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My tongue is like the pen of him
Whom thou to different realms may'st send, that writes with ready art.
and protect : 2 How matchless is thy form, 0 King ! 17 Whilst this my song to future times thy mouth with grace o'erflows;
transmits thy glorious name; Because fresh blessings God on thee
And makes the world, with one consent, eternally bestows.
thy lasting praise proclaim. 3 Gird on thy sword, most mighty prince ;
PSALM 46. and, clad in rich array,
OD is our refuge in distress; With glorious ornaments of power, majestic pomp display.
in him, undaunted, we'll confide; 4 Ride on in state, and still protect
2, 3 Though earth were from her centre tost, the meek, the just, and true;
And mountains in the ocean lost, Whilst thy right hand, with swift revenge,
torn piece-meal by the roaring tide. does all thy foes pursue.
4 A gentler stream with gladness still 6 How sharp thy weapons are to them
The city of our Lord shall fill, that dare thy power despise !
the royal seat of God most high : Down, down they fall, while through their heart 5 God dwells in Sion, whose fair towers the feather'd arrow flies.
Shall mock the assaults of earthly powers,
while his Almighty aid is nigh. 6 But thy firm throne, O God, is fix'd, for ever to endure;
6 In tumults when the heathen raged, Thy sceptre's sway shall always last,
And kingdoms war against us waged, by righteous laws secure.
he thunder'd, and dispersed their powers :
7 The Lord of hosts conducts our arms, 7 Because thy heart, by justice led,
Our tower of refuge in alarms, did upright ways approve,
our fathers' Guardian-God and ours. And hated still the crooked paths, where wandering sinners rove;*
8 Come, see the wonders he hath wrought,
On earth what desolation brought; Therefore did God, thy God, on thee
how he has calm'd the jarring world : the oil of gladness shed;
9 He broke the warlike spear and bow; And has, above thy fellows round,
With them their thundering chariots too advanced thy lofty head.
into devouring flames were hurl'd. 8 With cassia, aloes, and myrrh,
10 Submit to God's Almighty sway; thy royal robes abound;
For him the heathen shall obey, Which, from the stately wardrobe brought,
and earth her Sovereign Lord confess : spread grateful odours round.
11 The God of hosts conducts our arms, 9 Among the honourable train
Our tower of refuge in alarms, did princely virgins wait;
as to bur fathers in distress. The queen was placed at thy right hand
PSALM 47. in golden robes of state. PART II.
and with triumphant voices sing; 10 But thou, O royal bride, give ear,
No force the mighty power withstands and to my words attend;
of God, the universal King. Forget thy native country now,
3, 4 He shall opposing nations quell, and every former friend.
and with success our battles fight; 11 So shall thy beauty charm the King, Shall fix the place where we must dwell, nor shall his love decay;
the pride of Jacob, his delight. For he is now become thy Lord ; to him due reverence pay.
5, 6 God is gone up, our Lord and King,
with shouts of joy, and trumpets' sound; 12 The Tyrian matrons, rich and proud, To him repeated praises sing, shall humble presents make;
and let the cheerful song rebound. And all the wealthy nations sue
7,8 Your utmost skill in praise be shown, thy favour to partake.
for him who all the world commands, 13 The King's fair Daughter's fairer soul Who sits upon his righteous throne, all inward graces fill;
and spreads his sway o'er heathen lands. Her raiment is of purest gold,
9 Our chiefs and tribes that far from hence adorn'd with costly skill.
to serve the God of Abr'am came, 14 She in her nuptial garments dress d, Found him their constant sure defence : with needles richly wrought,
how great and glorious is his name! Attended by her virgin train,
PSALM 48. shall to the King be brought.
THE Lord, the only God, is great, 15 With all the state of solemn joy the triumph moves along;
In Sion, on whose happy mount Till, with wide gates, the royal court
his sacred throne is raised. receives the pompous throng.
2 Her towers, the joy of all the earth, 16 Thou, in thy royal Father's room,
with beauteous prospect rise ; must princely sons expect;
On ber north side the Almighty King's
imperial city lies.
3 God in her palaces is known;
18, 9 Their vain endeavours they must quit; his presence is her guard :
the price is held too high ; 4 Confederate kings withdrew their siege, No sums can purchase such a grant, and of success despair'd.
that man should never die. 5 They view'd her walls, admired, and fled, 10 Not wisdom can the wise exempt, with grief and terror struck;
nor fools their folly save; 6 Like women, whom the sudden pangs But both must perish, and in death of travail bad o'ertook.
their wealth to others leave. 7 No wretched crew of mariners
11 For though they think their stately seats appear like them forlorn,
shall ne'er to ruin fall, When fleets from Tarshish' wealthy coasts But their remembrance last in lands by eastern winds are torn.
which by their names they call; 8 In Sion we have seen performid
12 Yet shall their fame be soon forgot a work that was foretold,
how great soe'er their state In pledge that God, for times to come, With beasts their memory, and they his city will uphold.
shall share one common fate. 9 Not in our fortresses and walls
PART II. did we, O God, confide;
13 How great their folly is, who thus But on the temple fix'd our hopes,
absurd conclusions make! in which thou dost reside.
And yet their children, unreclaim'd, 10 According to thy Sovereign name,
repeat the gross mistake. thy praise through earth extends ;
14 They all, like sheep to slaughter led, Thy powerful arm, as justice guides,
of death are made ; chastises or defends.
Their beauty, while the just rejoice, 11 Let Sion's mount with joy resound; within the grave shall fade. her daughters all be taught
15 But God will yet redeem my soul, In songs his judgments to extol,
and from the greedy grave who this deliverance wrought.
His greater power shall set me free, 12 Compass her walls in solemn pomp;
and to himself receive. your eyes quite round her cast;
16 Then fear not thou, when worldly men Count all her towers, and see if there
in envy'd wealth abound; you find one stone displaced.
Nor though their prosperous house increase 13 Her forts and palaces survey;
with state and honour crown'd. observe their order well;
17 For when they're summond hence by deata, That, with assurance, to your heirs
they leave all this behind ; his wonders you may tell.
No shadow of their former pomp 14 This God is ours, and will be ours,
within the grave they find: whilst we in him confide;
18 And yet they thought their state was blest, Who, as he has preserved us now,
caught in the flatterer's snare, till death will be our guide.
Who with their vanity comply'd,
and praised their worldly care.
and when like them they die, Let high and low, and rich and poor, Their wretched ancestors and they with joint consent give ear.
in endless darkness lie. 3 My mouth, with sacred wisdom fillid, 20 For man, bow great soe'er his state, shall good advice impart;
unless he's truly wisc, The sound result of prudent thoughts,
As like a sensual beast he lives, digested in my heart.
so like a beast he dies. 4 To parables of weighty sense
PSALM 50. I will my ear incline;
THE Lord hath spoke, the mighty God Whilst to my tuneful harp I sing dark words of deep design.
from dawning light, till day declines : 6 Why should my courage fail in times The listening earth his voice hath heard, of danger and of doubt,
And he from Sion hath appear'd, When sinners, that would me supplant,
where beauty in perfection shines. have compass'd me about ?
3, 4 Our God shall come and keep no more 6 Those men, that all their hope and trust Misconstrued silence, as before ; in heaps of treasure place,
but wasting flames before him send : And boast in triumph, when they see
Around shall tempests fiercely rage, their ill-got wealth increase,
Whilst he does heaven and earth engage 7 Are yet unable from the grave
his just tribunal to attend. their dearest friend to free;
5, 6 Assemble all my saints to me, Nor can, by force of bribes, reverse
|(Thus runs the great divine decree) the Almighty Lord's decree.
that in my lasting covenant live,
And offerings bring with constant care : 14 Against thee, Lord, alone,
and only in thy sight, for God himself shall sentence give. Have I transgress'd; and, though condemnd, 7, 8 Attend, my people ; Israel, hear;
must own thy judgment right. Tby strong accuser I'll appear ;
5 In guilt each part was form'd thy God, thy only God am I:
of all this sinful frame; 'Tis not of offerings I complain,
In guilt I was conceived, and bora Which, daily in my temple slain,
the heir of sin and shame. my sacred altar did supply.
6 Yet thou, whose searching eye 9 Will this alone atonement make?
does inward truth require, No bullock from thy stall I'll take,
In secret didst with wisdom's laws nor he-goat from thy fold accept :
my tender soul inspire. 10 The forest beasts, that range alone, 7 With hyssop purge me, Lord, The cattle too are all my own,
and so I clean shall be: that on a thousand hills are kept.
I shall with snow in whiteness vie, 11 I know the fowls, that build their nests when purify'd by thee : In craggy rocks; and savage beasts,
8 Make me to hear with joy that loosely haunt the open fields :
thy kind forgiving voice; 12 If seized with hunger I could be,
That so the bones which thou bast broke I need not seek relief from thee,
may with fresh strength rejoice. since the world's mine, and all it yields.
9, 10 Blot out my crying sins, 13 Think'st thou that I have any need
nor me in anger view : On slaughter'd bulls and goats to feed, Create in me a heart that's clean, to eat their flesh and drink their blood ?
an upright mind renew. 14 The sacrifices I require,
PART II. Are hearts which love and zeal inspire, and vows with strictest care made good.
11 Withdraw not thou thy help,
nor cast me from thy sight; 15 In time of trouble call on me,
Nor let thy holy Spirit take And I will set thee safe and free;
its everlasting Aight. and thou returns of praise sbalt make. 16 But to the wicked thus saith God:
12 The joy thy favour gives, How dar'st thou teach my laws abroad,
let me again obtain ; or in thy mouth my covenant take?
And thy free Spirit's firm support
my fainting soul sustain. 17 For stubborn thou, confirm'd in sin, Hast proof against instruction been,
13 So I thy righteous ways
to sinners will impart; and of my word didst lightly speak : 18 When thou a subtle thief didst see,
Whilst my advice shall wicked men Thou gladly with him didst agree,
to thy just laws convert. and with adulterers didst partake.
14 My guilt of blood remove, 19 Vile slander is thy chief delight;
my Saviour and my God; Thy tongue, by envy moved, and spite,
And my glad tongue shall loudly tell deceitful tales does hourly spread:
thy righteous acts abroad. 20 Thou dost with hateful scandals wound 15 Do thou unlock my lips, Thy brother, and with lies confound
with sorrow closed and shame; the offspring of thy mother's bed.
So shall my mouth thy wondrous praise 21 These things didst thou, whom still I strove
to all the world proclaim. To gain with silence, and with love,
16 Could sacrifice atone, till thou didst wickedly surmise,
whole flocks and herds should die; That I was such a one as thou ;
But on such offerings thou disdain'st But I'll reprove and shame thee now,
to cast a gracious eye. and set thy sins before thine eyes.
17 A broken spirit is 22 Mark this, ye wicked fools, lest I
by God most highly prized; Let all my bolts of vengeance fly,
By him a broken contrite heart whilst none shall dare your cause to own:
shall never be despised. 23 Who praises me, due honour gives; 18 Let Sion favour find, And to the man that justly lives,
of thy good will assured ; my strong salvation shall be shown.
And thy own city flourish long,
by lofty walls secured. "AVE mercy, Lord, on me,
19 The just shall then attend, as thou wert ever kind;
and pleasing tribute pay; Let me, oppress'd with loads of guilt,
And sacrifice of choicest kind thy wonted mercy find.
upon thy altar lay. 2, 3 Wash off my foul offence,
PSALM 52. and cleanse me from my sin ;
N vain, O man of lawless might, For I confess my crime, and see how great my guilt has been.
Since God, the God in whom I trust,
vouchsafes his favour still.
2 Thy wicked tongue doth slanderous tales 6 While I my grateful offerings bring, maliciously devise;
and sacrifice with joy; And, sharper than a razor set,
And in his praise my time to come it wounds with treacherous lies.
delightfully employ. 3, 4 Thy thoughts are more on ill than good, 7 From dreadful danger and distress on lies than truth, employ'd;
the Lord hath set me free; Thy tongue delights in words, by which Through bim shall I of all my foes the guiltless are destroy'd.
the just destruction see. 6 God shall for ever blast thy hopes,
PSALM 55. and snatch thee soon away ;
G"car, thow budge of all the earth, Nor in thy dwelling-place permit, nor in the world, to stay.
Nor from thy humble supplíant turn 6 The just, with pious fear, shall see
thy glorious face away. the downfall of thy pride ;
2 Attend to this my sad complaint, And at thy sudden ruin laugh,
and hear my grievous moans; and thus thy fall deride ;
While I my mournful case declare, 7 " See there the man that haughty was,
with artless sighs and groans. “ who proudly God defy'd,
3 Hark how the foe insults aloud ! Who trusted in his wealth, and still
how fierce oppressors rage! “ on wicked arts rely'd."
Whose slanderous tongues, with wrathful hate, 8 But I am like those olive-plants
against my fame engage. that shade God's temple round;
4,5 My heart is rack'd with pain; my soul And hope with his indulgent grace
with deadly frights distress'd; to be for ever crown'd.
With fear and trembling compass'd round,
with horror quite oppress'd. 9 So shall my soul, with praise, O God, extol thy wondrous love;
6 How often wish'd I then, that I And on thy name with patience wait;
the dove's swift wings could get; for this thy saints approve.
That I might take my speedy flight,
and seek a safe retreat. THE wicked fools must sure suppose
7,8 Then would I wander far from bence, that God is but a name ;
and in wild deserts stray, This gross mistake their practice shows, Till all this furious storm were spent, since virtue all disclaim.
this tempest past away. 2 The Lord look'd down from heaven's high
PART II. the sons of men to view; [tower 9 Destroy, 0 Lord, their ill designs, To see if any own'd his power,
their counsels soon divide; or truth or justice knew.
For through the city my grieved eyes 3 But all, he saw, were backward gone,
have strife and rapine spy'd. degenerate grown and base;
10 By day and night, on every wall None for religion cared, not one
they walk their constant round; of all the sinful race.
And in the midst of all ber strength 4 But are those workers of deceit
are grief and mischief found. so dull and senseless grown,
11 Whoe'er through every part shall roam, That they like bread my people eat,
will fresh disorders meet; and God's just power disown?
Deceit and guile their constant posts 5 Their causeless fear shall strangely grow;
maintain in every street. and they, despised of God,
12 For 'twas not any open foe Shall soon be foil'd; his hand shall throw that false reflections made; their shatter'd bones abroad.
For then I could with ease have borne 6 Would he his saving power employ
the bitter things he said: to break our servile band,
'Twas none who hatred had profess'd, Lond shouts of universal joy
that did against me rise ; should echo through the land.
For then I had withdrawn myself
from his malicious eyes.
13, 14 But 'twas e'en thou, my guide, my friend, and in thy strength appear,
whom tenderest love did join ; To judge my cause; accept my prayer,
Whose sweet advice I valued most ; and to my words give ear.
whose prayers were mix'd with mine. 3 Mere strangers, whom I never wrong'd, 15 Sure vengeance, equal to their crimes, to ruin me design'd;
such traitors must surprise, And cruel men, that fear no God,
And sudden death requite those ills against my soul combined.
they wickedly devise. 4, 5 But God takes part with all my friends, 16, 17 But I will call on God, who still and he's the surest guard;
shall in my aid appear; The God of truth shall give my foes
At morn, at noon, at night, I'll pray ; their falsehood's due reward;
and be my voice shall hear.
113 Thou hast retrieved my soul from death; 18 God has released my soul from those
and thou wilt still secure that did with me contend;
The life thou hast so oft preserved, And made a numerous host of friends
and make my footsteps sure: my righteous cause defend.
14 That thus protected by thy power, 19 For he, who was my help of old,
I may this life enjoy; shall now his suppliant hear;
And in the service of my God And punish them whose prosperous state
my lengthen'd days employ. makes them no God to fear.
PSALM 57. 20 Whom can I trust, if faithless men
THY mercy, Lord, to me extend; perfidiously devise
On thy protection I depend; To ruin me, their peaceful friend,
And to thy wing for shelter haste, and break the strongest ties?
Till this outrageous storm is pass'd. 21 Though soft and melting are their words,
2 To thy tribunal, Lord, I fly, their hearts with war abound;
Thou sovereign Judge, and God most high, Their speeches are more smooth than oil,
Who wonders hast for me begun, and yet like swords they wound.
And wilt not leave thy work undone. 22 Do thou, my soul, on God depend,
3 From heaven protect me by thine arm, and he shall thee sustain;
And shame all those who seek my harm; He aids the just, whom to supplant
To my relief thy mercy send, the wicked strive in vain.
And truth, on which my hopes depend. 23 My foes that trade in lies and blood,
4 For I with savage men converse, shall all untimely die;
Like hungry lions wild and fierce; Whilst I, for health and length of days,
With men whose teeth are spears, their words on thee, my God, rely.
Envenom'd darts, and two-edged swords. PSALM 56.
5 Be thou, O God, exalted high ; O thou, O God, in mercy help;
And, as thy glory fills the sky, D
So let it be on earth display'd, To crush me with repeated wrongs,
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd. he daily strife renews.
6 To take me they their net prepared, 2 Continually my spiteful foes
And had almost my soul ensnared; to ruin me combine;
But fell themselves, by just decree, Thou seest, who sitt'st enthroned on high,
Into the pit they made for me. what mighty numbers join.
7 O God, my heart is fix'd, 'tis bent, 3 But though sometimes surprised by fear,
Its thankful tribute to present; on danger's first alarm;
And, with my heart, my voice I'll raise Yet still for succour I depend
To thee, my God, in songs of praise : on thy Almighty arm.
8 Awake, my glory; harp and lute, 4 God's faithful promise I shall praise,
No longer let your strings be mute; on which I now rely;
And I, my tuneful part to take, 1. In God I trust, and, trusting him,
Will with the early dawn awake. the arm of flesh defy.
9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound 6 They wrest my words, and make them speak 10 Thy
mercy highest heaven transcends ;
To all the listening nations round; a sense they never meant; Their thoughts are all, with restless spite,
Thy truth beyond the clouds extends. on my destruction bent.
11 Be thou, O God, exalted high ; 6 In close assemblies they combine,
And, as thy glory fills the sky, and wicked projects lay;
So let it be on earth display'd, They watch my steps, and lie in wait
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd. to make my soul their prey.
PSALM 58. 7 Shall such injustice still escape ?
*PEAK, O ye judges of the earth, Orighteous God, arise ; Let thy just wrath, too long provoked,
Or must not innocence appeal this impious race chastise.
to heaven from your decree? 8 Thou numberest all my steps, since first
2 Your wicked hearts and judgments are I was compellid to fee;
alike by malice sway'd; My very tears were treasured up,
Your griping hands, by weighty bribes, and register'd by thee.
to violence betray'd. 9 When therefore I invoke thy aid,
13 To virtue strangers, from the womb my foes shall be o'erthrown;
their infant steps went wrong; For I am well assured that God
They prattled slander, and in lies my righteous cause will own.
employ'd their lisping tongue. 10, 11 I'll trust God's word, and so despise
4 No serpent of parch'd Afric's breed the force that man can raise;
does ranker poison bear; 12 To thee, O God, my vows are dae:
The drowsy adder will as soon to thee I'll render praise.
unlock his sullen ear.