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8 A vine from Egypt thou hast brought,

Thy free love made it thine,
And drov'st out nations, proud and haut,

To plant this lovely vine.

9 Thou didst prepare for it a place,

And root it deep and fast,
That it began to grow apace,

And fill'd the land at last.

10 With her green shade that cover'd all,

The hills were over-spread;
Her boughs as high as cedars tall

Advanc'd their lofty head.

11 Her branches on the western side

Down to the sea she sent,
And upward to that river wide

Her other branches went.

12 Why hast thou laid her hedges low,

And broken down her fence,
That all may pluck her, as they go,

With rudest violence ?

13 The tusked boar out of the wood

Up turns it by the roots ;
Wild beasts there brouse, and make their food
Her

grapes and tender shoots.

14 Return now, God of Hosts, look down

From Heaven, thy seat divine ;
Behold us, but without a frown,
And visit this thy vine.

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15 Visit this vine, which thy right hand

Hath set, and planted long,
And the young branch that for thyself

Thou hast made firm and strong.

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16 But now it is consum'd with fire,

And cut with axes down;
They perish at that dreadful ire,

At thy rebuke and frown.

17 Upon the man of thy right hand

Let thy good hand be laid ; Upon the son of man, whom thou

Strong for thyself hast made.

18 So shall we not go back from thee

To ways of sin and shame ; Quicken us thou ; then gladly we

Shall call upon thy Name.

19 Return us, and thy grace divine,

Lord God of Hosts, vouchsafe ; Cause thou thy face on us to shine,

And then we shall be safe.

PSALM LXXXI.

1 To God our strength sing loud, and clear,

Sing loud to God our King ;
To Jacob's God, that all may hear,

Loud acclamations ring.

2 Prepare a hymn, prepare a song,

The timbrel hither bring;
The cheerful psaltery bring along,

And harp with pleasant string.

3 Blow, as is wont, in the new moon

With trumpets' lofty sound,
The appointed time, the day whereon

Our solemn feast comes round.

4 This was a statute given of old

For Israel to observe ;
A law of Jacob's God, to hold,

From whence they might not swerve.

5 This he a testimony ordain'd

In Joseph, not to change,
When as he pass'd through Egypt land;

The tongue. I heard was strange.

6 From burden, and from slavish toil,

I set his shoulder free:
His hands from pots, and miry soil,

Deliver'd were by me.

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PSALMS.

8 Hear, O my people, hearken well ;

I testify to thee,
Thou ancient stock of Israel,

If thou wilt list to me :

9 Throughout the land of thy abode

No alien God shall be,
Nor shalt thou to a foreign God

In honour bend thy knee.

10 I am the Lord thy God, which brought

Thee out of Egypt land;
Ask large enough, and I, besought,

Will grant thy full demand.

11 And yet my people would not hear,

Nor hearken to my voice ;
And Israel, whom I lov'd so dear,

Mislik'd me for his choice.

12 Then did I leave them to their will,

And to their wandering mind;
Their own conceits they follow'd still,

Their own devices blind.

13 O, that my people would be wise,

To serve me all their days !
And 0, that Israel would advise

To walk my righteous ways !

14 Then would I soon bring down their foes,

That nous so proudly rise;
And turn my hand against all those,

That are their enemies.

15 Who hate the Lord should then be fain

To bow to him and bend;
But they, his people, should remain,

Their time should have no end.

16 And he would feed them from the shock

With flower of finest wheat,
And satisfy them from the rock

With honey for their meat.

PSALM LXXXII.

1 God in the great assembly stands

Of kings and lordly states;
Among the gods, on both his hands,

He judges and debates.

2 How long will ye pervert the right

With judgement false and wrong,
Favouring the wicked by your might,

Who thence grow bold and strong?

3 Regard the weak and fatherless,

Despatch the poor man's cause;
And raise the man in deep distress

By just and equal laws.

4 Defend the poor and desolate,

And rescue from the hands Of wicked men the low estate

Of him that help demands.

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