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11 But I will walk in paths of truth, and innocence pursue: Protect me, therefore, and to me

thy mercies, Lord, renew. 12 In spite of all assaulting foes

I still maintain my ground;
And shall survive amongst thy saints, thy praises to resound.

PSALM XXVII.
HOM should I fear, since God to me is saving health and light?

Since strongly he my life supports, what can my soul atfright? 2 With fierce intent my flesh to tear,

when foes beset me round, They stumbled, and their lofty crests were made to strike the ground. 3 Througlı him my heart, undaunted, dares with mighty hosts to cope; Through him, in doubtful straits of war for good success I hope. 4 Henceforth within his house to dwell I earnestly desire, His wondrous beauty there to view, and of his will enquire. 5 For there may I with comfort rest, in times of deep distress; And safe as on a rock abide,

in that secure recess; 6 Whilst God o'er all my haughty foes my lofty head shall raise, And I my joyful tribute bring,

with grateful songs of praise.

The Second Part. 7 Continue, Lord, to hear my voice, whene'er to thee I cry; In mercy my complaints receive,

nor my request deny. 8 When us to seek thy glorious face thou kindly dost advise ; Thy glorious face I'll always seek,

my grateful lieart replies. 9 Then bide not thou thy face, O Lord, nor me in wrath reject; My God and Saviour, leave not him thou didst so oft protect. 10 Though all my friends and kindred too their helpless charge forsake, Yet thou, whose love excels them all, wilt care and pity take. 11 Instruct me in thy paths, O Lord, my ways directly guide; Lest en vious men, who watch my steps,

should see me tread aside, 12 Lord, lisappoint my cruel foes,

defeat their ill desire, Whose lying lips and bloody hands against my peace conspire. 13 I trusted that my future life

should with thy love be crown'a, Or else my fainting soul had sunk,

with sorrow compass'd round. 14 God's time with patient faith expect, who will inspire thy breast With inward strength; do thou thy part, and leave to him the rest.

PSALM XXVIII.

in sighs consume my breath; O answer, or I shall become

like those that sleep in death. 2 Regard my supplication, Lord,

the cries that I repeat, With weeping eyes and lifted hands before thy mercy seat. 3 Let me escape the sinners' doom,

who niake a trade of ill; And ever speak the person fair,

whose blood they mean to spill. 4 According to their crimes' extent

let justice have its course: Relentless be to them, as they

have sinn'd without remorse. 5 Since they the works of God despise nor will his grace adore; His wrath shall utterly destroy,

and build them up no more. 6 But I, with due acknowledgment, his praises will resound, From whom the cries of my distress a gracious answer found. 7 My heart its confidence repos'd

in God, my strength and shield: In him I trusted, and return'd

triumphant from the field. As he hath made my joys complete, 'tis just that I should raise The cheerful tribute of my thanks, and thus resound his praise. * His aiding pow'r supports the troops that my just cause maintain: 'Twas he advanc'd me to the throne, 'tishe secures my reign. 9 Preserve thy chosen, and proceed thine heritage to bless; With plenty prosper them in peace;

in battle with success.

PSALM XXIX.
E princes that in might excel, your grateful sacrifice prepare;

his wondrous power to all declare. 2 To his great Name fresh altars raise, devoutly due respect attori; Him in his holy temple praise,

where he's with solemn state ador'd. 3 'Tis he that with amazing noise

the wat'ry clouds in sunder breaks ; The ocean trembles at his voice,

when he from hear'n in thunder speaks

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4,5 How full of power his voice appears! with what majestick terror crown'd! Which from their roots tall cedars tears, and strews their scatter'd branches round. 6 They, and the hills on which they grow, are sometimes hurried far away; And leap like hinds that bounding go, or unicorns in youthful play. 7,8 When God in thunder loudly speaks, and scatter'd flames of lightning sends, The forest nods, the desert quakes,

and stubborn Kadesh lowly bends. 9 He makes the hinds to cast their young, and lays the beasts' dark coverts bare; While those that to his courts belong securely sing his praises there. 10, 11 God rules the angry floods on high, his boundless sway shall never cease; His saints with strength he will supply, and bless his own with constant peace.

PSALM XXX. 'LL celebrate thy praises, Lord, who didst thy pow'r employ 2, 3 In my distress I cried to thee,

who kindly didst relieve, And from the grave's expecting jaws my hopeless life retrieve. 4 Thus to his courts, ye saints of his, with songs of praise repair; With me commemorate his truth,

and providential care. 5 His wrath has but a moment's reign, his favour no decay; Your night of grief is recompens'd

with joy's returning day. 6 But I in prosp'rous days presumid; no sudden change I fear'd, Whilst in my sunshine of success

no low'ring cloud appeard. 7 But soon I found thy favour, Lord my empire's only trust; For wlien thou hid'st thy face, I saw my honour laid in dust. 8 Then, as I vainly had presumid,

my error I confess'd; And thus, with supplicating voice,

thy mercy's throne address'd: 9 What profit is there in my blood, congeal'd by death's cold night? Can silent ashes speak thy praise,

thy wondrous truth recite ? 10 Hear me, O Lord; in mercy, hear: thy wonted aid extend; Do thou send help, on whom alone

I can for help depend. 11 'Tis done! Thou hast my mournful scene to songs and dances turn'd; Invested me with robes of state,

who late in sackcloth mourn'd. 12 Exalted thus, I'll gladly sing

thy praise in grateful verse; And, as thy favours endless are,

thy endless praise rehearse.

PSALM XXXI.
EFEND me, Lord, from shame, for still I trust in thee;

from danger set me free. 2 Bow down thy gracious ear,

and speedy succour send; Do thou my steadfast rock appear,

to shelter and defend. 8 Since thou, when foes oppress,

my rock and fortress art, To guide me forth from this distress thy wonted help impart. 4 Release me from the snare

which they have closely laid, Since 1, O God my strength, repair to thee alone for aid. 5 To thee, the God of truth,

my life, and all that's mine, (For thou preserv'dst me from my youth,) I willingly resign. 6 All vain designs I hate,

of those that trust in lies; And still my soul in ev'ry state

to God for succour flies.

The Second Part. 7 Those mercies thou hast shown

I'll cheerfully express; For thou hast seen my straits, and known my soul in deep distress. 8 When Keilah's treach'rous race

did all my strength enclose, Thou gav'st my feet a larger space

to shun my watchful foes. 9 Thy mercy, Lord, display,

and hear my just complaint; For both my soul and flesh decay,

with grief and hunger faint. 10 Sad thoughts my life oppress;

my years are spent in groans; My sins have made my strength decrease, and 'e'en consum'd my bones. U My foes my suff'rings mock’il; my neighbours did upbraid; My friends, at sight of me, were shock'd, and fled as men dismay'd. 19 Forsook by all am I,

as dead and out of mind; And like a shatter'd vessel lie,

whose parts can ne'er be join'd. 13 Yet sland'ring words they speak, and seem my pow'r to dread; Whilst they together counsel take

my guiltless blood to shed. 14 But still my steadfast trust

I on thy help repose;
That thou, my God, art good and just, my soul with comfort knows.

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The Third Part. 15 Whate'er events betide,

thy wisdom times them all; Then, Lord, thy servant safely hide

from those that seek his fall. 16 The brightness of thy face

to me, O Lord, disclose; And, as thy mercies still increase,

preserve me from my foes. 17 Me from dishonour save,

who still have call'd on thee; Let that, and silence in the grave,

the sinner's portion be. 18 Do thou their tongues restrain,

whose breath in lies is spent; Who false reports, with proud disdain against the righteous vent. 19 How great thy mercies are

to such as fear thy Name, Which thou, for those that trust thy care, dost to the world proclaim! 20 Thou keep'st them in thy sight, from proud oppressors free; From tongues that do in strife delight they are preserv'd by thee. 21 With glory and renown

God's Name be ever bless'd; Whose love in Keilah's well-fenc'd town was wondrously express'd. 22 I said, in hasty flight,

I'm banish'd from thine eyes ; Yet still thou kept'st me in thy sight, and heard'st my earnest cries. 25 O all ye saints, the Lord

with eager love pursue; Who to the just will help afford,

and give the proud their due. 24 Ye that on God rely,

courageously proceed:
For he will still your hearts supply with strength in time of need.

PSALM XXXII.
E's blest whose sins have pardon gain'd, no more in judgment to appear:

and whose repentance is sincere. 3 While I conccal'd the fretting sore, my bones consum'd without relief; All day did I with anguislı roar,

but no complaint asswag‘d my grief. 4 Heavy on me thy hand remainid, by day and night alike distress'd; Till quite of vital moisture drain'd, like land with sumines's drought o presid. 5 No sooner I my wound disclos'd, the guilt that tortur'd me within, But thy forgiveness interpos'd,

and mercy's healing balm pour'd in. 6 True penitents shall thus succeed, who seek thee whilst thou may'st be found; They, from the common deluge freed, shall see remorseless sinners drown'd. 7 Thy favour, Lord, in all distress, my tow'r of refuge I must own; Thou shalt my haughty foes suppress, and me with songs of triumph crown. 8 In my instruction then contide, you that would truth's safe path descry: Your progress I'll securely guide,

and keep you in my watchful eye. 9 Submit yourselves to wisdom's rule, like men that reason have attain'd; Not like th'ungovern'd horse and mule, whose fury must be curb'd and rein'd. 10 Sorrows on sorrows multiplied

the harden'd sinner shall confound, But them who in his truth confide, blessings of mercy shall surrourd. 11 His saints that have perform'd his laws their life in triumph shall employ; Let them, as they alone have cause, in grateful raptures shout for joy.

PSALM XXXIII.
ET all the just to God with joy

their cheerful voices raise,

to sing glad songs of praise. 2, 3 Let harps, and psalteries, and lutes in joyful concert meet, And new-mnade songs of loud applause the harmony complete. 4,5 For faithful is the word of God, his works with truth abound; He justice loves, and all the earth

is with his goodness crown'd. 6 By his Almighty word at first

the hearenly arch was reard, And all the beauteous hosts of light at his command appeard. 7 The swelling floods, together rollid, he makes in heaps to lie; And lays, as in a storehouse safe,

the wat'ry treasures by. 8,9 Let earth and all that dwell therein before hum trembling stand; For when he spake the word 'twas made, 'twas fix'd at his command. 10 He, when the heathen closely plot, their counsels undermines; His wisdom ineffectual makes

the people's rash designs. 11 Whate'er the mighty Lord decrees shall stand for ever sure; The settled purpose of his heart

to ages shall endure.

The Second Part. 12 How hapry then are they, to whom the Lord for God is known; Whom he from all the world besides has chosen for his own! 13, 14, 15 He all the nations of the earth from heav'n, his throne, surveyd ; He saw their works, and view'd their thoughts, by him their hearts were made

16 17 No king is safe by num'rous hosts, their strength the strong deceives; No manag'd horse, by force or speed, his warlike rider saves. 18, 19'Tis God, who those that trust in him beholds with gracious eyes; He frees their soul from death, their want in time of dearth supplies. 20, 21 Our soul on God with patience waits, our help and shield is he; Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice, because we trust in thee. 22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord,

do thou to us extend; Since we for all we want or wish

on thee alone depend.

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PSALM XXXIV.
THRO' all the changing scenes of life, in trouble and in joy,

The praises of my God shall still my heart and tongue employ. 2 of his deliv'rance I will boast,

till all that are distrest, From my example comfort take,

and charm their griefs to rest. 3 O magnify the Lord with me,

with me exalt his Name; 4 When in distress to him I callid,

he to my rescue came. 5 Their drooping hearts were soon refresh'd, who look'd to him

for aid; Desir'd success in ev'ry face

a cheerful air display'd. 6 Behold, say they, behold the man whom Providence reliev'd; The man so dang'rously beset,

so wondrously retrier'd ! 7 The hosts of God encamp around the dwellings of the just; Deliv'rance he affords to all

who on his succour trust. 8 o make but trial of his love,

experience will decide, How bless'd they are, and only they, who in his truth confide. 9 Fear him, je saints, and you will then have nothing else to fear; Make you his service your delight,

your wants shall be his care. 10 While hungry lions lack their prey, the Lord will food provide For such as put their trust in him, and see their needs supplied.

The Second Part. 11 Approach, ye piously dispos'd,

and my instruction hear: I'll teach you the true discipline

of his religious fear. 12 Let him, who length of life desires, and prosp'rous days would see, 13 From sland'ring language keep histongue, his lips from falsehood free. 14 The crooked paths of vice decline,

and virtue's ways pursue ; Establish peace where 'tis begun,

and where'tis lost renew. 15 The Lord from heav'n beholds the just with favourable eyes; And, when distress'd, his gracious ear is open to their cries: 16 But turns his wrathful look on those, whom mercy can't reclaim, To cut them oft, and from the earth blot out their hated name. 17 Deliv'rance to his saints he gives, when his relief they crave; 18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart, and contrite spirit save. 19 The wicked oft, but still in vain, against the just conspire; 20 For under their affliction's weight he keeps their bones entire. 21 The wicked from their wicked arts their ruin shall derive; Whilst righteous men, whom they detest, shall them and theirs survive. 22 For God preserves the souls of those who on his truth depend, To them and their posterity

his blessings shall descend. PSALM XXXV.

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With such as unjustly wage

my battles fight 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield upon thy warlike arm; Stand up, my God, in my defence, and keep me safe from harın, 3 Bring forth thy spear, and stop their course, that haste my blood to spill; Say to my soul, I am thy health,

and will preserve thee still. 4 Let them with shame be cover'd o'er, who my destruction sought; And such as did my harm devise

be to confusion brought. 5 Then shall they fly, dispers'd like chaff before the driving wind; God's vengeful minister of wrath

shall follow close behind. 6 And when thro' dark and slipp'ry ways they strive his rage to shun, His vengeful ministers of wrath

shall goad them as they run. 7 Since, unprovok'd by any wrong, they hid their treach'rous snare; And for my harmless soul a pit

did causelessly prepare: 8 Surpris'd by mischiefs unforeseen, by their own arts betray'd, Their feet shall fall into the net

which they for me had laid.

9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's great Name for this deliv'rance bless, And, by his saving health secur'd,

its grateful joy express; 10 My very bones shall say, O Lord, who can compare with thee, Who sett'st the poor and helpless man from strong oppressors free?

The Second Part. 11 False witnesses, with forg'd complaints, against my truth combin'd; And to my charge such things they laid as I had ne'er design'd. 12 The good which I to them had done, with evil they repaid; And did, by malice undeserv'd,

my harmless life invade. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, I still in sackcloth mourn'd; I pray'd and fasted, and my pray'r

to my own breast return'd. 14 Had they my friends or brethren been, I could have done no more; Nor with more decent signs of grief a mother's loss deplore. 15 How diff'rent did their carriage prove in times of my distress; When they, in crowds together met, did savage joy express. The rabble too, in num'rous throngs, by their example came, And ceas'd not, with reviling words, to wound my spotless fame. 16 Scoffers, that noble tables haunt,

and earn their bread with lies, Did gnash their teeth, and sland'ring jests maliciously devise. 17 But, Lord, how long wilt thou look on? on my behalf appear: And save my guiltless soul, which they, like ravning beasts, would tear.

The Third Part. 18 80 I, before the list'ning world, shall grateful thanks express; And, where the great assembly meets, thy Name with praises bless. 19 Lord, suffer not my causeless foes, who me unjustly hate, With open joy, or secret signs,

to mock my sad estate. 20 For they, with hearts averse from peace, industriously devise Against the men of quiet minds

to forge malicious lies. 21 Nor with these private arts content,

aloud they vent their spite;. And say, At last we found him out, he did it in our sight. 22 But thou, who dost both them and me with righteous eyes survey, Assert my innocence, O Lord,

and keep not far away. 23 Stir up thyself, in my behalf

to judgment, Lord, awake; Thy righteous servant's cause, o God, to thy decision take. 24 Lord, as my heart has upright been, let me thy justice tind; Nor let my cruel foes obtain

the triumph they design'd. 25 o let them not amongst themselves in boasting language say, At length our wishes are complete,

at last he's inade our prey. 26 Let such as in my harm rejoic'd for share their faces hide; And foul dishonour wait on those

that proudly me defied: 27 Whilst they with cheerful voices shout, who my just cause befriend, And bless the Lord, who loves to make success his saints attend. 28 So shall my tongue thy judgments sing, inspir'd with grateful joy; And cheerful hymns in praise of thee shall all my days employ.

PSALM XXXVI.

his wicked purpose would disguise; MY ,

But reason whispers to my heart, He ne'er sets God before his eyes. 2 He soothes himself, retir'd from sight, secure he thinks his treach'rous game; Till his dark plots, expos'd to light,

their false contriver brand with shame. 3 In deeds he is my foe confest,

whilst with his tongue he speaks me fair; True wisdom's banish'd from his breast, and vice has sole dominion there. 4 His wakeful malice spends the night in forging his accius'd designs; His obstinate ungen'rous spite

no execrable means declines. 5 But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure hope, above the heav'nly orb ascends; Thy sacred truth's unmeasur'd scope beyond the spreading ky extends. 6 Thy justice, like the hills, remains; unfathom'd depths thy judgments are; Thy providence the world sustains; the whole creation is thy care. 7 Since of thy goodness all partake, with what assurance should the just Thy shelt ring wings their refuge make, and saints to thy protection trusi. 8 such guests shall to thy courts be led to banquet on thy lore's repast; And drink, as from a fountain's head, of jossihat shall for erer last. 9 With thee the springs of life remain; thy presence is eternal day: 10 o let thy saints thy favour gain; to upright heart, thy truth display, 11 Whilst pride's insulting foot would spurn, and wicked hand my life surprise : 12 Their mischiefs on themselves return; down, down they're fallin, no more to rise,

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