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5 But thy firm throne, O God, is fix'd

For ever to endure;
Thy sceptre's sway shall always last,

By righteous laws secure.
38. PSALM XLVII. L. M.

For Ascension Day. 1 ALL ye people, clap your hands,

And with triumphant voices sing ; No force the mighty power withstands

Of God, the universal King. 2 God is gone up, our Lord and King,

With shouts of joy and trumpet's sound; To him repeated praises sing,

And let the sacred song go round. 3 Your utmost skill in praise be shewn,

For him who all the world commands; Who sits upon his righteous throne,

And spreads his sway o'er heathen lands. . 4 Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, angelic host,

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 39. PSALM XLIX. C. M. 1 LET

ET all the list'ning world attend,
And
my

instruction hear ;
Let high and low, and rich and poor,

With joint cousent give ear.

2 Those men that all their hope and trust

In heaps of treasure place,
And boast and triumph, when they see

Their ill-got wealth increase, 3 Are yet unable from the grave

Their dearest friends to free;
Nor can by bribes or force reverse

Th' Almighty Lord's decree. 4 Their vain endeavours they must quit;

The price is held too high:
No sums can purchase such a grant,

That man should never die.

40. PSALM LI.

S. M. 1 TAVE mercy, Lord, on me,

As thou wert ever kind;
Let me oppressed with loads of guilt,

Thy wonted mercy find. 2 Wash off my foul offence,

And cleanse me from my sin;
For I confess my crime, and see

How great my guilt has been. 3 Make me to hear with joy

Thy kind forgiving voice;
That so the bones which thou hast broke

May with fresh strength rejoice.

4 Blot out my crying sins,

Nor me in anger view;
Create in me a heart that's clean,

An upright mind renew. 41. PSALM LT. S. M. 1 W

ITHDRAW not, Lord, thy help,

Nor cast me from thy sight;
Nor let thy Holy Spirit take

Its everlasting flight.
2 The joy thy favour gives

Let me again obtain;
And thy free Spirits firm support

My fainting soul sustain. 3 So I thy righteous ways

To sinners will impart,
Whilst my advice shall wicked men

To thy just laws convert. 4 A broken spirit is

By God most highly priz'd;
By him a broken contrite heart

Shall never be despis’d.
42. PSALM LV. C. M.

In time of Private Distress. 1 GIVE car, thou Judge of all the earth,

And listen when I pray;
Nor from thy humble suppliant turn

Thy glorious face away.

2 My heart is rack'd with pain, my soul

With deadly frights distress'd;
With fear and trembling compass'd round,

With horror quite oppress'd. 3 How often do I long, that I

The dove's swift wings could get;
That I might take my speedy flight,

And seek a safe retreat.
4 Then would I wander far from hence,

And in wild deserts stray,
Till all this furious storm were spent,

This tempest past away.
5 But I will call on God, who still
Shall in my aid

appear ;
At morn, and noon, and night I'll pray,

And he my voice shall hear.
43. PSALM LVII.

L. M. 1 10 thy tribunal, Lord, I fly,

Thou sov’reignJudge and God most high, Who wonders hast for me begun,

And will not leave thy work undone. 2 Be thou, O God, exalted high ;

And, as thy glory fills the sky,
So let it be on earth display'd,

Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.

3 O God, my heart is fix'd, 'tis bent

Its thankful tribute to present ;
And with my heart my voice I'll raise

To thee, my God, in songs of praise. 4 Awake, my glory; harp and lute,

No longer let your strings be mute;
And I, my tuneful part to take,

Will with the early dawn awake. 5 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound

To all the list' ning nations round;
Thy mercy highest heav'n transcends,

Thy truth beyond the clouds extends.
44. PSALM LXII. L. M.
1
IN N God, ye people, always trust,
Before his throne

pour

hearts; For God, the merciful and just,

His timely aid to us imparts. 2 But trust not in oppressive ways,

By spoil and rapine grow not vain ; Nor let your hearts, if wealth increase,

Be set too much upon your gain. 3 For God has oft his will express'd,

And I this truth have fully known; To be of boundless power possess’d,

Belongs of right to God alone.

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