« PreviousContinue »
7 The wonders of thy truth and love
In my defence engage;
The Second Part.
Thy shelt'ring wings stretch out,
That compass me about.
To their own fat they lie;
Both God and man defy.
My paths encompass'd round;
And couching on the ground, 12 In posture of a lion set,
When greedy of his prey;
Within a covert way.
Their swelling rage control;
Deliver thou my soul.
Whose portion's here below;
No other bliss to know.
Their substance while they live:
The vast remainder give. 16 But 1, in uprightness, thy face
Shall view without control; And, waking, shall its image lind Reflected in my soul.
PSALM XVIII. i Nchange of times 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 deliv'rer art, my God,
My trust is in thy mighty pow'r: Thou art my shield from foes abroad,
At home my safeguard and my tow'r, 3 To thee I will address my pray'r,
(To whom all praise we justly owe ;) So shall I, by thy watchful care, Be guarded from my treach'rons foe.
4, 5 By foods of wicked men distress'd,
With deadly sorrows compass'd round; With dire infernal pangs oppressid,
In death's unwieldy fetters bound.
To God address'd my humble moan;
The Second Part.
The conscious earth did quake for fear;
Nor couid his dreadful fury bear.
Ensigns of wrath before him came;
That coals were kindled at its flame. 9 He left the beauteous realms of light,
Whilst heav'n bow'd down its awful head,
carpet spread. 10 The chariot of the King of kings,
Which active troops of angels drew,
With most amazing swiftness flew.
With thickest shades his face to veil;
And fell in show'rs of fire and hail. 13 Through heav'n's wide arch a thund'ring peal
God's angry voice did loudly roar,
And flakes of fire, was cover'd o'er. 14 His sharpen'd arrows round he threw,
Which made his scatter'd foes retreat;
And quickly finish'd their defeat. 15 The deep its secret stores disclos'd,
The world's foundations naked lay;
The Third Part.
From leav'o, his throne, my cause upheld; And snatch'd me from the furious rage
Of threatning waves that proudly swell'il. 17 God his resistless pow'r employ'd,
My strongest foes' attempts to break;
The weak defence that I could make.
18 Their subtil rage had near prevail'd,
When I distrest and friendless lay;
God was my firm support and stay. 19 From dangers that inclos'd me round,
He brought me forth and set me free; For some just cause his goodness found,
That mov'd him to delight in me. 20 Because in me no guilt remains,
God does his gracious help extend;
Therefore the Lord is still my friend. 21, 22 For I his judgments kept in sight,
In his just paths I always trod;
Nor loosely wander'd from my God. 23, 24 But still my soul, sincere and pure,
Did e'en from darling sins refrain;
The Fourth Part. 25, 26 Thou suit'st, O Lord, thy righteous ways
To various paths of human kind;
With thee shall wondrous mercy find.
The pure thy purity shall see
Shall meet withi due returns from thee. 27, 28 That he the humble soul will save,
And crush the haughty's boasted might, In me the Lord an instance gave,
Whose darkness he has turn's to light. 29 On his firm succour I relied,
And did o'er num'rous foes prevail;
The best defended walls to scale. 30 For God's designs shall still succeed;
His word will bear the utmost test:
And on his sure protection rest. 31 Who then deserves to be ador'd,
But God, on whom my hopes depend?.
The Fifth Part.
And all my just designs fulfils;
34 Lessons of war from him I take,
And manly weapons learn to wield
Forc'd by my stronger arms to yield. 35 The buckler of his saving health
Protects me from assaulting foes;
And greatness from his bounty flows. 36 My goings he enlarg'd abroad,
Till then to narrow paths confin'd ;
The method of my steps design'd. 37 Through him I num'rous hosts defeat,
And Aying squadrons captive take;
Till I a final conquest make.
Their vanquish'd heads again to rear;
Beneath my feet, and grovel there. 39 God, when fresh armies take the field,
Recruits my strength, my courage warms; He makes my strong opposers yield,
Subdu'd by my prevailing arms.
My conquering feet in triumph press;
Who hate and envy my success. 41 With loud complaints all friends they tried,
But none was able to defend ;
But God would no assistance lend. 42 Like flying dust which winds pursue,
Their broken troops I scatter'd round,
Like loathsome dirt that clogs the ground.
The Sixth Part.
By God's appointment me obey ;
And foreign nations own my sway. 44 Remotest realms their homage send,
When my successful name they hear;
Charm'd with respect, or aw'd by fear, 45 All to my summons tamely yield,
Or soon in battle are dismay'd ;.
And still in strongest holds afraid.
16 Let the eternal Lord be prais'd,
The rock on whose defence I rest; O'er highest heav'ns his name be rais'd,
Who me with his salvation blest. 47 'Tis God that still supports my right,
His just revenge my foes pursues; 'Tis he that with resistless might
Fierce nations to my yoke subdues. 48 My universal safeguard he!
From whom my lasting honours flow; He made me great, and set me free
From my remorseless bloody foe. 49 Therefore to celebrate his fame
My grateful voice to heav'n I'll raise ; And nations, strangers to his Name,
Shall thus be taught to sing his praise. 50 “ God to his king deliv'rance sends,
« Shews his anointed signal grače;
Which that alone can fill;
Their great Creator's skill. 2 The
dawn of each returning day,
Fresh beams of knowledge brings; From darkest night's successive rounds
Divine instruction springs.
Or region is confin'd;
Alike by all mankind.
Through earth's extent display ; Whose bright contents the circling siin
Does round the world convey.
Has such a cheerful face;
To run his glorious race.
His restless course he goes;
The Second Part.
Reclaims from false desires; With sacred wisdom his sure word
The ignorant inspires.