Not like th' ungovern'd horse and mule,

whose fury must be curbʼd and rein'd. 10 Sorrows on sorrows multiply'd,

the harden'd sinner shall confound; ; But them who in his truth confide,

blessings of mercy shall surround. 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; For well the righteous it becomes

to sing glad songs of praise. 2, 3 Let harps, and psalteries, and lutes,

in joyful concert meet; And new-made 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 heav'nly arch was rear'd; And all the beauteous hosts of light.

at his command appear'd. 7 The swelling floods, together roll’d,

he makes in heaps to lie; And lays, as in a store-house safe,

the watry treasures by. 8, 9 Let earth, and all that dwell therein,

before him 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.

12 How happy 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 heaven, his throne, survey'd ;

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 j

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.

PSALM XXXIV. 1 THR NHROUGH 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 call'd,

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

who look to him for aid ; Desir'd success in every 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 retriev'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 blest they are, and only they,

who in his truth confide.
9 Fear him, ye 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 supply'd.

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 his tongue,

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 heaven 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 off, 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.


, With such as war unjustly wage,

do thou my battles fight. 2 Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield

upon thy warlike arm; Stand up, O God, in my defence,

and keep me safe from harm.

A GAINST all those that strive with me,

3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their course,

that haste my blood to spill; Say to my soul, “I am thy health,

is 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, through 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, without cause, 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 benes shall say, “O Lord,

6 who can compare with thee!
66 Who sett'st the poor and helpless man
“ from strong oppressors free."

PART II. 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 prayer

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 rav’ning beasts, would tear.

18 So 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,

whom me unjustly hate, With open joy, or secret signs,

to mock my sad estate.
20 For they, with hearts averse to 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,

6 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 find ; 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 made our prey." 26 Let such as in my harm rejoic'd,

for shame their faces hide; And foul dishonour wait on those

that proudly me defy'd:

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