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How swift to mischief are their feet,
Nor know the paths of peace ! 6 Such seeds of sin that bitter root)
In every heart are found; Nor can they bear diviner fruit,
Till grace refine the ground.
PSALM VIII. The sinner's portion and saint's hope. L.M. 1 LORD, I am thine ; but thou wilt prove
My faith, my patience, and my love: When men of spite against me join,
They are the sword, the hand is thine. 2 Their hope and portion lies below:
'Tis all the happiness they know, 'Tis all they seek; they take their shares,
And leave the rest among their heirs. 3 What sinners value I resign;
Lord, 'tis enough that thou art mine :
And stand complete in righteousness. 4 This life's a dream, an empty show;
But the bright world to which I go
When shall I wake and find me there?
6 My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Tiil the last trumpet's joyful sound;
Rejoicing in God. L.M. 1 JUST UST are thy ways, and true thy word,
Great Rock of my secure abode: Who is a God beside the Lord ?
Or where's a refuge like our God ?
Gives me his holy sword to wield;
Spreads his salvation for my shield.
The God of my salvation lives,
Sweet is the peace my father gives.
Father's name, Nor tremble at their mighty rage,
But meet reproach and bear the shame. 5 To David and his royal seed
Thy grace for ever shall extend;
PSALM X. The books of nature and of scripture compared. L.M. 1 THE heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
In every star thy wisdom shines;
We read thy name in fairer lines.
And nights and days thy power confess;
Reveals thy justice and thy grace. 3 Sun, moon, and stars, convey thy praise
Round the whole earth, and never stand :
It touch'd and glanc'd on ev'ry land. 4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest
Till through the world thy truth has run;
That see the light, or feel the sun. 5 Great Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Bless the dark world with heav'nly light;
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right. 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view
In souls renew'd, and sins forgiv'n:
God our shepherd. C.M.
Jehovah is his name ;
Beside the living stream.
When I forsake his ways;
In paths of truth and grace. 3 When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay ;
Drives all my fears away.
Both still my table spread ; My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.
Attend me all my days;
And all my works be praise !
(While others go and come) No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.
Divine instruction. S.M.
That fears t offend his God,
And trembles at the rod ?
The secrets of his heart,
And all his love impart. 3 The dealings of his hand
Are truth and mercy still,
And love to do his will.
Before their Maker's face;
PSALM XIII. Self-examination ; or, evidences of grace. L.M. 1 JUDGE me, O Lord, and prove my ways,
And try my reins, and try my heart; My faith upon thy promise stays,
Nor from thy law my feet depart. 2 I hate to walk, I hate to sit
With men of vanity and lies ;