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As thy possession I on thee bestow [sray'd,
The Heathen; and, as thy conquest to be - Joking decides great things,
Earth's utmost bounds : them shalt thou bring Stronger and better oft than earnest can'o.
Like to a potter's vessel shiver'd so.
And now be wise at length, ye kings averse,
Be taught, ye judges of the Earth; with fear 'Tis you that say it, not I. You do the deeds,
Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse And your ungodly deeds find me the words'.
With trembling; kiss the Son lest he appear
In anger, and ye perish in the way,
If once his wrath take fire, like fuel sere.
Happy all those who have in him their stag:
PSALM III. Aug. 9, 1653.
When he fied from Absalom.
Lord, how many are my fues !
How many those,
That in arms against me rise; BLESS'D is the man who hath not walk'd astray
Many are they, In counsel of the wickel, and i' the way
That of my life distrustfully thus say;
No help for him in God there lies.
Thee through my story,
The exalter of my head I count ;
Aloud I cried
For my sustain
The populous rout
I fear not, though, encamping round about, For the Lord knows the upright way of the just, They pitch against me their pavilions. And the way of bad men to ruin must.
Rise, Lord ; save me, my God; for thou
Hast smote ere now
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
Of men abhorr'd
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the
| Thy blessing on thy people flows.
PSALM IV. Aug. 10, 1653.
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear? In straits and in distress,
Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand | Thou didst me disenthrall Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear, 1 And set at large; now spare, Their twisted cords : He, who in Heaven doth | Now pity me, and hear my earnest prayer. dwell,
Great ones, how long will ye Shall laugh; the Lord shall scoff them; then My glory have in scorn? severe,
How long be thus forborn Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell Still to love vanity?
And fierce ire trouble them; but I, saith he, To love, to seeli, to prize,
Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) Thing false and vain, and nothing else but On Sion my holy hill. A firm decree
Yet know the Lord hath chose,
[lies, I will declare: the Lord to me hath said, Chose to himself apart, Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee
The goo:l and meek of heart; This day; ask of me, and the grant is made ; (For whom to choose he knows)
Jehovah from on , Sat. i. x. 14.
Will hear my voice, what time to him I cry. 10 Apol. Smectymn. vol. i. p. 116.
Be aw'd, and do not sin; 11 Electra, v. 627.
Speak to your hearts alone, 12 From Apol. Smectymn. Ibid. .
Upon your beds, each one, 13 Hercul. Fur.
And be at peace within. 14 From Tenure of Kings, &c. Pr. W. vol. i. Offer the offerings just 315.
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Many there be that say,
For all my bones, that eren with anguish ake, Who yet will show us good ?
Are troubled, yea, my soul is troubled sore, Talking like this world's brood;
And thou, O Lord, how long? Tuin, Lord; But, Lord, thus let me pray ;
restore On us lift up the light,
My soul ; O save me for thy goodness sake: Lift up the favour of thy countenance bright. For in death no resemblance is of thee; Into my heart more joy
Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise? And gladness thou hast put,
Wearied I am with sighing out my days; Than when a year of glut
Nightly my couch I make a kind of sea; Their stores doth over-cloy,
My bed I water with my tears; mine eye And from their plenteous grounds
Through grief consumes, is waxen old and With vast encrease their corn and wine abounds.
l'the midst of all my enemies that mark. In peace at once will I
Depart, all ye that work iniquity', Both lay me down and sleep;
De part from me; for the voice of my weeping For thou alone dost keep
The Lord hath heard; the Lord hath heard Me safe where'er I lie;
my prayer; As in a rocky cell
My supplication with acceptance fair Thou, Lord, alone, in safety mak'st me dwell. The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping.
Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd PSALM V. Aug. 12, 1653.
With much confusion; then, grown red with
shame, JEHOVAH, to my words give ear,
They shall return in haste the way they came,
And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.
PSALM VII. Aug. 14, 1653.
Upon the words of Chush the Benjamite against him,
Save me and secure me under
Thy protection w bile I cry;
Lest, as a lion, (and no wonder)
Tearing, and no rescue nigh.
Lord, my God, if I have thought
Be in my hands; if I have a tought
Ill to bim that meant me peace;
Or to him hare render'd less,
Let the eneiny pursue my soul,
And overtake it ; let him tread
My life down to the earth, and roll
In the dust my glory dead,
In the dust ; and, there out-spread,
Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire,
Rouse thyself amidst the rage By their own counsels quellid;
Of my foes that urge like fire ; Push them in their rebellions all
And wake for me, their fury asswage; Still on ; for against thee they have rebell's.
Judgment here thou didst engage
And command, which I desire.
So the assemblies of each nation
Will surround thee, seeking right; For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found
Thence to thy glorious habitation To bless the just man still;
Return on high, and in their sight.
Jehovah judgeth most upright
According to my righteousness,
Upon me: cause at length to cease
Of evil men the wickedness
But the just establish fast,
April, 1648. J. M; Since thou art the just God that tries
Nine of the Psalms done into metre, wherein all Hearts and reins. On God is cast
ut what is in a different character, are the very My defence, and in him lies,
words of the text, translated from the original. In him who, both just and wise, Saves the upright of heart at last.
1. Thou Shepherd, that dost Israel keep, . God is a just judge and severe,
Give ear in time of need ; And God is every day offended;
Who leadest like a flock of sheep If thc unjust will not forbear,
Thy loved Joseph's seed; His sword he whets, his bow hath bended
That sitt’st between the cherubs bright, Already, and for him intended
Between their wings out-spread; The tools of death, that waits him near.
Shine forth, and from thy cloud give light,
And on our foes thy dread. (His arrows purposely made he For them that persecute.) Behold,
2. In Ephraim's view and Benjamin's, He travels big with vanity;
And in Manasse's sight, Trouble he hath conceiv'd of old,
Awake thy strength, come, and be seen
To save us by thy might. As in a womb; and from that mould
3. Turn us again, thy gracc divine Hath at length brought forth a lie.
To us, O God, vouchsafe ; He digg'd a pit, and delvilit deep,
Cause thou thy face on us to shine, .
And then we shall be safe.
How long wilt thou declare
Thy smoking wrath, and angry brow · Fall on his crown with ruin steep.
Against thy people's prayer!
5. Thou feed'st them with the bread of tears; Then will I Jebovah's praise
Their bread with tears they eat; According to his justice raise,
And mak'st them largely drink the tears And sing the name and deity
Wherewith their cheeks are wet. Of Jehovah the Most Higb.
6. A strife thou mak'st us and a prey
To every neighbour foe;
And flouts at us they throw.
7. Return us, and thy grace divine,
O God of Hosts, vouchsafe;
And glorious is thy name through all the Earth! And then we shall be safe.
Thy free love made it thine,
And drov'st out nations, proud and haul,
Hast founded strength, because of all thy foes, .. Thou didst prepare for it a place,
And Gill'd the land allast.
Her boughs as high as cedars tall In the pure firmament; then saith my heart, Advanc'd their lofty head. 0, what is man that thou remembrest yet, 11. Her branches on the western side
Down to the sea she sent, And think'st upon him; or of man begot,
And upward to that river wide
Her other branches went. That him thou visit'st, and of bim art found ! |
12. Why hast thou laid her hedges low, Scarce to be less than gods, thou mad'st his lot, With honour and with state thou hast him
And broken down her fence, crown'd.
That all may pluck her, as they go,
With rudest violence?
13. The tusked boar out of the wood O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him
Up turns it by the roots;
Wild beasts there brouze, and make their food Thou hast put all under his lordly feet;
Her grapes and tender shoots. All flocks, and herds, by thy commanding word,
14. Return now, God of Hosts, look down All beasts that in the field or forest meet,
From Heaven, thy seat divine;
Behold us, but without a frown, Fowl of the Heavens, and fish that through the And visit this thy vine. wet
earth. 15. Visit this vine, which thy right hand Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no Hath set, and planted long, O Jehovah our Lord, how wonderous great And the young branch, that for thyself And glorious is thy name through all the Earth! | Tbou hast made firm and strong,
16. But now it is consum'd with fire,
| 12. Then did I leave them to their wil. . . And cut with axes down;
And to their wandering mind; They perish at thy dreadful ire,
Their own conceits they follow'd still, At thy rebuke and frown.
Their own devices blind. 17. Upon the man of thy right hand
13. O, that my people would be wise, Let thy good hand be laid ;
To serve me all their days! Upon the son of man, whom thou
And 0, that Israel would advise Strong for thyself bast made.
To walk my righteous ways! 18. So shall we not go back from thee
14. Then would I soon bring down their foes, To ways of sin and shame ;
That now so proudly rise ; Quicken us thou; then gladly we
And turn my hand against all those, Shall call upon thy name.
That are their enemies. 19. Return us, and thy grace divine,
15. Who hate the Lord should then be fair Lord God of Hosts, vouchsafe;
To bow to him and bend; Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
But they, his people, should remain, And then we shall be safe.
Their timne should bave no end.
With flower of finest wheat,
And satisfy them from the rock
With honey for their meat. 1. To God our strength sing loud, and clear, Sing loud to God our King;
PSALM LXXXII. To Jacob's God, that all may hear,
1. God in the great assembly stands Loud acclamations ring.
Of kings and lordly states; 2. Prepare a hymn, prepare a song,
Among the gods, on both bis hands, The timbrel bither bring;
He judges and debates. The cheerful psaltery bring along,
2. How long will ye pervert the right And harp with pleasant string.
With judgment false and wrong, 3. Blow, as is wont, in the new moon
Favouring the wicked by your might, With trumpets' lofty sound,
Who thence grow bold and strong The appointed time, the day wbereon
3. Regard the weak and fatherless, Our solemn feast comes round.
Despatch the poor man's cause: 4. This was a statute given of old
And raise the man in deep distress For Israel to observe;
By just and equal laws. A law of Jacob's God, to hold,
4. Defend the poor and desolate, From whence they might not swerve.
And rescue from the bands 5. This he a testimony ordain'd
Of wicked men the low estate
Of bim that help demands.
Indarkness they walk on ; 6. From burden, and from slavish toil,
The Earth's foundations all are mov'd, 1 set his shoulder free:
And out of order gone. His hands from pots, and miry soil,
6. I said that ye were gods, yea all Deliver'd were by me.
The sons of God Most High ; 7. When trouble did thee sore assail,
7. But ye shall die like men, and fall On me then didst thou call;
As other princes die. And I to free thee did not fail,
8. Rise, God; judge thou the Earth in might, And led thee out of thrall.
This wicked Earth redress; I answer'd thee in thunder deep,
For thou art he who shall by right With clouds encompass'd round;
ess. I tried thee at the water sleep Of Meriba renown'd.
PSALM LXXXIII. S. Hear, O my People, hearken well;
1. Be not thou silent now at length; I testify to thee,
O God, hold not thy peace; Thon ancient stock of Israel,
| Sit thou not still, O God of strength, If thou wilt list to me:
We cry, and do not cease. 9. Throughout the land of thy abode
2. For lo, thy furious foes now swell, No alien God shall be,
And storm outragevusly; Nor shalt thou to a foreign God
| And they that hate thee, proud and fell, In honour bend thy knee.
Exalt their heads full high. 10. I am the Lord thy God, which brought
3. Against thy people they contrive Thee out of Egypt land;
Their plots and counsels deep; Ask large enough, and I, besought,
Them to ensnare they chiefly strive, Will grant thy full demand.
Whom thou dost hide and keep. 11. And yet my people would not hear,
4. Come, let us cut them off, say they, Nor hearken to my voice;
Till they no nation be ; And Israel, whom I luo'd so dear,
That Israel's name for ever may Mislik'd me for his choice.
Be lost in memory.
5. For they consult with all their might, 4. Happy, who in thy house reside,' . And all, as one in mind,
Where thee they ever praise ! Themselves against thee they unite,
5. Happy, whose strength in thee doth bide, And in firm union bind.
And in their hearts thy ways ! 6. The tents of Edom, and the brood,
6. Thev pass through Baca's thirsty vale, Of scornful Ishmael,
That dry and barren ground; Moab, with them of Hagar's blood
As through a fruitful watery dale, That in the desart dwell,
Where springs and showers abound. 7. Gebal and Ammon there conspire,
17. They journey on from strength to strength And hateful Amalec,
With joy and gladsome cheer, The Philistines, and they of Tyre,
Till all before our God at length Whose bounds the sea doth check.
In Sion do appear. 8. With them great Ashur also bands,
8. Lord God of Hosts, hear now my prayer, And doth confirm the knot :
O Jacob's Gud give ear; All these have lent their armed hands
9: Thou God, our shield, look on the face To aid the sons of Lot.
Of thy anointed dear. 9. Do to them as to Midian bold,
10. For one day in thy courts to be, That wasted all the coast;
Is better, and more blest, To Sisera ; and, as is told,
Than in the joys of vanity Thou didst to Jabin's host,
A thousand days at best. When, at the brook of Kishon old,
I, in the temple of my God, They were repulz'd and slain,
Had rather keep a door, 10. At Endor quite cut off, and rollid
Than dwell in tents, and rich abode, As dung upon the plain.
With sin for evermore. 11. As Zeb and Oreb evil sped,
11. For God, the Lord, both sun and shield, So let their princes speed;
Gives grace and glory bright; As Zeba and Zalmunna bled,
No good froin them shall be withheld So let their princes bleed.
Whose ways are just and right. 12. For they amidst their pride have said, 12. Lord God of Hosts, that reign'st on high; By right now shall we seize
That man is truly blest, God's houses, and will now invade
Who only on thee doth rely, Their stately palaces.
And in thee only rest. 13. My God, oh make them as a wheel,
1. The land to favour graciously Like stubble from the wind.
Thou hast, not, Lord, been slack; 14. As when an aged wood takes fire
Thou hast from hard captivity Which on a sudden strays,
Returned Jacob back. The greedy flame runs higher and higher
2. The iniquity thou didst forgive Till all the mountains blaze;
That wrought thy people woe; 15. So with thy whirlwind them pursue,
And all their sin, that did thee grieve, And with thy tempest chase ;
Hast hid where none shall know, 16. And, till they yield thee honour due, 3. Thine anger all thou had'st remov'd, Lord, fill with shame their face.
And calmly didst return 17. Asham'd, and troubled, let them be,
From thy fierce wrath which we had prov'd Troubled, and sham'd for ever;
Far worse than fire to burn. Ever confounded, and so die
4. God of our saving health and peace, With shame, and'scape it never.
Turn us, and us restore ; 18. Then shall they know, that thou, whose name Thine indignation cause to cease Jehovah is alone,
Towards us, and chide no more. Art the Most High, and thou the same
5. Wilt thou be angry without end, O’er all the Earth art One.
For ever angry thus? .
Wilt thou thy frowning ire extend
From age to age on us? 1. How lovely are thy dwellings fair !
6. Wilt thou not turn and hear our voice, O Lord of Hosts, how dear
And us again resive, The pleasant tabernacles are,
That so thy people may rejoice Where thou dost dwell so near!
By thee preserv'd alive? 2. My soul doth long and almost die
7. Cause us to see thy goodness, Lord, Thy courts, O Lord, to see;
To us thy mercy shew; My heart and flesh aloud do cry,
Thy saving health to us afford, O living God, for thee.
And life in us renew. 3. There even the sparrow, freed from wrong, 8. And now, what God the Lord will speak, Hath found a house of rest;
I will go straight and bear, The swallow there, to lay her young
For to his people he speaks peace, Hath built her brooding nest;
And to his saints full dear, Even by thy altars, Lord of Hosts,
To his dear saints he will speak peace; They find their safe abode;
But let them never more And home they fly from round the coasts
Return to folly, but surcease, Toward thee, my King, my God,
To trespass as before.