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His wicked purpose would disguise ;
He ne'er sets God before his eyes. 2 He soothes himself, retir'd from sight,
Secure he thinks his treach'rous game;
Their false contriver brand with shame. 3 In deeds he is my foe confest,
Whilst with his tongue he speaks me fair; True wisdom's banish'd from his breast,
And vice has sole dominion there. 4 His wakeful malice spends the night
In forging his accurs'd designs ;
No execrable means declines.
Above the heav'nly orb ascends;
Beyond the spreading sky extends. 6 Thy jistice, like the hills, remains ;
Unfathom'd depths thy judgments are ;
'The whole creation is thy care. 7 Since of thy goodness all partake,
With what assurance should the just
And saints to thy protection trust. 8 Such guests shall to thy courts be led
To banquet on thy love's repast;
Of joys that shall for ever last.
Thy presence is eternal day: 10 0! let thy saints thy favour gain;
To upright hearts thy truth display. " Whilst pride's insulting foot would spurn,
And wicked hands my life surprise ; 12 Their mischiefs on themselves return;
Down, down they're fall'n, no more to rise.
PSALM XXXVII. I THOUGH wicked men grow rich or great,
Thy anger or thy envy raise : 2 For they, cut down like tender grass, Or like young flow'rs, away shall pass,
Whose blooming beauty soon decays.
3 Depend on God, and him obey;
Secure from danger and from want : 4 Make his commands thy chief delight; And he, thy duty to requite,
Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. 3 In all thy ways trust thou the Lord, And he will needful help afford
To perfect ev'ry just design: 6 He'll make, like light, serene and clear, Thy clouded innocence appear,
And as a midday sun to shine. 7 With quiet mind on God depend, And patiently for him attend;
Nor let thy anger fondly rise :
Which they maliciously devise.
Thy wav'ring heart espouse their crime : 9 For God shall sinful men destroy; Whilst only they the land enjoy,
Who trust on him, and wait his time. 10 How soon shall wicked men decay! Their place shall vanish qnite away,
Nor by the strictest search be found; 11 Whilst humble souls possess the earth, Rejoicing still with godly mirth,
With peace and plenty always crown'd.
The Second Part. 12 While sinful crowds, with false design, Against the righteous few combine,
And gnash their teeth, and threat'ning stand ; 13 God shall their empty plots deride, And laugh at their defeated pride;
He sees their ruin near at hand, 14 They draw the sword, and bend the bow, The poor and needy to o'erthrow,
And men of upright lives to slay;. 15 But their strong bows shall soon be broke, Their sharpen'd weapon's mortal stroke
Through their own hearts shall force its way. 16 A little, with God's favour blest, That's by one righteous man possest,
The wealth of many bad excels : 17 For God supports the just man's cause, But as for those that break his laws,
Their unsuccessful pow'r he quells.
18 His constant care the upright guides, And over all their life presides;
Their portion shall for ever last : 19 They, when distress o'erwhelms the earth, Shall be unmov'd, and e'en in dearth
The happy fruits of plenty taste.
Destruction is their hapless share:
The Third Part.
The just have will and pow'r to give ; 22 For such as God vouchsafes to bless, Shall peaceably the earth possess,
And those he curses shall not live. 23 The good man's way is God's delight, He orders all the steps aright
Of him that moves by his command; 24 Though he sometimes may be distress'á, Yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd,
For God upholds him with his hand. 25 From my first youth, till age prevail'd, I never saw the righteous fail'd,
Or want o'ertake his num'rous race; 26 Because compassion fill'd his heart, And he did cheerfully impart,
God made his offspring's wealth increase. 27 With caution shin each wicked deed, In virtue's ways with zeal proceed,
And so prolong your happy days : 28 for God, who judgment loves, does still Preserve his saints secure from ill,
While soon the wicked race decays.
His mouth with wisdom is supplied ;
The Fourth Part. 32 in wait the watchful sinner lies, In vain the righteous to surprise ;
In vain his ruin doth decree: 33 God will not him defenceless leave, To his revenge expos'd, but save;
And, when he's sentenc'd, set him free.
34 Wait still on God, keep his command,
Thy bless'd possession ne'er shall quit:
Thou shalt a safe spectator sit.
That spreads its pleasant branches round; 36 But he was gone as swift as thought, And, though in ev'ry place I sought,
No sign or track of him I found. 37 Observe the perfect man with care, And mark all such as upright are;
Their roughest days in peace shall end : 38 While on the latter end of those, Who dare God's sacred will oppose,
A common ruin shall attend.
Their strength in time of need is he:
Though I deserve it all;
Of thy displeasure fall.
Thy arrows deep remain;
I can no more sustain.
Thy wrath so fiercely glows;.
My bones have no repose.
My sinking head o'erflow,
Too vast a burden grow.
My folly's just return; 6 With trouble I am warp'á and bow'd,
And all day long I mourn. 7 A loath'd disease afflicts my loins,
Iufecting ev'ry part; s With sickness worn, I groan and roar,
Through anguish of my heart.
The Second Purt,
All my desires appear;
Not to have reach'd thine ear. 10 My heart's opprest, my strength's decay'd,
My eyes depriv'd of light; 11 Friends, lovers, kinsmen, gaze aloof
On such a dismal sight.
Their snares to take me set;
To forge some new deceit.
Nor heard, nor once replied; 14 Quite deaf and dumb, like one whose tongue
With conscious guilt is tied, 15 For, Lord, to thee I do appeal,
My innocence to clear;
My injur'd cause wilt hear.
" A spiteful joy display,
“ But once to go astray."
To sink I now begin: 18 To thee, O Lord, I will confess,
To thee bewail my sin.
Their strength and vigour boast;
Are grown a dreadful host.
My kindness with despite ;
I choose the path that's right. 21 Forsake me not, Lord my God,
Nor far from me depart; 22 Make haste to my relief, O thou, Who my salvation art.
PSALM XXXIX. · RESOLVD to watch o'er a!l my ways, I curb'd my hasty words when I
The wicked prosp'rous saw.
And did my tongue refrain
Increas'd my inward pain.