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The Shepherd, by whose constant care 10! let me not be put to shame, my wants are all supply'd.
nor let my foes rejoice. 2 In tender grass he makes me feed, 3 Those who on thee rely, and gently there repose ;
let no disgrace attend ; Then leads me to cool shades, and where Be that the shameful lot of suca refreshing water flows.
as wilfully offend. 3 He does my wandering soul reclaim, 4, 5 To me thy truth impart, and, to his endless praise,
and lead me in thy way; Instruct with humble zeal to walk
For thou art he that brings me help, in his most righteous ways.
on thee I wait all day. 4 I pass the gloomy vale of death,
16 Thy mercies and thy love, from fear and danger free ;
O Lord, recall to mind; For there his aiding rod and staff
And graciously continue still, defend and comfort me.
as thou wert ever, kind. 5 In presence of my spiteful foes
7 Let all my youthful crimes he does my table spread;
be blotted out by thee; He crowns my cup with cheerful wine, And, for thy wondrous goodness sake, with oil anoints my head.
in mercy think on me. 6 Since God doth thus his wondrous love 8 His mercy, and his truth, through all my life extend,
the righteous Lord displays, That life to bim I will devote,
In bringing wandering sinners home, and in his temple spend.
and teaching them his ways. PSALM 24.
9 He those in justice guides, THE spacious earth is all the Lord's, who his direction seek;
And in his sacred paths shall lead The world, and they that dwell therein, the humble and the meek. by sovereign right are his.
10 Through all the ways of God 2 He framed and fix'd it on the seas;
both truth and merey shine, and his almighty hand,
To such as, with religious hearts, Upon inconstant floods, has made
to his blest will incline. the stable fabric stand.
PART II. 3 But for himself, this Lord of all
11 Since mercy is the grace, one chosen seat design'd;
that most exalts thy fame, O! who shall to that sacred hill
Forgive my heinous sin, O Lord, deserved admittance find ?
and so advance thy name. 4 The man, whose hands and heart are pure, 12 Whoe'er, with humble fear, whose thoughts from pride are free;
to God his duty pays, Who honest poverty prefers
Shall find the Lord a faithful guide, to gainful perjury.
in all his righteous ways. 5 This, this is he, on whom the Lord
13 His quiet soul with peace shall shower his blessings down;
shall be for ever bless'd; Whom God, his Saviour, shall vouchsafe And by his numerous race the land with righteousness to crown.
successively possess'd. 6 Such is the race of saints, by whom 14 For God to all his saints the sacred courts are trod;
his secret will imparts, And such the proselytes that seek
And does his gracious covenant write the face of Jacob's God.
in their obedient hearts. 7 Erect your heads, eternal gates ;
15 To him I lift my eyes, unfold, to entertain
and wait his timely aid, The King of Glory: see! he comes
Who breaks the strong and treacherous snare, with his celestial train.
which for my feet was laid. 8 Who is the King of Glory? who?
16 0! turn, and all my griefs, the Lord, for strength renown'd;
in mercy, Lord, redress; In battle mighty; o'er his foes
For I am compass'd round with woes, eternal victor crown'd.
and plunged in deep distress. 9 Erect your heads, ye gates ; unfold 17 The sorrows of my heart in state to entertain
to mighty sums increase; The King of Glory: see! he comes
10! from this dark and dismal state with all his shining train.
my troubled soul release! 10 Who is the King of Glory? who? 18 Do thou, with tender eyes, the Lord of hosts renown'd;
my sad afflictions see; of Glory he alone is King,
Acquit me, Lord, and from my guilt who with glory crown'd.
entirely set me free. PSALM 25.
19 Consider, Lord, my foes, God, in
how vast their numbers grow I
What lawless force and rage they use, His wondrous beauty there to view, what boundless hate they show!
and of his will inquire. 20 Protect, and set my soul
5 For there I may with comfort rest, from their fierce malice free;
in times of deep distress ; Nor let me be ashamed, who place
And safe, as on a rock, abide my steadfast trust in thee.
in that secure recess: 21 Let all my righteous acts
6 Whilst God o'er all my haughty foes to full perfection rise;
my lofty head shall raise; Because my firm and constant hope
And I my joyful tribute bring, on thee alone relies.
with grateful songs of praise. 22 To Israel's chosen race
PART II. continue ever kind;
7 Continue, Lord, to hear my voice, And, in the midst of all their wants,
whene'er to thee I cry; let them thy succour find.
In mercy my complaints receive,
nor my request deny.
8 When us to seek thy glorious face of righteousness have trod;
thou kindly dost advise; I cannot fail, who all my trust
“ Thy glorious face I'll always seek," repose on thee, my God.
my grateful heart replies. 2, 3 Search thou my heart, whose innocence 9 Then hide not thou thy face, O Lord, will shine the more 'tis try'd;
nor me in wrath reject; For I have kept thy grace in view,
My God and Saviour, leave not him and made thy truth my guide.
thou didst so oft protect. 4 I never for companions took
10 Though all my friends, and kindred too, the idle or profane;
their helpless charge forsake, No hypocrite, with all his arts,
Yet thou, whose love excels them all, could e'er my friendship gain.
wilt care and pity take. 5 I hate the busy plotting crew,
11 Instruct me in thy paths, O Lord, who make distracted times;
my ways directly guide; And shun their wicked company,
Lest envious men, who watch my steps, as I avoid their crimes.
should see me tread aside. 6 I'll wash my hands in innocence,
12 Lord, disappoint my cruel foes ; and bring a heart so pure,
defeat their il desire, That when thy altar I approach,
Whose lying lips, and bloody hands, my welcome shall secure.
against my peace conspire. 7, 8 My thanks I'll publish there, and tell 13 I trusted that my future life how thy renown excels;
should with thy love be crown'd; That seat affords me most delight,
Or else my fainting soul had sunk, in which thy honour dwells.
with sorrow compass'd round. 9 Pass not on me the sinners' doom,
14 God's time with patient faith expect, who murder make their trade;
who will inspire thy breast 10 Who others' rights, by secret bribes, With inward strength: do thou thy part, or open force, invade.
and leave to him the rest. 11 But I will walk in paths of truth,
PSALM 28. and innocence pursue ;
O Protect me, therefore, and to me
in sighs consume my breath; thy mercies, Lord, renew.
0! answer, or I shall become 12 In spite of all assaulting foes,
like those that sleep in death. I still maintain my ground;
2 Regard my supplication, Lord, And shall survive among thy saints,
the cries that I repeat, thy praises to resound.
With weeping eyes, and lifted hands,
before thy mercy-seat.
who make a trade of ill, Since strongly he my life supports,
And ever speak the person fair, what can my soul affright?
whose blood they mean to spill. 2 With fierce intent my flesh to tear,
4 According to their crimes' extent, when foes beset me round,
let justice have its course; They stumbled, and their haughty crests Relentless be to them, as they were made to strike the ground.
have sinn'd without remorse. 3 Through him my heart, undaunted, dares 5 Since they the works of God despise, with mighty hosts to cope;
nor will his grace adore; Through him, in doubtful straits of war, His wrath shall utterly destroy, for good success I hope.
and build them up no more. 4 Henceforth, within his house to dwell 6 But I, with due acknowledgment, I earnestly desire;
his praises will resound,
From whom the cries of my distress Your night of grief is recompensed a gracious answer found.
with joy's returning day. 7 My heart its confidence reposed
6 But 1, in prosperous days presumed; in God, my strength and shield;
no sudden change I fear'd; In him I trusted, and return'd
Whilst in my sunshine of success triumphant from the field.
no lowering cloud appear'd. As he hath made my joys complete, 7 But soon I found thy favour, Lord, 'Tis just that I should raise
my empire's only trust; The cheerful tribute of my thanks,
For when thou hid'st thy face, I saw and thus resound his praise :
my honour laid in dust. 8“ His aiding power supports the troops, 8 Then, as I vainly had presumed, " that my just cause maintain :
my error I confess'd; • 'Twas he advanced me to the throne; And thus with supplicating voice, « 'tis he secures my reign."
thy mercy's throne addressid: 9 Preserve thy chosen, and proceed 9 “What profit is there in my blood, thine heritage to bless ;
“congeald by death's cold night? With plenty prosper them, in peace; u Can silent ashes speak thy praise, in battle, with success.
“thy wondrous truth recite ! PSALM 29.
10 “ Hear me, O Lord, in mercy hear; Y
“thy wonted aid extend ; your grateful sacrifice prepare ; “Do thou send help, ou whom alone God's glorious actions loudly tell,
“I can for help depend." his wondrous power to all declare. 11 'Tis done! thou hast my mournful scene 2 To his great name fresh altars raise ;
to songs and dances turn'd; devoutly due respect afford ;
Invested me with robes of state, Him in his holy temple praise,
who late in sackcloth mourn'd. where he's with solemn state adored.
12 Exalted thus, I'll gladly sing 3 'Tis he that, with amazing noise,
thy praise in grateful verse; the watery clouds in sunder breaks; And, as thy favours endless are, The ocean trembles at his voice,
Thy endless praise rehearse. when be from heaven in thunder speaks.
PSALM 31. 4, 5 How full of power his voice appears !
EFEND me, Lord, from shame, with what majestic terror crown'd!
for still I trust in thee : Which from their roots tall cedars tears, As just and righteous is thy name,
and strews their scatter'd branches round. from danger set me free. 6 They, and the hills on which they grow, 2 Bow down thy gracious ear, are sometimes hurry'd far away;
and speedy succour send; And leap, like hinds that bounding go, Do thou my steadfast rock appear, or unicorns in youthful play.
to shelter and defend. 7,8 When God in thunder loudly speaks, 3 Since thou, when foes oppress,
and scatter'd flames of lightning sends, my rock and fortress art, The forest nods, the desert quakes,
To guide me forth from this distress, and stubborn Kadesh lowly bends.
thy wonted help impart. 9 He makes the hinds to cast their young, 4 Release me from the snare,
and lays the beasts' dark coverts bare ; which they have closely laid ; While those that to his courts belong,
Since I, O God, my strength, repair securely sing his praises there.
to thee alone for aid. 10, 11 God rules the angry floods on high ; 5 To thee, the God of truth,
his boundless sway shall never cease; my life, and all that's mine, His saints with strength be will supply, (For thou preserv'dst me from my youth,) and bless his own with constant peace. I willingly resign. PSALM 30.
6 All vain designs I hate T'LL celebrate thy praises, Lord,
of those that trust in lies;
And still my soul in every state, To raise my drooping head, and check
to God for succour flies. my foes' insulting joy.
PART II. 2, 3 In my distress I cry'd to thee,
7 Those mercies thou hast shown, who kindly didst relieve,
I'll cheerfully express ; And from the grave's expecting jaws
For thou hast seen my straits, and knowo my hopeless life retrieve.
my soul in deep distress. 4 Thus to his courts, ye saints of his, 8 When Keilah's treacherous race with songs of praise repair ;
did all my strength enclose, With me commemorate his truth,
Thou gav'st my feet a larger space, and providential care.
To shun my watchful foes. 6 His wrath has but a moment's reign, 9 Thy mercy, Lord, display, his favour no decay;
and hear my just complaint ;
For both my soul and flesh decay,
12 Whose guilt remission has obtain'd, with grief and hunger faint,
and whose repentance is sincere. 10 Sad thoughts my life oppress;
3 While I conceal'd the fretting sore, my years are spent in groans;
my bones consumed without relief; My sins have made my strength decrease, All day did I with anguish roar, and e'en consumed my bones.
but no complaints assuaged my grief. 11 My foes my sufferings mock'd;
4 Heavy on me thy hand remain'd, my neighbours did upbraid;
by day and night alike distress'd, My friends, at sight of me, were shock'd, Till quite of vital moisture drain'd, and Aed, as men dismay'd.
like land with summer's drought oppressid. 12 Forsook by all am I,
5 No sooner I my wound disclosed, as dead, and out of mind;
the guilt that tortured me within, And like a shatter'd vessel lie,
But thy forgiveness interposed, whose parts can ne'er be join'd.
and mercy's healing balm pour'd in. 13 Yet slanderous words they speak, 6 True penitents shall thus succeed, and seem my power to dread;
who seek thee whilst thou may'st be found; Whilst they together counsel take,
And, from the common deluge freed, my guiltless blood to shed.
Shall see remorseless sinners drown'd. 14 But still my steadfast trust
7 Thy favour, Lord, in all distress, I on thy help repose :
my tower of refuge I must own; That thou, my God, art good and just, Thou shalt my haughty foes suppress, my soul with comfort knows.
and me with songs of triumph crown. PART III.
8 In my instruction then confide, 15 Whate'er events betide,
ye that would truth's safe path descry; thy wisdom times them all;
Your progress I'll securely guide, Then, Lord, thy servant safely hide
and keep you in my watchful eye. from those that seek his fall.
9 Submit yourselves to wisdom's rule, 16 The brightness of thy face
like men that reason have attain'd; to me, O Lord, disclose;
Not like th’ungovern'd horse and mule, And, as thy mercies still increase,
whose fury must be curb'd and rein'd. preserve me from my foes.
10 Sorrows on sorrows multiply'd, 17 Me from dishonour save,
the harden'd sinner shall confound; who still have call'd on thee;
But them who in his truth confide, Let that, and silence in the grave,
blessings of merey shall surround. the sinner's portion be.
11 His saints, that have perform'd his laws 18 Do thou their tongues restrain,
their life in triumph shall einploy; whose breath in lies is spent ;
Let them, as they alone have cause, Who false reports, with proud disdain,
in grateful raptures shout for joy. against the righteous vent.
PSALM 33. 19 How great thy mercies are to such as fear thy name,
their cheerful voices raise; Which thou for those that trust thy care, For well the righteous it becomes dost to the world proclaim !
to sing glad songs of praise. 20 Thou keep'st them in thy sight,
12, 3 Let harps, and psalteries, and lutes, From proud oppressors free;
in joyful concert meet; From tongues that do in strife delight, And new-made songs of loud applause they are preserved by thee.
the harmony complete. 21 With glory and renown
4,5 For faithful is the word of God; God's name be ever bless'd;
his works with truth abound; Whose love, in Keilah's well-fenced town, He justice loves; and all the earth was wondrously expressid !
is with his goodness crown'd. 22 I said, in basty flight,
6 By his Almighty Word, at first, “I'm banish'd from thine eyes ;":
the heavenly arch was rear'd; Yet still thou keep'st me in thy sight,
And all the beauteous hosts of light and heard'st my earnest cries.
at his command appear'd. 23 O! all ye saints, the Lord
7 The swelling floods, together rollid, with eager love pursue ;
he makes in heaps to lie; Who to the just will help atford,
And lays, as in a store-house safe, and give the proud their due.
the watery treasures by. 24 Ye that on God rely,
8, 9 Let earth, and all that dwell therein, courageously proceed;
before him trembling stand; For he will still your hearts supply
For, when he spake the word, 'twas made ; with strength, in time of need.
'twas fix'd at his command. PSALM 32.
10 He, when the heathen closely plot, E's blest whose sins have pardon gain'd, their counsels undermines;
no more in judgment to appear;
His wisdom ineffectual makes
For such as put their trust in him, the people's rash designs.
and see their needs supply'd. 11 Whate'er the mighty Lord decrees
PART II. shall stand for ever sure;
11 Approach, ye piously disposed, The settled purpose of his heart
and my instruction hear; to ages shall endure.
I'll teach you the true discipline
of his religious fear.
and prosperous days would see, Whom he, from all the world besides, 13 From slandering language keep his tongue has chosen for his own.
his lips from falsehood free; 13, 14, 15 He all the nations of the earth, 14 The crooked paths of vice decline, from heaven, his throne, survey'd;
and virtue's ways pursue; He saw their works, and view'd their thoughts; Establish peace, where 'tis begun; by him their hearts were made.
and where 'tis lost, renew. 16, 17 No king is safe by numerous hosts; 15 The Lord from heaven beholds the just their strength the strong deceives:
with favourable eyes; No managed horse, by force or speed, And, when distress'd, his gracious ear his warlike rider saves.
is open to their cries; 18, 19 'Tis God, who those that trust in him 16 But turns his wrathful look on those beholds with gracious eyes;
whom mercy can't reclaim, He frees their soul from death; their want, To cut them off, and from the earth in time of dearth supplies.
blot out their hated name. 20, 21 Our soul on God with patience waits; 17 Deliverance to his saints he gives our help and shield is he;
when his relief they crave; Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice, 18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart, because we trust in thee.
and contrite spirit save. 22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord,
19 The wicked oft, but still in vain, do thou to us extend;
against the just conspire; Since we, for all we want or wish,
20 for under their affliction's weight on thee alone depend.
he keeps their bones entire. PSALM 34.
21 The wicked, from their wicked arts, THI THROUGH all the changing scenes of life, their ruin shall derive; in trouble and in joy,
Whilst righteous men, whom they detest, The praises of my God shall still
shall them and theirs survive. my heart and tongue employ.
22 For God preserves the souls of those 2 Of his deliverance I will boast,
who on his truth depend; till all that are distrest,
To them, and their posterity, From my example comfort take,
his blessings shall descend. and charm their griefs to rest.
PSALM 35. 3 0! magnify the Lord with me, with me exalt his name:
O Lord, assert my right; 4 When in distress to him I call'd,
With such as war unjustly wage, he to my rescue came.
do thou my battles fight. 5 Their drooping hearts were soon refresh'd, 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield who look'd to him for aid;
upon thy warlike arm; Desired success in every face
Stand up, o God, in my defence, a cheerful air display'd.
and keep me safe from harm. 6 “Behold," say they, “behold the man, 3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their course, “whom providence relieved;
that haste my blood to spill; “ The man so dangerously beset,
Say to my soul, “I am thy health, "so wondrously retrieved!"
“and will preserve thee still." 7 The hosts of God encamp around
4 Let them with shame be cover'd o'er, the dwellings of the just;
who my destruction sought ; Deliverance be affords to all
And such as did my harm devise, who on his succour trust.
be to confusion brought. 8 0! make but trial of his love,
6 Then shall they fly, dispersed like chaff experience will decide
before the driving wind; How blest they are, and only they,
God's vengeful minister of wrath who in his truth confide.
shall follow close behind. 9 Fear him, ye saints; and you will then 6 And when, through dark and slippery ways, have nothing else to fear:
they strive his rage to shun, Make you his service your delight,
His vengeful ministers of wrath your wants shall be bis care.
shall goad them as they run. 10 While hungry lions lack their prey, 7 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong, the Lord will food provide
they hid their treacherous snare;
A with me,