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PSALM I. DONE INTO VERSE, 1653.
BLESS'D is the man who hath not walk'd astray In counsel of the wicked, and i' th' way
Of sinners hath not stood, and in the seat
Nor sinners in th' assembly of just men.
For the Lord knows th' upright way of the just, And the way of bad men to ruin must.
PSALM II. DONE AUG. 8, 1653. TERZETTE. WHY do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations Muse a vain thing, the kings of th' earth upstand With pow'r, and princes in their congregations Lay deep their plots together through each land Against the Lord and his Messiah dear?
Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear, Their twisted cords: He who in heav'n doth dwell
Shall laugh, the Lord shall scoff them, then
Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell And fierce ire trouble them; but I, saith he, Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) On Sion my holy' hill. A firm decree
I will declare; the Lord to me hath said Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee 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
And now be wise at length ye Kings averse,
If once his wrath take fire like fuel sere.
18 Heathen] Warton in both editions reads 'The Heaven.' Todd.
PSALM III. AUG. 9, 1653.
WHEN HE FLED FROM ABSALOM.
LORD, how many are my foes!
That in arms against me rise!
That of my life distrustfully thus say,
Th' exalter of my head I count;
Unto Jehovah, he full soon replied
Was the Lord. Of many
I fear not, though encamping round about
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
[Lord; Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Thy blessing on thy people flows.
14 my sustain] The verb converted into a substantive. So 'disturb,' in P. L. vi. 549. Todd.
PSALM ĮV. AUG. 10, 1653.
ANSWER me when I call,
And set at large; now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest pray'r. Great ones, how long will ye
My glory have in scorn,
To love, to seek, to prize
The good and meek of heart;
Will hear my voice what time to him I cry.
Be aw'd, and do not sin,
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Many there be that say
Who yet will show us good?
Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies? Yet know the Lord hath chose,
Chose to himself apart,
But, Lord, thus let me pray,
On us lift up the light,
Lift up the favour of thy count'nance bright.
Into my heart more joy
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
Their stores doth overcloy,
With vast increase their corn and wine abounds.
In peace at once will I
Both lay me down and sleep,
For thou alone dost keep
Me safe where'er I lie;
As in a rocky cell
Thou, Lord, alone in safety mak'st me dwell.
PSALM V. AUG. 12, 1653.
In wickedness delight,
Evil with thee no biding makes,
Fools or mad men stand not within thy sight.
JEHOVAH, to my words give ear,
The voice of my complaining hear
My King and God; for unto thee I pray.
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