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Great ones, how long will ye
My glory have in seorn T
How long be thus forborn
Still to love vanity?
To love, to seek, to prize,

Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies?
Tet know, the Lord hath ehose,
Chose to himself apart,
The good and meek of heart;
lFor whom to ehoose He knows,)
Jehovah from on high

Will hear my voiee, what time to him I ery.
Be awed, and do not sin;
Speak to your hearts alone,
Upon your beds, eaeh one,
And be at peaee within.
Offer the offerings just

Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
Many there be that say,
Who yet will show us good?
Talking like this world's brood:
But, Lord, thus let me pray;
On us lift up the light,

Lift up the favour of thy eountenanee bright.
Into my heart more joy
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
Their stores doth overeloy,
And from their plenteous grounds

With vast inerease their eorn and wine abounds.
In peaee at onee will I
Both lay me down and sleep;
For thou alone dost keep
Me safe where'er I lie;
As in a roeky eell,

Thou, Lord, alone, in safety mak'st me dwell,

PSALM V. August 12, 1053.

Jehovau, to my words give ear,
My meditation weigh;
The voiee of my eomplaining hear
My King and God; for unto thee I pray.
Jehovah, thou my early voiee
Shalt in the morning hear;
In the morning I to thee with ehoiee
Will rank my prayers, and wateh till thou appear,
For thou art not a God, that takes
In wiekedness delight;
Evil with thee no biding makes;
Fools or mad men stand not within thy sight.

All workers of iniquity

Thou hat'st; and them unblest

Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie; 14 The bloody and guileful man God doth detest . But I will, in thy mereies dear,

Thy numerous mereies, go
Into thy house; I, in thy fear,
Will towards thy holy temple worship low. 20
Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,

Lead me, beeause of those
That do observe if I transgress;
Set thy ways right before, where my step goes.

For, in his faltering mouth unstable, 25

No word is firm or sooth;
Their inside, troubles miserable;
An open grave their throat, their tongue they smoothe.
God, find them guilty; let them fall,

By their own eounsels quell'd; 30
Push them in their rebellions all
Still on; for against thee they have rebell'd.
Then all who trust in thee, shall bring

Their joy; while thou from blame Defend'st them, they shall ever sing 85 And shall trinmph in thee, who love thy name. For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found

To bless the just man still; As with a shield, thou wilt surround Him with thy lasting favour and good will, *o

PSALM VI. August 13, 1053.

Lord, in thine anger do not reprehend me, Nor in thy hot displeasure me eorreet; Pity me, Lord, for I am mueh dejeet, And very weak and faint; heal and amend me; For all my bones, that ev'n with anguish ake, S

Are troubled; yea, my soul is troubled sore;

And thou, 0 Lord, how long? Turn, Lord; restore
My soul; 0, save me for thy goodness sake:
For in death no remembranee is of thee;

Who in the grave ean eelebrate thy praise? 10

Wearied I am with sighing out my days; Nightly my eoueh I make a kind of sea; My bed I water with my tears; mine eye

Through grief eonsumes, is waxen old and dark

I' the midst of all mine enemies that mark. is Depart, all ye that work iniquity, Depart from me; for the voiee of my weeping

The Lord hath heard; the Lord hath heard my prayer;

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My supplieation with aeeeptanee fair
The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping.
Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd

With mueh eonfusion; then, grown red with shame,
They shall return in haste the way they eame,
And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.

PSALM V11. August 14, 1053.

Upon the words of Chush the Benjamite, against him.

Lord, my God, to thee I fly;
Save me and seeure me under
Thy proteetion, while I ery;
Lest, as a lion, and no wonder,
He haste to tear my soul asunder,
Tearing, and no reseue nigh.

Lord, my God, if I hare thought
Or done this; if wiekedness
Be in my hands; if I have wrought
111 to him that meant me peaee;
Or to him have render'd less,
And not freed my foe for nought;

Let the 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, outspread,
Lodge it with dishonour foul,

Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire,
Rouse thyself, amidst the rage
Of my foes, that urge like fire;
And wake for me, their fury assuage:
Judgment here thou didst engage
And eommand, whieh I desire.

So the assemblies of eaeh nation
Will surround thee, seeking right;
Thenee to thy glorious habitation
Return on high, and in their sight.
Jehovah judgeth most upright
All people from the world's foundation.

Judge me, Lord; be judge in this
Aeeording to my righteousness,
And the innoeenee whieh is
I'pon me: eause at length to eease
Ol evil men the wiekedness,
And their power that do amiss:

But the just establish fast,

Sinee thou art the just God that tries

Hearts and reins. On God is east

My defenee, and in him lies, 40
In him, who, both just and wise,
Saves the upright of heart at last.

God is a just judge and severe,
And God is every day offended;

If the unjust will not forbear, 40

His sword he whets, his bow hath bended

Already, and for him intended

The tools of death, that waits him near.

His arrows purposely made he

For them that perseeute. Behold, 00
He travels big with vanity;
Trouble he hath eoneeived of old,
As in a womb; and from that mould
Hath at length brought forth a lie.

He digg'd a pit, and delved it deep, 45

And fell into the pit ho made:

His misehief, that due eourse dotli keep,

Turns on his head; and his ill trade

Of violenee will, undelay'd,

Fall on his erown with ruin steep. eo

Then will I Jehovah's praise
Aeeording to his justiee raise,
And sing the name and deity
Of Jehovah, the Most High.

PSALM Vm. August 14, 1053.

0 Jenovau, our Lord, how wonderous great
And glorious is thy name through all the earth!

So as above the heavens thy praise to set
Out of the tender mouths of latest birth.

Out of the mouths of babes and sueklings thou 0
Hast founded strength beeause of all thy foes,

To stint the enemy, and slaek the avenger's brow,
That bends his rage thy providenee to oppose.

When I behold thy heavens, thy fingers' art;

The moon and stars whieh thou so bright hast set 10 In the pure firmament; then saith my heart,

O, what is man, that thou remember'st yet,

And think'st upon him; or of man begot,
That him thou visit'st, and of him art found?

Searee to be less than gods, thou mad'st his lot; 15 With honour and with state thou hast him erown'd.

O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him lord;

Thou hast put all under his lordly feet;
All floeks and herds, by thy eommanding word;

All beasts, that in the field or forest meet; 20

Fowl of the heavens, and fish that through the wet
Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no dearth.

0 Jehovah, our Lord, how wonderous great

And glorious is thy name through all the earth!

April, 1048. J. M.

Nine of the Psalms done into metre, wherein all, bnt what is in a different eharaeter, are the very words of the text, translated from the originai.


1. Tuoc, Shepherd, that dost Israel keep,
Give ear in time of netd;

Who leadest like a floek of sheep

Thy loved Joseph's seed;
That sitt'st between the eherubs bvight, 0

Between their wings ontspread;
Shine forth, and from thy eloud give light,

And on onr foes thy dread.

2. In Ephraim's view and Benjamin's,

And in Manasses' sight, 10
Awake thy strength, eome, and be seen
To save us by thy might.

3. Turn us again; thy graee divine
To us, 0 God, vouehsafe;

Cause thou thy faee on us to shine, I
And then wo shall bo safe.

4. Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou,
How long wilt thou deelare

Thy smoking wrath and angry brow

Against thy people's prayer! 20

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 ehetks are wet.

0. A strife thou mak'st us and a prey 28
To every neighbour foe;

Among themselves they laugh, they play,
And flouts at us they throw.

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