And own a God, whose justice will the guilty earth arraign.

PSALM LIX. 1 ELIVER me, O Lord, my God,

from all my spiteful foes; In my defence oppose thy power

to theirs, who me oppose. 2 Preserve me from a wicked race,

who make a trade of ill; Protect me from remorseless men,

who seek my blood to spill. 3 They lie in wait, and mighty powers

against my life combine, Implacable; yet, Lord, thou know'st,

for no offence of mine.. 4 In haste they run about, and watch

my guiltless life to take; Look down, O Lord, on my distress,

and to my help awake. 5 Thou, Lord of Hosts, and Israel's God,

their heathen rage suppress; Relentless vengeance take on those

who stubbornly transgress. 6 At evening, to beset my house,

like growling dogs they meet ; While others through the city range,

and ransack every street. 7 Their throats envenom'd slander breathe;

their tongues are sharpen'd swords; “Who hears ?" say they,“ or, hearing, dares

reprove our lawless words ?" 8 But from thy throne thou shalt, O Lord,

their baffled plots deride; And soon to shame and scorn expose

their boasted heathen pride. 9 On thee I wait; 'tis on thy strength

for succour I depend; 'Tis thou, O God, art my defence,

who only can defend. 10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft

from danger set me free, Shall crown my wishes, and subdue

my haughty foes to me. 11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at once;

restrain thy vengeful blow; Lest we, ungratefully, too soon

forget their overthrow. Disperse them through the nations round

by thy avenging power; Do thou bring down their haughty pride,

O Lord, our shield and tower.

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12 Now, in the height of all their hopes,

their arrogance chastise; Whose tongues have sinn'd without restrair

and curses join'd with lies. 13 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race endures,

thine anger, Lord, suppress; That distant lands, by their just doom,

may Israel's God confess. 14 At evening let them still persist

like growling dogs to meet, Still wander all the city round,

and traverse every street. 15 Then, as for malice now they do,

for hunger let them stray; And yell their vain complaints aloud,

defeated of their prey. 16 Whilst early I thy mercy sing,

thy wondrous power confess; For thou hast been my sure defence,

my refuge in distress. 17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise,

O God, my strength, I'll sing;
Thou art my God, the Rock from whence
my health and safety spring.

GOD, who hast our troops dispers’d,

Forsaking those who left thee first;
As we thy just displeasure mourn,

To us, in mercy, Lord, return.
2 Our strength, that firm as earth did stand,

Is rent by thy avenging hand;
O! heal the breaches thou hast made:

We shake, we fall, without thy aid! 3 Our folly's sad effects we feel;

For, drunk with discord's cup we reel : 4 But now, for them who thee rever'd,

Thou hast thy truth's bright banner rear'd. 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect;

Lord, hear the prayers that we direct : 6 The holy God has spoke ; and I,

O'erjoy'd, on his firm word rely :
To thee in portions I'll divide
Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride;
To Sichem, Succoth next I'll join,

And measure out her vale by line. 7 Manasseh, Gilead, both subscribe

To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe ;
Ephraim by arms supports my cause,

And Judah by religious laws.
8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be,
Nor Edom from my yoke get free;

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Proud Palestine's imperious state

Shall humbly ou our triumph wait.
9 But who shall quell these mighty powers,

And clear my way to Edom's towers?
Or through her guarded frontiers tread

The path that doth to conquest lead?
10 Ev'n thou, O God, who hast dispers'd

Our troops (for we forsook thee first);
Those whom thou didst in wrath forsake,

Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make. 11 Do thou our fainting cause sustain;

For human succours are but vain. 12 Fresh strength and courage God bestows: 'Tis he treads down our proudest foes.


hear my cry, regard my prayer, which I, oppressd with grief, 2 From earth’s remotest part address

to thee for kind relief. O lodge me safe beyond the reach

of persecuting power; 3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful foes

hast been my sheltring tower. 4 So shall I in thy sacred courts

secure from danger lie; Beneath the covert of thy wings,

all future storms defy. 5 In sign my vows are heard, once more

I o'er thy chosen reign; 6 O! bless with long and prosp'rous life

the king thou didst ordain. 7 Confirm his thronę, and make his reign

accepted in thy sight; And let thy truth and mercy both

in his defence unite. 8 So shall I ever sing thy praise,

thy name for ever bless; Devote my prosp'rous days to pay the vows of my


Y soul for help on God relies;

from him alone my safety flows; My Rock, my Health, that strength supplies

to bear the shock of all my foes. 3 How long will ye contrive my fall,

which will but hasten on your own? You'll totter like a bending wall,

or fence of uncemented stone. 4 To make my envy'd honours less,

they strive with lies, their chief delight;

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For they, though with their mouths they bless,

in private curse with inward spite. 5, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely;

on him alone thy trust repose :
My Rock and Health will strength supply

to bear the shock of all my foes.
7 God does his saving health dispense,

and flowing blessings daily send : He is my fortress and defence;

on him my soul shall still depend. 8 In him, ye people, always trust;

before his throne pour out your hearts; For God, the merciful and just,

his timely aid to us imparts. 9 The vulgar fickle are and frail ;

the great dissemble and betray; And, laid in truth's impartial scale,

the lightest things will both outweigh. 10 Then trust not in oppressive ways;

by spoil and rapine grow not vain; Nor let your hearts, if wealth increase,

be set too much upon your gain. 11 For God has oft his will expressid,

and I this truth have fully known ; To be of boundless power possess'd

belongs, of right, to God alone. 12 Though mercy is his darling grace,

in which he chiefly takes delight; Yet will he all the human race according to their works requite.


GOD, my gracious God, to thee

My morning prayers shall offer'd be;
for thee my thirsty soul does pant:
My fainting flesh implores thy grace
Within this dry and barren place,

where I refreshing waters want.
2 0! to my longing eyes, once more,
That view of glorious power restore,

which thy majestic house displays: 3 Because to me thy wondrous love Than life itself does dearer prove,

my lips shall always speak thy praise. 4 My life, while I that life enjoy, In blessing God I will employ;

with lifted hands adore his name: 5 My soul's content shall be as great As theirs, who choicest dainties eat,

while I with joy his praise proclaim. 6 When down I lie, sweet sleep to find, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind; and when I wake in dead of night;

7 Because thou still dost succour bring, Beneath the shadow of thy wing

I rest with safety and delight. 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless power

in her support is daily shown: 9 But those the righteous Lord shall slay, That my destruction wish; and they that seek


life shall lose their own. 10 They by untimely ends shall die, Their flesh a prey to foxes lie;

but God shall fill the king with joy : 11 Who thee confess shall still rejoice; Whilst the false tongue, and lying voice,

thou, Lord, shalt silence and destroy,



1 ORD, hear the voice of my complaint,

to my request give ear; Preserve my life from cruel foes,

and free my soul from fear.
2 0! hide me with thy tend'rest care,

in some secure retreat,
From sinners that against me rise,

and all their plots defeat.
. 3 See how, intent to work my harm,

they whet their tongues like swords; And bend their bows to shoot their darts,

sharp lies, and bitter words. 4 Lurking in private, at the just

they take their secret aim ; And suddenly at him they shoot,

quite void of fear and shame. 5 To carry on their ill designs

they mutually agree;
They speak of laying private snares,

and think that none shall see. 6 With utmost diligence and care

their wicked plots they lay;
The deep designs of all their hearts

are only to betray,
ng But God, to anger justly mov'd,

his dreadful bow shall bend, And on his flying arrow's point

shall swift destruction send. 8 Those slanders which their mouths did vent,

upon themselves shall fall; Their crimes disclos'd, shall make them be

despis'd and shunn'd by all. 9 The world shall then God's power confess,

and nations trembling stand,

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