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Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee
15 This day; ask of me, and the grant is made; As thy possession I on thee bestow
Th' Heathen, and as thy conquest to be sway'd Earth's utmost bounds; them shalt thou bring full low
With iron sceptre bruised, and them disperse 20 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
Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse
In anger, and ye perish in the way,
Happy all those who have in him their stay.
(Aug. 9, 1653.)
When he fled from Absalom.
That in arms against me rise !
Th' exalter of my head I count ; Aloud I cried
10 Unto Jehovah, he full soon replied
And heard me from his holy mount.
Was the Lord. Of many millions
They pitch against me their pavilions.
20 On the cheek-bone all my foes, Of men abhorr'd Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord ;
Thy blessing on thy people flows.
(Aug. 10, 1653.) ANSWER me when I call,
God of my righteousness,
In straits and in distress
. And set at large ; now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest pray'r.
My glory have in scorn,
How long be thus foreborn
10 To love, to seek, to prize
Things false aud vain, and nothing else but lies ?
Chose to himself a part,
5 (For whom to choose he knows)
Jehovah from on high
Will hear my voice what time to him I cry.
Offer the offerings just
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Who yet will shew us good ?
Talking like this world's brood ;
On us lift up the light,
Lift up the favour of thy count'nance bright. 30 Into my heart more joy
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
For thou alone dost keep
As in a rocky cell
(Aug. 12, 1653.) JEHOVAH, to my words give ear,
My meditation weigh,
My God and King; for unto thee I pray.
5 Shalt in the morning hear, I'th' morning I to thee with choice
Will rank my pray’rs, and watch till thou appear. For thou art not a God that takes In wickedness delight.
10 Evil with thee no biding makes,
Fools or bad men stand not within thy sight. All workers of iniquity
Thou hat'st ; and them unblest Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie ;
15 The bloody' and guileful man God doth detest. But I will in thy mercies dear,
Thy numerous mercies, go Into thy house ; I in thy fear
Will tow'rds hy holy temple worship low. 20 Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
Lead me because of those That do observe if I transgress;
Set thy ways right before, where my step goes. For in his falt'ring mouth unstable
25 No word is firm or sooth; Their inside, troubles miserable ;
An open grave their throat, their tongue they God, find them guilty, let them fall (smooth. By their own counsels quell’d ;
30 Push them in their rebellions all
Still on; for against thee they have rebell'a. Then all who trust in thee shali bring
Their joy, wbile 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,
(Aug. 13, 1653.)
Nor in thy hot displeasure me correct;
Pity me, Lord, for I am much deject,
Are troubled, yea my soul is troubled sore,
And thou, O Lord, how long? turn, Lord, restore
Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise ? 10
Wearied I am with sighing out my days,
Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark
I'th' midst of all mine enemies that mark. 15
The Lord hath heard, the Lord hath heard my
My supplication with acceptance fair [pray'r, The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping. Mine enemies shall be all blank and dash'd 20
With much confusion; then grown red with shame,
They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.
(Aug. 14, 1653.) Upon the words of Cush the Benjamite against him.
LORD, my God, to thee I fly,
Save me, and secure me under Thy protection while I cry,
Lest a lion (and no wonder)
He haste to tear my soul asunder,
Or done this, if wickedness
Ill to him that meant me peace,
Or to him have render'd less, And not freed my foe for nought; Let th' enemy 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
Rouse thyself amidst the rage
And wake for me, the fury' assuage;
Judgment here thou didst engage
Will surround thee, seeking right,
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 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 lies,
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 cffended; If the unjust will not forbear,
His sword he whets, bis bow hath bended