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41 He smote the rock, whose Ainty breast 117 But earth, the quarrel to decide, Pour'd forth a gushing tide;
Her vengeful jaws extending wide, Whose flowing stream, where'er they march’d, Rash Dathan to her centre drew, The desert's drought supply'd.
With proud A biram's factious crew. 42 For still he did on Abra'm's faith
18 The rest of those who did conspire And ancient league reflect;
To kindle wild sedition's fire, 43 He brought his people forth with joy, With all their impious train, became With triumph his elect.
A prey to heaven's devouring flame. 44. Quite rooting out their heathen foes 19 Near Horeb's mount a ealf they made, From Canaan's fertile soil,
And to the molten image pray'd; To them in cheap possession gave
20 Adoring what their hands did frame, The fruit of others' toil:
They chang d their glory to their shame. 45 That they his statutes might observe,
21 Their God and Saviour they forgot, His sacred laws obey:
And all his works in Egypt wrought; For benefits so vast, let us
22 His signs in Ham's astonish'd coast, Our songs of praise repay.
And where proud Pharaoh's troops were lost. PSALM CVI.
23 Thus urg'd, his vengeful hand he rear'd,
The saint did for the rebels pray,
And turn'd heaven's kindled wrath away. Whose mercy firm through ages past 24 Yet they his pleasant land despis’d, Has stood, and shall for ever last.
Nor his repeated promise priz’d, 2 Who can his mighty deeds express, 25 Nor did the Almighty's voice ohey; Not only vast, but numberless ?
But when God said, Go up, would stay. What mortal eloquence can raise
26 This seald their doom, without redress, His tribute of immortal praise?
To perish in the wilderness; 3 Happy are they, and only they,
27 Or else to be by heathen's hands Who from thy judgments never stray ; O’erthrown, and scatter'd through the lands: Who know what's right; nor only so,
PART III. But always practise what they know. 28 Yet, unreclaim'd, this stubborn race 4 Extend to me that favour, Lord,
Baal-Peor's worship did embrace; Thou to thy chosen dost afford :
Became his impious guests, and fed When thou return'st to set them free,
On sacrifices to the dead. Let thy salvation visit me.
29 Thus they persisted to provoke 5 O may I worthy prove to see
God's vengeance to the final stroke: Thy saints in fall prosperity;
'Tis come the deadly pest is comes That I the joyful choir may join,
To exeeute their gen'ral doom. And count thy people's triumph mine. 30 But Phineas, fir'd with holy rage, 6 But ah ! can we expect such grace,
Th' Almighty vengeance to assuage,
Did, by two bold offenders fall,
To him confirming, and his race,
Who Moses, for their sakes, reprov'd; Once more to their deliv'rance came; 33 Whose patient soul they did provoke, To make his sov'reign power be known, Till rashly the meek prophet spoke. That he is God, and he alone.
34 Nor, when possess'd of Canaan's land, 9 To right and left, at his eommand, Did they perform their Lord's command, The parting deep disclos'd her sand; Nor his commission'd sword employ Where firm and dry the passage lay, The guilty nations to destroy. As through some parch'd and desert way. 35 Not only spar'd the pagan crew, 10 Thus rescued from their foes they were, But, mingling, learnt their vices too; Who closely press'd upon their rear; 36 And worship to those idols paid, 11 Whose rage pursu'd them to those waves, Which them to fatal snares betray'd. That prov'd the rash pursuers' graves. 37, 38 To devils they did sacrifice 12 The wat’ry mountains sudden fall Their children with relentless eyes; O’erwhelm'd proud Pharaoh, host and all; Approach'd their altars through a flood This proof did stupid Israel move
of their own sons' and daughters' blood. Tó own God's truth, and praise his love. No cheaper victims would appease PART II.
Canaap's remorseless deities;
No blood her idols reconcile, 13 Byt soon these wonders they forgot, But that which did the land defile. And for his counsel waited not;
PART IV. 14 But lusting in the wilderness,
39 Nor did these savage cruelties Did him with fresh temptations press The harden'd reprobates suffice; 15 Strong food at their request he sent, For after their heart's lust they went, But made their sin their punishment; And daily did new crimes invent. 16 Yet still his saints they did oppose, 40 But sins of such infernal hue The priest and prophet whom he chose. God's wrath against his people drew,
Till he, their once indulgent Lord,
113 Then soon to God's indulgent car His own inheritance abhorr’d.
Did they their mournful cry address; 41 He them defenceless did expose Who graciously vouchsaf'd to hear, To their insulting heathen foes;
And freed them from their deep distress. And made them on the triumph wait 14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night, Of those who wore them greatest hate.
And shades, as black as death's abode, 42 Nor thus his indignation ceas’d; He brought them forth to cheerful light, Their list of tyrants still increas’d,
And welcome liberty bestow'd. Till they, who God's mild sway declin'd, 15 O then that all the earth with me Were made the vassals of mankind.
Would God, for this his goodness, praise; 43 Yet when, distress'd, they did repent, And for the mighty works which he His anger did as oft relent;
Throughout the wond'ring world displays! But freed, they did his wrath provoke, 16 For he, with his Almighty hand, Renew'd their sins, and be their yoke.
The gates of brass in pieces broke; 44 Nor yet implacable he prov'd,
Nor could the massy bars withstand, Nor heard their wretched cries unmov'd: Or temper'd steel resist his stroke. 45 But did to mind his promise bring,
PART III, And mercy's inexhausted spring. 46 Compassion too he did impart
17 Remorseless wretches, void of sensè; E'en to their foes' obdurate heart;
With bold transgressions God defy; And pity for their suff’rings bred
And for their multiply'd offence, In those who them to bondage led.
Oppress'd with sore diseases lie. 47 Still save us, Lord, and Israel's bands 18 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, Together bring from heathen lands;
Abhors to taste the choicest meats; So to thy name our thanks we'll raise, And they by faint degrees draw near And ever triumph in thy praise.
To death's inhospitable gates. 48 Let Israel's God be ever bless'd,
19 Then strait to God's indulgent ear His name eternally confessd:
Do they their mournful cry address; Let all his saints, with full accord,
Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, Sing loud Amens-Praise ye the Lord. And frees them from their deep distress.
20 He all their sad distempers heals, PSALM CVII.
His word both health and safety gives;
And, when all human succour fails,
From near destruction them retrieves.
21 O then that all the earth with me And let your never-ceasing praise
Would God, for this his goodness, praise; Attend on his cternal love.
And for the mighty works which he 2,os Let those give thanks, whom he from Throughout the wond'ring world displays! bands
22 With off'rings let his altar flame, Of proud oppressing foes releas'd;
Whilst they their grateful thanks express, And brought them back from distant lands, And with loud joy his holy name,
From north and south, and west and east. For all his acts of wonder, bless. 4, 5 Through lonely desert ways they went,
PART IV. Nor could a peopled city find; Till quite with thirst and hunger spent, 23, 24 They that in ships, with courage bold
Their fainting souls within them pin’d. O'er swelling waves their trade pursue, 6 Then soon to God's indulgent ear Do God's amazing works behold,
Did they their mournful cry address; And in the deep his wonders view.
25 No sooner his command is past,
And makes the stormy billows rise. To wealthy towns of great resort,
26 Sometimes the ships, toss'd up to heaven, Where all their wants were well supply'd. On tops of mountain waves appear; 8 0 then that all the earth with me
Then down the steep abyss are driven, Would God, for this his goodness, praise ; Whilst every soul dissolves with fear. And for the mighty works which he
27 They reel and stagger to and fro, Throughout the wond'ring world displays! Like men with funies of wine oppress'd; 9 For he fi'om heaven the sad estate
Nor do the skilful seamen know Of longing souls with pity views;
Which way to steer, what course is best. To hungry souls, that pant for meat, 28 Then straight to God's indulgent ear His goodness daily food renews.
They do their mournful cry address;
Who graciously vouchsafes to hear,
And frees them from their deep distress. 10 Some lie, with darkness compass'd round, 29, 30 He does the raging storm appease, In de:th's uncomfortable shaile,
And makes the billows calm and still; And with anwieldy fetters bound,
With joy they see their fury cease, By pressing cares more heavy made.
And their intended course fulfil. 11, 12 Because God's counsels they defy'd, 31 O then that all the earth with me And lightly priz'd his holy word,
Would God, for this his goodness, praise; With these afflictions they were try'd; And for the mighty works which he
They fell, and none could help atford. Throughout the wond'ring world displays!
32 Let them, where all the tribes resort, And through the proud Philistine tands
Advance to heaven his glorious name, My conqu’ring banners spread.
10 By whose support and aid shall I With one consent his praise proclaim. Their well-fenc'd city gain? PART V.
Who will my troops securely lead
Through Edom's guarded plain?
Which late thou didst forsake?
And wilt not thou of these our hosts
Once more the guidance take?
To flow with streams and springing wells, Thy speedy succour send;
For vain it is on human aid
For safety to depend.
If thou thy power disclose;
That treads down all our foes.
God, whose former mercies make
My constant praise thy due, 40. The prince that slights what God com. Hold not thy peace, but my sad state mands,
With wonted favour view :
Deceitful speeches frame,
3 Their restless hatred prompts them still
And all against my life combine,
The just a decent joy shall show; 4 Those whom with tend'rest love I us’d,
Resort to thee by prayer.
5 Since mischief, for the good I did,
Their strange reward does prove,
And hatred's the return they make ;
For undissembled love: My tongue with cheerful songs of praise 6 Their guilty leaders shall be made Shall celebrate thy fame.
To some ill man a slave; 2 Awake, my lute; nor thou, my harp, And, when he's try'd, his mortal foe Thy warbling notes delay ;
For his accuser have. Whilst I with early hymns of joy
7 His guilt, when sentence is pronounc'd, Prevent the dawning day.
Shall meet a dreadful fate, 3 To all the list ning tribes, O Lord, Whilst his rejected prayer but serves Thy wonders I will tell,
His crimes to aggravate. And to those nations sing thy praise, 8 He, snatch'd by some untimely fate; That round about us dwell;
Sha'n't live out half his days; 4 Because thy mercy's boundless height Another, by divine decree, The highest heaven transcends,
Shall on his office seize. And far beyond th' aspiring clouds
9, 10 His seed shall orphans be, his wife Thy faithful truth extends.
A widow, plung'd in grief; 5 Be thou, O God, exalted high
His vagrant children beg their bread, Above the starry frame;
Where none can give relief. And let the world, with one consent,
11 His ill-got riches shall be made Confess thy glorious name.
To usurers a prey ; 6 That all thy chosen people thee
The fruit of all his toil shall be Their Saviour may declare;
By strangers borne away. Let thy right hand protect me still,
12 None shall be found that to his wants And answer thou my prayer:
Their mercy will extend, 7 Since God himself hath said the word, Or to his helpless orphan seed Whose promise cannot fail,
The least assistance lend. With joy I Sechem will divide,
13 A swift destruction soon shall seize And measure Succoth's vale.
On his unhappy race; 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh too,
And the next age his hated name
Shall utterly deface.
Upon his head shall fall; 9 Moab I'll make my servile drudge, God on his mother's crimes shall think, On vanquish'd Edom tread;
And punish him for all. 7
O God, my heart is fully bent
15 All these in horrid order rank'd,
“ And, when thy rising beams they view, Before the Lord shall stand,
“ Shall all, redeem'd from error's night, Till his fierce anger quite cuts off
Appear as numberless and bright Their mem'ry from the land.
“As crystal drops of morning dew." PART II.
4 The Lord bath sworn, nor sworn in vaid,
That, like Melchisedech's, thy reign 16 Because he never mercy show'd,
And priesthood shall no period know: But still the poor oppress’d;
5 No proud competitor to set And sought to slay the helpless man, At thy right hand will he permit, With heavy woes distress'd:
But in his wrath crown'd heads o'erthrow, 17 Therefore the curse he lov'd to vent 6 The sentenc'd heathen he shall slay, Shall his own portion prove;
And fill with carcases his way, And blessings which he still abhorr'd,
Till he hath struck earth's tyrants dead; Shall far from him remove.
7 But in the high-way brooks shall first, 18 Since he in cursing took such pride, Like a poor pilgrim, slake his thirst, Like water it shall spread
And then in triumph raise his head. Through all his veits, and stick like oil,
PSALM CXI. With which his bones are fed. 19 This, like a poison's robe, shall still RAISE ye the Lord; our God to praise
His constant cov’ring be,
With private friends, and in the throng
Of saints, his praise shall be my song. 20 Thus shall the Lord reward all those 2 His works, for greatness though renown'd. That ill to me design;
His wondrous works with ease are found That with malicious false reports
By those who seek for them aright, Against my life combine.
And in the pious search delight.
And universal glory claim;
Shall to eternal ages last. 22 For I, to utmost straits reduc'd,
4 By precepts he hath us enjoin'd Am void of all relief;
To keep his wondrous works in mind; My heart is wounded with distress,
And to posterity record, And quite pierc'd through with grief. That good and gracious is our Lord. 23 I, like an ev'ning shade
5 His bounty, like a flowing tide, Which vanishes apace;
Has all his servants' wants supply'd; Like locusts, up and down I'm toss'd,
And he will ever keep in mind And have no certain place.
His cov'nant with our fathers sign'd. 24, 25 My knees with fasting are grown weak, 6 At once astonish'd and o'erjoy’d, My body lank and lean;
They saw his matchless power employd, All that behold me shake their heads, Whereby the heathen were suppress'd, And treat me with disdain.
And we their heritage possess'd. 26, 27 But for thy mercy's sake, O Lord, 7 Just are the dealings of his hands, Do thou my foes withstand;
Immutable are his commands, 'That all may see 'tis thy own act,
8 By truth and equity sustam'd, The work of thy right hand.
And for eternal rules ordain'd. 28 Then let them curse, so thou but bless; 9 He set his saints from bondage free; Let shame the portion be
And then establish'd his decree, Of all that my destruction seek,
For ever to remain the same: While I rejoice in thee.
Holy and rev’rend is his name. 29 My foe shall with disgrace be cloth’d; 10 Who wisdom's sacred prize would win, And, spite of all his pride,
Must with the fear of God begin: His own confusion, like a cloak,
Immortal praise and heavenly skill The guilty wretch shall hide.
Have they who know and do luis will. 30 But I to God, in grateful thanks, My cheerful voice wilt raise;
PSALM CXII. And where the great assembly meets,
HALLELUJAH. Set forth his noble praise. 31 For him the poor shall always find
"HAT man is blest who stands in awe
And with successive honours crown'd.
3 His house, the seat of wealth, shall be
An inexhausted treasury: "HE Lord unto my Lord thus spake, His justice, free from all decay,
Shall blessings to his heirs convey. 2“ Sit thou in state at my right hand : 4 The soul that's fill'd with virtue's light 5 Supreine in Sion thou shalt be,
Shines brightest in affliction's night; 45 And all thy proud opposers see
To pity the distress'd inclin'd, Subjected to thy just command.
As well as just to all mankind. 3 “'Thee, in thy power's triumphant day, 5 His lib'ral favours he extends, - The willing nations shall obey :
To some he gives, to others lends;
THÆGod, and loves this sacred law;
L BUP' now to use mahaim no share,
Yet what his charity impairs,
When Jacob's awful God draws near, He saves by prudence in affairs.
'Tis time for earth and seas to flee: 6 Beset with threat'ning dangers round, 8 To flee from God, who nature's law Unmov'd shall he maintain his ground:
Confirms and cancels at his will; The sweet remembrance of the just
Who springs from finty rocks can draw, Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
And thirsty vales with water fill. 7 Ill tidings never can surprise
But to thy sacred
And truth's eternal fame. Whence he shall reap wealth, fame, renown, 2 Why should the heathen cry, Where's now A temp'ral and eternal crown.
The God whom we adore? 10 The wicked shall his triumph see, 3 Convince them that in heaven thou art, And gnash their teeth in agony;
And uncontrol'd thy power.
The works of mortal bands ;
5 With speechless mouth and sightless eyes PSALM CXIII.
The molten idol stands.
6 The pageant has both ears and nose, The triumphs of his name record;
But neither hears nor smells; 2 His sacred name for ever bless :
7 Its hands and feet nor feel vor move ; 3 Where'ur the circling sun displays
No life within it dwells. His rising beams or setting rays,
8 Such senseless stocks they are, that we Due praise to his great name address. Can nothing like them find, 4 God through the world extends his sway: But those who on their help rely, The regions of eternal day
And them for gods design'd. But shadows of his glory are:
19 O Israel, make the Lord your trust, 5 With him whose majesty excels,
Who is your help and shield;
Who only help can yield.
On him they fear rely ;
And all their wants supply:
12, 13 Of us he oft has mindful been, Companion to the greatest there.
And Israel's house will bless; 7 When childless families despair,
Priests, Levites, proselytes, even all He sends the blessing of an heir,
Who his great name confess. To rescue their expiring name;
14 On you, and on your heirs, he will Makes her that barren was, to bear,
Increase of blessings bring; And joyfully her fruit to rear:
15 Thrice happy you, who fav’rites are O then extol his matchless fame!
Of this Almighty King!
16 Heaven's highest orb of glory he
His empire's seat design'd; THEN Israel, by th' Almiglity led, And
gave this lower globe of earth Enrich'd with their oppressors' spoil, A portion to mankind. From Egypt march'd, and Jacob's seed 17 They who in death and silence sleep, From bondage in a foreign soil;
To him no praise afford; 2 Jehovah, for his residence,
18 But we will bless for evermore Chose out imperial Judah's tent,
Our ever-living Lord.
Entirely is possest,
The voice of my request.
When danger near the fold they hear; I never will despair;
To him address my prayer. 5 O sea! what made your tide withdraw, 3 With deadly sorrows compass'd round, And naked leave your cozy bed?
With pains of hell oppress'd ; Why Jordan, against nature's law,
When trouble seized my aching heart, Recoil'dst thou to thy fountain's head? And anguish rack'd my breast; 6 Why, mountains, did ye skip, like rams 4 On God's Almighty name I call’d,
When danger does approach the fold? And thus to him I pray’d, Why after you the hills, like lambs
“ Lord, I beseech thee, save my soul, When they their leader's flight behold? “ With sorrow quite dismay'd.” 7 Earth, tremble on; well may'st thou fear 5, 6 How just and merciful is God!
Thy Lord and Maker's face to see; How gracious is the Lord!
Mesoul with grateful thoughts of love