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Nor can, by force of bribes, reverse

And off'rings bring with constan, care:
The heavens his justice shall declare;
For God himself shall sentence give.
[quit; 7, 8 Attend, my people; Israel, hear;
Thy strong accuser I'll appear,

Th' Almighty Lord's decree.
8, 9 Their vain endeavours they must
The price is held too high;

No sums can purchase such a grant,
That man should never die.
10 Net wisdom can the wise exempt,
Nor fools their folly save;
But beth must perish, and in death
Their wealth to others leave.
11 For though they think their
Shall ne'er to rum fall,
Eut their remembrance last in lands
Which by their names they call;
12 Yet shall their fame be soon forgot,
How great soe'er their state;
With beasts their memory, and they,
Shal! share one common fate.

Thy God, thy only God am I :
Tis not of off'rings 1 complain,
Which, daily in my temple slain,
My sacred altar did supply.

9 Will this alone atonement make?
stately No bullock from thy stall I'll take,
[seats Nor he-goat from thy fold accept :
10 The forest beasts, that range alone,
The cattle too are all my own,

13 How great their folly is, who thus
Absurd conclusions make!
And yet their children, unreclaim'd,
Repeat the gross mistake.

14 They all, like sheep to slaughter led.
The prey of death are made;
Their beauty, while the just rejoice,
Within the grave shall fade.

15 But God will yet redeem my soul;
And from the greedy grave
His greater power shall set me free,
And to himself receive.

16 Then fear not thou, when worldly men
In envy'd wealth abound;

Nor though their prosp'rous house in


With state and honour crown'd.
17 For when they're summon'd hence by
They leave all this behind; [death,
No shadow of their former pomp
Within the grave they find:

That on a thousand hills are kept. 11 I know the fowis, that build their nests In craggy rocks and savage beasts,

That loosely haunt the open fields: 12 It seiz'd with hunger I could be, I need not seek relief from thee,

Since the world's mine, and all it yields.

13 Think'st thou that I have any need On slaughter'd bulls and goats to feed,

To eat their flesh and drink their bloodi 14 The sacrifices I require,

Are hearts which love and zeal inspire,
And vows with strictest care made good
15 In time of trouble call on me,
And I will set thee safe and free;

And thou returns of praise shalt make 16 But to the wicked thus saith God. How dar'st thou teach my laws abroad,

Or in thy mouth my cov'nant take? 17 For stubborn thou, confirm'd in sin, Hast proof against instruction been,

And of my word didst sightly speak: 18 When thou a subtle thief didst see, Thou gladly with him didst agree,

And with adult'rers didst partake.

18 And yet they thought their state was 19 Vile slander is thy chief delight;


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Thy tongue, by envy mov'd, and spite,

Deceitful tales does hourly spread: 20 Thou dost with hateful scandals wound Thy brother, and with lies confound

The offspring of thy mother's bed. 21 These things didst thou, whom still I


To gain with silence, and with love,

Till thou didst wickedly surmise,
That I was such a one as thou;
But I'll reprove and shame thee now,

And set thy sins before thine eyes. 22 Mark this, ye wicked fools, lest I Let all my bolts of vengeance fly,

Whilst none shall dare your cause to

23 Who praises me, due honour gives;
And to the man that justly lives,

My strong salvation shall be shown.

AVE mercy, Lord, on me,

Let me, oppress'd with loads of guilt,
Thy wonted mercy find.
2, 3 Wash off my foul offence,
And cleanse me from my sin;
For I confess my crime, and see
How great my guilt has been


4 Against thee, Lord, alone,

And only in thy sight,

And, sharper than a razor set,
It wounds with treach'rous hes

Have I transgress'd; and, though con- 3, 4 Thy thoughts are more on ill than


Must own thy judgment right. 5 In guilt each part was form'd Of all his sinful frame.

In guilt I was conceiv'd, and born
The heir of sin and shame

6 Yet thou, whose searching eye
Does inward truth require.
In secret didst with wisdom's laws
My tender soul inspire
7 With hyssop purge ine, Lord,
And so I clean shall be

I shal with snow in whiteness vie,
When purity'd by thee:

3 Make me to hear with joy

Thy kind forgiving voice;

That so the bones which thou hast broke
May with fresh strength rejoice
9, 10 Blot out my crying sins,
Nor me in anger view
Create in me a heart that's clean,
An upright mind renew

PART 11.

11 Withdraw not thou thy help,
Nor cast me from thy sight;
Nor let thy holy Spirit take
Its everlasting flight.

12 The joy thy favour gives,
Let me again obtain;"

And thy free Spirit's firm support
My fainting sou! sustain.
13 So I thy righteous ways
To sinners will unpart;
Whilst my advice shall wicked men
To thy just laws convert.
14 My guilt of blood remove,
My Saviour and my God;
And my glad tongue shall loudly tell
Thy righteous arts abroad
15 Do thou unlock my lips,

With sorrow clos'd and shame;
So shall my mouth thy wondrous praise
To all the world proclaim.

16 Could sacrifice atone,

Whole flocks aud herds should die; But on such off'rings thou disdain'st To cast a gracious eye

17 A broken spirit is

By God most highly priz'd;
By him a broken contrite heart
Shall never be despis'd
18 Let Sion favour find,

Of thy good will assur'd,
And thy own city flourish long,
By lofty walls secur'd.
19 The just shall then attend,
And pleasing tribute pay;
And sacrifice of choicest kind
Upon thy altar lay

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On lies than truth, employ 'd;

Thy tongue delights in words, by which
The guiltless are destroy'd.

5 God shall for ever blast thy hopes,
And snatch thee soon away;
Nor in thy d velling-place permit,
Nor in the world, to stay.

6 The just, with pious fear, shall see
The downfall of thy pride;
And at thy sudden ruin laugh.
And thus thy fall deride:

7 See there the man that haughty was "Who proudly God defy'd,

Who trusted in his wealth, and still
On wicked arts rely'd."

But I am like those olive-plants
That shade God's temple round;
And cope with his indulgent grace
To be for ever crown'd

9 So shall my soul, with praise, O God, Extol thy wondrous love,

And on thy name with patience wait;
For this thy saints approve


HE wicked fools must sure suppose but a name.

This gross mistake their practice shows, Since virtue all disclaim.

2 The Lord look'd down from heaven s high tower,

The sons of men to view, To see if any own'd his power

Or truth or justice knew.

3 But all, he saw, were backward gone,
Degen rate grown and base;
None for religion car'd, not one
Of all the sinful race

4 But are those workers of deceit
So dull and senseless grown,
That they like bread my people eat,
And God's just power disown?
5 Their causeless fear shall strangely

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To judge my cause; accept my prayer, And to my words give ear

3 Mere strangers, whom I never wrong'd, To ruin me design'd;

And cruel men, that fear no God,
Against my soul combin'd.

4, 5 But God takes part with all my friends,

And he's the surest guard:

The God of truth shall give my foes
Their falsehood's dee reward;

While I my grateful off'rings bring,
And sacrifice with joy;

And in his praise my time to come
Delightfully employ.
7 From dreadful danger and distress
The Lord hath set ine free;
Through him shall I of all my foes
The lust destruction see.

IVE ear, thou Judge of all the earth,
Nor from thy humble suppliant turn
Thy glorious face away

2 Attend to this my sad complaint,
And hear my grievous moans;
While I my mournful case declare,
With artless sighs and groans.
3 Hark how the foe insults aloud!
How fierce oppressors rage!
Whose sland rous tongues, with wrathful
Against my fame engage. [hate,
4, 5 My heart is rack'd with pain; my

With deadly frights distress'd;
With fear and trembling compass'd round,
With horror quite oppress'd.
6 How often wish'd I then, that 1
The dove's swift wings could get;
That I might take my speedy flight,
And seek a safe retreat

7,8 then would I wander far from hence,
And in wild deserts stray,

Till all this furious storm were spent,
This tempest past away

9 Destroy, O Lord, their ill designs,
Their counsels soon divide;
For through the city my griev'd eyes
Have strife and rapire spy 'd.
10 By day and night, on every wall
They walk their constant round;
And in the midst of all her strength
Are grief and mischief found."
11 Whoe'er through every part shall


Will fresh disorders meet;
Deceit and guile their constant posts
Maintain in every street.

12 For twas not any open foe

That false reflections made;
For then I could with ease have borne
The bitter things he said:
'Twas none who hatred had profess'd,
That did against me rise;
For then I had withdrawn myself
From his malicious eyes.

And made a num'rous host of friends

My righteous cause defend.
19 For he, who was my help of old,
Shall now his suppliant hear:
And punish them whose pros, rous state
Makes them no God to ear.

20 Whom can I trust, if ithless men
Perfidiously devise

To ruin me, their peaceful friend,
And break the strongest L.cs?
21 Though soft and melting art their


Their hearts with war abound;
Their speeches are more smooth than of,
And yet like swords they wound.
22 Do thou, my soul, on God depend,
And he shall thee sustain;
ite aids the just, whom to supplant
The wicked strive in vain.
23 My foes that trade in lies and blood,
Shall all untimely die;

Whilst 1, for health and length of days,
On thee, my God, rely



O thou, O God, in mercy help;
For man my life pursues;

To crush me with repeated wrongs,
He daily strife renews.

2 Continually my spiteful foes
To ruin me combine;

Thou seest, who sitt st enthron'd on high,
What mighty numbers join.

3 But though sometimes surpris'd by
On danger's first alarm; [fear,
Yet still for succour I depend

On thy Almighty arm.

14 God's faithful promise I shall praise,
On which I now rely;

In God I trust, and, trusting him,
The arm of flesh defy.

5 They wrest my words, and make them


A sense they never meant ;
Their thoughts are all, with restless spite,
On my destruction bent.

6 In close assemblies they combine,
And wicked projects lay;
They watch my steps, and lie in wait
To make my soul their prey.
7 Shall such injustice still escape?
O righteous God, arise;

Let thy just wrath, too long provok'd,
This impious race chastise.

13, 14 But 'twas e'en thou, my guide, my 8 Thou numberest all my steps, since first


Whom tend'rest love did join;
Whose sweet advice I valued most;
Whose prayers were mix'd with mine.
15 Sure vengeance, equal to their crimes,
Such traitors must surprise,
And sudden death requite those ills
They wickedly devise.

16, 17 But I will cali on God, who still
Shall in my aid appear;

At morn, at noon at night, I'll pray;
And he my voice shall hear.

18 God has releas'd my soul from those
That did with me contend;

I was compell'd to flee;
My very tears were treasur'd up,
And register'd by thee.
9 When therefore I invoke thy aid,
My foes shall be o'erthrown;
For I am well assur'd that God

My righteous cause will own.

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And to thy wing for shelter haste, Till this outrageous storm is pass'd. 2 To thy tribunal, Lord, 1 fly, Thou sov'reign Judge, and God high


Who wonders hast for me begun,
And wilt not leave thy work undone.
3 From heaven protect me by thine arm,
And shame all those who seek my harm;
To my relief thy mercy send,

And truth, on which my hopes depend
4 For I with savage men converse,
Like hungry lions wild and fierce;
With men whose teeth are spears, their

Envenom'd darts, and two-edg'd swords.
5 Be thou, O God, exalted high;
And, as thy glory fills the sky.
So let it be on earth display'd,
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd.
6 To take me they their net prepar'd,
And had almost my soul ensnar'd;
But fell themselves, by just decree,
Into the pit they made for ine.
7 O God, my heart is fix 'd, 'tis bent,
Its thankful tribute to present;

And, with my heart, my voice I'll raise
To thee, my God, in songs of praise :
8 Awake, my glory; harp and lute,
No longer let your strings be mute;
And I, my tuneful part to take,
Will with the early dawn awake.
9 Thy praises, Lord, I will resound
To all the list ning nations round;
10 Thy mercy highest heaven transcends;
Thy truth beyond the clouds extends.
11 Be thou, O God, exalted high;
And, as thy glory fills the sky,
So let it be on earth display'd,
Till thou art here, as there, obey'd

PEAK, O ye judges of the earth,

Or must not innocence appeal

To heaven from your decree ?
2 Your wicked hearts and judgments are
Alike by malice sway'd;
Your griping bands by weighty bribes,
To violence betray'd.

3 To virtue strangers, from the womb
Their infant steps went wrong;
They prattled slander, and in lies
Employ'd their lisping tongue.
4 No serpent of parch'd Afric's breed
Does rankeroison bear;
The drowsy adder will as soon
Unlock his sullen ear.

5 Unmov'd by good advice, and deaf
As adders they remain ;

From whom the skilful charmer's voice
Can no attention gain.

16 Defeat, O God, their threat'ning rage
And timely break their power;
Disarm these growling lions jaws,
E'er practis'd to devour

7 Let now their insolence, at height,
Like ebbing tides be spent ;
Their shiver'd darts deceive their aim,
When they their bow have bent.
8 Like snails let them dissolve to slime;
Like hasty births, become
Unworthy to behold the sun,

And dead within the womb.

9 E'er thorns can make the flesh-pots boil, Tempestuous wrath shall come

From God, and snatch them hence alive

To their etemal doom

10 The righteous shall rejoice to see Their crimes with vengeance meet; And saints in persecutors blood

Shall dip their harmless feet.
11 Transgressors then with grief shall see
Just men rewards obtain ;

And own a God, whose justice will
The guilty earth arraign.



ELIVER me, O Lord, my God
From all my spiteful foes;
In my defence oppose thy power
To theirs, who me oppose.

2 Preserve me from a wicked race,
Who make a trade of ill;
Protect me from reinorseless men,
Who seek my blood to spill.
3 They lie in wait, and mighty powers
Against my life combine,

Implacable; yet, Lord, thou know'st,
For no offence of mine.

4 In haste they run about, and watch
My guiltless life to take;

Look down, O Lord, on my distress,
And to my help awake.

5 Thou, Lord of Hosts, and Israel's God,
Their heathen rage suppress;
Relentless vengeance take on those
Who stubbornly transgress.
6 At evening, to beset my house,
Like growling dogs they meet;
While others through the city range,
And ransack every street.

7The throats envenom'd slander breathe;
Their tongues are sharpen'd swords;
Who hears ?" say they, or, hearing,
Reprove our lawless words ?" [dares
8 But from thy throne thou shalt. O Lord
Their baffled plots deride;

And soon to shame and scorn expose
Their boasted heathen pride.

9 On thee I wait; 'tis on thy strength
For succour I depend

'Tis thou, O God, art my defence,
Who only can defend.

10 Thy mercy, Lord, which has so oft
From danger set me free.

Shall crown my wishes, and subdue
My haughty foes to me.

11 Destroy them not, O Lord, at once
Restrain thy vengeful blow;
Lest we, ungratefully, too soon
Forget their overthrow.

Disperse them through the nations round
By thy avenging power;
Do thou bring down their haughty pride.
O Lord, our shield and tower.
12 Now, in the height of all their hopes,
Their arrogance chastise;
Whose tongues have sinn'd without re-

And curses join'd with lies.

13 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race endures,

Thine anger. Lord, suppress;
That distant lands, by their just duom,
May Israel's God confess.

14 At evening let them still persist
Like growling dogs to meet,
Still wander all the city round,

And Laverse every street.
15 Then, as for malice now they do,
For hunger let them stray;
And yell their vain complaints aloud,
Defeated of their prey

16 Whilst early 1 thy mercy sing,
Thy wondrous power confess;
For thou hast been my sure uefence,
My refuge in distress.

17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise,
O God, my strength, I'll sing;
Thou art my God, the Rock from whence
My health and safety spring-


GOD, who hast our troops dispers'd, Forsaking those who left thee first; As we thy just displeasure mourn, To us, in inercy, Lord, return.

2 Our strength, that firm as earth did stand.

Is rent by thy avenging hand;

heal the breaches thou hast made: We shake, we fall, without thy aid ' 8 Our folly's sad effects we feel; For, drunk with discord's cup we reel 4 But now, for them who thee rever'd, Thou hast thy truth's bright banner rear'd.

5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect;
Lord, hear the prayers that we direct
6 The holy God has spoke, and I,
O'erjoy'd, on his firm word rely:
To thee in portions I'll divide
Fair Sichem's soil, Samaria's pride;
To Sichem. Succoth next I'll join,
And measure out her vale by line.
7 Manasseh, Gilead, buth subscribe
To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe;
Ephraim by arms supports my cause,
And Judah by religious laws.

8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be,
Nor Edom from my yoke get free;
Proud Palestine's imperious state
Shall humbly on our triumph wait.
9 But who shall quell these mighty

And clear my way to Edom's towers ?
Or through her guarded frontiers tread
The path that doth to conquest lead ?
10 Ev'n thou. ( God, who hast dispers'd
Our troops (for we forsook thee first;)
Those whom thou didst in wrath forsake,
Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make.

11 Do thou our fainting cause sustain ; For human succours are but vain. 12 Fresh strength and courage God be


'Tis he treads down our proudest foes. PSALM LXI.

ORD, hear my cry, regard my prayer,

2 From earth's remotest part address
To thee for kind relief."

O lodge me safe beyond the reach
Of persecuting power;

3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful foes
Hast been my shelt'ring tower.
4 Se shall I in thy sacred courts
Secure from danger lie.

Beneath the covert of thy wings,
All future storms defy.

5 In sign my vows are heard, once more I o'er thy chosen reign;

60 bless with long and prosp'rous life The king thou didst ordain.

7 Confirm his throne, and make his reign Accepted in thy sight;

And let thy truth and mercy both
In his defence unite.

So shall I ever sing thy praise,
Thy name for ever bless;
Devote my prosp'rous days to pay
The vows of my distress.

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My Rock, my Health, that strength supplies

To bear the shock of all my foes. 3 How long will ye contrive my fall Which will but hasten on your own? You'll totter like a bending wall,


Or fence of uncemented stone. To make my envy'd bonours less, They strive with lies, their chief delight; For they, though with their mouths they bless,

In private curse with inward spite. 5, 6 But thou, my soul, on God rely; On him alone thy trust repose: My Rock and Health will strength supply To bear the shock of all my foes. 7 God does his saving health dispense, And flowing blessings daily send; He is my fortress and defence;

On him my soul shall still depend. 8 In him, ye people, always trust; Before his throne pour out your hearts; For God, the merciful and just, His timely aid to us imparts. 9 The vulgar fickle are and frail; The great dissemble and betray; And, laid in truth's impartial scale,

The lightest things will both outweigh. 10 Then trust not in oppressive ways; By spoil and rapine grow not vain ; Nor let your hearts, if wealth increase, Be set too much upon your gain. 11 For God has oft his will express'd, And I this truth have fully known ¡

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