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PSALM XXXVII.
THO’wicked men grow rich or great, yet let not their successful state

Thy anger or thy envy raise: 2 For they, cut down like tender grass, or like young flow'rs, away shall pass,

Whose blooming beauty soon decays. 3 Depend on God, and him obey;

so thou within the land shalt stay,

Secure from danger and from want: 4 Make his commands thy chief delight; and he, thy duty to requite,

Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. 5 In all thy ways trust thou the Lord, and he will needful help afford

To perfect ev'ry just design: 6 He'll make, like light, serene and clear, thy clouded innocence appear,

And as a midday sun to shine. 7 With quiet mind on God depend, and patiently for him attend;

Nor let thy anger fondly rise: Though wicked men with wealth abound, and with success the plotsarecrown'd,

Which they maliciously devise. 8 From anger cease, and wrath forsake; let no ungovern'd passion make

Thy wav'ring heart espouse their crime: 9 For God shallsinful men destroy; whilst only they the land enjoy,

Who trust on him, and wait his time. 10 How soon shall wicked men decay! their place shall vanish quite away,

Nor by the strictest search be found; 11 Whilsthumble souls possess the earth, rejoicing still with godly mirth,

With peace and plenty always crown'd.

The Second Part 12 While sinful crowds, with false design, against the righteous few combine,

And gnash their teeth, and threat'ning stand; 13 God shall their empty plots deride, and laugh at their defeated pride;

He sees their ruin near at hand. 14 They draw the sword, and bend the bow, the poor and needy to o'erthrow,

And men of upright lives to slay; 15 But their strong bows shallsoon be broke, theirsharpen'd weapon's mortal stroke

Through their own hearts shall force its way. 16 A little, with God's favour bless'd, that's by one righteous man possess'd,

The wealth of many bad excels: For God supports the just man's cause, but as for those that break his laws,

Their unsuccessful pow'r he quells. 18 His constant care the upright guides, and over all their life presides;

Their portion shall for ever last: 19 They, when distress o'erwhelms the earth, shall be unmov'd, and e'en in dearth

The happy fruits of plenty taste. 20 Not so the wicked men, and those who proudly dare God's will oppose;

Destruction is their hapless share:
Like fat oflambs, their hopes and they shall in an instant melt away,

And vanish into smoke and air.

The Third Part. 21 while sinners, brought to sad decay, still borrow on and never pay,

The just have will and pow'r to give: 22 For such as God vouchsafes to bless, shall peaceably the earth possess;

And those he curses shall not live. 23 The good man's way is God's delight, he orders all the steps aright

Of him that moves by his command; 24 Though he sometimes may be distress'd, yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd,

For God upholds him with his hand. 25 From my first youth, till age prevail'd, I never saw the righteous fail'd,

Or want o'ertake his num'rous race; 26 Because compassion fill'd his heart, and he did cheerfully impart,

God made his offspring's wealth increase. 27 With caution shun each wicked deed, in virtue's ways with zeal proceel,

And so prolong your happy days: 28 For God, who judgment loves, does still preserve his saints secure from ill,

While soon the wicked race decays. 29,30,31 The upright shall possess the land, his portion shall for ages stand;

His mouth with wisdom is supplied; His tongue by rules of judgment moves,

his heart the law of God approves, Therefore his footsteps never slide.

The Fourth Part. 32 In wait the watchful sinnerlies, in vain the righteous to surprise;

In vain his ruin doth decree: 33 God will not him defenceless leave, to his revenge expos'd, but sare;

And, when he's sentenc'd, set him free.
34 Wait still on God, keep his command, and thou, exalted in the land,

Thy bless'd possession ne'er shall quit:
The wicked soon destroy'd shall be, and, at his dismal tragedy,

Thou shalt a safe spectator sit. 35 The wicked I in power have seen, and, like a bay tree, fresh and green,

That spreads its pleasant branches round; 36 But he was gone as swift as thought, and, though in ev'ry place I sought,

No sign or track of him I found. 37 Observe the perfect man with care, and mark all such as upright are;

Their roughest days in peace shall end : 38 While on the latter end of those, who dare God's sacred will oppose,

A common ruin shall attend. 39 God to the just will aid afford,

their cnly safeguard is the Lord; Their strength in time of need is he: 40 Because on him they still depend, the Lord will timely succour send,

And from the wicked set them free.

PSALM XXXVIII. HY

Nor let at once on me the storm 2 In ev'ry wretched part of me

thy arrows deep remain; Thy heavy hand's afflicting weight

I can no more sustain. 3 My flesh is one continued wound, thy wrath so tiercely glows; Betwixt my punishment and guilt

my bones have no repose. 4 My sins, that to a deluge swell,

my sinking head o'erflow, And for my feeble strength to bear too vast a burden grow. 5 Stench and corruption fill my wounds, my folly's just return; 6 With trouble I am warp'd and bow'd, and all day long I mourn. 7 A loath'd disease afflicts my loins, infecting ev'ry part; 8 With sickness worn, I groan and roar, through anguish of my heart.

The Second Part. 9 But, Lord, before thy searching eyes all my desires appear; And sure my groans have been too loud not to have reach'd thine ear. 10 My heart's opprest, my strength's decay'd,my eyes depriv'd of light; 11 Friends, lovers, kinsmen, gaze aloof on such a dismal sight. 12 Meanwhile the foes that seek my life, their snares to take me set; Vent slanders, and contrive all day

to forge some new deceit. 13 But I, as if both deaf and dumb,

nor heard, nor once replied; 14 Quite deafand dumb, like one whose tongue with conscious guilt is tied. 15 For, Lord, to thee I do appeal,

my innocence to clear; Assur'd that thou, the righteous God, my injur'd cause wilt hear. 16 Hear me, said 1, lest my proud foes a spiteful joy display, Insulting if they see my foot

but once to go astray. 17 And, with continual grief oporest,

to sink I now begin: 18 To thee, O Lord, I will confess,

to thee bewail my sin. 19 But whilst I languish, my proud foes their strength and vigour boast; And they that hate me without cause are grown a dreadful host. 20 E'en they, whom I oblig'd, return my kindness with despite; And are my enemies, because

I choose the path that's right.
21 Forsake me not, o Lord my God, nor far from me depart;
22 Make haste to my relief, o thou, who my salvation art.

PSALM XXXIX.
ESOLV'D to watch o'er all my ways, I kept my tongue in awe;

I curb'd my hasty words when I the wicked prosp'rous sav. * 2 Like one that's dumb 1 silent stood, and did ny tongue refrain

From good discourse; but that restraint increas'diny inward pain. 3 My heart did glow with working thoughts, and no repose could take, Till strong reflection fann'd the fire, and thus at length I spake: 4 Lord, let ine know my term of days, how soon my lite will end; The num'rous train of ills disclose,

which this frail state attend. 5 My life, thou know'st, is but a span,

a cypher sums my years And ev'ry man, in best estate,

but vanity appears.

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6 Man like a shadow rainly walks, with fruitless cares oppress'd;
He heaps up wealth, but cannot tell by whom 'twill be possess'u.
7 Why then should I on worthless toys with anxious care attend?
On thee alone my steadfast hope

shall ever, Lord, depend.
8,9 Forgive my sins, nor let me scorn'd by foolish simers be;
For I was dumb, and murmur'd not, because 'twas done by thee.
10 The dreadful burden of thy wrath in mercy soon remove;
Lest my frail flesh too weak to bear the heavy load should prove.
11 For when thou chast'nest man for sin thou mak'st his beauty fade,
(So vain a thing is he,) like cloth

by fretting moths decay'd. 12 Lord, hear my cry, accept my tears, and listen to my pray'r; Who sojourn like a stranger here,

as all my fathers were. 13 O spare me yet a little time,

my wasted strength restore; Before I vanish quite from hence,

and shall be seen no inore.

PSALM XL. I waited meekly for the Lord,

till he vouchsaf'd a kind reply; Who did his gracious ear afford, and heard from heav'n my humble cry. 2 He took me from the dismal pit, when founder'd deep in miry clay; On solid ground he plac'd my feet,

and suffer'd not my steps to stray. 3 The wonders he for me has wrought shall fill my mouth with songs of praise; And others, to his worship brought, to hopes of like deliv'rance raise. 4 For blessings shall that man reward, who on th' Almighty Lord relies; Who treats the proud with disregard, and hates the hypocrite's disguise. 5 Who can the wondrous works recount, which thou, O God, for us hast wrought! The treasures of thy love surmount the pow'r of numbers, speech, and thought. 6 I've learnt, that thou hast not desir'd off"rings and sacrifice alone; Nor blood of guiltless beasts requir'd for man's transgression to atone. 7 I therefore come---come to fulfil

the oracles thy books impart: 8 'Tis my delight to do thy will;

thy law is written in my heart.

The Second Part. 9 In full assemblies I have told

the truth and righteousness at large ; Nor did, thou know'st, my lips withhold from utt'ring what thou gar'st in charge. 10 Nor kept within my breast contin'd thy faithfulness and saving grace; But preach'd thy love, for all design'd, that all might that and truth embrace. 11 Then let those mercies I declar'd to others, Lord, extend to me; Thy lovingkindness my reward,

thy truth my safe protection be. 12 For I with troubles am distress'u, too numberless for me to bear; Nor less with loads of guilt oppress'd, that plunge and sink me to despair. 13 As scon, alas, may I recount

the hairs on this afflicted head: My vanquish'd courage they surmount, and fill my drooping soul with dread.

The Third Part. 14 But, Lord, to my relief draw near, for never was more pressing need ; In my deliv'rance, Lord, appear,

and add to that deliv'rance speed. 15 Confusion on their heads retur, who to destroy my soul combine; Let them, defeated, blush and mourn, ensnar'd in their own vile design. 16 Their doom let desolation be,

with shame their malice be repaid, Who mock'd my confidence in thee, and sport of my affliction made: 17 While those, who humbly seek thy face, to joyful triumphs shall be rais'd; And all who prize thy saving grace with me resound, The Lord be prais'd. 18 Thus, wretched though I am and poor, of me th' Almighty Lord takes care; Thou, God, who only canst restore, to my relief with speed repair.

PSALM XLI. APPY the man tender care

the poor distrest 2 The Lord his life, with blessings crown'd, in safety shall prolong; And disappoint the will of those

that seek to do him wrong. 3 If he, in languishing estate,

oppress'd with sickness lie; The Lord will easy make his bed,

and inward strength supply. 4 Secure of this, to thee, my God,

I thus my pray'r address'ul : Lord, for thy mercy, heal my soul, though I have much transgress'il. 5 My cruel foes, with sland'rous words, attempt to wound my fame; When shall he die, say they, and men forget his very name? 6 Suppose they formal visits make, 'tis

all but empty show, They gather mischief in their hearts and vent it where they go.

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16 Thou, in thy royal father's room, must princely sons expect;
Whom thou to diff'rent realms may'st send to govern and protect.
17 Whilst this my song to future times transmits thy glorious Name;
And makes the world, with one consent, thy lasting praise proclaim.

5 God dwells in Sion, whose faz a down had more him assaults of earthly pow'rs !

PSALM XLVI.
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OD is our refuge in distress,

a present help when dangers press;

In him undaunted we'll confide: 2,3 Though earth were from her centre tost, and mountains in the ocean lost,

Torn piece-meal by the roaring tide. 4 A gentler stream with gladness still the city of our Lord shall fill,

The royal seat of God most high:

While his almighty aid is nigh. 6 In tumults, when the heathen rag'd, and kingdoms war against us wagtd,

He thunder'd, and dispers'd their pow'rs: 7 The Lord of hosts conducts our arms, our tow'r of refuge in alarms,

Our fathers' guardian God and ours. 8 Come see the wonders he hath wrought, on earth what desolation brought;

How he has calm'd the jarring world : 9 He broke the warlike spear and bow; with them their thund'ring chariots too

Into devouring flames were hurl'd. 10 Submit to God's almighty sway,

for him the heathen shall obes, And earth her sov'reign Lord confess: U The God of hosts conducts our arms, our tow'r of refuge in alarms,

As to our fathers in distress.

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PSALM XLVII. O

All ye people, clap your hands, and with triumphant voices sing:

Noforce the mighty pow'r withstands of God, the universal King. 3,4 He shall opposing nations quell, and with success our battles fight; Shall fix the place where we must dwell, the pride of Jacob, his delight. 5, 6 God is gone up, our Lord and King, with shouts of joy and trumpet's sound: To him repeated praises sing,

and let the cheerful song go round. 7,8 Your utmost skill in praise be shown, for him, who all the world commands; Who sits upon his righteous throne, and spreads his sway o'er heathen lands. 9 Our chiefs and tribes, that far from hence to serve the God of Abr'am came, Found him their constant sure defence: how great and glorious is his Name!

PSALM XLVIII.
THE Lord, the only God, is great, and greatly to be prais'd

his sacred throne is rais'd.
2 Her tow'rs, the joy of all the earth, with beauteous prospect rise;
On her north side th' Almighty King's imperial city lies.
3 God in her palaces is known;

his presence is her guard: 4 Confed'rate kings withdrew their siege, and of success despair'd. 5 They view'd her walls, admir'd and lled, with grief and terror struck; 6 Like women whom the sudden pangs

of travail had o'ertook. 7 No wretched crew of mariners

appear like them forlorn, When fleets from Tarshish' wealthy coasts by eastern winds are torn. 8 In Sion we have seen performid

a work that was foretold; In pledge that God, for times to come, his city will uphold. 9 Not in our fortresses and walls

did we, O God, confide; But on the temple fix'd our hopes,

in which thou dost reside. 10 According to thy sov'reign Name, thy praise through earth extends: Thy pow'rtul arm, as justice guides, chastises or defends. U Let Sion's mount with joy resound, her daughters all be taught In songs his judgments to extol,

who this deliv'rance wrought. 12 Coinpass her walls in solemn pomp, your eyes quite round her cast; Count all her tow'rs, and see if there you find a stone displac'd. 13 Her forts and palaces survey,

observe their order well; That with assurance to your heirs

this wonder you may tell. 14 This God is ours, and will be ours,

whilst we in him confide: Who, as he has preserv'd is now,

till death will be our guide.

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PSALM XLIX.
ET all the list'ning world attend, and my instruction hear;

with joint consent give ear.
3 My mouth, with sacred wisdom fill'd, shall good advice impart,
The sound result of prudent thoughts, digested in my heart.
4 To parables of weighty sense

I will my ear incline; Whilst to my tuneful harp I sing

dark words of deep design. 5 Why should my courage fail in times of danger and of doubt? When sinners, that would me supplant, have compass'd me about? 6 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, 7 Are yet unable from the grave

their dearest friend to free; Nor can by force or bribes reverse

th' Almighty Lord's decree. 8, 9 Their vain endeavours they must quit; the price is held too high: No suins can purchase such a grant, that man should never die. 10 Not wisdom can the wise exempt, nor fools their folly save; But both must perish, and in death

their wealth to others leave. 11 For though they think their stately seats shall ne'er to ruin fall; But their remembrance last in lands which by their names they call: 12 Yet shall their fame be soon forgot, how great soe'er their state; With beasts their memory and they shall share one common fate.

The Second Part. 13 How great their folly is, who thus absurd conclusions make! And yet their children, umreclaim'd, repeat the gross mistake. 14 They all, like sheep to slaughter led, the prey of death are made; Their beauty, while the just rejoice, within the grave shall fade. 15 But God will yet redeem my soul, and from the greedy grave His greater pow'r shall set me free,

and to himself receive. 16 Then fear not thou, when worldly men in envied wealth abound, Nor though their prosp'rous house increase, with state and honour crown'd. 17 For when they're summond hence by death, they leave all this behind; No shadow of their former pomp

within the grave they find : 18 And yet they thought their state was bless'd, caught in the flatt'rer's snare, Who with their vanity complied,

and prais'd their worldly care. 19 In their forefathers' steps they tread; and when, like them, they die, Their wretched ancestors and they

in endless darkness lie. 20 For man, how great soe'er his state, unless he's truly wise, As like a sensual beast he lives,

so like a beast he dies.

PSALM L. THE Lord hath sporo mheawighty God, tihadh sent his summons all abroad, The list'ning earth his voice hath heard, and he from Sion hath appear'd,

Where beauty in perfection shines. 3,4 Our God shall come, and keep no more misconstru'd silence, as before;

But wasting flames before him send : Around shall tempests fiercely rage,

while he does heav'n and earth engage

His just tribunal to attend. 5, 6 Assemble all my saints to me, (thus runs the great divine decree,)

That in my lasting cov'nant live; And off"rings bring with constant care: the heav'ns his justice shall declare;

For God himself shall sentence give. 7 Attend, my people; Israel, hear; thy strong accuser l'll appear;

Thy God, thy only God, am 1: 8 'Tis not of off'rings I complain,

which, daily in my temple slain,

My sacred altar did supply. 9 Will this alone atonement make? no bullock from thy stall I'll take,

Nor he-goat from thy fold accept; 10 The forest beasts that range alone, the cattle too are all my own

That on a thousand hills are kept. 11 I know the fowls, that build their nests in craggy rocks; and savage beasts,

That loosely haunt the open fields: 12 If seized with hunger I could be, I need not seek relief from thee, Since the world's mine, and all it yields.

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