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4. Against insulting foes advanc'd,

6 Ordain'd with dignity and state,
O'er all thy works to reign.

7 They jointly own his pow'rful sway;
The beasts that Prey or graze;

* The bird that wings its airy way;
The fish that cuts the seas.

9 O Thou, to whom all Creatures bow
Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world how great art thou !.
How glorious is thy Namo

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1. To celebrate thy praise, O Lord,
I will my heart prepare;
To all the list’ning world, thy works,
Thy wondrous works declare.
2 The thought of them shall to my soul
Exalted pleasures bring;
Whilst to thy name, O thou Most High,
Triumphant praise I sing.

3 Thou mad'st my haughty foes to turn
Their backs in shameful flight:-
Struck with thy presence, down they fell,
They perish'd at thy sight. !

Thou didst my cause maintain;
My right asserting from thy throne,
Where truth and justice reign.

5 The insolence of heathen pride
Thou hast reduc’d to shame;
Their wicked offspring quite destroy'd,
And blotted out their name.
6 Mistaken foes, your haughty threats
Are to a period come;
Our city stands, which you design'd
To make our common tomb.

7, 8 The Lord for ever lives, who has
His righteous throne prepar’d,
Impartial justice to dispense,
To punish or reward.
9 God is a constant sure defence
Against oppressing rage;
As troubles rise, his needful aids,
In our behalf engage.

iO All those who have his goodness prov’d
Will in his truth confide ;
"Whose mercy ne'er forsook the man.
That on his help rely’d.
11 Sing praises therefore to the Lord,
From Sion, his abode ;
Proclaim his deeds, till all the world
Confess no other God.

PART II.

12 When he inquiry makes for blood, He'll call the poor to mind: The injur'd humble man's complaint Relief from him shall find. 13 Take pity on my troubles, Lord, Which spiteful foes create, Thou hast rescu'd me so oft From death's devouring gate. 14 In Sion then I’ll sing thy praise, To all that love thy Name ; And with loud shouts of grateful joy Thy saving power proclaim. 15 Deep in the pit, they digg’d for me, The heathen, pride is laid; Their guilty feet to their own snare Are heedlessly betray’d. 16 Thus, by the just returns he makes, The mighty Lord is known ; While wicked men by their own plots, Are shamefully o’erthrown. 17 No single sinner shall escape, By privacy obscur'd : Nor nation, from his just revenge, By numbers be secur'd. 18 His suff'ring saints, when most distress'd, He ne'er forgets to aid ; Their expectations shall be crown'd Though for a time delay’d. 19 Arise, O Lord, assert thy pow'r, And let not man o'ercome ; Descend to judgment, and pronounce The guilty heathen’s doom 20 Strike terror through the nations round, Till, by consenting fear, They to each other, and themselves, But mortal men appear.

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1 Tily presence why withdraw'st thou, Lord? Why hid'st thou now thy face, When dismal times of deep distress Call for thy wonted grace 2 2 The wicked, swell'd with lawless pride, Have made the poor their prey; O let them fall by those designs Which they for others lay. 3 For straight they triumph, if success Their thriving crimes attend ; And sordid wretches whom God hates, Perversely they commend. 4. To own a power above themselves, Their haughty pride disdains; And therefore in their stubborn mind No thought of God remains. 5 Oppressive methods they pursue, And all their foes they slight; Because thy judgments unobserv'd, Are far above their sight. 6 They fondly think their prosp’rous state Shall unmolested be ; They think their vain designs shall thrive: From all misfortunes free. 7 Vain and deceitful is their speech, With curses fill’d, and lies; By which the mischief of their heart They study to disguise. 8 Near public roads they lie conceal’d, And all their art employ, The innocent and poor at once To rifle and destroy. 9 Not lions, couching in their dens, Surprise their heedless prey With greater cunning, or express More savage rage than they. to Sometimes they act the harmless man, And modest looks they wear; That so deceiv'd, the poor may less Their sudden onset fear.

PART II.

tl For God, they think, no notice takes Of their unrighteous deeds;

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He never minds the suff'ring poor,
Nor their oppression heeds.
But thou, O Lord, at length arise,
Stretch forth thy mighty arm;
And, by the greatness of thy pow'r,
Defend the poor from harm.
No longer let the wicked vaunt,
And, proudly boasting, say,
“Tush, God regards not what we do;
“He never will repay ”
But sure thou seest, and all their deeds
Impartially dost try;
The orphan, therefore, and the poor,
On thee for aid rely.
Defenceless let the wicked fall,
Of all their strength berest;
Confound, O God, their dark designs,
Till no remains are left.
Assert thy just dominion, Lord,
Which shall for ever stand ;
Thou who the heathen didst expel
From this thy chosen land.
Thou hear'st the humble supplicants
That to thy throne repair;
Thou first prepar'st their hearts to pray,
And then accept'st their pray’r.
Thou, in thy righteous judgment, weigh'st
The fatherless and poor;
That so the tyrants of the earth
May persecute no more.

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INCE I have plac'd my trust in God,
A refuge always nigh,
Why should I, like a tim’rous bird,
To distant mountains fly 2
Behold, the wicked bend their bow,
And ready fix their dart,
Lurking in ambush to destroy
The men of upright heart.
When once the firm assurance fails,
Which public faith imparts,
'Tis time for innocence to fly
From such deceitful arts.
The Lord hath both a temple here,
And righteous hone above ;

When he surveys the sons of men,
And how their councils move.

5 If God the righteous, whom he loves,
For trial does correct,
What must the sons of violence,
Whom he abhors, expect?
6 Snares, fire, and brimstone, on their heads
Shall in one tempest show'r ;
This dreadful mixture his revenge
Into their cup shall pour.

7 The righteous Lord will righteous deeds
With signal favour grace,
And to the upright man disclose
The brightness of his face.

PSALM XII.

I SS. godly men decay, O Lord,
Do thou my cause defend ;
For scarce these wretched times afford
One just and faithful friend.
2 One neighbour now can scarce believe
What t'other does impart;
With flatt’ring lips they all deceive,
And with a double heart.

3 But lips that with deceit abound

Can never prosper long ; God's righteous vengeance will confound The proud blaspheming tongue. 4 In vain those foolish boasters say, “Our tongues are sure our own ; “With doubtful words we'll still betray, “And be controul’d by none.”

5 For God, who hears the suff'ring poor, And their oppression knows, Will soon arise and give them rest, - In spite of all their foes. 6 The word of God shall still abide, And void of falsehood be, As is the silver, sev’n times try’d, From drossy mixture free.

7 The promise of his aiding grace
Shall reach its purpos'd end;
His servants from this faithless race
IIe cver shall defend.

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