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And nations, strangers to thy name,
Shall learn to sing thy glorious praise.
8 So shall my prayer and praises be
With thy acceptance blest;
My strength and Saviour, rest.
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Which that alone can fill ;
Their great Creator's skill. 2 The dawn of each returning day
Fresh beams of knowledge brings ; And from the dark returns of night
Divine instruction springs. 3 Their powerful language to no realm
Or region is confined ; 'Tis nature's voice, and understood
Alike by all mankind. 4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense
Through earth's extent display; Its bright contents the circling sun
Does round the world convey. 5 From cast to west, from west to east,
His ceaseless course he goes; And, through his progress, cheerful light And vital warmth bestows.
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Reclaims from false desires;
The ignorant inspires.
And bring sincere delight:
Assist the feeblest sight.
On sure foundations laid ;
Of truth and justice weigh’d;
Or gold refined with skill;
That from the comb distil.
And friendly warnings give:
Who by thy precepts live.
He does from virtue fall ?
Thou God that know'st them all! 7 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord, Dominion have o'er me;
grace preserv'd, I may The great transgression flee.
PSALM 16. S. M.
And hear us in distress; WORL Our succour from his temple send,
Our cause from Sion bless! 2 May he accept our vow,
Our sacrifice receive,
Our holy wishes give!
We joyfully declare;
« The Lord fulfil our prayer !" 4 Now know we that the Lord
His chosen will defend;
And will their prayer attend. 5 Some earthly succour trust,
But we in God's right hand:
We rise, and upright stand. 6 Still save us, Lord, and still
Thy servants deign to bless;
The prayers that we address.
From the xxii. Psalm of David.
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When I with anguish faint ? 0, why so far from me removed,
And fiom my loud complaint ? 2 Lo! I am treated like a worm,
Like none of human birth; Not only by the great reviled,
But made the rabble's mirth.
My agonics survey :
And thus deriding say:
That he was heaven's delight;
And own his favourite."
When trouble is so nigh;
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My joints are out of frame;
Like wax before the flame:
My tongue is parch'd with drought; And to the dismal shades of death
My fainting soul is brought.
In wicked council meet;
They pierced my harmless feet. 4 My body's rack'd, till all my bones
Distinctly may be told; Yet such a spectacle of woe
As pastime they behold. 5 As spoil, my garments they divide,
Lots for my vesture cast : Therefore, O leave me not, my God,
But to my succour haste.
1 Lord, to my brethren I'll declare
The triumphs of thy name; In presence of assembled saints
Thy glory thus proclaim :
All you of Israel's line,
Sincere obedience join.
To cast a gracious eye;
But hears its humble cry.”
My cheerful thanks express;
The vows of my distress.
Shall find my table spread;
With joys immortal fed.
To God their homage pay;
One sovereign Lord obey. 7 'Tis his supreme prerogative
O’er all mankind to reign; 'Tis just that he should rule the world,
Who does the world sustain.
His bounty must confess;
9 With humble worship to his throne
They all for aid resort ;
Alone can them support.
Devoted to his name,
PSALM 18. C. M.
Vouchsafes to be my guide;
My wants are all supplied. 2 In tender grass he makes me feed,
And gently there repose;
Refreshing water flows.
And, to his endless praise,
In his most righteous ways.
From fear and danger free;
Defend and comfort me.
Through all my life extend,
PSALM 19. C. M.
The Lord's her sulness is;
By sovereign right are his. 2 He framed and fix'd it on the seas;
And his almighty hand
The stable fabric stand.
One chosen seat design'd;
Deserved admittance find ?
Whose thoughts from pride are free;
To gainful perjury.
Shall shower his blessings down;
With righteousness to crown.
The sacred courts are trod;
And such the proselytes that seek
Thy face, O Jacob's God.
Unfold, to entertain
With his celestial train.
The Lord, for strength renown'd;
Eternal victor crown'd.
In state to entertain
With all his shining train.
The Lord of hosts renown'd;
PSALM 20. S. M.
From the xxv. Psalm of David.
I lift my heart and voice:
Nor let thy foes rejoice.
Let no disgrace attend;
As wilfully offend.
And lead me in thy way;
On thee I wait all day.
O Lord, recall to mind;
As thou wert ever, kind.
Be blotted out by thee;
In mercy think on me.
The righteous Lord displays,
And teaching them his ways.
Who his direction seek;
The humble and the meek.
Both truth and mercy shine,
To his blest will incline.
Forgive my heinous sin, O Lord,
And so advance thy name. 10 Whoe'er with humble fear
To God his duty pays,
In all his righteous ways. 11 For God to all his saints
His secret will imparts,
In their obedient hearts. 12 To Israel's chosen race
Continue ever kind;
PSALM 21. C. M.
From the xxvi. Psalm of David.
Of righteousness have trod;
Repose on thee, my God.
And round thine altar go;
And thence thy wonders show.
How thy renown excels;
In which thine honour dwells.
PSALM 22. C. M.
Is saving health and light ?
What can my soul affright? 2 Henceforth, within this house to dwell
I earnestly desire;
And of his will inquire.
In times of deep distress;
In that secure recess.
Thou kindly dost advise;
My grateful heart replies.
Nor me in wrath reject ;
* Extract from the Journal of the General Convention,
1832. "4. Resolved, As the sense and declaration of this Convention, that so much of the rubrics in the form of consocration of a church or chapel as requires the singing of • Psalın 26, verses fi,7, and 8,' will hercaster be duly complied with by singing verses 2 and 3, in the selection from the 20th Psalm, included in the Psalms in Metre authorized by these resolutions to be set forth."
My God and Saviour, leave not him
Thou didst so oft protect.
Me, in my woe, forsake,
Wilt care and pity take.
My ways directly guide;
Should see me tread aside. 8 I trusted that my future life
Should with thy love be crown'd;
With sorrow compass'd round.
Who will inspire thy breast
And leave to him the rest.
5 God rules the angry floods on high;
His boundless sway shall never cease; His saints with strength he will supply, And bless his own with constant peace.
PSALM 25. C. M.
From the vix. Psalm of David.
Who kindly did relieve,
My hopeless life retrieve. 2 0 to his courts, ye saints of his,
With songs of praise repair;
And providential care.
His favour no decay;
With joy's returning day.
Thy praise in grateful verse;
Thy endless praise rehearse.
PSALM 23. C. M. From the x xviii. Psalm of David. DORED for ever be the Lord ;
His praise I will resound,
A gracious answer found.
Has trusted in his name;
His praises shall proclaim.
Is my defence and rock,
or his anointed flock.
Thy heritage preserve;
That they may never swerve.
PSALM 24. L. M.
Your grateful sacrifice prepare;
His wondrous power to all declare. 2 To his great name fresh altars raise;
Devoutly due respect afford; Him in his holy temple praise,
Where he's with solemn state adored. 3 'Tis he that, with amazing noise,
The watery clouds in sunder breaks ; The ocean trembles at his voice,
When he from heaven in thunder speaks. 4 How full of power his voice appears !
With what inajestic terror crown'd! Which from their roots tall cedars tears, And strews their scatter'd branches round.
PSALM 26. S. M.
For still I trust in thee;
From danger set me free. 2 Bow down thy gracious ear,
And speedy succour send;
To shelter and defend.
My life, and all that's mine, (For thou preserv'st me from my youth,)
I willingly resign.
I on thy help repose.
My soul with comfort knows. 5 Whate’er events betide,
Thy wisdom times them all; Then, Lord, thy servant safely hide
From those that seek his fall. 6 The brightness of thy face
To me, O Lord, disclose ;
Preserve me from my foes. 7 How great thy mercies are
To such as fear thy name, Which thou, for those that trust thy care,
Dost to the world proclaim! 8 O all ye saints, the Lord
With eager love pursue;
Who to the just will help afford,
And give the proud their due. 9 Ye that on God rely,
With strength in time of need.
2 How happy then are they, to whom
The Lord for God is known! Whom he, from all the world besides,
Has chosen for his own. 3 Our soul on God with patience waits ;
Our help and shield is he: Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice,
Because we trust in thee.
Do thou to us extend;
On thee alone depend.
PSALM 27. L. M.
From the xxxii. Psalm of David,
From the xxxiv. Psalm of David.
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E'S blest, whose sins have pardon
gain'd, No more in judgement to appear;
Whose guilt remission has obtain’d, And whose repentance is sincere. 2 No sooner I my wound disclos'd,
The guilt that tortured me within, But thy forgiveness interpos’d,
And mercy's healing balm pour'd in. 3 Sorrows on sorrows multiplied,
The harden'd sinner shall confound; But them who in his truth confide,
Blessings of mercy shall surround. 4 His saints, that have performn'd his laws,
Their life in triumph shall employ ; Let them, as they alone have cause,
In grateful raptures shout for joy.
From the Xxxiii. Psalm of David.
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Their cheerful voices raise;
To sing glad songs of praise. 2 Let harps, and psalteries, and lutes,
In joyful concert meet;
The harmony complete.
His works with truth abound; He justice loves; and all the earth
Is with his goodness crown'd. 4 By his almighty word, at first,
The heavenly arch was rear'd; And all the beauteous hosts of light
At his command appear'd. 5 Let earth, and all that dwell therein,
Before him trembling stand: For, when he spake the word, 'twas made,
'Twas fix'd at his command.
HROUGH all the changing scenes of
life, In trouble and in joy, The praises of my God shall still My heart and tongue employ. 2 Of his deliv’rance I will boast,
Till all that are distress’d, From my example comfort take,
And charm their griefs to rest. 3 O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt his name: When in distress to him I call'd,
He to my rescue came.
Around the good and just;
Who on his succour trust. 5 O make but trial of his love,
Experience will decide
Who in his truth confide.
Have nothing else to fear :
Your wants shall be his care.
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And my instruction hear;
Of his religious fear.
And prosp'rous days would see, From sland'ring language keep his tongue,
His lips from falsehood free. 3 The crooked paths of vice decline,
And virtue's ways pursue; Establish peace, where 'tis begun, And where 'tis lost, renew.
PART II. C. M. 1 WHATE’ER the mighty Lord decrees,
Shall stand for ever sure;
To ages shall endure.