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8 His mercy, and his truth,

the righteous Lord displays, In bringing wand'ring sinners home,

and teaching them his ways. 9 He those in justice guides,

who his direction seek; And in his sacred paths shall lead

the humble and the meek. 10 Through all the ways of God

both truth and mercy shine, To such as, with religious hearts, to his blest will incline.

PART II. 11 Since mercy is the grace,

that most exalts thy fame, Forgive my heinous sin, O Lord,

and so advance thy name. 12 Whoe'er, with humble fear,

to God his duty pays, Shall find the Lord a faithful guide,

in all his righteous ways. 13 His quiet soul with peace

shall be for ever bless'd; And by his num'rous race the land

successively possess'd. 14 For God to all his saints

his secret will imparts, And does his gracious cov'nant write

in their obedient hearts. 15 To him I lift my eyes,

and wait his timely aid, Who breaks the strong and treach'rous snare, which for

my

feet was laid. 16 O! turn, and all my griefs,

in mercy, Lord, redress; For I am compass'd round with woes,

and plung'd in deep distress. 17 The sorrows of my heart

to mighty sums increase; O! from this dark and dismal state

my troubled soul release! 18 Do thou, with tender eyes,

my sad affliction see; Acquit me, Lord, and from my guilt

entirely set me free. 19 Consider, Lord, my foes,

how vast their numbers grow! What lawless force and rage they use,

what boundless hate they show! 20 Protect, and set my soul

from their fierce malice free;

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Nor let me be asham'd, who place

my steadfast trust in thee.
21 Let all my righteous acts

to full perfection rise;
Because my firm and constant hope

on thee alone relies.
22 To Israel's chosen race

continue ever kind;
And, in the midst of all their wants,
let them thy succour find.

PSALM XXVI.
UDGE me, O Lord, for I the paths

of righteousness have trod;
I cannot fail, who all

my

trust repose on thee, my God. 2, 3 Search thou my heart, whose innocence

will shine the more 'tis try'd; For I have kept thy grace in view,

and made thy truth my guide.
4 I never for companions took

the idle or profane;
No hypocrite, with all his arts,

could e'er my friendship gain.
5 I hate the busy plotting crew,

who make distracted times;
And shun their wicked company,

as I avoid their crimes.
6 I'll wash my hands in innocence,

and bring a heart so pure,
That when thy altar I approach,
my

welcome shall secure.
7, 8 My thanks I'll publish there, and tell

how thy renown excels;
That seat affords me most delight,

in which thy honour dwells.
9 Pass not on me the sinners' doom,

who murder make their trade;
10 Who others' rights, by secret bribes,

or open force, invade.
11 But I will walk in paths of truth,

and innocence pursue;
Protect me, therefore, and to me

thy mercies, Lord, renew.
12 In spite of all assaulting foes,

I still maintain my ground;
And shall survive among thy saints,
thy praises to resound.

PSALM XXVII.
1 VHOM should I fear, since God to me

is saving health and light?

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Since strongly he my life supports,

what can my soul affright? 2 With fierce intent my flesh to tear,

when foes beset me round, They stumbled, and their haughty crests

were made to strike the ground. 3 Through him my heart, undaunted, dares

with mighty hosts to cope; Through him, in doubtful straits of war,

for good success I hope.
4 Henceforth, within his house to dwell

I earnestly desire;
His wondrous beauty there to view,

and of his will inquire.
5 For there I may with comfort rest,

in times of deep distress; And safe, as on a rock, abide

in that secure recess: 6 Whilst God o'er all my haughty foes

my lofty head shall raise; And I my joyful tribute bring, with grateful songs

of praise.

PART II. 7 Continue, Lord, to hear my voice,

whene'er to thee I cry; In mercy my complaints receive,

nor my request deny.
8 When us to seek thy glorious face

thou kindly dost advise;
“ Thy glorious face I'll always seek,"

my grateful heart replies.
9 Then hide not thou thy face, O Lord,

nor me in wrath reject;
My God and Saviour, leave not him

thou didst so oft protect. 10 Though all my friends, and kindred too, their

helpless charge forsake,
Yet thou, whose love excels them all,

wilt care and pity take.
11 Instruct me in thy paths, O Lord,

my ways directly guide; Lest envious men, who watch my steps,

should see me tread aside.
12 Lord, disappoint my cruel foes;

defeat their ill desire,
Whose lying lips, and bloody hands,

against my peace conspire. 13 I trusted that my future life

should with thy love be crown'd; Or else my fainting soul had sunk,

with sorrow compass'd round.

Nor let me be asham'd, who place

my steadfast trust in thee.
21 Let all my righteous acts

to full perfection rise;
Because my firm and constant hope

on thee alone relies.
22 To Israel's chosen race

continue ever kind;
And, in the midst of all their wants,
let them thy succour find.

PSALM XXVI.
1 UDGE me, O Lord, for I the paths

of righteousness have trod; I cannot fail, who all

my

trust repose on thee, my God. 2, 3 Search thou my heart, whose innocence

will shine the more 'tis try'd; For I have kept thy grace in view,

and made thy truth my guide.
4 I never for companions took

the idle or profane;
No hypocrite, with all his arts,

could e'er my friendship gain.
5 I hate the busy plotting crew,

who make distracted times;
And shun their wicked company,

as I ayoid their crimes.
6 I'll wash my hands in innocence,

and bring a heart so pure,
That when thy altar I approach,
my

welcome shall secure.
7, 8 My thanks I'll publish there, and tell

how thy renown excels;
That seat affords me most delight,

in which thy honour dwells.
9 Pass not on me the sinners' doom,

who murder make their trade;
10 Who others' rights, by secret bribes,

or open force, invade.
11 But I will walk in paths of truth,

and innocence pursue;
Protect me, therefore, and to me

thy mercies, Lord, renew.
12 In spite of all assaulting foes,

I still maintain my ground;
And shall survive among thy saints,
thy praises to resound.

PSALM XXVII.
1 THOM should I fear, since God to me

is saving health and light?

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2 To his great name fresh altars raise;

devoutly due respect afford; Him in his holy temple praise,

where he's with solemn state ador’d. 3 'Tis he that, with amazing noise,

the wat'ry clouds in sunder breaks; The ocean trembles at his voice,

when he from heaven in thunder speaks. 4, 5 How full of power his voice appears!

with what majestic terror crown'd! Which from their roots tall cedars tears,

and strews their scatter'd branches round. 6 They, and the hills on which they grow,

are sometimes hurry'd far away; And leap, like hinds that bounding go,

or unicorns in youthful play. 7, 8 When God in thunder loudly speaks,

and scatter'd fames of lightning sends, The forest nods, the desert quakes,

and stubborn Kadesh lowly bends. 9 He makes the hinds to cast their young,

and lays the beasts' dark coverts bare; While those that to his courts belong,

securely sing his praises there. 10, 11 God rules the angry floods on high;

his boundless sway shall never cease; His saints with strength he will supply, and bless his own with constant peace.

PSALM XXX. 1 T'LL celebrate thy praises, Lord, · To raise my drooping head, and check

my foes' insulting joy. 2, 3 In my distress I cry'd to thee,

who kindly didst relieve, And from the grave's expecting jaws

my hopeless life retrieve. 4 Thus to his courts, ye saints of his,

with songs of praise repair; With me commemorate his truth,

and providential care. 5 His wrath has but a moment's reign,

his favour no decay; Your night of grief is recompens'd

with joy's returning da 6 But I, in prosp'rous days presum'd;

no sudden change I fear'd; Whilst in my sunshine of success,

no low'ring cloud appear'd. 7 But soon I found thy favour, Lord,

my empire's only trust;

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