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sacraments, are bound to praise him, who now “ex“alteth” them from sin to righteousness, and will hereafter exalt them from dust to glory. Since few of my readers may, perhaps, have met with a paraphrase on the foregoing Psalm, that has hitherto, I believe, only made its appearance in a periodical publication or two, I shall take the liberty to subjoin it, as a piece, which cannot but be acceptable to all true lovers of sacred poetry. It was written, as I have been lately informed, by the learn
ed and ingenious Dr. Ogilvie, at sixteen years of age.
PSA L. M. CXLVIII.
Ye fields of light, celestial plains,
Ye angels, catch the thrilling sound;
Join, ye loud spheres, the vocal choir;
Thou heaven of heavens, his vast abode;
Whate'er a blooming world contains,
Let every element rejoice:
To him, ye graceful cedars, bow;
Ye flocks that haunt the humble vale,
Wake, all ye mountain tribes, and sing; Ye plumy warblers of the spring, Harmonious anthems raise To him who shap'd your finer mould, Who tipp'd your glitt'ring wings with gold, And tun'd your voice to praise. WOL. II. N n
Let man, by nobler passions sway'd,
Praise him, ye kings, who makes your pow'r
An image of his own.
Ye fair, by nature form'd to move,
The children of Zion are excited, 1–3, to rejoice, and sing the praises of their King, on account,
4. of the salvation which he has already wrought for them, and which will hereafter be completed in them, when, 5, they shall enter into his rest, and, 6–9. triumph with him over the persecuting powers of the world, and all the opposers of Christ, on whom will then be executed the judgement written. The J ews, mistaking, as usual, the time, place, nature of Messiah's glorious kingdom, imagine this Psalm will receive its accomplishment, by their being made rulers of the nations, and lords of all things here below.
• * * l, Praiseye the LoRD. Sing unto the Lond a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3. Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. Christians are now the people, to whom belong the names and characters of “ saints, Israel, and “children of Zion.” They “sing” this holy “song,” as the Psalmist hath enjoined them to do. They sing it “new” in its evangelical sense, as new men, celebrating new victories, new and greater mercies, a spiritual salvation, an eternal redemption. They “rejoice,” with hearts, voices, instruments, and every other token of joy, “ in him who hath made” or created them again, in righteousness and true holimess; they are “joyful in their King,” who hath himself overcome, and is now leading them on to