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To them in cheap possession gave
The fruit of others' toil :
45 That they his statutes might observe,
His sacred laws obey:
For benefits so vast, let us
Our songs of praise repay.

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1 RENDER thanks to God above, The Fountain of eternal love;

Whose mercy firm through ages past
Has stood, and shall for ever last.

2 Who can his mighty deeds express,
Not only vast, but numberless 2
What mortal eloquence can raise
His tribute of immortal praise?

3 Happy are they, and only they,
Who from thy judgements never stray,
Who know what's right; not only so,
But always practise what they know.

4 Extend to me that favour, Lord,
Thou to thy chosen dost afford:
When thou return'st to set them free,
Let thy salvation visit me.

5 O may I worthy prove to see
Thy saints in full prosperity;
That I the joyful choir may join,
And count thy people's triumph mine.

6 But ah! can we expect such grace,
Of parents vile the viler race;
Who their misdeeds have acted o'er,

And with new crimes increas'd the score ?

7 Ungrateful, they no longer thought
Of all his works in Egypt wrought;
The Red Sea they no sooner view’d,
Than they there base distrust renew’d.

8 Yet he, to vindicate his Name,
Once more to their deliv'rance came;
To make his sov’reign power be known
That he is God, and he alone.

9 To right and left, at his command,
The parting deep disclos'd her sand :
Where firm and dry the passage lay,
As through some parch'd and desert way,

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Thus rescued from their foes they were,
Who closely press'd upon their rear;
Whose rage pursued them to those waves,
That prov'd the rash pursuers’ graves.
The wat'ry mountains' sudden fall !
O'erwhelm’d proud Pharaoh, host and all ;
This proof did stupid Israel move
To own God's truth, and praise his love.

PART II.

But soon these wonders they forgot, And for his counsel waited not; But lusting in the wilderness, Did him with fresh temptations press. Strong food at their request he sent, But made their sin their punishment; Yet still his saints they did oppose, The priest and prophet whom he chose. But earth, the quarrel to decide, Her vengeful jaws extending wide, Rash Dathan to her centre drew, With proud Abiram's factious crew. y The rest of those who did conspire To kindle wild sedition's fire, With all their impious train, became A prey to heav'n's devouring flame. Near Horeb's mount a calf they made, And to the molten image pray’d ; Adoring what their hands did frame, They chang'd their glory to their shame. Their God and Saviour they forgot, And all his works in Egypt wrought; His signs in Ham's astonish’d coast, And where proud Pharaoh's troops were lost. Thus urg'd, his vengeful hand he rear'd, But Moses in the breach appear'd ; The saint did for the rebels pray, And turn'd heav'n's kindled wrath away. Yet they his pleasant land despis'd, Nor his repeated promise priz'd, Nor did the Almighty's voice obey; But when God said, Go up, would stay. This seal'd their doom, without redress, To perish in the wilderness; Or else to be by heathen's hands O'erthrown, and scatter'd through the land; N --

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PART III.

28 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn race Baal-Peor’s worship did embrace; Became his impious guests, and sed On sacrifices to the dead. 39 Thus they persisted to provoke God's vengeance to the final stroke : Tis come—the deadly pest is come, To execute their gen'ral doom. 30 But Phineas, fir’d with holy rage, Th' Almighty vengeance to assuage, 1)id, by two bold offenders’ fall, Th' atonement make that ransom'd all. 31 As him a heav'nly zeal had mov'd : So heav'n the zealous act approv’d; To him confirming, and his race, The priesthood he so well did grace. 32 At Meribah God's wrath they mov’d; Who Moses, for their sakes, reprov'd; 33 Whose patient soul they did provoke, Till rashly the meek prophet spoke. 34 Nor when possess'd of Canaans land, Did they perform their Lord's command, Nor his commission'd sword employ The guilty nations to destroy. 35 Not only spar'd the pagan crew, But, mingling, learnt their vices too; 36 And worship to those idols paid, Which them to fatal snares betray’d. 37, 38 To devils they did sacrifice Their children with relentless eyes; Approach'd their altars through a flood Of their own sons' and daughters’ blood. No cheaper victims would appease Canaan’s remorseless deities; No blood her idols reconcile, But that which did the land defile.

PART IV.

39 Nor did these savage crueltics
The harden'd reprobates suffice;
For after their heart's lust they went,

And daily did new crimes invent.

40 But sins of such infernal hue
God's wrath against his People drew,

Till he, their once indulgent Lord,
His own inheritance abhorr'd.

41 He them defenceless did expose
To their insulting heathen foes;
And made them on the triumph wait
Of those who bore them greatest hate.

42 Northus his indignation ceas'd ;
Their list of tyrants still increas'd,
Till they, who God's mild sway declin'd,
Were made the vassals of mankind.

43 Yet when, distress'd, they did repent,
His anger did as oft relent;
But freed, they did his wrath provoke, +
Renew'd their sins, and he their yoke. -

44 Nor yet implacable he prov’d,
Nor heard their wretched cries unmov'd :

45 But did to mind his promise bring,
And mercy’s inexhausted spring.

46 Compassion too he did impart
E’em to their foes’ obdurate heart;
And pity for their suffrings bred
In those who them to bondage led. -

47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel’s bands
Together bring from heathen lands;
So to thy Name our thanks we'll raise,
And ever triumph in thy praise.

48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd,
His Name eternally confess'd :
Let all his saints, with full accord,
Sing loud Amens—Praise ye the Lord.

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1 To God your grateful voices raise, Who does your daily Patron prove; And let your never-ceasing praise

Attend on his eternal love.

2, 3 Let those give thanks, whom he from bands Of proud oppressing foes releas'd ;

And brought them back from distant lands,

From north and south, and west and east.

4, 5 Through lonely desert ways they went,
Nor could a peopled city find;
Till quite with thirst and hunger spent,
Their fainting souls within them pin'd,

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6. Then soon to God’s indulgent ear
Did they their mournful cry address;
Who graciously vouchsaf’d to hear
And freed them from their deep distress.
7. From crooked paths he led them forth,
And in their certain way did guide
To wealthy towns of great resort,
Were all their wants were well supply'd.
8 O then that all the earth with me
Would God, for this his goodness, praise;
And for the mighty works which he
Throughout the wond'ring world displays?
9 For he from heav'n the sad estate
Of longing souls with pity views;
To hungry souls, that pant for meat,
His goodness daily food renews.

PART II.

10 Some lie, with darkness compass'd round,
In death's uncomfortable shade,
And with unwieldly fetters bound,
By pressing cares more heavy made,
11, 12 Because God's counsels they defy'd,
And lightly priz'd his holy word,
With these afflictions they were try’d;
They fell and none could help afford.
13 Then soon to God’s indulgent ear
Did they their mournful cry address;
Who graciously vouchsaf’d to hear,
And freed them from their deep distress.
14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night,
And shades, as black as death’s abode,
He brought them forth to cheerful light,
And welcome liberty bestow'd.
15 O then that all the earth with me
Would God, for this his goodness, praise;
And for the mighty works which he
Throughout the wond'ring world displays 2
16 For he, with his Almighty hand,
The gates of brass in pieces broke;
Nor could the massy bars withstand,
Or temper'd steel resist his stroke.

PART III.

17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense, With bold transgressions God defy;

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