Imágenes de páginas


[ocr errors]

Disperse them through the nations round !! Do thou our fainting cause suslain ; By thy avenging power ;

For human succours are but vain. Do thou bring down their haughty pride. 12 Fresh strength and courage God le

O Lord, our shield and tower. 12 Now, in the height of all their hopes, 'Tis he treads down our pro udest foes.

Their arrogance chastise
Whose tongues have sinn'd without re-

PSALM LXI. straint, 13 Nor shalt thou, whilst their race 2 From earth's remolest part address And curses joind with lies

Which 1, oppress'd with grief, endures, Thine anger. Lord, suppress;

To thee for kind relief. That distant lands, by their just duom,

O lodge me safe beyond the reach May Israei's God confess

Of persecuting power ; 14 Ai evening let them still persist 3 Thou, who so oft from spiteful foes Like growling dogs to meet;

Hast been my shelt'ring tower. Still wander all the city round,

4 Se shall I in thy sacred courts And traverse every strcet.

Secure from danger lie. 15 Then, as for malice now they do,

Beneath the covert of thy wings, For bunger let them stray ;

All future storms defy. And vell their vain complaints aloud, 5 In sign my vows are heard, once more Derealed of their prey

I o'er thy chosen reign; 16 Whilst early 1 thy mercy sing,

6 O! bless with long and prosp'rous life Thy wondrous power confess;

The king thou didsi ordain. For thou hast been my sure uefence, 7 Confirni his throne, and make his reign My refuge in distress.

Accepted in thy sight; 17 To thee, with never-ceasing praise,

And let thy truth and mercy both
O God, my strength, I'll singi

In his defence unite.
Thou art my God, the Rock from whence So shall I ever sing thy praise,
My health and safety spring

Thy name for ever bless;

Devole my prosp'rous days to pay

The vows of my distress. O Go , orsaking those who left thee first;

PSALM LXII. As we thy just displeasure mourn, 2 Our strength, that firmas carth dia My soul for help on God relies ;

From him alone my safety flows; sland,

My Rock, my Health, thai strength Is rent by thy avenging hand;

supplies O! heal ihe breaches thou hast made : To bear the shock of all my foes. We shake, we fall. without thy aid ! 3 How long will ye contrive my fall 8 Our folly's sad effects we feel ;

Which will but hasten on your own? For, drunk with discord's cup we ree! You'll totter like a 4 But now, for them who the rever'd, Or sence of uncemented wall,

stone. Thou hast thy truth's bright banner 4 To make my envy'd honours less, rear'd.

They strive with lies, their chief delight; 5 Let thy right hand thy saints protect; For they, though with their mouths they Lord, hear the prayers that we direct

bless, 6 The holy God has

and I,

In private curse with inward spite. O'erjoyd, on bis firm rely : 5,6 But thou, my soul, on God rely ; To thee in portions I'll divide

On him alone thy trust repose : Fair Sichem's soil, Samarie's pride; My Rock und Health will strength supply To Sichem. Succoth next I'll join,

To bear the shock of all my foes. And ineasure out her vale by line. 17 God does his saving health dispense, 7 Manasseh, Gilead, buth subscribe And flow ng blessings daily send: To my commands, with Ephraim's tribe ; He is my fortress and defence; Ephraim by arms supports my cause, On him my soul shall still depend. And Judah by religious laws

18 In him, ye people, always trust; 8 Moab my slave and drudge shall be, Before his throne pour out your hearts ; Nor Edom from my yoke get free ; For God, the merciful and just, Proud Palestine's imperious state

His timely aid to us iinparts. Shall humbly on our triumph wait. 9 The vulgar fickle are and frail; 9 Bul who shall quell these mighty The great dissemble and betray ; powers,

And, laid in truth's impartial scale, And clear my way to Edom's towers ? The lightest things will both outweigh. Or through her guarded frontiers tread 10 Then trust not in oppressive ways; The path that doth to conquest lead ? By spoil and rapine grow not vain ; 10 Evin thou. () God, who hast dispers'a Nor let your hearts, it' wealth increase, Our troops (for we forsook thee first :) Be set too much upon your gain. Those whom thou didst in wrath forsake, 11 For God has oft his will expressid, Aton'd, thou wilt victorious make. And I this truth have fully known

To be of boundless power possess'd 7 But God, to arger justly mov'd,
Belongs, of right, to God alone.

Plis dreadful bow shall bent, 12 Though merey is his darling grace, And on his flying arrow's point

In which he chiefly takes delight; Shall swift destruction send. Yet will he all the human race

8 Those slanders which their mouths did According to their works requite.


Upon themselves shall fall;

Their crimes disclosd, shall make them be O GOD, my gracious God, to the My moming prayers shall offer'd be ; Despis'd and shunn'd by all.

9 The world shall then God's power For thee my thirsty soul does pant :

confess, My fainting flesh implores thy grace Within this dry and harren p'ace,

And nations trembling stand, Where I refreshing waters want.

Convinc'd that 'tis the nighty work 20! to my longing eyes, once more.

Of his avenging hand. That view of glorious power restore,

10 Whilst righteous men, whom God Which thy majestic house displays;

In hiin shall gladly trust; secures, 3 Because to me thy wondrous love And all the list ning earth shall hear Than life itself does dearer prove,

Loud triumphs of the just. My lips shall always speak thy praise.

PSALM LXV. 4 My life, while I that life enjoy.

POR thee, O God, our constant praise in blessing God I will einploy;

In Sion waits, thy chosen seat; With lifted hands adore his name:

Our promis'd altars there we'll raise, 5 My soul's content shall be as great

And all our zealeus vows complete. As theirs, who choicest dainties eal,

2 (thou, wlio to my humble prayer While I with joy his praise proclaim. Didst always bend thy list'ning ear, 6 When down I lie, sweet sleep to find, To thee shall all mankind repair, Thou, Lord, art present to my mind;

And at thy gracious throne appear. And when I wabe in dead of night: 3 Our sins, though numberless, in vain 7 Because thou still dost succour bring,

To stop thy flowing nerey try; Beneath the shadow of thy wing Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, I rest with safety and delight.

And washest out the crimson dye. 8 My soul, when foes would me devour, 4 Blest is the man, who near thee plac'a, Cleaves fast to thee, whose matchless

Within thy sacred dwelling lives! power

Whilst we ai humble distance taste In her support is daily shown :

The vast delights thy temple giccs. 9 But those the righteous Lord shall slay, 5 By wondrous acts, o God, most just, That my destruction wish; and they

Have we thy gracious answer found: That seek my life shall lose their own. In thee remotest nations trust, 10 They by untimely ends shall die,

And those whom stormy waves sur Their flesh a prey to fores lie;

round. But God shall fill the king with joy.

6, 7 God, by his strength, sets fast the 11 Who thee conless sball still rejoice ;

hills, Whilst the false tongue, and lying voice,

And does his matchless power engage, Tbou. Lord, shalt silence and destroy. With which the sea's loud waves he stills, PSALM LXIV

And angry crowds' tumultuous rage.

PART 11. LORD hearthe voice of any complaint,

B Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lands Parserve my life from cruel foes,

dismay, And free iny soul from fear.

When they thy dreadful tokens view; 20! hide me with thy tend'rest care, With joy they see the night and day In some secure retrent,

Each other's track, by turns, pursue. From sinners that against me rise, 9 From out thy unexhausted store And all their plots defeat.

Thy rain relieves the thirsty 3 See how, intent to work my harm, Makes lands, that barren were und

They whet their tongues like swords, With corn and useful fruits abound. And lend their bow's to shoot their darts, 10 On rising ridges down it pours, Sharp lies, and bitter words.

And every furrow'l valley bills; 4 Lurking in private, at the just Thou niak'st them soft with gentle show. They take their secret aim;

In which a blest merea se distils. (era, Ardi suddenly at him they shoot, 11 Thy goodness does the circlmg year Quite void of fear and shame.

With fresh returns of plenty crown;

And where thy gloriutis paths appear, carry on their ill designs hey mutually agree;

The fruitful clouds drop fulness down. They speak of laying private snares, 12. They drop on barren forests.chang'd And think that none shall see

By them to pastures fresh and green; 6 With utmost diligence and care The bills about, in order rang'd. Their wicked plots they layi

lu benutevus robes oi joy are seeni, The deep designs of all their bearts

13 Large Hocks with fleecy wool adurn Are only lu betray

Tie cheerful Jowhs; the vallies bring

5 10 cor

[ocr errors]

A plenteous crop or full-ear'd com,

2 That so thy wondrous way And seem, for joy, lo shout and sing. May through the world be known; PSALM LXVI.

While distant lands their tribute pays

And thy salvation own,
To God their voices raise

To celebrate thy fame;
Sing psalms in honour of his name,
And spread his glorious praise.

Let all the world, O Lord, combine
3 And let them say, how dreadful, Lord, To praise thy glorious neme.
In all thy works, art thou!

4 O let them shout and sing To thy great power 'hy stubborn foes With joy aud pious mirth; Shallall be forc'd to bow

For thou, the righteous Judge and King, 4 Through all the earth, the nations round

Shalt govern all the earth. Shall thee their God contess

5 Let ditt ring nations join

To celebrate thy fame; And with glad hymns, their awful dread of thy great name express

Let all the world, O Lord, combine 5 Ocone! behold the works of God;

To praise thy glorious nome. And then with me you'll own,

16 Then shall the teeming ground That be to all the sons of men

A large increase disclose ; Has wondrous judgment shown.

And we with plenty shall be crown'd, 6 He inade the sea become dry land,

Which God, our God, bestows. Through which our fathers walkd ; 7 Then God upon our land Whilst to each other oi his might

Shall constant blessings shower;

And all the world in awe shall sland With joy his people talk'd

Of his resistless power.
7 He, by his power, for ever rules ;
His eyes the world survey

Let no presumptuous man rebel
Against his sov'reign sway

ET Coll, the God of battle, rise,


Let shateful out their host surprise, 8,90! all ye nations. bless our God,

Who spitefully his power oppose. And loudly speak his praise ;

2 As smoke in Who keeps our souls alive, and still

Lempest's rage is lost,

Or wax into the furnace cast; Contrins var steariast ways.

So let their sacrilegious host 10 For thou hast try'lus, Lord, as fire

Before his wrathful presence waste. Does try the precious ore ,

3 But let the servants of his will 11 Thou brought'st us into stra ts, where

His favour's gentle beams enjoy Oppressing burdens bore

(we Their upright hearts let gladness áll, 12 Insulting foes did us, their slaves,

And cheerful songs their tongues Through fire and water chase ;

employ But vel, ai last, thou brouglitt us forih | 1 To him your voice in anthems raise,

Jehovah's awful name he bears; 13 Buru.t-off rings to thy house I'll bring, In him rejoice, extol his And there my vows will pay,


Who rides upon high-rolling spheres 14 Which I with solenn zeul did make

15 Him, from his In trouble's dismal day.

ein pire of the skies,

Te this luw world 15 The: shall the richest incense smoke, The orphan's claim to patrouise,

compassion draws, The fattest rams shall fall,

And judge the injur'd widow's cause. The choicest goals from out the fold, And bullocks from the stall.

6 "Tis God, who from a foreigu soil

Restores poor exiles to their home ; 16 (! come all ye that fear the Lord.

Makes captives free, and fruitless toil Attend with needful care,

Their proud oppressors righteous Whilst I what God for me has done

doom With grateful joy der lare

7 'Twas so of old, when thou didst lead 17. , 14 À I before his aid implor'd,

In person Lord, our armies forth; So now I praise his name:

Strange te rors through the desert spread, Who, if my heart had harvour*d sin,

Convulsions shook the astonish'd earth. Would all

iny prayers disclaim 19 But God to me, wheneer I cry'd,

6 The breaking clouds did rain distil,

And heaven's high arches shook with His gracious ear did bend

fear; And to the voice of my request

How then should Sinai's humble hill With constant love attend

Of Israel's God the presence bear ? 20 Then bless'd for ever be my God,

9 Thy hand, at famish'd earth's complaint, Who never, when I pray,

Reliev'd her froin celestial stores.
Withholds his merry from my soul,
Nor turns his face away.

And when thy heritage was faint,

Asstag'd the drought with plenteous PSALM LXVII

show'rs 30

10 Where savages had rang'd before, In mercy. Lord, incline;

At ease thou mad'st our Tribes reside; And cause the brightness of thy face And, in the desert, for the poor On all thy saints to shine:

Thy gen'rous bounty did provide


27 Nor little Benjamin alone I Thou gav'st the word; we sallied From neighb'ring bounds did ther forth,

Nor only Julal's nearer throne [allen, And in that powerful word o'ercame; Her counsellors in state id sendi While virgin-truops, with songs of mirth, But Zebulon's remoter seal.

In slike uur conquest did proclaim And Naplitali's more distant coast, 2 Vast armies, by such gen rals led, The grand procession w complete, As yet had ne'er receiv'd a foil,

Sent up their tribes, a princely host. Forsook their canıp with sudden dlread, 28 Thus Gout to strength and union And to our women left the spoil.

brought 13 Though Egypt's drudges you have been,

Our tribes, at strife tull that blest hour; Your army wings shall shine as bright This work, which thed. () God, hast As doves, in golden sun shine seen,

wrought, Or silverd o'er with paler light

Confirm with fresh recruits of power. 14 'Twas so, when God's almighty hand, 29 To visit Salem, Lord, «lescend,

O'er scatter'd kings the conquest won Ani Sion, thy terrestrial throne. Our troops, drawn up on Jordan's strand, Where bings with presents shall attend,

High Salinon's glittring snow outshone And thee with otter'd crowns alone. 15 From thence to Jordan's farther coasi, 30 Break down the spearmen's ranks And Bashan's hill we did advance

who threat No more her beight shall Bashan boast, Like pamper d herds of savuge mighl:

But that she's God's inheritance Their silver armour'd chiefs defeat, 16 But wherefore though the honour's Who in destrueute war delight great)

31 Egypt skall then to God stretch forth Should this, O mountain, swell your

Her hands, and Airc bonage bring; pride?

32 The scatler'd Kingdoms of the earth For Sion is his chosen seat,

Their common Sov'reign's praises singi Where he for ever will reside.

33 Who, mounted on the loiliest sphere 17 His chariots numberless; his powers of ancient henv:n sublimes rides;

Are heavenly bosts, that wait his will; From whence his drearful voice we hear, His presence now fills Sion's towers, Like that of warring wines and tides.

As once it honour'd Sinai's hill. 34 Ascribe the power to find most high: 18 Ascending high, in triumph thou 4) humble Israel be takes care. Captivity hast raptive led ;

Whose strength from out the Jusky sky, Ind on thy people didst bestow

Darts showing terrors through the air. The spoil of armies once their dread. 35 How direalul are the sacred courts, Ev'n rebels shall partake thy grace, Where God hus hd his earthly throne! And humble proselytes repair

His strength is feeble saints supports, To worship at iny dwelling-place, To give God praise, and him alone And all the world pay homage there.

PSALM LXIY 19 For benefits each day bestow'd,

AVE me, () God, from waves that roll, Be daily his great name ador'd,

And press to overwhelin iny soul: 20 Who is our Saviour, and our God, 2 With painful steps in mire I tread,

Or life and death the sov'reign Lord. And deluges o'erflow my head 21 But justice for his harden'd foes 3 With restless cries inny spirits faint,

Proportion d vengeunce hath decreed, My voice is hoarse with long complaint; To wound the heary head of those My sight decays with tedious bam,

Who in presumptuous crimes proceed. Whilst for my God I wait in vain 22 The Lord hath thus in thunder spoke : 4 My hairs, though oum'rous, are but

" As I subdu'd proud Bashan's king. “ Once more I'll break my people's soke. Compar'd with foes that me pursue

" And from the deep my servants bring With groundless hale : grown now of 23. Their feet shall with a crimson Hood

might "Of slaughter'd toes be cover'd o'er;

To execute their lawless spite. " Nor earth receive such impious blood, They force me guiltless, to resign, “But leave for dogs th' unhallow'd As rapine, what by right was mie : gore.'

5 Thou, Lord, my innocence dost sce, PART IN

Nor are my sins concealed from thee. 24 When, marching to thy blest abode, 6 Lord God of hosis, take timely care,

The wond'ring mellitude survey'd Lest, for my sake, thy saints despair; The pompous state of thee, our God, 7 Since I have suffer for thy naine In robes of majesty array'd;

Reproach, and hid my face in shame : 25 Sweet singing Levites led the van ; A stranger to my country grown,

Loud instruments brought up the rear : Nor lo my nearest land real known;
Between both troops, a virgin-train A foreigner, expos'd to scom

With voice and umbrel charm'd the ear. By brethren of my mother born. 26 This was the burthen of their song: 9 For zeal to thy lay'd house and name

" In full assemblies bless the Lord ; Consumes me like devouring flame; "All who to Israel's tribes belong, Concern'd at their affronts to thee,

of Israel's God the praise record.” More than at slanders cust on me,


10 My very tears and abstinence

133 For God regards the poor's complaint; They construe in a spiteful sense : Sets pris'ners free from close restraiat: 11 When cloth'd with sackcloth for their 34 Let heaven, earth, sea, their voices sake,

rause. They me their common proverb make And all the world resound is praise 12 their judges al my wrungs do jest, 35 For God will Sion's walls erect; Those wrongs they ought io bave re. Fair Judah's cities he'll protect; dress'd:

Till all her scatter'd sons repair How should I then expect to be

To uudisturb'd possession there. Frum libels of lewd drunkards free? 36 This blessing they shall, at their death, 13 But. Loril, to thee I will repair To their religious beirs bequeath; For help, with humble, timely prayer And they to endless ages tnore Relieve me from thy mercy's store ; Of such as his blest name adore Display thy truth's preserving power.

PSALM LXX 14 From threat'n ing dangers me relieve. O Forever was inore pressing need ;

my And from the mire my feet retrieve; From spiteful foes in safety heep, For my sleliv'rance, Lord, appear, And snatch me from the raging deep. And add to that deliv'rance speed. 15 Control the deluge, ere it spread, 2 Confusion on their heads return, And roll its waves above my head ;

Who to destroy my soul combine ; Nor deep destruction's open pit

Let them, defeated, blush and mourn, To close her jaws on me permit

Ensar'd in their own vile design. 16 Lord, hear the humbie prayer I make, 3 Their doon let desolation be For thy transcending goodness' sake ; With shame their malice be repaid, Relieve thy supplicant one more Who mock'd my confidence in thee, From tby abounding mercy's store. And sport of my aftlictions made. 17 Nor from thy servant hide thy face; 4 While those who humbly seek thy face, Make haste, for desperate is my case ; To joyful triumphs shall be rais; 18 Thy timely succour interpose,

And all who prize thy saving grace, And shield me from remorseless focs. With me shall sig, The Lord be prais'a. 19 Thou know'st what infamy and scom 5 Thus, wretched though I ani and poor I from my enemies have burne;

The mighty Lord of me takes care : Nor can their close dissembled spite, Thou, God, who only canst restore, Or darkest plots escape thy sight.

To my relies with speed repair 20 Reproech and grief have broke myl


In thee I put my steadfast trust;
I look'd for some to take my part,
To pity or relieve my pain

Incline thine ear, and save iny soul;
But look, alas! for both in vain.

For righteous is thy name.
21 With hunger pin'd, for food I call; 3 Be thou my strong abiding-place,
Instead of food, they give me gall; To which I may resort
And when with thirst my spirits sink, 'Tis thy decree that keeps me safe ;
They give nie vinegar to drink

Thou art my rock and fort 22 their lables, therefore, to their health 4, 5 From cruet and ungodly men Shall prove a snare, a trap their wealth; Protect and set me free, 23 Perpetual darkness seize their eyes, For, from my earliest youth till now, And sudden blasts their hopes surprise. My hope has been in thee. 24 On them thou shalt thy fury pour, 6 Thy constant care did safely guard Till thy fierce wrut race evour My tender infant days; 25 And niake their house a dismal cell, Thou took'st me from my mother's Where none will e'er vouchsafe to dwell womb, 26 For new afflictions they procur! To sing thy constant praise. For bin who had thy stripes endur'd 7, 8 While some on me with wonder And made the wound, thy scourge had gaze, torn,

Thy hand supports me still ; To bleed afresh, with sharper scom. Thy honour, therefore, and thy praise, 27 Sin shall to sin their steps betray, My mouth shall always fill. Till they to truth have lost ihe way 9 Reiect not then, thy servant, Lord, 28 From life thou shalt exclude their soul, When I with age decay; Nor with the just their names enrol. Forsake me not when, wom with years, 29 But me, howe'er distress'd and poor, My vigour fades away Thy strong salvation shall restore ; 10 My foes against my fame and mo 30 Thy power with songs I'll then pro. With crafty malice speak; claim,

Against my soul they lay their snares, And celebrate with thanks thy name. And mutual counsel take 31 Our God shall this more highly prize, 11 His God." say they, "- forsakes himu Than herbs or Aocks in sacrifice;

now, 32 Which humble saints with joy shall "Oo whom he did rely; see,

"Pursue and take him, whilst no hope And hope for like redress with mo “Of Limely aid is nigh."


« AnteriorContinuar »