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" Sing ye Praises with understanding."
" Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,
teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms,
PSALM I. C. M.
OW blest is he, who ne'er consents
ill advice to walk; Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
Where men profanely talk.
But makes the perfect law of God
His bus'ness and delight; Devoutly reads therein by day,
And meditates by night.
Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams
With timely fruit doth bend,
All his designs attend.
Ungodly men, and their attempts,
No lasting root shall find; Untimely blasted, and dispers’d
Like chaff before the wind.
But God approves the just man's ways:
To happiness they tend; While sinners, and the paths they tread,
Shall both in ruin end.
PSALM II. C. M.
YHY fiercely rage the nations round
Why form they counsels vain ? Against Jehovah Kings arise,
And Christ forbid to reign.
“Come let us break their chains, say they,
And make their fetters fly;"
Jehovah rules on high.
Then shall they hear his awful voice,
And just resentment feel;
On Sion's sacred hill.
The Lord's decree I thus proclaim,
To me his word is known; Thou
art my Son, to thee this day A Father's love is shewn,
At thy request shall nations great
To thee their homage pay,
To thy imperial sway.
PSALM III. C. M. THOU art, O Lord, my sure defence,
On thee my hopes rely; Thou art my glory, and shall yet
Lift up my head on high.
My sweet repose to take;
Through thee in safety wake.
He only can defend ;
Who on his power depend.
PSALM V. C. M.
ORD hear the voice of my complaint,
To my address attend?
My pray’rs to thee ascend.
Shalt hear my fervent cry ; To thee the dawn I'll dedicate,
And lift my hands on high.
I'll in thy courts appear,
With pious filial fear.