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PART II. C. M.
Shall stand for ever sure;
To ages shall endure.
The LORD for God is known !
Has chosen for his own.
Our help and shield is he;
Because we trust in thee.
Do thou to us extend;
On thee alone depend.
C. M. 1 THROUGH all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
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. 4 The Angel of the Lord encamps
Around the good and just; Deliv’rance he affords to all
Who on his succor 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.
2 Let him who length of life desires,
And prosp'rous days would see,
His lips from falsehood free;
And virtue's ways pursue;
And where 't is lost, renew.
With favorable eyes;
Is open to their cries;
Whom mercy can't reclaim,
Blot out their evil name.
When his relief they crave;
And contrite spirit save.
Yet God will save them still;
And guard from every ill.
Their ruin shall derive;
Shall them and their's survive.
Who on his truth depend; To them, and their posterity,
His blessings shall descend.
PSALM 30. L. M.
From the xxxvi. Psalm of David. 1 0 LORD, thy mercy, my sure hope,
The highest orb of heaven transcends; Thy sacred truth's unmeasured scope
Beyond the spreading sky extends. 2 Thy justice like the hills remains,
Únfathom'd depths thy judgments are ; Thy providence the world sustains,
The whole creation is thy care. 3 Since of thy goodness all partake,
With what assurance should the just Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make,
And saints to thy protection trust ! 4 Such guests shall to thy courts be led,
To banquet on thy love's repast; And drink, as from a fountain's head,
Of joys that shall for ever last.
5 With thee the springs of life remain,
Thy presence is eternal day; O let thy saints thy favor gain,
To upright hearts thy truth display.
PSALM 31. II. 2.
I THOUGH wicked men grow rich or great,
Thy anger or thy envy raise;
Whose blooming beauty soon decays.
Secure from danger and from want:
Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. 3 In all thy ways trust thou the LORD, And he will needful help afford,
To perfect every just design;
And as a mid-day sun to shine. 4 With quiet mind on God depend, And patiently for him attend,
Nor envy the success of crime;
Who trust on him, and wait his time.
1 The good man's way is God's delight: He orders all the steps aright
Of him that moves by his command; Though he sometimes may be distress'd, Yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd,
For God upholds him with his hand 2 With caution shun each wicked deed, In virtue's ways with zeal proceed,
And so prolong your happy days; For God, who judgment loves, does still Preserve his saints secure from ill,
While soon the wicked race decays. 3 The upright shall possess the land, His portion shall for ages stand;
His mouth with wisdom is supplied, His tongue by rules of judgment moves, His heart the law of God approves;
Therefore his footsteps never slide.
PART III. 1 The wicked I in power have seen, And like a bay-tree fresh and green
That spreads its pleasant branches round: But he was gone as swist as thought; And, though in every place I sought,
No sign or track of him I found. 2 Observe the perfect man with care, And mark all such as upright are;
Their roughest days in peace shall end :
A common ruin shall attend.
Their strength in time of need is he:
Though I deserve it all;
of thy displeasure fall.
My sinking head o'erflow,
Too vast a burden grow.
All my desires appear;
Have reach'd thine open ear.
Nor far from me depart;
PSALM 33. C. M.
From the xxxix. Psalm of David.
How soon my life will end:
Which this frail state attend.
A cipher sums my years;
But vanity appears.
With fruitless cares oppress'd;
4 Why then should I on worthless toys
With anxious cares attend ? On thee alone my steadfast hope
Shall ever, LORD, depend.
And listen to my prayer,
As all my fathers were.
My wasted strength restore, Before I vanish quite from hence,
And shall be seen no more.
PSALM 34. L. M.
From the xl. Psalm of David. 1 I WAITED meekly for the LORD,
Till he vouchsafed a kind reply; Who did his gracious ear afford,
And heard from heaven my humble cry. 2 The wonders he for me has wrought
Shall fill my mouth with songs of praise ; And others, to his worship brought,
To hopes of like deliv'rance raise. 3 For blessings shall that man reward,
Who on th' Almighty Lord relies; Who treats the proud with disregard,
And hates the hypocrite's disguise. 4 Who can the wondrous works recount
Which thou, O God, for us hast wrought? The treasures of thy love surmount
The power of numbers, speech, and thought. 5 I've learnt that thou hast not desired
Offerings and sacrifice alone;
For man's transgression to atone. 6 I therefore come-come to fulfil
The oracles thy books impart; "T is my delight to do thy will,
Thy law is written in my heart. 7 In full assemblies I have told
Thy truth and righteousness at large: Nor did, thou know'st; my lips withhold
From uttering what thou gav'st in charge: 8 Nor kept within my breast confined
Thy faithfulness and saving grace; But preach'd thy love, for all design'd,
That all might that and truth embrace. 9 Then let those mercies I declared
To others, LORD, extend to me; Thy loving-kindness my reward,
Thy truth my safe protection be.