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PSALM III. Aug. 9, 1653.
WHEN HE FLED from ABSALOM.
LORD, how many are my foes!
How many those
That in arms against me rise!
Many are they
That of my life distrustfully thus say.
But thou, Lord, art my shield, my glory,
Th' exalter of my head I count;
Aloud I cried
Unto Jehovah, he full soon replied
I lay and slept, I wak'd again,
Was the Lord. Of many millions
The populous rout
I fear not, though encamping round about
They pitch against me their pavilions.
Rise, Lord, save me my God, for thou
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
Of men abhorr'd
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the
Thy blessing on thy people flows.
14 my sustain] The verb converted into a substantive. So
'disturb,' in P. L. vi. 549. Todd.
PSALM IV. Aug. 10, 1653.
ANSWER me when I call,
And set at large; now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest pray'r.
Great ones, how long will ye
My glory have in scorn,
How long be thus forborne
Still to love vanity,
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)
Jehovah from on high
Will hear my voice what time to him I
Be aw'd, and do not sin,
Speak to your hearts alone,
Upon your beds, each one,
And be at peace within.
Offer the offerings just
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Many there be that say
Who yet will show us good?
Talking like this world's brood;
But, Lord, thus let me pray,
On us lift up the light,
the favour of thy count'nance bright.
Into my heart more joy
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
Thou, Lord, alone in safety mak'st me dwell.
PSALM V. AUG. 12, 1653.
JEHOVAH, to my words give ear,
My meditation weigh,
The voice of my complaining hear
My King and God; for unto thee I pray.
Shalt in the morning hear,
I' th' morning I to thee with choice
Will rank my pray'rs, and watch till thou appear.
For thou art not a God that takes
In wickedness delight,
Evil with thee no biding makes,
Fools or mad men stand not within thy sight.
All workers of iniquity
Thou hat'st; and them unblest
Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie ;
The bloody and guileful man God doth detest. But I will in thy mercies dear,
Thy numerous mercies, go
Into thy house; I in thy fear
Will towards thy holy temple worship low. 20 Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
Lead me because of those
That do observe if I transgress,
Set thy ways right before, where my step goes.
For in his falt'ring mouth unstable
No word is firm or sooth;
Their inside, troubles miserable;
An open grave their throat, their tongue they
God, find them guilty, let them fall
By their own counsels quell'd;
Push them in their rebellions all
Still on; for against thee they have rebell'd.
Defend'st them, they shall ever sing
And shall triumph in thee, who love thy name. For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found
To bless the just man still,
As with a shield thou wilt surround
Him with thy lasting favour and good will. 40
PSALM VI. AUG. 13, 1653.
LORD, in thine anger do not reprehend me,
And very weak and faint; heal and amend me:
Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise? 10
Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark I' th' midst of all mine enemies that mark. 15 Depart all ye that work iniquity,
Depart from me, for the voice of my weeping
The Lord hath heard, the Lord hath heard my My supplication with acceptance fair [prayer, The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping. Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd
With much confusion; then grown red with shame,
They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.
21 blank] Comus, 452.
that dash'd brute violence
With sudden adoration and blank awe. Warton