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Not like th' ungovern'd horse and mule,
whose fury must be curbʼd and rein'd. 10 Sorrows on sorrows multiply'd,
the harden'd sinner shall confound; ; But them who in his truth confide,
blessings of mercy shall surround. 11 His saints, that have perform'd his laws,
their life in triumph shall employ; Let them, as they alone have cause, in grateful raptures shout for joy.
PSALM XXXIII. ] ET all the just to God, with joy,
their cheerful voices raise; For well the righteous it becomes
to sing glad songs of praise. 2, 3 Let harps, and psalteries, and lutes,
in joyful concert meet; And new-made songs of loud applause
the harmony complete. 4, 5 For faithful is the word of God;
his works with truth abound; He justice loves; and all the earth
is with his goodness crown'd. 6 By his Almighty Word, at first,
the heav'nly arch was rear'd; And all the beauteous hosts of light.
at his command appear'd. 7 The swelling floods, together roll’d,
he makes in heaps to lie; And lays, as in a store-house safe,
the watry treasures by. 8, 9 Let earth, and all that dwell therein,
before him trembling stand; For, when he spake the word, 'twas made
'twas fix'd at his command. 10 He, when the heathen closely plot,
their counsels undermines; His wisdom ineffectual makes
the people's rash designs.
shall stand for ever sure;
the Lord for God is known! Whom he, from all the world besides,
has chosen for his own. 13, 14, 15 He all the nations of the earth,
from heaven, his throne, survey'd ;
He saw their works, and view'd their thoughts;
by him their hearts were made. 16, 17 No king is safe by num'rous hosts;
their strength the strong deceives : No manag'd horse, by force or speed,
his warlike rider saves. 18, 19 'Tis God, who those that trust in him
beholds with gracious eyes; He frees their soul from death; their want,
in time of dearth supplies. 20, 21 Our soul on God with patience waits j
our help and shield is he; Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice,
because we trust in thee. 22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord,
do thou to us extend; Since we, for all we want or wish, on thee alone depend.
PSALM XXXIV. 1 THR NHROUGH all the changing scenes of life,
in trouble and in joy, The praises of my God shall still
my heart and tongue employ. 2 Of his deliv’rance I will boast,
till all that are distrest, From my example comfort take,
and charm their griefs to rest. 3 O! magnify the Lord with me,
with me exalt his name: 4 When in distress to him I call'd,
he to my rescue came. 5. Their drooping hearts were soon refresh'd,
who look to him for aid ; Desir'd success in every face
a cheerful air display'd. 6 “Behold,” say they, “ behold the man,
“ whom providence reliev'd; “ The man so dang’rously beset,
" so wondrously retriev'd!" 7 The hosts of God encamp around
the dwellings of the just; Deliv'rance he affords to all
who on his succour trust.
experience will decide
who in his truth confide.
have nothing else to fear: Make you his service your delight, your wants shall be his care.
10 While hungry lions lack their prey,
the Lord will food provide
and my instruction hear;
of his religious fear.
and prosp?rous days would see, 13 From sland'ring language keep his tongue,
his lips from falsehood free; 14 The crooked paths of vice decline,
and virtue's ways pursue; Establish peace, where 'tis begun;
and where 'tis lost, renew.
with favourable eyes;
is open to their cries;
whom mercy can't reclaim,
blot out their hated name.
when his relief they crave; 18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart,
and contrite spirit save. 19 The wicked oft, but still in vain,
against the just conspire; 20 For under their affliction's weight
he keeps their bones entire. 21 The wicked, from their wicked arts,
their ruin shall derive; Whilst righteous men, whom they detest,
shall them and theirs survive. 22 For God preserves the souls of those
who on his truth depend; To them, and their posterity, his blessings shall descend.
PSALM XXXV. 3
, With such as war unjustly wage,
do thou my battles fight. 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield
upon thy warlike arm; Stand up, O God, in my defence,
and keep me safe from harm.
A GAINST all those that strive with me,
3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their course,
that haste my blood to spill; Say to my soul, “I am thy health,
is and will preserve thee still.” 4 Let them with shame be cover'd o'er,
who my destruction sought; And such as did my harm devise,
be to confusion brought. 5 Then shall they fly, dispers'd like chaff
before the driving wind; God's vengeful minister of wrath
shall follow close behind. 6 And when, through dark and slipp?ry ways,
they strive his rage to shun, His vengeful ministers of wrath
shall goad them as they run. 7 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong,
they hid their treach’rous snare; And, for my harmless soul, a pit
did, without cause, prepare ; 8 Surpris'd by mischiefs unforeseen,
by their own arts betray'd, Their feet shall fall into the net,
which they for me had laid : 9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's great name
for this deliv’rance bless, And, by his saving health secur'd,
its grateful joy express.
6 who can compare with thee!
PART II. 11 False witnesses, with forg'd complaints,
against my truth combin’d;
as I had ne'er design'd.
with evil they repaid;
my harmless life invade.
I still in sackcloth mourn'd;
to my own breast return'd.
I could have done no more ;
a mother's loss deplore.
When they, in crowds, together met,
did savage joy express.
by their example came;
to wound my spotless fame.
and earn their bread with lies, Did gnash their teeth, and sland'ring jests
maliciously devise. 17 But, Lord, how long wilt thou look on?
on my behalf appear;
shall grateful thanks express;
thy name with praises bless.
whom me unjustly hate, With open joy, or secret signs,
to mock my sad estate.
to forge malicious lies.
aloud they vent their spite;
6 he did it in our sight."
with righteous eyes survey, Assert my innocence, O Lord,
and keep not far away. 23 Stir up thyself in my behalf;
to judgment, Lord, awake; Thy righteous servant's cause, O God,
to thy decision take. 24 Lord, as my heart has upright been,
let me thy justice find ; Nor let my cruel foes obtain
the triumph they design'd. 25 O! let them not, amongst themselves,
in boasting language say, “ At length our wishes are complete ;
" at last he's made our prey." 26 Let such as in my harm rejoic'd,
for shame their faces hide; And foul dishonour wait on those
that proudly me defy'd: