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3 Thy goodness and thy tender care
have all his hopes outgone; A crown of gold thou mad'st him wear,
and sett'st it firmly on. 4 He pray'd for life ; and thou, O Lord,
didst to his prayer attend, And graciously to him afford
a life that ne'er shall end. 5 Thy sure defence through nations round
has spread his glorious name; And his successful actions crown'd
with majesty and fame. 6 Eternal blessings thou bestow'st,
and mak'st his joys increase; Whilst thou to him unclouded show'st the brightness of thy face.
PART II. 7 Because the king on God alone
for timely aid relies; His mercy still supports his throne,
and all his wants supplies. 8 But, righteous Lord, thy stubborn foes
shall feel thy heavy hand; Thy vengeful arm shall find out those
that hate thy mild command. 9 When thou against them dost engage,
thy just but dreadful doom Shall, like a glowing oven's rage,
their hopes and them consume. 10 Nor shall thy furious anger cease,
or with tlieir ruin end ; But root out all their guilty race,
and to their seed extend. 11 For all their thoughts were set on ill,
their hearts on malice bent ; But thou with watchful care didst still
the ill effects prevent. 12 While they their swift retreat shall make.
to 'scape thy dreadful might, Thy swifter arrows shall o'ertake,
and gall them in their flight. 13 Thus, Lord, thy wondrous strength disclose,
and thus exalt thy fame; Whilst we glad songs of praise compose to thy Almighty name.
PSALM XXII. 1
Y God, my God, why leav'st thou me
when I with anguish faint ? O! why so far from me remov'd, and from my loud complaint ?
2 All day, but all the day unheard,
to thee do I complain ; With cries implore relief all night,
but cry all night in vain. 3 Yet thou art still the righteous Judge
of innocence oppress’d; And therefore Israel's praises are
of right to thee address'd. 4, 5 On thee our ancestors rely'd,
and thy deliv'rance found; With pious confidence they pray'd,
and with success were crown'd. 6 But I am treated like a worm;
like none of human birth; Not only by the great revil'd,
but made the rabble's mirth.
my agonies survey;
and thus deriding say:
" that he was heaven's delight; “ Let God come down to save him now, “and own his favourite."
PART II. 9 Thou mad'st my teeming mother's womb
a living offspring bear; When but a suckling at the breast,
I was thy early care. 10 Thou, guardian-like, did'st shield from wrongs
my helpless infant days; And since hast been my God, and guide,
through life's bewilder'd ways. 11 Withdraw not then so far from me,
when trouble is so nigh; O send me help! thy help, on which
I only can rely 12 High-pamper'd bulls, a frowning herd,
from Basan's forest met, With strength proportion'd to their rage,
have me around beset. 13 They gape on me, and every mouth
a yawning grave appears ; The desert lion's savage roar less dreadful is then theirs.
PART III. 14 My blood like water's spill?d, my joints
are rack'd and out of frame; My heart dissolves within my breast,
like wax before the flame.
15 My strength, like potter's earth, is parchd;
my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And to the silent shades of death
my fainting soul withdraws. 16 Like blood-hounds, to surround me, they
in pack'd assemblies meet : They pierc'd my inoffensive hands;
they pierc'd my harmless feet. 17 My body's rack'd, till all my bones
distinctly may be told; Yet such a spectacle of woe
as pastime they behold. 18 As spoil
, my garments they divide, lots for my vesture cast; 19 Therefore approach, O Lord, my strength,
and to my succour haste. 20 From their sharp swords protect thou me,
of all but life bereft; Nor let my darling in the power
of cruel dogs be left. 21 To save me from the lion's jaws,
thy present succour send; As once, from goring unicorns, thou didst
life defend. 22 Then to my brethren I'll declare
the triumphs of thy name; In presence of assembled saints
thy glory thus proclaim: 23 “ Ye worshippers of Jacob's God,
you of Israel's line, “O praise the Lord, and to your praise
“ sincere obedience join. 24 He ne'er disdain'd on low distress
"to cast a gracious eye; “ Nor turn'd from poverty his face, “ but hears its humble cry."
PART IV. 25 Thus, in thy sacred courts, will I
my cheerful thanks express; In presence of thy saints perform the vows of
distress. 26 The meek companions of my grief
shall find my table spread ; And all that seek the Lord shall be
with joys immortal fed. 27 Then shall the glad converted world
to God their homage pay; And scatter'd nations of the earth
one sov'reign Lord obey. 28 'Tis his supreme prerogative
o'er subject kings to reign;
'Tis just that he should rule the world,
who does the world sustain. 29 The rich, who are with plenty fed,
his bounty must confess; The sons of want, by him reliev'd,
their gen'rous Patron bless. With humble worship to his throne
they all for aid resort; That power, which first their beings gave,
can only them support. 30, 31 Then shall a chosen spotless race,
devoted to his name, To their admiring heirs his truth, and glorious acts, proclaim.
PSALM XXIII. i TT HE Lord himself, the mighty Lord,
vouchsafes to be my guide; The Shepherd, by whose constant care
my wants are all supply'd. 2 In tender grass he makes me feed,
and gently there repose; Then leads me to cool shades, and where
refreshing water flows. 3 He does my wand'ring 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 In presence of my spiteful foes
he does my table spread; He crowns my cup with cheerful wine,
with oil anoints my head. 6 Since God doth thus his wondrous love
through all my life extend, That life to him I will devote, and in his temple spend.
PSALM XXIV. 1 THE spacious earth is all the Lord's,
the Lord's her fulness is; The world, and they that dwell therein,
by sov'reign right are his. 9 He fram'd and fix'd it on the seas;
and his Almighty hand, Upon inconstant floods, has made
the stable fabric stand. 3 But for himself, this Lord of all
one chosen seat design'd;
O! who shall to that sacred hill
deserv'd admittance find? 4 The man, whose hands and heart are pure,
whose thoughts from pride are free; Who honest poverty prefers
to gainful perjury. 5 This, this is he, on whom the Lord
shall shower his blessings down; Whom God, his Saviour, shall vouchsafe
with righteousness to crown. 6 Such is the race of saints, by whom
the sacred courts are trod; And such the proselytes that seek
the face of Jacob's God.
unfold, to entertain
with his celestial train.
the Lord, for strength renown'd; In battle mighty; o'er his foes
eternal victor crown'd.
in state to entertain
with all his shining train.
the Lord of hosts renown'd; Of Glory he alone is King, who is with glory crown'd.
PSALM XXV. 1 10 God, in whom I trust,
I lift my heart and voice; O! let me not be put to shame,
nor let my foes rejoice. 3 Those who on thee rely,
let no disgrace attend; Be that the shameful lot of such
as wilfully offend. 4, 5 To me thy truth impart,
and lead me in thy way; For thou art he that brings me help;
on thee I wait all day. 6 Thy mercies and thy love,
O Lord, recall to mind; And graciously continue still,
as thou wert ever, kind. 7 Let all my youthful crimes
be blotted out by thee; And, for thy wondrous goodness' sake.
in mercy think on me.