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Let them, defeated, blush and mourn,
ensnard in their own vile design. 3 Their doom let desolation be;
with shame their malice be repaid, Who mock'd my confidence in thee,
and sport of my afflictions made. 4 While those who humbly seek thy face,
to joyful triumphs shall be rais'd; And all who prize thy saving grace,
with me shall sing, The Lord be prais'd. 5 Thus, wretched though I am and poor,
the mighty Lord of me takes care: Thou, God, who only canst restore, to my relief with speed repair.
PSALM LXXI. 1, 2 TN thee I put my steadfast trust;
I defend me, Lord, from shame; Incline thine ear, and save my soul ;
for righteous is thy name. 3 Be thou my strong abiding-place,
to which I may resort; 'Tis thy decree that keeps me safe;
thou art my rock and fort. 4, 5 From cruel and ungodly men
protect and set me free; For, from my earliest youth till now,
my hope has been in thee. 6 Tby constant care did safely guard
my tender infant days; Thou took'st me from my mother's womb,
to sing thy constant praise. 7, 8 While some on me with wonder gaze,
thy hand supports me still ;
my mouth shall always fill.
when I with age decay; Forsake me not when, worn with years,
my vigour fades away. 10 My foes against my fame and me
with crafty malice speak; Against my soul they lay their snares,
and mutual counsel take: 11 “His God," say they, “ forsakes him now,
on whom he did rely; “ Pursue and take him, whilst no hope
“ of timely aid is nigh." 12 But thou, my God, withdraw not far,
for speedy help I call: 13 To shame and ruin bring my foes,
that seek to work my fall.
14 But as for me, my steadfast hope
shall on thy power depend; And I in grateful songs of praise my time to come will spend.
PART II. 15 Thy righteous acts, and saving health,
my mouth shall still declare; Unable yet to count them all,
though summ'd with utmost care.
I'll in his strength go on;
and mention his alone. 17 Thou, Lord, hast taught me from my youth
to praise thy glorious name; And, ever since, thy wondrous works
have been my constant theme. 18 Then now forsake me not, when I
am grey and feeble grown; Till I to these and future times
thy strength and power have shown. 19 How high thy justice soars, O God!
how great and wondrous are
who inay with thee compare!
thy grace shall yet relieve; And from the lowest depth of woe,
with tender care retrieve. 21 Through thee, my time to come shall be
with power and greatness crown'd; And me, who dismal years have passid,
thy comfort shall surround. 22 Then I with psaltery and harp,
thy truth, O Lord, will praise ; To thee, the God of Jacob's race,
my voice in anthems raise. 23 Then joy shall fill my mouth, and songs
employ my cheerful voice; My grateful soul by thee redeem'd,
shall in thy strength rejoice. 24 My tongue thy just and righteous acts
shall all the day proclaim; Because thou didst confound my foes, and brought'st them all to shame.
PSALM LXXII. 1 ORD, let thy just decrees the king
1 L in all his ways direct;
And let his son, throughout his reign,
thy righteous laws respect.
2 So shall he still thy people judge
with pure and upright mind; Whilst all the helpless poor shall him
their just protector find. 3 Then hills and mountains shall bring forth
the happy fruits of peace; Which all the land shall own to be
the work of righteousness : 4 Whilst he the poor and needy race
shall rule with gentle sway; And from their humble neck shall take
oppressive yokes away. 5 In every heart thy awful fear
shall then be rooted fast, As long as sun and moon endure,
or time itself shail last. 6. He shall descend like rain, that cheers
the meadow's second birth; Or like warm showers, whose gentle drops
refresh the thirsty earth. 7 In his blest days the just and good
shall be with favour crown'd; The happy land shall every where
with endless peace abound. 8 His uncontrol'd dominion shall
from sea to sea extend; Begin at proud Euphrates' streams,
at nature's limits end.
shall bow their servile heads;
where he his conquests spreads.
shall costly presents bring;
and wealthy Saba's king.
his humble homage pay;
to own his righteous sway.
when they for succour cry;
shall due supplies prepare; And over their defenceless lives
shall watch with tender care. 14 He shall preserve and keep their souls from fraud and rapine free;
And, in his sight, their guiltless blood
of mighty price shall be. 15 Therefore shall God his life and reign
to many years extend; Whilst eastern princes tribute pay,
and golden presents send. For him shall constant prayers be made,
through all his prosperous days; His just dominion shall afford
a lasting theme of praise, 16 Of useful grain, through all the land,
great plenty shall appear; A handful, sown on mountains top,
a mighty crop shall bear: Its fruits, like cedars shook by winds,
a rattling noise shall yield; The city too shall thrive, and vie
for plenty with the field. 17 The mem'ry of his glorious name
through endless years shall run; His spotless fame shall shine as bright
and lasting as the sun. In him the nations of the world
shall be completely bless'd, And his unbounded happiness,
by every tongue confess'd. 18 Then bless'd be God, the mighty Lord,
the God whom Israel fears; Who only wondrous in his works,
beyond compare appears. 19 Let earth be with his glory fill'd;
for ever bless his name; Whilst to his praise the listning world their glad assent proclaim.
PSALM LXXIII. 1 T length, by certain proofs, 'tis plain
that God will to his saints be kind; That all whose hearts are pure and clean
shall his protecting favour find. 2, 3 Till this sustaining truth I knew,
my stagg’ring feet had almost fail'd; I griev'd the sinners' wealth to view,
and envy'd when the fools prevaild. 4, 5 They to the grave in peace descend,
and, whilst they live, are hale and strong; No plagues or troubles them offend,
which oft to other men belong. 6, 7 With pride, as with a chain, they're held,
and rapine seems their robe of state; Their eyes stand out, with fatness swelld;
They grow, beyond their wishes, great.
8, 9 With hearts corrupt, and lofty talk,
oppressive methods they defend; Their tongue through all the earth does walk;
their blasphemies to heaven ascend. 10 And yet admiring crowds are found,
who servile visits duly make; Because with plenty they abound,
of which their flatt'ring slaves partake. 11 Their fond opinions these pursue,
till they with them profanely cry, “ How should the Lord our actions view ?
“ can he perceive who dwells so high?” 12 Behold the wicked! these are they
who openly their sins profess; And yet their wealth's increas'd each day,
and all their actions meet success. 13, 14 “ Then have I cleans'd my heart,” said I,
" and wash'd my hands from guilt, in vain, “ If all the day oppress'd I lie,
" and every morning suffer pain.” 15 Thus did I once to speak intend;
but, if such things I rashly say, Thy children, Lord, I must offend, and basely should their cause betray.
PART II. 16, 17 To fathom this my thoughts I bent,
but found the case too hard for me; Till to the house of God I went;
then I their end did plainly see. 18 How high soe'er advanc'd, they all
on slipp’ry places loosely stand; Thence into ruin headlong fall,
cast down by thy avenging hand. 19, 20 How dreadful and how quick their fate!
despis'd by thee, when they're destroy'd; As waking men with scorn do treat
the fancies that their dreams employ'd. 21, 22 Thus was my heart with grief opprest,
my reins were rack'd with restless pains; So stupid was I, like a beast,
who no reflecting thought retains. 23, 24 Yet still thy presence me supply'd,
and thy right hand assistance gave: Thou first shalt with thy counsel guide,
and then to glory me receive. 25 Whom then in heaven, but thee alone,
have I, whose favour I require ? Throughout the spacious earth there's none
that I besides thee can desire. 26 My trembling flesh, and aching heart,
may often fail to succour me;