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To love, to seek, to prize,
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies?
Will hear my voice, what time to him I cry.
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Lift up the favour of thy count'nance bright.
With vast increase their corn and wine abounds.
(August 12, 1653.) JEHOVAH, to my words give ear,
My meditation weigh;
Shalt in the morning hear;
In wickedness delight;
Thou hat'st; and them unblest
Thy numerous mercies, go.
Will towards thy holy temple worship low.
20 Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
Lead me, because those
30 Push them to their rebellions all Still on; for against thee they have rebell’d. Then all who trust in thee, shall bring
Their joy; while thou from blame Defend'st them: they shall ever sing
35 And shall triumph in thee, who love thy name. For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found
To bless the just man still;
(August 13, 1653.)
LORD, in thine anger do not reprehend me,
Are troubled, yea, my soul is troubled sore,
And thou, O Lord, how long? Turn, Lord; restore
Who in the grave can celebrate thy praisc ? 10
Wearied I am with sighing out my days ; Nightly my couch I make a kind of sea; My bed I water with my tears; mine eye
Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark l'the midst of all mine enemies that mark.
15 Depart, all ye that work iniquity, Depart from me; for the voice of my weeping
The Lord hath heard; the Lord hath heard my prayer; My supplication with acceptance fair The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping. 20 Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd
With much confusion; then, grown red with shame,
They shall return in haste the way they caine, And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.
(August 14, 1653.) Upon the words of Chush the Benjamite against him. LORD, my God, to thee I fly; Save me and secure me under Thy protection while I'd
cry ; Lest, as a lion (and no wonder) He haste to tear my soul asunder,
5 Tearing, and no rescue nigh. Lord, my God, if I have thought Or done this; if wickedness Be in my hands ; if I have wrought Ill to hin that meant me peace;
10 Or to him have render'd less, And not freed my foe for naught; Let the enemy pursue my soul, And overtake it; let him tread My life down to the earth, and roll
15 In the dust my glory dead, In the dust; and there, out-spread, Lodge it with dishonour foul. Rise , Jehovah, in thine ire, Rouse thyself amidst the rage Of my foes that urge like fire; And wake for me, their fury asswage; Judgement here thou didst engage And command, which I desire. So th' assemblies of each nation
25 Will surround thee, seeking right; Thence to thy glorious habitation Return on high, and in their sight. Jehovah judgeth most upright All people from the world's foundation.
30 Judge me, Lord; be judge in this According to my righteousness, And the innocence which is Upon me: cause at length to cease of evil men the wickedness,
35 And their pow'r that do amiss. But the just establish fast, Since thou art the just God that tries Hearts and reins. On God is cast My defence, and in him Jies,
40 In him who, both just and wise, Saves th' upright of heart at last. God is a just judge and severe, And God is every day offended; If the unjust will not forbear,
45 His sword he wbets, his bow hath bended
Already, and for him intended
(August 14, 1653.) O JEHOVAH our Lord, how wondrous great
And glorious is thy Name through all the earth!
Out of the tender mouths of latest birth.
Hast founded strength, because of all thy foes,
and slack th' avenger's brow, That bends his rage thy Providence to oppose. When I behold thy heav'ns, thy fingers art,
The moon and stars, which thou so bright hast set 10 In the pure firmament; then saith my heart,
0, what is man, that thou rememb’rest yet, And think’st upon him; or of man begot,
That him thou visit’st, and of him art found! Scarce to be less than gods, thou mad'st his lot,
With honour and with state thou hast him crown'd. O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him lord, r
Thou hast put all under his lordly feet;
20 Fowl of the heav'ns, and fish that through the wet
Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no dearth.
(April, 1648. J. M.) Nine of the Psalms done into metre , wherein all, but what is in a different character, are the very words of the text, translated from the original.
1 THOU, Shepherd, that dost Israel keep,
Give ear in time of need ;
Thy loved Joseph's seed;
Between their wings out-spread;
And on our foes thy dread.
And in Manasse's sight, Awake thy strength, come,
and be seen
To us, o God, vouchsafe;
And then we shall be safe.
How long wilt thou declare
Against thy people's prayer !
Their bread with tears they eat;
Wherewith their cheeks are wet.
To every neighbour foe;
And flouts at us they throw,
O God of Hosts, vouchsafe; Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.
Thy free love made it thine,
To plant this lovely vine.
And root it deep and fast, That it began to grow apace,
And fill'd the land at last.
The hills were over-spread;
Advanc'd their lofty head.
Down to the sea she sent,
Her other branches went.
And broken down her fence,
With rudest violence ?