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Or wondrous acts be known?
13 But I to thee, O Lord, do cry
14 Why wilt thou, Lord, my soul forsake
While I thy terrors undergo,
16 Thy fierce wrath over me doth flow; Thy threatenings cut me through : 17 All day they round about me go; Like waves they me pursue.
18 Lover and friend thou hast removed,
They fly me now whom I have loved,
3 Heb.: Prae concussione.
Done into verse 1653.
BLEST is the man who hath not walked astray
He shall be as a tree which planted grows
Done August 8, 1653.-Terzetti.
WHY do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear?
"Let us break off," say they, "by strength of hand, Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear,
Their twisted cords." He who in heaven doth dwell Shall laugh; the Lord shall scoff them, then severe Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell
And fierce ire trouble them. "But I," saith he, "Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) On Sion my holy hill." A firm decree
I will declare: the Lord to me hath said, "Thou art my Son; I have begotten thee This day; ask of me, and the grant is made:
As thy possession I on thee bestow
The Heathen, and, as thy conquest to be swayed, Earth's utmost bounds: them shalt thou bring full low With iron sceptre bruised, and them disperse Like to a potter's vessel shivered so." And now be wise at length, ye kings averse;
Be taught, ye judges of the earth; with fear Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse With trembling; kiss the Son, lest he appear
In anger, and ye perish in the way,
If once his wrath take fire, like fuel sere. Happy all those who have in him their stay.
August 9, 1653.
When he fled from Absalom.
LORD, how many are my foes!
How many those
That in arms against me rise!
That of my life distrustfully thus say,
The exalter of my head I count :
Unto Jehovah; he full soon replied,
Was the Lord. Of many millions
I fear not, though, encamping round about,
Rise, Lord; save me, my God! for thou
Hast smote ere now
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
Of men abhorred
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord; Thy blessing on thy people flows.
August 10, 1653.
ANSWER me when I call,
And set at large: now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest prayer.
My glory have in scorn?
Be awed, and do not sin;
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
"Who yet will show us good?
Lift up the favour, of thy count'nance bright.
Into my heart more joy
And gladness thou hast put
To love, to seek, to prize
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies?
Yet know the Lord hath chose,
Chose to himself apart,
The good and meek of heart
(For whom to choose he knows);
Will hear my voice what time to him I cry.
Than when a year of glut
Their stores doth over-cloy,
And from their plenteous grounds
With vast increase their corn and wine abounds.
In peace at once will I
Both lay me down and sleep;
For thou alone dost keep
Me safe where'er I lie :
As in a rocky cell
Thou, Lord, alone in safety mak'st me dwell.
August 12, 1653.
JEHOVAH, to my words give ear,
The voice of my complaining hear,
My King and God, for unto thee I pray.
Shalt in the morning hear;
I' the morning I to thee with choice
Will rank my prayers, and watch till thou appear.
Evil with thee no biding makes ;
Fools or mad men stand not within thy sight.
Thou hat'st; and them unblest
Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie ;
The bloody and guileful man God doth detest.
Thy numerous mercies, go
Will towards thy holy temple worship low.