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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.]

PSALM LXXX.
1 THOU, Shepherd, that dost Israel keep,

Give ear in time of need ;
Who leadest like a flock of sheep

Thy loved Joseph's seed;
That sits between the Cherubs bright,

Between their wings out-spread ;
Shine forth, and from thy cloud give light,

And on our foes thy dread.
2 In Ephraim's view and Benjamin's,

And in Manasse's sight,
Awake * thy strength, come, and be seen

To save us by thy might.
3 Turn us again, thy grace divine

To us, O God, vouchsafe;
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,

And then we shall be safe.
4 Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou,

How long wilt thou declare
Thyt smoking wrath, and angry brow,

Against thy people's prayer!
5 Thou feed'st them with the bread of tears;

Their bread with tears they eat;
And mak'st them largely drink the tears

Wherewith their cheeks are wet.
6 A strife thou mak'st us and a prey

To every neighbour foe;
Among themselves they | laugh, they I play

And | flouts at us they throw.
7 Return us, and thy grace divine,

O God of Hosts, vouchsafe;

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Gause thou thy face on us to shine,

And then we shall be safe.
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 did'st 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

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 brouze, and make their food

Her grapes and tender shoots.
14 Return now, God of Hosts, look down

From Heav'n, thy seat divine;
Bebold us, but without a frown,

And visit this thy vine.
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
16 But now it is consum'd with fire,
. And cut with axes down;
They perish at thy dreadful ire;

At thy rebuke and frowth

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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 sha!l be safe.

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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' lofly sound,
Th'appointed time, the day whereon

Our solemn feast comes round. 4 This was a statute giv'n 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 ordaind

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:

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His hands from pots, and miry soil,

Deliver'd were by me. 7 When trouble did thee sore assail,

On me then didst thou call;
And I to free thee did not fail

And led thee out of thrall..
I answer'd thee in * thunder deep,

With clouds encompass'd round;
I try'd thee at the water steep

Of Meriba renown'd.
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 enougli, and I, besought,

Will grant thy full demand.
11 And yet my people would not hear,

Nor hearken tu 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 wand'ring 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 O that Israel would advise.

Ta walk my righteous ways!
14 Then would I soon bring down their foes,
That now so proudly rise ;
And turn my hand against all those

That are their enemies.

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16 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 flow'r 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, t on both his hands,

He judges and debates. 2 How long will ye pervert the right

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

Who thence grow bold and sirong? 3 | Regard the weak and fatherless,

Dispatch the poor man's cause; And g 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

or him that help demands.
5 They know not, nor will understand,

In darkness they walk on;
The earth's foundations all are mov'd,

And out of order gone.
6 I said that ye were Gods, yea all

The sons of God most high ; 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall

As other princes die.

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