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MY crafty foe, with flatt'ring art,
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; His obstinate ungen'rous spite
No execrable means declines.
5 But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure hope, Above the heav'nly orb ascends; Thy sacred truth's unmeasur'd scope
Beyond the spreading sky extends. 6 Thy justice, 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; And drink, as from a fountain's head Of joys that shall for ever last.
9 With thee the springs of life remain; Thy presence is eternal day: 10 O! let thy saints thy favour gain; To upright hearts thy truth display. 11 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.
1 THOUGH wicked men grow rich or great,
2 For they, cut down like tender grass,
3 Depend on God, and him obey;
Shall all thy earnest wishes grant.
8 From anger cease, and wrath forsake; Let no ungovern'd passion make
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 quite 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 standi 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,
15 But their strong bows shall soon be broke,
Through their own hearts shall force its way.
16 A little, with God's favour blest,
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. 20 Not so the wicked men, and those Who proudly dare God's will oppose;
Destruction is their hapless share :
And vanish into smoke and air.
The Third Part.
21 While sinners, brought to sad decay, Still borrow on and never pay,
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'd, 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 shun 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. 29, 30, 31 The upright shall possess the land, His portion shall for ages stand;
His mouth with wisdom is supplied;
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.
39 God to the just will aid afford,
Their only safeguard is the Lord;
Their strength in time of need is he : 40 Because on him they still depend, The Lord will timely succour send,
And from the wicked set them free.
THY chast'ning wrath, O Lord, restrain,
Nor let at once on me the storm
2 In ev'ry wretched part of me
3 My flesh is one continued wound,
5 Stench and corruption fill my wounds, 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, Infecting ev'ry part;
s With sickness worn, I groan and roar, Through anguish of my heart.
The Second Puri,
9 But, Lord, before thy searching eyes
And sure my groans have been too loud
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.
12 Meanwhile the foes that seek my life,
13 But I, as if both deaf and dumb,
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;
Assur'd that thou, the righteous God,
16"Hear me," said I," lest my proud foes
17 And, with continual grief opprest, To sink I now begin:
18 To thee, O Lord, I will confess,
19 But whilst I languish, my proud foes
20 E'en they, whom I oblig'd, return My kindness with despite ; And are my enemies, because
I choose the path that's right. 21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God, Nor far from me depart; 22 Make haste to my relief, O thou, Who my salvation art.
I RESOLV'D to watch o'er all my ways,
I kept my tongue in awe;
I curb'd my hasty words when 1
The wicked prosp'rous saw.
2 Like one that's dumb I silent stood, And did my tongue refrain
From good discourse; but that restraint