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To them in cheap possession gave
1 RENDER thanks to God above, The Fountain of eternal love;
Whose mercy firm through ages past
2 Who can his mighty deeds express,
3 Happy are they, and only they,
4 Extend to me that favour, Lord,
5 O may I worthy prove to see
6 But ah! can we expect such grace,
And with new crimes increas'd the score ?
7 Ungrateful, they no longer thought
8 Yet he, to vindicate his Name,
9 To right and left, at his command,
Thus rescued from their foes they were,
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 --
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.
39 Nor did these savage crueltics
And daily did new crimes invent.
40 But sins of such infernal hue
Till he, their once indulgent Lord,
41 He them defenceless did expose
42 Northus his indignation ceas'd ;
43 Yet when, distress'd, they did repent,
44 Nor yet implacable he prov’d,
45 But did to mind his promise bring,
46 Compassion too he did impart
47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel’s bands
48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd,
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,
6. Then soon to God’s indulgent ear
10 Some lie, with darkness compass'd round,
17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense, With bold transgressions God defy;