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BY the Bishofs, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Efiscosal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this 13th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eightynineThis Translation of the IWhole Book of Psalms into Metre, with hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and qfter Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister.
...And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any Church, either by standing directions or from time to
time, to affoint the Portions of Psalms which are to be sung.
..And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from fiersons skilled in music, to give order concerning the Tunes to be sung, at any time, in his Church : ...And, esfecially, it shall be his duty, to suffiress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the fierformance, by
which vain and ungodly fiersons frofane the service of the Sanctuary.
l OW blest is he, who ne'er consents
By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners’ ways, nor sits
Where men profanely talk;
2 But makes the perfect law of God
His business and delight;
Devoutly reads therein by day,
And meditates by night.
3. Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams,
With timely fruit does bend,
He still shall flourish, and success
All his designs attend.
4. Ungodly men and their attempts,
No lasting root shall find;
Untimely blasted and dispers'd
Like chaff before the wind.
5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb
Before their Judge's face:
No formal hypocrite shall then
Among the saints have place.
6 For God approves the just man's ways;
To happiness they tend :
But sinners, and the paths they tread,
Shall both in ruin end.
l WI. H restless and ungovern’d rage,
Why do the heathen storm 2
Why in such rash attempts engage,
As they can ne’er perform 2
2. The great in council and in might
Their various forces bring ;
Against the Lord they all unite,
And his anointed King.
3 “ Must we submit to their commands?”
Presumptuously they say :
“No, let us break their slavish hands,
“And cast their chains away.”
But God, who sits enthron’d on high,
And sees how they combine,
Does their conspiring strength defy,
And mocks their vain design.
Thick clouds of wrath divine shall break
On his rebellious foes;
And thus will he in thunder speak
To all that dare oppose :
“Though madly you dispute my will,
“The king that I ordain,
“Whose throne is fix’d on Sion's hill,
“Shall there securely reign.”
Attend, O earth, whilst I declare
God's uncontroul'd decree :
“Thou art my Son; this day, my heir,
“Have I begotten thee.
“Ask, and receive thy full demands;
“Thine shall the heathen be ;
“ The utmost limits of the lands
“Shall be possess'd by thee.
“Thy threat'ning sceptre thou shalt shake,
“And crush them ev'ry where ;
“As massy bars of iron break
“The potter's brittle ware.”
Learn then, ye princes ; and give ear,
Ye judges of the earth;
Worship the Lord with holy fear;
Rejoice with awful mirth.
Appease the Son with due respect,
Your timely homage pay :
Lest he revenge the bold neglect,
Incens’d by your delay.
If but in part his anger rise,
Who can endure the flame :
Then blest are they, whose hope relies
On his most holy Name.
OW many, Lord, of late are grown
The troublers of my peace :
And as their numbers hourly rise,
So does their rage increase.
Insulting, they my soul upbraid,
And him whom I adore;
“The God in whom he trusts,” say they,
“Shall rescue him no more.”