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Y the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal
, day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine
This translation of the Whole Book of Psalms into Metre, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and after 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 appoint 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 persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the Tunes to be sung, at any time, in his Church: And, especially, it shali be his duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance; by which vain and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary.
PSALMS OF DAVID,
Thy threatening sceptre thou shalt shake, row blest is he, who ne'er consents
" and crush them every where ; ill advice to walk,
“ As massy bars of iron break Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
" the potter's brittle ware.” where men profanely talk ;
10 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear, 2 But makes the perfect law of God
ye judges of the earth ; his business and delight ;
11' Worship the Lord with holy fear; Devoutly reads therein by day,
rejoice with awful mirth. and meditates by night.
12 Appease the Son with due respect, 3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, Lest he revenge the bold neglect,
your timely homage pay: with timely fruit does bend, He still shall flourish, and success
incensed by your delay. all his designs attend.
13 If but in part his anger rise, 4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,
who can endure the flame? no lasting root shall find;
Then blest are they, whose hope relies Untimely blasted and dispersed
on his most holy name. like chaff before the wind.
PSALM 3. 6 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb
row many, Lord, of late are grown before their Judge's face: No formal bypocrite shall then
And as their numbers hourly rise, among the saints have place.
so does their rage increase. 6 For God approves the just man's ways;
2 Insulting, they my soul upbraid, to happiness they tend:
and him whom I adore ; But sinners, and the paths they tread,
“ The God in whom he trusts,” say they, shall both in ruip end.
11 shall rescue him no more.” PSALM 2.
3 “ But thou, O Lord, art my defence; TITH restless and ungovern'd rage,
on thee my hopes rely ; why do the heathen storm ?
Thou art my glory, and shall yet Why in such rash attempts engage,
lift up my head on high. as they can ne'er perform?
4 Since whensoe'er, in like distress, 2 The great in council and in might
to God I made my prayer, their various forces bring;
He heard me from his holy hill; Against the Lord they all unite,
why should I now despair ? and his anointed King.
6 Guarded by him, I laid me down 3 “ Must we submit to their commands ?"
my sweet repose to take ; presumptuously they say:
For I through him securely sleep, " No, let us break their slavish bands,
througtı him ia safety wake. " and cast their chains away."
6 No force nor fury of my foes 4 But God, who sits enthroned on high,
my courage shall confound, and sees how they combine,
Were they as many hosts as merr, Does their conspiring strength defy,
that have beset me round. and mocks their vain design.
7 Arise, and save me, O my God, 6 Thick clouds of wrath divine shall break
who oft hast own'd my cause, on bis rebellious foes ;
And scatter'd oft these foes to me, And thus will be in thunder speak
and to thy righteous laws. to all that dare oppose :
8 Salvation to the Lord belongs ; 6 " Though madly you dispute my will,
he only can defend: " the King that I ordain,
His blessings he extends to all “ Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill,
that on his power depend. “ shall there securely reign.”
PSALM 4. 7 Attend, 0 earth, whilst I declare O Lord, thom art my righteous Judge,
God's uncontrollid decree : « Thou art my Son; this day, my heir,
Thou still redeem'st me from distress; “ have I begotten thee.
have mercy, Lord, and hear. 8“ Ask, and receive thy full demands;
| 2 How long will ye, O sons of men, " thine shall the heathen be ;
to blot my fame devise ? The utmost limits of the lands
How long your vain designs pursue, “ sball be possess'd by thee.
and spread malicious lies >
3 Consider that the righteous man
12 To righteous men, the righteous Lord is God's peculiar choice ;
his blessing will extend; And when to bim I make my prayer,
And with his favour all his saints, he always hears my voice.
as with a shield, defend. 4 Then stand in awe of his commands,
THY dreadful anger, Lord, restrain,
Correct me not in thy fierce wrath,
too heavy to be borne. let righteousness supply;
2 Have mercy, Lord; for I grow faint, And let your hope, securely fix'd,
unable to endure on God alone rely.
The anguish of my aching bones, 6 While worldly minds impatient grow which thou alone canst cure. more prosperous times to see ;
3 My tortured flesh distracts my mind, Still let the glories of thy face
and fills my soul with grief; shine brightly, Lord, on me.
But, Lord, how long wilt thou delay 7 So shall my heart o’erflow with joy,
to grant me thy relief ? more lasting and more true
4 Thy wonted goodness, Lord, repeat, Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine
and ease my troubled soul ;
Lord, for thy wondrous mercy's sake
5 For after death no more can I
thy glorious acts proclaim,
No prisoners of the silent grave
can magnify thy name.
ORD, hear the voice of my complaint, 6 Quite tired with pain, with groaning faint, accept my secret prayer;
no hope of ease I see ; 2 To thee alone, my King, my God,
The night, that quiets common griefs,
is spent in tears by me.
my eyes with weakness close;
Old age o'ertakes me, whilst I think
on my insulting foes.
ye shall no more rejoice ;
For God, I find, accepts my tears, all evil dost remove.
and listens to my voice. 6 Not long shall stubborn fools remain 9, 10 He hears, and grants my humble prayer ; unpunish'd in thy view;
and they that wish my fall, All such as act unrighteous things
Shall blush and rage to see that God thy vengeance shall pursue.
protects me from them all. 6 The slandering tongue, O God of truth,
PSALM 7. by thee shall be destroy'd,
LORD my God, since I have placed Who hat'st alike the man in blood
my trust alone in thee, and in deceit employ'd.
From all my persecutors' rage 7 But when thy boundless grace shall me
do thou deliver me. to thy loved courts restore,
2 To save me from my threat'ning foe, On thee i'll fix my longing eyes,
Lord, interpose thy power; and humbly thee adore.
Lest, like a savage lion, he 8 Conduct me by thy righteous laws,
my helpless soul devour. for watchful is my foe;
3, 4 If I am guilty, or did e'er Therefore, O Lord, make plain the way against his peace combine ; wherein / ought to go.
Nay, if I had not spared his life, 9 Their mouth vents nothing but deceit;
who sought unjustly mine; their heart is set on wrong;
5 Let then to persecuting foes Their throat is a devouring grave;
my soul become a prey; they flatter with their tongue.
Let them to earth tread down my life, 10 By their own counsels let them fall
in dust my honour lay. oppress'd with loads of sin;
6 Arise, and let thine anger, Lord, For they against thy righteous laws
in my defence engage; have harden'd rebels been.
Exalt thyself above my foes, 11 But let all those who trust in thee,
and their insulting rage : with shouts their joy proclaim ;
Awake, awake, in my behalf, Let them rejoice whom thou preserv'st, the judgment to dispense, and all that love thy name.
Which thou hast righteously ordain'd
for injured innocence.
7 So to thy throne, adoring crowds
PSALM 9. shall still for justice fly : Oh! therefore, for their sake, resume TO celebrate thy praise, O. Lord, thy judgment-seat on high.
To all the listening world, thy works, 8 Impartial Judge of all the world,
thy wondrous works declare. I trust my cause to thee;
2 The thought of them shall to my soul According to my just deserts,
Exalted pleasures bring; so let thy sentence be.
Whilst to thy name, 0 thou Most High, 9 Let wicked arts and wicked men
triumphant praise I sing. together be o'erthrown;
3 Thou mad'st my haughty foes to turn But guard the just, thou God, to whom
their backs in shameful flight: the hearts of both are known.
Struck with thy presence, down they fell, 10, 11 God me protects, not only me,
they perish'd at thy sight. but all of upright heart;
4 Against insulting foes advanced, And daily lays up wrath for those
thou didst my cause maintain ; who from his laws depart.
My right asserting from thy throne, 12 If they persist, he whets his sword,
where truth and justice reign. his bow stands ready bent;
6 The insolence of heathen pride 13 Ev'n now, with swift destruction wing'd, thou hast reduced to shame; his pointed shafts are sent.
Their wicked offspring quite destroyed, 14 The plots are fruitless which my foe and blotted out their name. unjustly did conceive;
6 Mistaken foes, your haughty threats 15 The pit he digg’d for me, has proved are to a period come; his own untimely grave.
Our city stands, which you design'd 16 On his own head his spite returns,
to make our common tomb. whilst I from barm am free;
7,8 The Lord for ever lives, who has On him the violence is fall'n,
his righteous throne prepared, which he design'd for me.
Impartial justice to dispense, 17 Therefore will I the righteous ways
to punish or reward. of Providence proclaim;
9 God is a constant sure defence I'll sing the praise of God inost high,
against oppressing rage; and celebrate his name.
As troubles rise, his needful aids
in our behalf engage. O bow
10 All those who have his goodness proved within this earthly frame,
will in bis truth confide; Through all the world how great art thou ! Whose mercy ne'er forsook the man how glorious is thy name!
that on his help rely’d. In heaven thy wondrous acts are sung, 11 Sing praises therefore to the Lord, nor fully reckon'd there;
from Zion, his abode ; 2 And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue Proclaim his deeds, till all the world thy boundless praise declare.
confess no other God. Through thee the weak confound the strong,
PART II. and crush their haughty foes;
12 When he inquiry makes for blood, And so thou quell'st the wicked throng, he'll call the poor to mind : that thee and thine oppose.
The injured humble man's complaint 3 When heav'n, thy beauteous work on high,
relief from him shall find. employs my wondering sight;
13 Take pity on my troubles, Lord, The moon, that nightly rules the sky,
which spiteful foes create, with stars of feebler light;
Thou that hast rescued me so oft 4 What's man, say I, that, Lord, thou lovist
from death's devouring gate. to keep him in thy mind ?
14 In Sion then I'll sing thy praise Or what his offspring, that thou prov'st
to all that love thy name; to them so wondrous kind ?
And, with loud shouts of grateful joy, 6 Him next in power thou didst create
thy saving power proclaim. to thy celestial train ;
15 Deep in the pit they digg’d for me, 6 Ordain’d, with dignity and state,
the heathen pride is laid; o'er all thy works to reign.
Their guilty feet to their own snare 7 They jointly own his powerful sway;
are heedlessly betray'd. the beasts that prey or graze;
16 Thus, by the just return he makes, 8 The bird that wings its airy way;
the mighty Lord is known; the fish that cuts the seas.
While wicked men by their own plots, 9 0 thou, to whom all creatures bow
are shamefully o'erthrown. within this earthly frame,
17 No single sinner shall escape, Through all the world how great art thou ! by privacy obscured; how glorious is thy name?
Nor nation, from his just revenge,
by numbers be secured.