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PSALMS IN METRE:

SELECTED FROM THE

PSALMS OF DAVID.

PSALM 1. C. M.

1 How blest is he, who ne'er consents

11 By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits

Where men profanely talk;

2 But makes the perfect law of God

His business and delight; Devoutly reads therein by day,

And meditates by night.

3 Like some fair tree which, fed by streams,

With timely fruit doth bend, He still shall flourish, and success

All his designs attend.

4 For God approves the just marr's ways;

To happiness they tend ;
But sinners, and the paths they tread
Shall both in ruin end.

PSALM 2. C. M.
I THOU, gracious God, art my defence;

On thee my hopes rely :
Thou art my glory, and shall yet

Lift up my head on high.
2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress,

To God I made my prayer,
He heard me from his holy hill;

Why should I now despair ? 3 Guarded by him I lay me down

My sweet repose to take ;
For I through him securely sleep,

Through him in safety wake. 4 Salvation to the Lord belongs ;

He only can defend ;
His blessing he extends to all
That on his power depend.

PSALM 3. C. M.
10 THOU, to whom all creatures bow

Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world how great art thou,

How glorious is thy name!
$ In heaven thy wondrous acts are sung,

Nor fully reckon'd there;
And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue

Thy boundless praise declare. 3 When heaven, thy beauteous work on high,

Employs my wond'ring sight;

The moon that nightly rules the sky,

With stars of feebler light.

4 0, what is man, that Lord, thou lov'st

To keep him in thy mind ?
Or what his offspring, that thou prov'st

To them so wondrous kind ?

PSALM 4. L. M. 1 THE Lord look'd down from heaven's high 1 tower,

And all the sons of men did view,
To see if any own’d his power,

If any truth or justice knew ;
2 But all, he saw, were gone aside,

· All were degenerate grown and base; None took religion for their guide,

Not one of all the sinful race. 3 How will they tremble then for fear,

When his just wrath shall them o'ertake! For to the righteous God is near,

And never will their cause forsake. 4 O that from Sion he'd employ

His might, and burst the oppressive band !
Then shouts of universal joy

Should loudly echo through the land.

PSALM 5. L. M. 1 NO change of time shall ever shock

My firm affection, Lord, to thee ;

For thou hast always been my Rock,

A fortress and defence to me.

2 Thou my deliverer art, my God;

My trust is in thy mighty power;
Thou art my shield from foes abroad,

At home my safeguard and my tower. 3 To thee I will address my prayer,

To whom all praise we justly owe;
So shall I, by thy watchful care,

Be guarded safe from every foe.

PSALM 6. C. M. 1 GOD'S perfect law converts the soul,

Reclaims from false desires ; With sacred wisdom his own word

The ignorant inspires.
2 The statutes of the Lord are just,

And bring sincere delight;
His pure commands, in search of truth,

Assist the feeblest sight.
3 His perfect worship here is fix'd,

On sure foundations laid;
His equal laws are in the scales

Of truth and justice weigh’d;
4 Of more esteem than golden mines,

Or gold refined with skill;
More sweet than honey, or the drops

That from the comb distil.

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PSALM 1. C. M.

FOR. SUNDAY SCHOLARS.

PSALM 7. C. M.
1 THE Lord himself, the mighty Lord,

1 Vouchsafes to be my guide;
The Shepherd, by whose constant care

My wants are all supplied.
2 In tender grass he makes me feed,

And sweetly there repose;
Then leads me to cool shades, and where

Refreshing water flows.

3 He does my wandering soul reclaim,

And, to his endless praise, Instruct with humble zeal to walk

In his most righteous ways. 4 I pass the gloomy vale of death,

From fear and danger free; For there his aiding rod and staff

Defend and comfort me, 5 Since God doth thus his wondrous love

Through all my life extend, That life to him I will devote,

And in his temple spend.

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1 TO God, in whom I trust,

1 I lift my heart and voice; O let me not be put to shame,

Nor let my foes rejoice. 2 Those who on thee rely,

Let no disgrace attend;

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