty hands, To guide my steps aright.

The heavenly understanding give 5 That peace of mind, which has my soul To learn thy just commands, In deep distress sustain'd,

2 My preservation to thy saints By strict obedience to thy will

Strong comfort will afford, I bappily obtaiu'd.

To see success attend my hopes, PART VIII. CHETH. C. M.

Who trusted in thy word.

3 That right thy judgments are, I now 1 0 LORD, my God, my portion thou

By sure.experience see; And sure possession art,

And that in faithfulness, O LORD, Thy words I steadfastly resolve

Thou hast afflicted me. To treasure in my heart.

14 O let thy tender mercy now 2 With all the strength of warm desire Afford me needful aid; I did thy grace implore;

According to thy promise, LORD, Disclose, according to thy word,

To me, thy servant, made. Thy mercy's boundless store.

5 To me thy saving grace restore, 3 With deep reflection and strict care

That I again may live; On all my ways I thought;

Whose sous can relish no delight And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,

But what thy precepts give. My wand'ring steps I brought.

6 In thy blest statutes let my heart 4 Prolonging not the time, my soul

1 Continue always sound; Resolved without delay

That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot, To watch, that I might never more

May never me confound. From thy commandments stray.

PART XI. CAPH. C. M. 5 To such as fear thy holy Name

11 My soul with long expectance faints Myself I closely join;

To see thy saving grace; To all who their obedient wills

Yet still on thy unerring word To thy commands resign.

My confidence I place. 6 O'er all the earth thy mercy, LORD, 2 My very eyes consume and fail Abundantly is shed;

With waiting for thy word; grant that I may truly learn

O when wilt thou thy kind relief Thy sacred paths to tread.

1 And promised aid afford ? PART ix. TETH. c. M. 3 Thy wonted kindness, LORD, restore,

My drooping heart to cheer; I WIth me, thy servant, thou hast dealt

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That by thy righteous statutes I
Most graciously, O LORD;

My life's whole course may steer.
Repealed benefits bestow'd,
According to thy word.

PART XII. LAMED. C. M. 2 Teach me the sacred skill by which 11 For ever and for ever, LORD, Right judgment is attain'd,

Unchanged thou dost remain; Who in belief of thy commands

Thy word, establish'd in the teav'ns, Have steadfastly remain'd.

Does all their orbs sustain. 3 Before affiction stopp'd my course, 12 Through circling ages, LORD, thy truth My footsteps went astray;

Immoveable shall stand, But I have since been disciplined

As doth the earth, which thou upholl'st Thy precepts to obey.

By thine almighty hand. 4 Thou art, O LORD, supremely go .: 3 All things the course by thee ordain'd And all thou dost is so;

E'en to this day fulfil: On me, thy statutes to discern,

Tbey are thy faithful subjects all, Thy saving skill bestow.

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And servants of thy will.

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4 Unless thy sacred law had been

12 My hiding-place, my refuge-towe My comfort and delight,

And shield art thou, O LORD; I must have fainted and expired

I firmly anchor all my hopes In dark affliction's night.

On thv unerring word. 5 Thy precepts therefore from my though'

93 Away from me, ye wicked men, Shall never, LORD, depart,

| Approach not my abode; For thou by them hast to new life

For firpily I resolve to keep Restored my dying heart.

The precepts of my God. 6 I've seen an end of what we call 14 According to thy gracious word, Perfection here below;

From danger set me free;
But thy commandments, like thyself, Nor make me of those hopes ashamed
No change or period know.

That I repose on thee.
PART XIII. MEM. C. M.

PART XVI. AIN. C. M 1 THE love that to thy laws 1 bear 1 MINE eyes, alas! begin to fail, No language can display;

In long expectance held; They with fresh wonders entertain

Tili thy salvation they behold My raptured thoughts all day.

And righteous word fulfill'd. 2 My feet with care I have refrain'd 2 To me, thy servant in distress, From every sinful way,

Thy wonted grace display, That to thy sacred word I might

And discipline iny willing heart Entire obedience pay.

Thy statutes to obey. 3 I have not from thy judgments stray'd, 3 Oli me, devoted to thy fear, By vain desires misled;

Thy sacred skill bestov, For, LORD, thou hast instructed me . That of thy testimonies I Thy righteous paths to tread.

The full extent may know. 4 How sweet are all thy words to me! 14 Thy laws and precepts I account ( what divine repast !

In all respects divine; How much more grateful to my soul

They teach me to discern the right, Than honey to my taste!

And all false ways decline. 5 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I With heav'nly skill ann blest;

PART XVII. PE. C. M. Through which the treach'rous ways of sin

11 THE wonders which thy laws contain I utterly detest.

No words can represent;'.
PART xiv. NUN. C. M.

Therefore to learn and practise them

My zealous heart is bent. 1 THy word is to my feet a lamp,

2 The very entrance to thy word The way of truth to show:

Celestial light displays, A watch-light, to point out the path

And knowledge of true happiness In which I ought to go.

To simplest minds conveys. 2 I've vow'd, and from my cov'nant, LORD, 13 With eager hopes I waiting stood, Will never start aside,

And fainting with desire, That in thy righteous judgments I

That of thy wise commands I might Will steadfastly abide.

The sacred skill acquire. 3 Let still my sacrifice of praise

14 With favor, LORD, look down on me, With thee acceptance find;

Who thy relief implore; And in thy righteous judgments, LORD,

As thou art wont to visit those Instruct my willing mind.

Who thy blest Name adore. 4 Thy testimonies I have made

5 Directed by thy heavenly word My heritage and choice;

Let all my footsteps be; For they, when other comforts fail

Nor wickedness of any kind My drooping heart rejoice.

Dominion have o'er me. 5 My heart with early zeal began

16 On me, devoted to thy fear, Thy statutes to obey,

| LORD, make thy face to shine: And, till my course of life is done,

Thy statutes both to know and keep Shall keep thine upright way

My heart with zeal incline. PAXT XV. SAMECH. C. M. - PART XVIII. TSADDI. c. M. 1 DECEITFUL thoughts and practices I Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom I utterly detest;

Wrong'd innocence may trust; But to thy law affection bear

And, like thyself, thy judgments, LORD Too great to be express'd.

In all respects are just.

righieptance R Praise

2 Most just and true those statutes were 15 Consider, O my gracious GOD, Which thou didst first decree;

How I thy precepts love; And all with faithfulness perform'd To therefore quicken me with beams Succeeding times shall see.

of mercy from above. 3 LORD! each neglected word of thine, 16 As from the birth of time thy truth Howe'er by men despised,

Has held through ages past, Is pure, and for eternal truth

So shall thy righteous judgments firm By me, thy servant, prized.

Tu endless ages last. 4 Thy righteousness shall then endure

PART XXI. SCHIN. C. M. When time itself is past; The law is truth itself, that truth

1 The sacred word my joyful breast Which shall for ever last.

With heav'nly rapture warms ;

Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war, 5 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and

Have such transporting charms. dread, To compass ine unite;

2 Perfidious practices and lies Beset with danger, still I make

I utterly detest; Thy precepts my delight.

But to thy laws affection bear 6 Eternal and unerring rules

Too vast to be express'd. Thy testimonies give :

3 Sev'n times a day, with grateful voice, Teach me the wisdom that will make

Thy praises I resound, My soul for ever live.

Because I find thy judgments all

resoundente all

With truth and justice crown'd.
PART xix. KOPH. C. M

14 Secure, substantial peace have they 1 With my whole heart to God I call'd-Who truly love thy law; LORD, hear my earnest cry;

No smiling mischief them can tempt, And I thy statutes to perform

Nor frowning danger awe. Will all my care apply.

5 For thy salvation I have hoped, 2 Again more fervently I pray'd

And, though so long delay'd, o save me, that I may

With cheerful zeal and anxious care Thy testimonies fully know,

All thy commands obey'd. And steadfastly obey. 8 My earlier prayer the dawning day

6 Thy testiinonies I have kept, Preverited, while I cried

And constantly obey'd ; To him upon wbose faithful word

Because the love I bore to them

Thy service easy made. My hope alone relied. 4 LORD, hear my supplicating voice,

17 From strict observance of thy laws And wonted favor show;

I never yet withdrew; O quicken me, and so approve

Convinced that my most secret way! 'Thy judgments ever true.

Are open to thy view, ! 5 Concerning thy divine commands

PART XXII. TAU. C. M. My soul has known, of old That they were true, and shall their truth

h 1 To my request and earnest cry. To endless ages hold.

Attend, O gracious LORD;

Inspire my heart with heavenly skill, PART XX. RESCH, C. M.

According to thy word.

12 Let my repeated prayer at last 1 CONSIDER my affliction, LORD, And me from bondage draw;

Before thy throne appear;

According to thy plighted word,
Think on thy servant in distress,
Who ne'er forgets thy law.

For my relief draw near. 2 Defend my cause, and me to save

3 Then shall my grateful lips return Thy timely aid afford;

The tribute of their praise, With beams of mercy quicken me,

When thou thy counsels hast reveald, According to thy word.

And taught me thy just ways. s From harden'd sinners thou remov'st 4 My tongue the praises of thy word Salvation far away;

Shall thankfully resound; Tis just thou should'st withdraw from them For thy commands are right, thy laws Who from thy statutes stray.

With truth and justice crown'd. 4 Since great thy tender mercies are 5 Let thy almighty arm appear, To all who thee adore;

And bring me timely aid; According to thy judgments, LORD,

For I the laws thou hast ordain'd My fainting bopes restore

My heart's free choice have made.

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