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That waits their fall below !

e 10 Lord, at thy feet I bow,

My thoughts no more repine ;
— I call my God my portion now ;

And all my powers are thine.

PSALM 74. C. M. Wantage. [*]
The Church, in Affliction, pleading with God.

1 "^^CyiLL God forever cast us off?
V T His wrath forever smoke —
Against the people of his love,
His little chosen flock ?

e 2 Think of the tribes, so dearly bought
With their Redeemer's blood j
Nor let thy Zion be forgot,
Where once thy glory stood.

164 PSALM 74.

o 3 Lift up thy feet, and march in haste ;

Aloud our ruin calls ;
e See what a wide, and fearful waste

Is made within thy walls.

4 [Where once thy churches prayed and sang,
Thy foes profanely roar :

Over thy gates their ensigns hang,
Sad tokens of their power.

5 How are the seats of worship broke !
They tear thy buildings down ;

And he who deals the heaviest stroke,
Procures the chief renown. ■

6 With flames, they threaten to destroy
Thy children in their nest ;

" Come, let us burn at once," they cry,
" The temple and the priest."

7 And still, to heighten our distress,
Thy presence is withdrawn ;

Thy wonted signs of power and grace,
Thy power and grace are gone.

8 No prophet speaks to calm our woes,
But all the seers mourn;

There's not a soul amongst us knows
The time of thy return.]


p 9 How long, eternal God, how long
Shall men of pride blaspheme ?
Shall saints be made their endless song.
And bear immortal shame ?

10 [Canst thou forever sit and hear

Thy holy name profaned ?
And still thy jealousy forbear,

And still withhold thy hand ?]

e 11 What strange deliverance hast thou shown.

In ages long before !
—And now, no other God we own.

No other God adore.

12 [Thou didst divide the raging sea.

By thy resistless might.
To make thy tribes a wondrous way,

And theo secure their flight.


PSALM 75. 165

13 Is not the world of nature thine,
The darkness and the day ?

Didst thou not bid the morning shine,
And mark the sun his way ?

14 Hath not thy power formed every coast,
And set the earth its bounds,

With summer's heat, and winter's frost.
In their perpetual rounds ?

15 And shall the sons of earth and dust
That sacred power blaspheme ?

Will not that hand that formed them first,
Avenge thine injured name ?]

16 Think on the covenant thou hast made,
And all thy words of love ',

Nor let the birds of prey invade.
And vex thy mourning dove.

17 [Our foes would triumph in our blood,
And make our hope their jest ;

Plead thine own cause, almighty God,
And give thy children rest.]

PSALM 75. L. M. Blendon. [^']
Power and Government from God alone.

1 FTIO thee, most Holy and most High,

J- To thee we bring our thankful praise ;
Thy works declare thy name is nigh.
Thy works of wonder and of grace.

2 [" To slavery doomed, thy chosen sons
" Beheld their foes triumphant rise ;

" And sore oppressed by earthly thrones,
" They sought the Sovereign of the skies.

3 " 'Twas then, great God, with equal power,
" Arose thy vengeance and thy grace,

" To scourge their legions from the shore,
" And save the remnant of thy race."]

4 Let haughty sinners sink their pride j
Nor lift so high their scornful head ;
But lay their foolish thoughts aside.

And own the powers that God hath made.

5 Such honours never come by chance,
Nor do the winds promotion blow ;
'Tis God, the Judge, doth one advance j
'Tis God that lays another low.

166 PSALM 76.

6 No vain pretence to royal birth,
Shall fix a tyrant on the throne ;
God, the great Sovereign of the earth,
Will rise, and make his justice known.

7 [His hand holds out the dreadful cup
Of vengeance mixed with various plagues,
To make the wicked drink them up,
Wring out and taste the bitter dregs.

8 Now shall the Lord exalt the just,
And while he tramples on the proud.
And lays their glory in the dust,
My lips shall sing his praise aloud.]

PSALM 76. C. M. Bedford. [*]

God in Zion terrible to her Enemies.

"N Judah, God of old was known,
His name in Israel great ;
In Salem stood his holy throne,
And Zion was his seat.

2 [Among the praises of his saints,

His dwelling there he chose :
There he received their just complaints

Against their haughty foes.]

o 3 From Zion went his dreadful word,
And broke the threatening spear.
The bow, the arrows, and the sword.
And crushed th' Assyrian war.

e 4 What are the earth's wide kingdoms else,

But mighty hills of prey .?
• — The hill, on which Jehovah dwells,
o Is glorious more than they.

5 ['Twas Zion's King that stopped the breath

Of captains and their bands :
The men of might slept fast in death,

And never found their hands.

d 6 At thy rebuke, O Jacob's God,
Both horse and chariot fell :
Who knows the terror of thy rod !
Thy vengeance who can tell .'']

e 7 What power can stand before his sight,
When once his wrath appears .''


PSALM 77 167

a When heaven shines round with dreadful light,
a The earth lies still and fears.

— 8 When God, in his own sovereign ways,
Comes down to save th' oppressed,
The wrath of man shall work his praise j
And he'll restrain the rest.

9 [Vow to the Lord, and tribute bring ;
Ye princes, fear his frown :

His terrors shake the proudest king,
And cut an army down.

10 The thunder of his sharp rebuke
Our haughty foes shall feel :

For Jacob's God hath not forsook,
But dwells in Zion still.]

PSALM 77. C. M. First Part. Abridge, [b]
Melancholy and Hope.

e 1 r I lO God I cried with mournful voice,
A I sought his gracious ear,
In the sad day when troubles rose,
And filled my heart with fear.
p 2 Sad were my days, and dark my nights,
My soul refused relief 5
I thought on God, the just and wise,
But thoughts increased my grief.

3 [Still I complained, and still oppressed,
My heart began to break :

My God, thy wrath forbade my rest.
And kept my eyes awake.

4 My overwhelming sorrows grew,
Till I could speak no more ;

Then I within myself withdrew.
And called thy judgments o'er.

5 I called back years and ancient times
When I beheld thy face ;

My spirit searched for secret crimes,
That might withhold thy grace.

6 I called thy mercies to my mind.
Which I enjoyed before :

And will the Lord no more be kind ?
His face appear no more ?]

e 7 Will he forever cast me off?
His promise ever fail ?

168 PSALM 77.

p Has he forgot his tender love ?
Shall anger still prevail ?

'— 8 But I forbid this hopeless thought,
This dark, despairing frame,
Remembering what thy hand hath wrought j
Thy hand is still the same.

o 9 I'll think again of all thy ways,
And talk thy wonders o'er ;
Thy wonders of recovering grace.
When flesh could hope no more.

o 10 Grace dwells with justice on the throne j
• — And men who love thy word,
Have in thy sanctuary known
The counsels of the Lord.

C. M. Second Part. Wantage. [*]

Israel brought from Egypt to Canaan.

el" TTOW awful is thy chastening rod "•—
XI (May thine own children say)
" The great, the wise, the dreadful God !
" How holy is his way ! "

—2 [I'll meditate his works of old >
The King who reigns above,
I'll hear his ancient wonders told,
And learn to trust his love.]

3 Long did the house of Joseph lie
With Egypt's yoke oppressed ;

Long he delayed to hear their cry,
Nor gave his people rest.

4 The sons of good old Jacob seemed
Abandoned to their foes ;

o But his almighty arm redeemed

The nation that he chose.
—5 Israel, his people and his sheep)

Must follow where he calls ;
He bade them venture through the deep,

And made the waves their walls !
€ 6 The waters saw thee, mighty God,

The waters saw thee come ;
u Backward they fled, and frighted stood,
o To make thine armies room.
—7 Strange was thy journey through the sea,

Thy footsteps, Lord, unknown ;

PSALM 78. 169

Terrors attend the wondrous way,
That brings thy mercies down.

d 8 [Thy voice, with terror in the sound,
Through clouds and darkness broke ;
All heaven in lightning shone around,
And earth with thunder shook.

9 Thine arrows through the sky were hurled ;

How glorious is the Lord !
Surprise and trembling seized the world,

And his own saints adored.

—10 He gave them water from the rock ;
And safe, by Moses' hand,
Through a dry desert led his flock,
Home to the promised land.]

PSALM 78. C. M. First Part. Mear. [*]

Providence of God rehearsed to Children.

1 T ET children hear the mighty deeds,
_I_J Which God performed of old ;

Which in our younger years we saw.
And which our fathers told.

2 He bids us make his glories known.
His works of power and grace ;

And we'll convey his wonders down,
Through every rising race.

3 Our lips shall tell them to our sons.
And they again to theirs ;

That generations, yet unborn,
May teach them to their heirs.

4 Thus shall they learn, in God alone
Their hope securely stands ;

That they may ne'er forget his works,
But practise his commands.

C. M. Second Part. China, [b *]

Israel's Rebellion and Punishment.

WHAT a stiff, rebellious house
Was Jacob's ancient race !
False to their own most solemn vows.
And to their Maker's grace.

2 They broke the covenant of his love,
And did his laws despise :

170 PSALM 78.

Forgot the works he wrought, to prove
His power before their eyes.

3 They saw the plagues on Egypt light,
From his revenging hand ;

What dreadful tokens of his might
Spread o'er the stubborn land !

4 They saw him cleave the mighty sea.
And marched with safety through ;

With watery walls to guard their way,
Till they had 'scaped the foe.

5 (A wondrous pillar marked the road,
Composed of shade and light ;

By day it proved a sheltering cloud,
A leading fire by night.

6 He from the rock their thirst supplied ;
The gushing waters fell,

And ran in rivers by their side,
A constant miracle.)

e 7 Yet they provoked the Lord Most High,

And dared distrust his hand :
d " Can he with bread our host supply,

" Amidst this desert land ? "

8 The Lord with indignation heard,
g And caused his wrath to flame ;
His terrors ever stand prepared
To vindicate his name.

C. M. Third Part. Reading. [* b]
Chastisement and Salvation.

1 ['¥"^7'HEN Israel's sins the Lord reproves,

TV And fills their hearts with dread j
Yet he forgives the men he loves,
And sends them heavenly bread.

2 He fed them with a liberal hand,
And made his treasures known ;

He gave the midnight clouds command
To pour provision down.

3 The manna, like a morning shower.
Lay thick around their feet ;

The corn of heaven, so light, so pure.
As though 'twere angels' meat.

PSALM 78. 171

4 But they in murmuring language said,
" Manna is all our feast ;

" We loathe this light, this airy bread,
" We must have flesh to taste."

5 " Ye shall have flesh to please your lust,"
The Lord in wrath replied ;

And sent them quails, like sand or dust.
Heaped up from side to side.

6 He gave them all their own desire }
And greedy as they fed,

His vengeance burnt with secret fire.
And smote the rebels dead.

7 When some were slain, the rest returned.
And sought the Lord with tears ;

Under the rod they feared and mourned.
But soon forgot their fears.

8 Oft he chastised, and still forgave.
Till, by his gracious hand,

The nation he resolved to save,
Possessed the promised land.]

L. M. Bath, [b]
Ver. 32, &c. Saints corrected and saved,

1 1^ BEAT God, how oft did Israel prove,
xIS" By turns, thine anger and thy love !

There, in a glass, our hearts may see
How fickle and how false they be.

2 How soon the faithless Jews forgot
The dreadful wonders God had wrought !
Then they provoke him to his face ;

Nor fear his power, nor trust his grace.

3 The Lord consumed their years in pain,
And made their travels long and vain ;

A tedious march, through unknown ways,
Wore out their strength, and spent their days.

4 Oft, when they saw their brethren slain,
They mourned, and sought the Lord again;
Called him the Rock of their abode.
Their high Redeemer, and their God.

5 Their prayers and vows before him rise.
As flattering words or solemn lies ;
While their rebellious tempers prove
False to his covenant and his love.

172 PSALM 80.

6 Yet did his sovereign grace forgive
The men, who ne'er deserved to live :
His anger oft away he turned,

Or else with gentle flame it burned.

7 He saw their flesh was weak and frail,
He saw temptations still prevail ;

The God of Abraham loved them still,
And led them to his holy hill.

PSALM 80. L. M. Dresden. Moreton. [b]

The Church in Affliction.

1 ^ REAT Shepherd of thine Israel,

\lW Who didst between the cherubs dwell,
And led'st the tribes, thy chosen sheep,
Safe through the desert and the deep : —

6 2 Thy Church is in the desert now ;

— Shine from on high, and guide it through;

Turn us to thee, thy love restore ;

We shall be saved, and sigh no more.

3 [Great God, whom heavenly hosts obey,
How long shall we lament and pray,
And wait in vain thy kind return ?

How long shall thy fierce anger burn ?


4 Instead of wine and cheerful bread,
Thy saints with their own tears are fed ;
Turn us to thee ; thy love restore :

We shall be saved and sigh no more.]

e 5 Hast thou not planted, with thy hand,
A lovely vine in this our land ?
Did not thy power defend it round.
And heavenly dews enrich the ground .''

— 6 How did the spreading branches shoot,

And bless the nation with the fruit !
e But now, O Lord, look down and see

Thy mourning vine, that lovely tree.

7 Why is its beauty thus defaced ?
Why hast thou laid its fences waste ?

— Strangers and foes against it join.
And every beast devours the vine.

8 Return, almighty God, return ;

p Nor let thy bleeding vineyard mourn .

PSALM 81. 173

• — Turn us to thee, thy love restore ;
o We shall be saved, and sigh no more.


9 [Lord, when this vine in Canaan grew,
Thou wast its strength and glory too !
Attacked in vain by all its foes,

Till the fair Branch of promise rose.

10 Fair Branch, ordained of old to shoot
From David's stock, from Jacob's root;
Himself a noble Vine, and we

The lesser branches of the Tree.

11 'Tis thy own Son ; and he shall stand,
Girt with thy strength, at thy right hand ;
Thy first-born Son, adorned and blest
With power and grace above the rest.

12 O I for his sake, attend our cry,
Shine on thy churches, lest they die ;
Turn us to thee, thy love restore :
We shall be saved, and sigh no more.]

PSALM 81. S. M. Aylesbury. Dover, [*]
Ver. 1, 8 — 16. Saints warned and exhorted.

1 QING to the Lord, aloud,
k3 And make a joyful noise :
o God is our Strength, our Saviour God :
Let Israel hear his voice.

e 2 " From vile idolatry,

" Preserve my worship clean ;
" I am the Lord, who set thee free
'' From slavery and from sin.

— 3 " Stretch thy desires abroad,

"And I'll supply them well;
e " But if ye will refuse your God,

*' If Israel will rebel ; —

d 4 " I'll leave them," saith the Lord,
" To their own lusts a prey ;
" And let them run the dangerous road—
" 'Tis their own chosen way.

5 " Yet, O that all my saints
" Would hearken to my voice !
— " Soon I would ease their sore complaints,
" And bid their hearts rejoice.
15 *

174 PSALM 82, 83.

o 6 " While I destroy their foes,
" I'd richly feed my flock ;
" And they should taste the stream, that flows
" From their eternal Rock."

PSALM 82. L. M. Old Hundred. [*]

God Supreme ; or, Magistrates warned.
1 A MONG th' assemblies of the great,

_LjL a greater Ruler takes his seat :
The God of heaven, as Judge, surveys
Those gods on earth, and all their ways.
e 2 Why will ye then frame wicked laws?
Or why support th' unrighteous cause ?
When will ye once defend the poor,
That sinners vex the saints no more ?

e 3 They know not, Lord, nor will they know;

Dark are the ways in which they go ;

Their name of earthly gods is vain ;

For they shall fall and die like men.
o 4 Arise, O Lord, and let thy Son

Possess his universal throne,
o And rule the nations with his rod :
g He is our Judge, and he our God.

PSALM 83. S. M. Little Marlboro', [b]

A Complaint against Persecutors.

1 A ND will the God of grace
jl\. Perpetual silence keep ?

The God of justice hold his peace,
And let his vengeance sleep ?

2 Behold, what cursed snares
The men of mischief spread ;

The men, who hate thy saints and thee,
Lift up their threatening head,
e 3 Against thy hidden ones

Their counsels they employ ;
And malice, with her watchful eye,
Pursues them to destroy.
4 [The noble and the base
Into thy pastures leap :
The lion and the stupid ass

Conspire to vex thy sheep.
d 5 " Come let us join," they cry,
" To root them from the ground ;

PSALM 84. 175

" Till not the name of saints remain,
" Nor memory shall be found."

6 Awake, almighty God,
And call thy wrath to mind ;
Oive them like forests to the fire,
Or stubble to the wind.]

— 7 Convince their madness, Lord,
And make them seek thy name ;
Or else their stubborn rage confound,
That they may die in shame.

a 8 Then shall the nations know

That glorious, dreadful word —
g Jehovah — is thy name alone,

And thou the sovereign Lord.

PSALM 84. L. M. First Part. Moreton. [*]

The Pleasure of Public Worship.

1 T"|"OW pleasant, how divinely fair,

M-M. O Lord of hosts, thy dwellings are !
With long desire my spirit faints.
To meet th' a»seix»blies of thy saints.

e 2 My flesh would rest in thine abode,

My panting heart cries out for God ;
e My God, my King, why should I be

So far from all my joys, and thee ?

3 [The sparrow chooses where to rest,
And for her 3'^oung provides her nest ;
But will my God to sparrows grant
That pleasure which his children want .?]

o 4 Blest are the saints who sit on high,

Around thy throne of majesty ;
o Thy brightest glories shine above.

And all their work is praise and love.

o 5 Blest are the souls, who find a place

Within the temple of thy grace ;
— There they behold thy gentler rays.

And seek thy face, and learn thy praise.

o 6 Blest are the men, whose hearts are set

To find the way to Zion's gate ;
1— God is their strength : and through the road,

They lean upon their Helper, God.

176 PSALM 84.

o 7 Cheerful they walk with growing strength,
Till all shall meet in heaven at length ;

s Till all before thy face appear,

And join in nobler worship there. Portugal

L. M. Second Part. Castle Street. Greenes. [*]
God and his Church ; or, Grace and Glory.

1 r^ REAT God, attend while Zion sings
V^ The joy that from thy presence springs ;

To spend one day with thee on earth,
o Exceeds a thousand days of mirth.
e 2 Might I enjoy the meanest place,

Within thy house, O God of grace ;
— Not tents of ease, nor thrones of power,

Should tempt my feet to leave the door.

o 3 God is our Sun, he makes our day ;

God is our Shield, he guards our way

From all th' assaults of hell and sin,

From foes without and foes within.
— i All needful grace will God bestow.

And crown that grace with glory too ;

He gives us all things, and withholds

No real good from upright souls.
g 5 O God our King, whose sovereign sway

The glorious hosts of heaven obey.

And devils at thy presence flee, —

Blest is the man who trusts in thee.

Paraphrased in C. M. Doxology, Arundel, [*J
Ver. 1, 4, 2, 3, 10. God present in his Churches.

e 1 IVTY soul, how lovely is the place,

JjjL To which thy God resorts !
— 'Tis heaven, to see his smiling face,

Though in his earthly courts.
o 2 There the great Monarch of the skies

His saving power displays ;
o And light breaks in upon our eyes.

With kind and quickening rays.

b 3 With his rich gifts the heavenly Dove

Descends and fills the place ;
— While Christ reveals his wondrous love,

And sheds abroad his grace.

4 There, mighty God, thy words declare
The secrets of thy will ;

PSALM 84. 177

And still we seek thy mercies there,
And sing thy praises still.


— 5 [My heart and flesh cry out for thee,

While far from thine abode :
p When shall 1 tread thy courts, and see

My Saviour and my God ?
— 6 The sparrow builds herself a nest,

And suffers no remove ;
e O make me like the sparrows blessed,

To dwell but where I love.
— 7 To sit one day beneath thine eye.

And hear thy gracious voice.
Exceeds a whole eternity

Employed in carnal joys.

e 8 Lord, at thy threshold 1 would wait,
While Jesus is within ;
Rather than fill a throne of state.
Or live in tents of sin.
—9 Could I command the spacious land,
And the more boundless sea,
For one blest hour at thy right hand,
I'd give them both away.]

P. M. Bethesda. [*]

Longing for the House of God.

OPvD of the worlds above,
How pleasant, and how fair
The dwellings of thy love.
Thy earthly temples are !
To thine abode
My heart aspires ;
With warm desires,
To see my God.

2 [The sparrow for her young
With pleasure seeks a rest,
And wandering swallows long
To find their wonted rest !

My spirit faints,

With equal zeal,

To rise and dwell

Among thy saints.]
o 3 O happy souls, who pray

Where God appoints to hear i

378 PSALM 85.

O happy men, who pay
Their constant service there 1

They praise thee still ;

And happy they,

Who love the way

To Zion's hill.

— 4 They go from strength to strength,
Through this dark vale of tears ;
Till each arrives at length,
Till each in heaven appears.
jO O glorious seat,

When God our King
Shall thither bring
Our willing feet !


,e 5 [To spend one sacred day
Where God and saints abide,
Affords diviner joy.
Than thousand days beside :

Where God resorts,

I love it more

To keep the door,

Than shine in courts.]
—6 God is our Sun and Shield,
Our Light and our Defence ;
With gifts his hands are filled,
We draw our blessings thence.

He shall bestow,

On Jacob's race,

Peculiar grace,

And glory too.

« 7 The Lord his people loves j
His hand no good withholds,
From those his heart approves,
From pure and pious souls.
o Thrice happy he,
O God of hosts,
Whose spirit trusts
Alone in thee.

PSALM 85. L. M. First Part, All-Saints, [*]

Ver. 1 — 8. Deliverance begun and completed.

J T ORD, thou hast called thy grace to mind,
. J—i Thou hast reversed our heavy doom ;

PSALM 85, 86. 179

So God forgave, when Israel sinned,

And brought his wandering captives home.

2 Thou hast begun to set us free,

And made thy fiercest wrath abate ;

Now let our hearts be turned to thee,

And thy salvation be complete,
c 3 Revive our dying graces, Lord,

And let thy saints in thee rejoice ;

Make known thy truth, fulfill thy word ;

We wait for praise to tune our voice.
—4 We wait to hear what God will say :
o He'll speak, and give his people peace :
— But let them run no more astray,
e Lest his returning wrath increase. Armlcy,

L. M. Second Part. Islington. Oporto. [*]

Ver. 9, &c. Saltation by Christ.
1 C< ALVATION is forever nigh

k3 The souls who fear and trust the Lord ,
And grace, descending from on high,
Fresh hopes of glory shall afford.

b 2 Mercy and truth on earth are met,

Since Christ the Lord came down from heaven j
By his obedience so complete.
Justice is pleased, and peace is given.

o 3 Now truth and honour shall abound,
Religion dwell on earth again,
And heavenly influence bless the ground,
In our Redeemer's gentle reign.

—4 His righteousness is gone before.
To give us free access to God ;
Our wandering feet shall stray no more,
But mark his steps, and keep the road.

PSALM 86. CM. First Part. York.[*]
Ver. 8—13. A general Song of Praise to God.

1 A MONG the princes, earthly gods,
Jl\. There's none hath power divine ;

Nor is their nature, mighty Lord, ^

Nor are their works, like thine.

2 The nations thou hast made, shall bring
Their offerings round thy throne ;

For thou alone dost wondrous things ;
For thou art God alone.

180 PSAL M 87, 89. ^

e 3 Lord. I would walk with holy feet j
Teach me thy heavenly ways ;
And my poor scattered thoughts unite
In God my Father's praise.

o 4 Great is thy mercy, and my tongue
Shall those sweet wonders tell ; —
How, by thy grace, my sinking soul
Rose from the deeps of hell.

PSALM 87. L. M. Green's. Leeds. [*]

The Church the Birthplace of the Saints.

1 /^ OD, in his earthly temple, lays

vlJr Foundations for his heavenly praise :
e He likes the tents of Jacob well ;
o But still in Zion loves to dwell.

e 2 His mercy visits every house,

That pay their night and morning vows j

o But makes a more delightful stay.

Where churches meet to praise and pray.

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