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PSALMS IN METRE,

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FROM THE PSALMS OF DA V I D.

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PSA L M 1. C. M.

From the i. Psalm of David.
1 HOW blest is he, who ne'er consents

By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
Where men profanely talk;


2 But makes the perfect law of God

His business and delight;
Devoutly reads therein by day,

And meditates by night.
3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams,

With timely fruit does bend,
He still shall flourish, and success

All his designs attend.
4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,
No lasting root shall find;

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Untimely blasted and dispersed

Like chaff before the wind.
5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb

Before their Judge's face:
No formal hypocrite shall then

Among the saints have place.
6 For God approves the just man's ways ;

To happiness they tend :
But sinners, and the paths they tread,

Shall both in ruin end.

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1 THUS God declares his sovereign will : 6!!

“ The King that I ordain,
Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill,
Shall there securely reign.

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2 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare

God's uncontroll'd decree:
" Thou art my Son; this day, my heir,

Have I begotten thee.
3 “ Ask, and receive thy full demands;

Thine shall the Heathen be;
The utmost limit of the lands

Shall be possess'd by thee.”
4 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear,

Ye judges of the earth;
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Worship the LORD with holy fear;

Rejoice with awful mirth.
5 Appease the Son with due respect,

Your timely homage pay: レレ
Lest he revenge the bold neglect,

Incensed by your delay.
6 If but in part his anger rise,
Who can endure the flame ?

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On his most holy Name.

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1 THOU, gracious God, art my defence;

On thee my hopes rely:
Thou art my glory, and shalt yet ! |

Lift up my head on high.
2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress,

To God I made my prayer, 1
He heard me from his holy hill ;

Why should I now despair ?
3 Guarded by him I lay me down

My sweet repose to take;
For Í through him securely sleep,

Through him in safety wake.
4 Salvation to the LORD belongs ;

He only can defend :
His blessings he extends to all

That on his power depend.

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PSALM 4. · C. M.
From the iv. Psalm of David.

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1 CONSIDER that the righteous man

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And when to him I make my prayer,
He always hears my voice.

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2 Then stand in awe of his commands,

Flee every thing that 's ill,
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3 The sacrifice of righteousness

Present to God on high ;
And let your hope, securely fix'd,

On him alone rely.
4 /While worldly minds impatient grow

More prosperous times to see;
Still let the glories of thy face

Shine brightly, LORD, on me.
5(So shall my heart o'erflow with joy,
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Than theirs, who stores of corn and wine

Successively renew.
(6 Then down in peace I 'll lay my

And take my needful rest;
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No other guard, O LORD, I crave,
Of thy defence possess'd.
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From the v. Psalm of David.
1 REGARD my words, O gracious LORD,

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Accept my secret prayer;
To thee alone, my King, my God,

Will I for help repair.
2 Thou in the morn my voice shalt hear,

And, with the dawning day,
To thee devoutly I 'll look up, I to

To thee devoutly pray.
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3 LORD, I within thy house will come,

In thy abundant grace;
And I will worship in thy fear,

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4 Let those, O LORD, who trust in thee,

With shouts their joy proclaim :
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Let them rejoice whom thou preserv'st,

And all that love thy name.
5 To righteous men, the righteous LORD

His blessing will extend;
And with his favor all his saints,

As with a shield, defend.

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PSALM 6. S. M.

From the vi. Psalm of David.
1 IN mercy, not in wrath,

Rebuke me, gracious God!
Lest, if thy whole displeasure rise,

I sink beneath thy rod.
2 Touch'd by thy quick’ning power,

My load of guilt I feel :
The wounds thy Spirit hath unclosed,

Olet that Spirit heal.
3 In trouble and in gloom,

Must I for ever mourn ?
And wilt thou not, at length, O God,

In pitying love return?
4 O come, ere life expire,

Send down thy power to save;
For who shall sing thy name in death,
Or praise thee in the

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5 Why should I doubt thy grace,

Or yield to dread despair ?
Thou wilt fulfil thy promised word,
And grant me all my prayer.

PSALM 7. C. M.

From the vii. Psalm of David.
1 O THOU, to whom all creatures bow

Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world how great art thou !

How glorious is thy name!
2 In heaven thy wondrous acts are sung,

Nor fully reckon'd there;
And yet thou mak'st the infant tongue

Thy boundless praise declare.

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