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Who saves the harmless, and to me
Does timely help afford.
7 Then free from pensive cares, my soul,
Resume thy wonted rest;
For God has wondrously to thee
His bounteous love exprest.
8 When death alarm'd me, he remov’d
My dangers and my fears;
My feet from falling he secur'd,
And dry'd my eyes from tears.
9 Therefore my life's remaining years,
Which God to me shall lend,
Will I in praises to his name,
And in his service spend.
10, 11 In God I trusted, and of him
In greatest straits did boast;
For in my flight all hopes of aid
From faithless men were lost.
12, 13 Then what return to him shall I
For all his goodness make
I'll praise his name, and with glad zeal
The cup of blessing take.
14, 15 I’ll pay my vows among his saints,
Whose blood, howe'er despis'd
By wicked men, in God's account
Is always highly priz'd.
16 By various ties, O Lord, must I
To thy dominion bow;
Thy humble handmaid's son before,
Thy ransom'd captive now!
17, 18. To thee I’ll off rings bring of praise;
And whilst I bless thy name,
The just performance of my vows
To all thy saints proclaim.
19 They in Jerusalem shall meet,
And in thy house shall join,
To bless thy name with one consent,
And mix their songs with mine.

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PSALM CXVIII. O Praise the Lord, for he is good,

His mercies ne'er decay; That his kind favours ever last, Let thankful Israel say. 3, 4 Their sense of his eternal love Let Aaron’s house express; “And that it never fails, let all That fear the Lord confess. 5 To God I made my humble moan, With troubles quite opprest; And he releas'd me from my straits, And granted my request. 6 Since therefore God does on my side So graciously appear; Why should the vain attempts of men Possess my soul with fear? 7 Since God with those that aid my cause Vouchsafes my part to take., To all my foes I need not doubt A iust return to make. 8, 9 For better ’tis to trust in God, And have the Lord our friend,

Than on the greatest human power
For safety to depend.
10, 11 Though many nations, closely leagu’d,
Did oft beset me round;
Yet, by his boundless power sustain'd,
I did their strength confound.
12. They swarm'd like bees, and yet their rage
Was but a short-liv'd blaze;
For whilst on God I still rely'd,
I vanquish'd them with ease.
13 When all united press'd me hard,
In hopes to make me fall,
The Lord vouchsaf’d to take my part,
And save me from them all.
14. The honour of my strange escape
To him alone belongs; -
He is my Saviour and my strength,
He only claims my songs.
15. Joy fills the dwelling of the just,
Whom God has sav'd from harm;
For wondrous things are brought to pass
By his Almighty arm.
16 He, by his own resistless power,
Has endless honour won;
The saving strength of his right hand
Amazing works has done.

| 17 Godwill not suffer me to fall,

But still prolongs my days; That, by declaring all his works, I may advance his praise. 18 When God had sorely me chastis'd, Till quite of hopes bereav'd, His mercy from the gates of death My fainting life repriev’d. 19 Then open wide the temple-gates, To which the just repair, That I may enter in, and praise My great Deliv'rer there. 20, 31. Within those gates of God’s abode, To which the righteous press, Since thou hast heard, and set me safe, Thy holy name I’ll bless. 22, 23 That which the builders once refus’d, Is now the corner stone; This is the wondrous work of God, The work of God alone. 24, 25 This day is God's; let all the land Exalt their cheerful voice; Lord, we beseech thee, save us now, And make us still rejoice. 26 Him that approaches in God's name, Let all th'assembly bless; “We that belong to God’s own house “Have wish’d you good success.” 27 God is the Lord, through whom we all Both light and comfort find; Fast to the altar's horn, with cords, The chosen victim bind. 28 Thou art my Lord, O God, and still I’ll praise thy holy name; Because thou only art my God, I’ll celebrate thy fame. 29 O then with me give thanks to God, Who still does gracious prove; And let the tribute of our praise Be endless as his love. PSALM CXIX. ...ALEPH. OW bless'd are they, who always keep The pure and perfect way! Who never from the sacred paths

Of God's commandments stray!

2 How bless'd, who to his righteous laws Have still obedient been! And have with fervent humble zeal His favour sought to win! . 3 Such men their utmost caution use To shun each wicked deed; But in the path which he directs With constant care proceed. 4 Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, Lord, To learn thy sacred will; And all our diligence employ Thy statutes to fulfil. 5 O then that thy most holy will Might o'er my ways preside, And is the course of all my life By thy direction guide! 6 Then with assurance should I walk, From all confusion free; Convinc'd, with joy, that all my ways With thy commands agree. 7 My uprightheart shall my glad mouth With cheerful praises fill; When, by thy righteous judgments taught, I shall have learnt thy will. 8 So to thy sacred laws shall I All due observance pay; O then forsake me not, my God, Nor cast me quite away.

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9 How shall the young preserve their ways, From all pollution free ? By making still their course of life With thy commands agree. 10. With hearty zeal for thee I seek, To thee for succour pray; O suffer not my careless steps From thy right paths to stray. 11 Safe in my heart, and closely hid, Thy word, my treasure lies; To succour me with timely aid, When sinful thoughts arise. 12 Secur’d by that, my grateful soul Shall ever bless thy name; O teach me then by thy just laws * future life to frame. 13 My lips, unlock'd by pious zeal, To others have declar’d How well the judgments of thy mouth Deserve our best regard. 14 Whilst in the way of thy commands More solid joy I found, Than had I been with vast increase Of envy'd riches crown'd. 15 Therefore thy just and upright laws Shall always fill my mind; And those sound rules, which thou prescrib'st, All due respect shall find. 16 To keep thy statutes undefac’d Shall be my constant joy; The strict remembrance of thy word Shall all my thoughts employ.

GIMEL.

17 Begracious to thy servant, Losd,
Do thou my life defend,
That I, according to thy word,
My future time may spend.
18 Enlighten both my eyes and mind,
That so I may discern
The wondrous works which they behold,
Who thy just precepts learn.

19 Though, like astranger in the land,
From place to place I stray,
To righteous judgments from my sight
Remove not thou away.
20 My fainting soul is almost pin'd,
With earnest longing spent,
Whilst always on the eager search
Of thy just will intent.
21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud,
Whom still thy curse pursues;
Since they to walk in thy right ways
Presumptuously refuse.
22 But far from me do thou, O Lord,
Contempt and shame remove;
For I thy sacred laws affect
With undissembled love.
23 Though princes oft, in council met,
Against thy servant spake;
Yet I thy statutes to observe
My constant business make.
24. For thy commands have always been
My comfort and delight;
By them I learn, with prudent care,
To guide my steps aright.

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25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care, Close to the dust does cleave; Revive me, Lord, and let me now Thy promis'd aid receive. 26 To thee I still declar'd my ways, And thou inclin'st thine ear; O teach me then my future life By thy just laws to steer. 27. If thou wilt make me know thy laws, And by their guidance walk, The wondrous works which thou hast done Shall be my constant talk. 28 But see, my soul within me sinks, Press'd down with weighty care; Do thou, according to thy word, My wasted strength repair. 29 Far, far from me be all false ways And lying arts remov’d; But kindly grant I still may keep The path by thee approv’d. 30 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth, My happy choice l’ve made; Thy judgments, as my rule of life, Before me always laid. 31 My care has been to make my life With thy commands agree; 0 then preserve thy servant, Lord, From shame and ruin free. 32 So in the way of thy commands Shall I with pleasure run, And, with a heart enlarg’d with joy, Successfully go on.

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36 Do thou to thy most just commands
Incline my willing heart;
Let no desire of worldly wealth
From thee my thoughts divert.
37. From those vain objects turn my eyes,
Which this false world displays;
But give me lively power and strength
To keep thy righteous ways.
38 Confirm the promise which thou mad'st,
And give thy servant aid,
Who to transgress thy sacred laws
Is awfully afraid.
39 The foul disgrace I justly fear,
In mercy, Lord, remove;
For all the judgments thou ordain'st
Are full of grace and love.
40 Thou know'st how after thy commands
My longing heart does pant;
O then make haste to raise me up,
And promis'd succour grant.

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41 Thy constant blessing, Lord, bestow, To cheer my drooping heart; To me, according to thy word, Thy saving health impart. 42 So shall I, when my foes upbraid, This ready answer make; * In God I trust, who never will “His faithful promise break.” 43 Then let not quite the word of truth Be from my mouth remov’d; Since still my ground of steadfast hope Thy just decrees have prov’d. 44. So | to keep thy righteous laws Will all my study bend; From age to age my time to come In their observance spend. 45 Ere long I trust to walk at large, From all incumbranee free; Since I resolve to make my fife With thy commands agree. 46 Thy laws shall be my constant talk; And princes shall attend, Whilst I the justice of thy ways With confidence defend. 47. My longing heart and ravish'd soul Shall both o'erflow with joy, When in thy lov’d commandments I My happy hours employ. 48 Theu will I to thy just decrees List up my willing hands; My care and business then shall be To study thy commands.

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53 Sometimes I stand amaz'd, like one
With deadly horror struck,
To think how all my sinful foes
Have thy just laws forsook.
54 But I thy statutes and decrees
My cheerful anthems made ;
Whilst through strange lands and desert wilds'
I like a pilgrim stray’d.
55 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart by day,
Has fill'd my thoughts by night:
I then resolv’d by thy just laws
To guide my steps aright.
56 That peace of mind, which has my soul
In deep distress sustain'd,
By strict obedience to thy will
I happily obtain'd.

CHETH.

57 O Lord, my God, my portion thou.
And sure possession art;
Thy words I steadfastly resolve
To treasure in my heart.
58. With all the strength of warm desire
I did thy grace implore;
Disclose, according to thy word,
Thy mercy's boundless store.
59 With due reflection and strict care
On all my ways I thought;
And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,
My wand'ring steps I brought.
60 I lost no time, but made great haste,
Resolv’d, without delay,
To watch, that I might never more
From thy commandments stray.
61 Though num’rous troop: of sinful men
To rob me have combin'd,
Yet Ithy pure and righteous laws
Have ever kept in mind.
62. In dead of night I will arise
To sing thy solemn praise;
Convinc'd how much I always ought
To love thy righteous ways.
63 To such as fear thy holy name
Myself I closely join;
To all who their obedient wills
To thy commands resign.
64 O'er all the earth thy mercy, Lord,
Abundantly is shed;
O make me then exactly learn
Thy sacred paths to tread.

TETH.

65 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt Most graciously, O Lord; Repeated benefits bestow'd, According to thy word. 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which Right judgment is attain'd, Who in belief of thy commands Have steadfastly remain'd. 67. Before affliction stopp'd my course, My foot-steps went astray; But I have since been disciplin'd Thy precepts to obey. 68 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good, And all thou dost is so; On me, thy statutes to discern, Thy saving skill bestow. 69. The proud have forg'd malicious lies, ‘My spotless fame to stain; , But my fix’d heart, without reserve,

Thy precepts shall retain.

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73 To me, who am the workmanship
Of thy Almighty hands, .
The heavenly understanding give
To learn thy just commands.
74. My preservation to thy saints
Strong comfort will afford,
To see success attend my hopes,
Who trusted in thy word.
75 That right thy judgments are, I now
By sure experience see ;
And that in faithfulness, O Lord,
Thou hast afflicted me.
76 O let thy tender mercy now
Afford me needful aid;
According to thy promise, Lord,
To me, thy servant, made.
77. To me thy saving grace restore,
That I again may live;
Whose soul can relish no delight
But what thy precepts give.
‘78 Defeat the proud, who, unprovok'd,
To ruin me have sought,
Who only on thy sacred laws
Employ my harmless thought.
79_Let those that fear thy name espouse
My cause, and those alone
Who have, by strict and pious search,
Thy sacred precepts known.
80. In thy blest statutes let my heart
Continue always sound;
That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot,
May never me confound.

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31 My soul with long expectance faints _To see thy saving grace; Yet still on thy unerring word My confidence I place. 82 My very eyes consume and fail With waiting for thy word; 0' when wilt thou thy kind relief And promis'd aid afford! 83. My skin like shrivel’d parchment shows, That long in smoke is set; Yet no affliction me can force Thy statutes to forget. 34. How many days must I endure Of sorrow and distress When wilt thou judgment execute On them who me oppress 85. The proud have digg’d a pit for me, That have no other foes, But such as are averse to thee, And thy just laws oppose. 86 With sacred truth’s eternal laws All thy commands agree; Men persecute me without cause: Thou, liqrd, my helper be.

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89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
Unchang'd thou dost remain;
Thy word, establish’d in the heavens,
Does all their orbs sustain.
90 Through circling ages, Lord, thy truth
Immoveable shall stand,
As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st
By thy Almighty hand. -
91 o things the course by thee ordain’d
Even to this day fulfil;
They are thy faithful subjects all,
And servants of thy will.
92 Unless thy sacred law had been
My comfort and delight,
I must have fainted, and expir’d
In dark affliction’s night.
93 Thy precepts, therefore, from my thoughts
Shall never, Lord, depart;
For thou by them hast to new life
Restor'd my dying heart.
94 As I am thine, entirely thine,
Protect me, Lord, from harm, .
Who have thy precepts sought to know,
And carefully perform.
95 The wicked have their ambush haid
My guiltless life to take;
But in the midst of danger I
Thy word my study make.
96 l’ve seen an end of what we call
Perfection here below ;
But thy commandments, like thyself,
No change or period know.

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97 The love that to thy laws I bear No language can display; They § fresh wonders entertain * ravish'd thoughts all day. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow Than all my subtile foes; For thy sure word doth me direct, And all my ways dispose. 99 From me my former teachers now May abler counsel take; Because thy sacred precepts I My constant study make. 100 in understanding I excel The sages of our days; Because by thy unerring rules I order all my ways. 101 My feet with care I have refrain’d From every sinful way, That to thy sacred ... I might Entire obedience pay. 102 I have not from thy judgments stray’d, By vain desires misled; For, Lord, thou hast instructed me Thy righteous paths to tread. 103 How sweet are all thy words to me." O what divine repast!

How much more grateful to my sou? Than honey to my taste!

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105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
The way of truth to show;
A watch-light to point out the path
In which I ought to go.
106 I swear, and from my solemn oath
Will never start aside,
That in thy righteous judgments I
Will steadfastly abide.
107 Since I with griefs am so opprest,
That I can bear no more,
According to thy word do thou
My fainting soul restore.
108 Let still my sacrifice of praise
With thee acceptance find;
And in thy righteous judgments, Lord,
Instruct my willing mind.
109 Though ghastly dangers me surround,
My ...; they cannot awe,
Nor with continual terrors keep
From thinking on thy law.
110 My wicked and invet’rate foes
For me their snares have laid;
Yet I have kept the upright path,
Nor from thy precepts stray’d.
111 Thy testimonies I have made
My heritage and choice;
For they, when other comforts fail,
My drooping heart rejoice.
112 My heart with early zeal began
Thy statutes to obey,
And till my course of life is done,
Shall keep thy upright way.

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113 Deceitful thoughts and practices I utterly detest; But to thy law affection bear Too great to be exprest. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord; I firmly anchor all my hopes On thy unerring word. 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Approach not my abode; For firmly I resolve to keep The precepts of my God. 116. According to thy gracious word, From danger set me free; Nor make me of those hopes asham’d, That I repose in thee. 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe, And rescu'd from distress; To thy decrees continually My just respect address. 118. The wicked thou hast trod to earth, Who from thy statutes stray’d; Their vile deceit the just reward Of their own falsehood made. 119. The wicked from thy holy land Thou dost like dross remove; I therefore, with such justice charm’d, Thy testimonies love. 120 Yet with that love they make me dread, Lest I should so offend, When on transgressors I behold Thy judgments thus descend.

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121 Judgment and justice I have lov’d;
Otherefore, Lord, engage
In my defence, nor give me up
To my oppressor's of:
122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me,
And so shall this distress
Prove good for me; nor shall the proud
My guiltless soul oppress...
12 §§ eyes, alas! begin to fail,
In long expectance held;
Till thy salvation they behold,
And righteous word fulfill’d.
124 To me, thy servant, in distress,
Thy wonted grace display,
And discipline my willing heart
Thy statutes to obey.
125 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Thy sacred skill bestow,
That of thy testimonies I
The full extent may know.
126'Tis time, high time for thee, O Lord,
Thy vengeance to employ;
When men with open violence
Thy sacred law destroy.
127 §. their contempt of thy commands
But makes their value rise
In my esteem, who purest gold,
Compar'd with them, despise.
128 Thy precepts therefore I account,
In all respects, divine;
They teach me to discern the right,
And all false ways decline.

PE.

129 The wonders which thy laws contain
No words can represent;
Therefore to learn and practise them
My zealous heart is bent.
130 The very entrance to thy word
Celestial light displays,
And knowledge of true happiness
To simplest minds conveys.
131 With eager hopes I waiting stood,
And sainting with desire;
That of thy wise commands I might
The sacred skill acquire.
132 With favour, Lord, look down on me,
Who thy relief implore;
As thou art wont to visit those
Who thy blest name adore.
133 Directed by thy heavenly word
Let all my footsteps be;
Nor wickedness of any kind
Dominion have o'er me.
134 Release, entirely set me free
From .."; hands,
That, unmolested, I may learn
And practise thy commands.
135 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Lord, make thy face to shine;
Thy statutes both to know and keep,
My heart with zeal incline.
136 My eyes to weeping fountains turns
Whence briny rivers flow,
To see mankind against thy laws
In bold defiance go.

TS.A.D D.A. 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom

Wrong'd innocenee may trust;

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