« AnteriorContinuar »
Toen fball be said or sung the Psalms in order as they are appointed.' There a Leffon of the Old Testament, as is appointed: and after that, Magnificat for the Song of the blessed Virgin Mary) in English, as followeth,
Magnificat. St. Luke 1. 46.
rejoiced in God my Saviour. 2. For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
3. For behold, from henceforth : all generacions shall call me blefied.
4. For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.
5. And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
6. He hath fhewed Itrength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
; He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
PA RA P H R AS E. 1. My foul doth praise the Lord, and gratefully rejoices in God who has afforded me his protection in my helplets condition, and conferred to many favours upon me.
2. For he has condescended so far, as to thew the highest regard to his poor maid-fervant, notwithstanding all the meanness of her condition.
3. For fince he has been gracioudy pleased to indulge me, in so extra. ordinary a manner, no one can reproach me with the meanness of my ciscumstances, but all succeeding generations fhall look upon me as the happieft of mortals.
4. For the Almighty has exalted me to the highest honour, wherefore I fall glorify his holy Name for ever.
s. Not meerly for this honour conferred upon myself, but for his mercy continued to his faithful servants, Abraham, liuas, &c. many Generations after their deatbs.
6. He, by making choice of a poor muid to bring forth the Median into the world, has proved what his omnipotent arm or power was capable of effecting; and has quelled the proud imaginations of the hearts of those who were prepoffelled with a notion, that he was to make his entrance spon earth with splendor and worldly pomp.
Hebas humbled those great persons who had assembled to themselves a dignity faperior to that of others, and disappointed the expectations of all the illuftrious women in the world, who might have expected that this horru- would have been conferred upon them; and has exalted to this exteordinary dignity a poor and laumble virgin.
8 He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away. 9
He remembering his mercy, hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his feed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghoft;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amin.
Or else this Psalm ; except it be on the Nineteenth Day of the Month, when
it is read in the ordinary course of the Psalms.
Cantate Domino. Pfalm 98.
marvellous things. 2. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm : hath he gotten himself the victory.
3. The Lord deciared his salvation : his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
4. He hath remenabered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel: and all the ends of the world have seen the talvation of our God.
PA RA PHRASE. 8. He, having no respect to persons, has confidered charity more than magnificence, chusing rather to feast the poor, than feed the rich.
9. And herein he has remembered his mercy, i. e. fent relief to his distresled people (2 Cor. vi. 42.) of the Jewish nation; thereby fulfilling the everlasting promise which he made to Abrabam and his feed.
th: 1. O sing a new and extraordinary song unto the Lord, for he hath done, for the sake of his church, things which excite our wonder and amazement,
2. He has gined a victory, not by the assistance of any mortal hand, but by his owo omnipotent arm; and that, as well over our temporal as Ipiritual enemies.
3. He hath fewn forth his falvation, universally extended by the coning of the Mefliah: he has manifefted his righteousness to all the heathen world, by destroying the kingdom of darkness.
4. He hath held in remembrance the promise of the Meft::h, made to the antient Jewish patriarchs; and all the Pagan nations have seen, (which means in the prophetic phrase, fall fee) that falvation or blesling which they fall receive from Abrabam's feed. G:¥. xii. 3.
5. Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all
lands : fing, rejoice, and give thanks.
6. Praise the Lord upon the harp: sing to the harp with 2 pfalm of thanksgiving
2: With trumpets also and shawms : 0 Thew yourfelves joyful before the Lord the King.
8. Let the sea make a noife, and all that therein is : the round world, and they that dwell therein.
9. Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord : for he cometh to judge the earth.
10. With righteousness shall he judge the world : and the people with equity.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
P A R A P H R A S E. 5: Therefore, O all ye heathen countries, fince you are to share of this incftimable blefling, do you, in proof of your thankfulness to fo gracious a God, join with us Jews in our praises to the Lord.
6. Do you, in conjunction with us, praise the Lord upon that most teocful of inftruments the harp, and to this join vocal music, singing facred Songs, in gratitude to God, for so great a blessing.
7. To the facred concert let there te fuperadded the most harmonious music in use among us, trumpets and pipes, to raise our joy to the highest pitch, when we appear before the great Jehovah, who is King both of heaven and earth. 8. Let the waves of the sea, by their murmurs conspire to make up
the harmony: let the whole planet of the carth, and all those who dwell 'pon it, come in for their parts in the general chorus..
9. Let the confusion of waters in the rivers counterfeit the clapping of hands, in this general dance and rejoicing of nature : let the hills, by a piealog verdure, appear to sinile and fing; since the Almighty himself has condescended to appear upon earth, in order to govern men by his laws.
10. He fall then govern mankind, not by the imperfect dictates of the light of nature, or by criminal institutions, but by new and divine lans replete with equity and goodnes.
1. Lord, ,
Then a Lesjon of the New Testament, as it is appointed : And after tbat, Nunc dimittis, (or the Song of Simeon) in English, as followerb: Nunc. dimittis. St Luke ii.
29. 1. ORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word. 2. For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation.
3. Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
4. To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Ifrael.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Or else rbis Pfalm ; except it be on the Twelfth Day of the month.
Deus mifereatur. Psalm 67.
the light of his countenance, and be merciful
PA RA PHRASE. 1. Lord, thou mayst now, if it be thy divine will, permit thy servant to go down to the grave in peace, as thou haft fulfilled the promise made to me, that I should not fee death before I had seen the Lord Jesus. Luke ii. 26.
2. For now I have had the consolation to fee, not with the eye of faith cnly, as the patriarchs and other holy men did in former ages, but with these my own fleshly eyes, I have beheld the Saviour of the world.
3. Who will procure salvation, not only for the Jews, but for all people and nations of the earth, and whom they all wait for with joint expectations.
4. That he should be, as it were, a light held forth to the Gentiles, who where immersed in the darkness of idolatry and superstition, to point out to them the way of true religion: and moreover that he hould confor great glory and honour upon the Jews; that the Mefiab, who was ex. pected by all nations, should be born amongst them ; that the gospel should be first proached in their country; and that the natives of it should be the principai inftruments in conveying it to so many diftant parts of the world.
1: fiems probable that this psalm, though ascribed 10 David in the Greek and Latin version, was compeled after the caprivils, by Esdras, or fome ober inspired criter, and appears to be a prophecy of the propagation of the gospel.
2. That thy way may be known upon earth : chy saving health among all nations.
3. Let the people praise thee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.
to let the nations rejoice and be glad': for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
' 5. Let the people praise thee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.
6. Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
7. God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
PA RA PHRASE 1. We intreat God, thro' his mercy and kindness, continually to bless and protect our nation; that he would not louk upon us, as it were out of a cloud, as he formerly did in his anger; but that he would view us with a serene and placid countenance, and, as it were, with the sun-line of his favour.
2. 'To the end, that thy true religion may be propagated throughout the world, and that all the nations of the earth may receive the joyful tidings of their salvation.
3. Let not the praise and worship of thee, the true God, be confined to Judea alone, but, let people of all nations join with us in adoring thee.
4. The heathen nations, indeed, have the itrongest reasons to exult and triumph, and to praise the goodness of God, for he is coming to go. vern them by righteous and juit laws, tho' they were before under the dominion of Satan, and had nothing to guide them but natural intinet, or some precepts of an old tradition, which are now almost totally forgot.
5. Let therefore all the heathens, on whom thou doit confer so great a benefit
, fng to thy praise ; let every unenlightened people testify their joy and gratitude in thanksgivings to thee.
6. We even seem to behold the blessed time of the Messiah's reign : the earth hath brought forth her increase, (according to the Hebrew phrase) fruitful reasons, and prosperous years wait upon that glorious period: and God, who is our peculiar God, shall diftinguilh us by a parucular mark of his favour, some time or other under his great and Eoly government.
;. God shall favour us with extraordinary bleffings: and all the nations of the earth hall adore him by exercising the true religion. H 2