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Thy wisdom round the world we see ;
This spacious earth is full of thee.

19 Nor less thy glories in the deep,
Where fish in millions swim and creep j
With wondrous motions, swift or slow,
Still wand'ring in the paths below



212 PSALM 105.

20 There ships divide the wat'ry way,
And flocks of scaly monsters play ;
There dwells the huge leviathan,
And foams and sports, in spite of man.

PAUSE THE THIRD.
2.1 Vast are thy works, almighty Lord ;
All nature rests upon thy word ;
And the whole race of creatures stand,
Waiting their portion from thy hand.

22 While each receives his difPrent food,
Their cheerful looks pronounce it good ;
Eagles and hears, and whales and worms,
Rejoice and praise in different forms.

23 But when thy face is hid, they mourn,
And, dying, to their dust return ;

Both man and heast their souls resign :
Life, hreath, and spirit — all are thins.

24 Yet thou canst breathe on dust again,
And fill the world with beasts and men •,
A word of thy creating breath

Repairs the wastes of time and death.]

25 His works, the wonders of his might,
Are honour'd with his own delight :

e How awful are his glorious ways !

The Lord is dreadful in his praise.
p 26 The earth stands trembling at thy stroke,

And at thy touch the mountains smoke :
b Yet humble souls may see thy face,

And tell their wants to sovereign grace.
— 27 In thee my hopes and wishes meet,

And make my meditations sweet ;
o Thy praises shall my breath employ,

Till it expire in endless joy.
e 28 [While haughty sinners die accurst,

Their glory buried in the dust,
o I to my God, my heavenly King,
o Immortal hallelujahs sing.]

PSALM 105. C. M. Abridged. Arundel. [*]
Covenant with Abraham remembered.
I r^ IVE thanks to God, invoke his name,
VF And tell the worm his grace j
■ Sound through the earth his deeds of fame,
That all may seek his lace.






PSALM 105. 213

o 2 [His cov'nant, which he kept in mind
For nurn'rous ages past,
To nurn'rous ages yet behind,
In equal force shall last.]
— 3 He sware to Abr'ham and his Seed,
And made the blessings sure j
Gentiles the ancient promise read,
And find his truth endure.
d4 [' Thy seed shall make all nations blest,'
Said the Almighty voice,
' And Canaan's land shall be their rest,
' The type of heavenly joys.'
— 5 How large the grant ! how rich the grace,
To give them Canaan's land ;
When they were strangers in the place,

A little feeble band !]
6 (Like pilgrims through the country roun

Securely they remov'd ;
And haughty kings, who on them frown'd,
Severely he reprov'd.)
d 7 ' Touch mine anointed, and mine arm
'Shall soon avenge the wrong ;
* The man that does my prophets harm
' Shall know their God is strong.'

8 Then let the world forbear its rage,
Nor put the church in fear :

Israel must live through ev'ry age,
And be th' Almighty's care.J

PAUSE THE FIRST.

9 When Pharaoh dar'd to vex the saints,
And thus provok'd their God ;

Moses was sent at their complaints,
Arm'd with his dreadful rod.

10 [He call'd for darkness ; darkness came
Like an o'erwhelmihg dood:

He tum'd eacli lake, and ev'ry stream,
To lakes and streams of blood.

11 lie gave the sign, and noisome flies
Through the whoie country spread:

And frogs in croaking armies rise,
About the monarch's bed.

12 Through fields, and towns, and palaces
The ten-fold vengeance flew ;



214 PSALM 106.

Locusts in swarms devour'd their trees,
And hail their cattle slew ;

13 Then, by an angel's midnight stroke,

The flower of Egypt dy'd ;
The strength of ev'ry house was broke, —

Their glory and their pride.

d 14 Now let the world forbear its rage,
Nor put the church in fear ;
Israel must live through ev'ry age,
And be th' Almighty's care.

PAUSE THE SECOND.

— 15 Thus were the tribes from bondage brought,
And left the hated ground ;
Each some Egyptian spoils ha J got,
And not one feeble found.]

16 The Lord himself chose out their way,
And mark'd their journeys right;

Gave them a leading cloud by day,
A fiery guide by night.

17 They thirst ; and waters from the rock
In rich abundance flow ;

And, foll'wing still the course they took,
Ran all the desert through.

o 18 O wondrous stream ! O blessed type

Of ever-flowing grace !
o So Christ, our Rock, maintains our life

Through all this wilderness.

-19 Thus guarded by th' Almighty hand,
The chosen tribes possess'd
Oanaan, the rich, the promis'd land,
And there en joy 'd their rest.

g 20 Then let the world forbear its rage,
The Church renounce her fear ;
Israel must live through every age,
And be the Almighty's care.

PSALM 106. L. M. Shod. Castle-street. [*]
V. 1 — 5 Praise to God ; Communion with. Saints.



'T



O God, the great, the ever-blest,
Let songs of honour be address'd,—



PSALM 106. 215

His mercy firm for ever stands ;

Give him the thanks his love demands.

e 2 Who knows the wonders of thy ways I
Who shall fulfil thy boundless praise 1

o Blest are the souls who fear thee still,
And pay their duty to thy will.

— 3 Remember what thy mercy did
For Jacob's race, thy chosen seed s
And, with the same salvation, bless
The meanest suppliant of thy grace.

o 4 O may I see thy tribes rejoice,
e And aid their triumphs with my voice !
— This is my glory, Lord, to be
Join'd to thy saints, and near to thee.

S. M. Dover, [*]

V. 7, 8, 12 — 14, 43 — 48. Israel punished and par-
doned.
e 1 tf~* OD of eternal love,

vT How fickle are our ways !
And yet, how oft did Israel prove
Thy constancy of grace !

— 2 They saw thy wonders wrought,
o And then thy praise they sung ;
e But soon thy works of power forgot,
And murmur'd with their tongue.

— 3 Now they believe his word,
o While rocks with rivers flow :
e Now with their lusts provoke the Lord,
Till he reduce them low.

— 4 Yet when they mourn M their faults,
He hearken'd to their groans ;
Brought his own cov'nant to his thoughts,
And call'd them still his sons.

5 Their names were in his book ;

He sav'd them from ineir foes : ,
Oft he chastis'd, but ne'er forsook

Th^ people whom he chose.

o 6 Let Israel bless the Lord,

Who lov'd their ancient race :
And Christians join the solemn word,

Amen, to all the praise



216 PSALM 107.

PSALM 107. L. M. 1st Part. Shod. [*]
Israel led to Canaan ; Christians to Heaven.

1 /^ IVE thanks to God : — he reigns above ;
^J Kind are his thoughts ; his name is love

His mercy ages past have known,
And ages long to come shall own.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord
The wonders of his grace record ;
Israel, the nation whom he chose,
And rescu'd from their mighty foes.

3 [When God's almighty arm had broke
Their fetters, and th' Egyptian yoke ;
They trac'd the desert, wand'rihg round
A wild and solitary ground !

4 There they could find no leading road,
No city for a fix'd abode ;

Nor food, nor fountain, to assuage
Their burning thirst, or hunger's rage.]

5 In their distress, to God they cry'd ;
God was their Saviour and their Guide :
He led their march far wand'ring round ;
'Twas the right path to Canaan ; s ground.

G So, when bur first release we gain
From sin's own yoke, and Satan's chain,
We have this desert world to pass,
A dang'rous and a tiresome place.

7 He feeds and clothes us all the way ;
He guides our footsteps, lest we stray ;
He guards us with a powerful hand,
And bring? us to the heavenly land.

8 O let us, then, with joy record
The truth and goodness of the Lord!

e How great his works! how kind his ways!
u Let ev'ry tongue pronounce his praise.

L. M. 2nd Part. Bath. [*]
Correction for Sin : Release by Prayer.
1 T^ROM age to age, exalt his name •,

*- God and his grace are still the same
He fills the hungry soul with food,
And feeds the poor with ev'ry good.



PSALM 107. 217

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e 2 But, if their hearts rebel, and rise
Against the God who rules the skies ;
If they reject his heavenly word,
And slight the counsels of the Lord ; —

— 3 He'll bring their spirits to the ground,
And no deliv'rance shall be found ;

a Laden with grief, they waste their breath
In darkness and the shades of death.

— 4 Then to the Lord they raise their cries ,

o He makes the dawning light arise,
And scatters all that dismal shade
That hung so heavy round their head.

5 He cuts the bars of brass in two,
And lets the smiling pris'ner through ;
Takes off the load of guilt and grief,
And gives the lab'ring soul relief.

o 6 Oh may the sons of men record

The wondrous goodness of the Lord !
e How great his works ! how kind his ways !
tt Let ev'ry tongue pronounce his praise.

L. M. 3rd Part. PleyePs. [*]
Intemperance punished and pardoned.

1 [T/"AIN man, on foolish pleasures bent,

» Prepares for his own punishment ;
What pains, what loathsome maladies
From luxury and lust arise !

2 The drunkard feels his vitals waste ;
Yet drowns his health to please his taste ;
Till all his active powers are lost,

And fainting life draws near the dust.

3 The glutton groans and loaths to eat ;
His soul abhors delicious meat ;
Nature, with heavy loads oppress'd,
Would yield to death to be releas'd.

4 Then how the frighten'd sinners fly
To God for help, with earnest cry !

He hears their groans, prolongs their breath,
And saves them from approaching death

5 No med'cines could effect the cure,
So quick, so easy, or so sure :

The deadly sentence God repeals ;
He sends his sovereign word and heal»



218 PSALM 107.

6 Oh may tlie sons of men record
The wondrous goodness of the Lord ;
And let their thankful off'ring prove
How they adore their Maker's love.]

L. M. 4th Part. Oporto. [*]
Deliverance from Storm, and Shipwreck,

1 "fir TOULD you behold the works of God,

' » His wonders in the world abroad —
Go with the mariners, and trace
The unknown regions of the seas.

2 They leave their native shores behind,
And seize the favour of the wind ;

o Till God commands — and tempests rise,
That heave the ocean to the skies.

o 3 Now to the heavens they mount amain ;
e Now sink to dreadful deeps again :
-What strange affrights young sailors feel,
And like a stagg'ring drunkard reel !

e 4 When land is far, and death is nigh,
p Lost to all hope, to God they cry ;
— His mercy hears their loud address,
o And sends salvation in distress.

o 5 He bids the winds their wrath assuage ;

The furious waves forget their rage :
— 'Tis calm •, — and sailors smile to see

The haven where they wish'd to be

o 6 Oh may the sons of men record

The wondrous goodness of the Lord!
— Let them their private ofPrings bring,
o And in the church his glory sing.

C. M. Warcham. [*]

The Marines Psalm.

1 npHY works of glory, mighty Lord,
-■- Thy wonders in the deeps,

The sons of courage shall record,
Who trade in floating ships.

o 2 At thy command the winds arise,
And swHl the tow'ring waves ;

o The men, astonish'd, mount the skies,
And sink in gaping graves



PSALM 107. 219

— 3 [Again they climb the wat'ry hills,
And plunge in deeps again :
Each like a tott'ring drunkard reels,
And finds his courage vain.

d 4 Frighted to hear the tempest roar,
They pant with ftutt'ring breath ;
And, hopeless of the distant shore,
Expect immediate death.]

— 5 Then to the Lord they raise their cries,
o He hears the loud request ;
g And orders silence through the skies,
And lays the floods to rest.

u 6 Sailors rejoice to lose their fears,
And see the storm allay'd :
Now to their eyes the port appears ;
There let their vows be paid.

— 7 'Tis God who brings them safe to land j

Let stupid mortals know,
That waves are under his command,

And all the winds that blow,
o 8 Oh that the sons of men would praise

The goodness of the Lord !
— And those, who see thy wondrous ways,

Thy wondrous love record.

L. M. Last Part. Moreton. Leeds. [*]
Colonies and Nations blest and punished.

1 [TX/'HEN God, piovok'd with daring crimei

* » Scourges the madness of the times,
He turns the fields to barren sand,
And dries the rivers from the land.

2 His word can raise the springs again,
And make the wither'd mountains green ,
Send show'ry blessings from the skies,
And harvests in the desert rise.]

3 Where nothing dwelt, but beasts of prey,
Or men as fierce and wild as they,

God bids tne oppress'd and poor repaJr
And builds them towns and cities there

4 They sow the fields, and trees they plani»
Whose yearly fruit supplies their want ;
Their race grows up from fruitful stock8,
Their wealth increases with their flocks

15



220 PSALM 109.

5 Thus they are blest : but if they sin,

e He lets the heathen nations in ;
A savage crew invades their lands,
Their princes die by barb'rous'bands.

a 6 Their captive sons, expos'd to scorn,
Wander, unpity'd and forlorn :
The country lies unfenc'd, untill'd,
And desolation spreads the field.

—7 Yet, if the humbled nation mourns,
Again his dreadful hand he turns ;

Again he makes their cities thrive,
And bids the dying churches live.

8 [The righteous, with a joyful sense,
Admire the works of providence ;
A?id tongues of atheists shall no more
Blaspheme the God whom saints adore.]

e 9 How few with pious care record
These wondrous dealings of the Lord I
But wise observers still shall find
The Lord is holy, just and kind.

PSALM 109. C. M. Abridge. [*]
Love to Enemies ; Example of Christ.
1 /~i OD of my mercy and my praise,

V*" Thy glory is my song ;
o Though sinners speak against thy grace,

With a blaspheming tongue.
— 2 When, in the form of mortal man,

Thy Son on earth was found,
e With cruel slanders, false and vain,

They compass'd him around.
— 3 Their rriis'ries his compassion move,

Their peace he still pursu'd ;
e They render hatred for his love,

And evil for his good.
— 4 Their malice rag'd without a cause ;
ft Yet, with his dying breath,
—He pray'd for murd'rers in his cross,

And blest his foes in death.

5 Lord, shall thy bright example shine
In vain before my eyes i
-Give me a soul akin to thine,
To love mine enemies



PSALM 110. 221

o 6 The Lord will on my side engage ;

And, in my Saviour's name,
o I shall defeat their pride and rage

Who slander and condemn.

PSALM 110. L.M. 1st Part. Blcndon. [*]
The exalted Messiah's Power and Grace.
■ d 1 nnHUS the eternal Father spake

-I To Christ, the Son : ' Ascend and sit
' At my right hand, till I shall make
* Thy ibes submissive at thy feet.
o 2 ' From Zion shall thy word proceed ;
' Thy word, the sceptre in thy hand,
' Shall make the hearts of rebels bleed,
' And bow their wills to thy command.
g 3 ' That day shall shew thy power is great,
' When saints shall flock with willing minds,
' And sinners crowd thy temple gate,
' Where holiness in beauty shines.'
o 4 O blessed power ! O glorious day 1

What a large vict'ry shall ensue !
o And converts, who thy grace obey,
Exceed the drops of morning dew. Oporto

L. M. 2nd Part. Bath. [*]
The Kingdom and Priesthood of Christ.

1 [rriHUS the great Lord of earth and sea

-i- Spake to his Son, and thus he swore :
' Eternal shall thy priesthood be,
c And change from hand to hand no more

2 ' Aaron and all his sons must die :
' But everlasting life is thine,

' To save for ever those who fly
' For refuge from the wrath divine.

3 ' By me Melchisedec was made,

' On earth, a king and priest at once :

' And thou, my heavenly Priest, shalt plead,

* And thou, my King, shalt rule my sons.'

4 Jesus, the Priest, ascends his throne ;
While counsels of eternal peace,
Between the Father and the Son,

Proceed with honour and success. fspread

5 Through the whole earth his reign shall
And crush the powers that dare rebe 1



222 PSALM 110, 111.

Then will lie judge the rising dead,
And send the guilty world to hell.
6 Though, while he treads his glorious way,
He drinks the cup of tears and blood ;
The suff'rings of that dreadful day
Shall but advance him near to God.]
C. M. St. Asaph's. [*]
Christ's Kingdom and Priesthood.
1 TESUS, our Lord, ascend thy throne,
«J And near thy Father sit :
o In Zion shall thy power be known,

And make thy foes submit.
c 2 What wonders shall thy gospel do!
6 Thy converts shall surpass
The num'rous drops of morning dew,
And own thy sovereign grace.
—3 God hath pronounc'd a firm decree,

Nor changes what he swore ;
g ' Eternal shall thy priestnood be,

' When Aaron is no more.
—4 < Melchisedec, that wondrous priest,
' That King of high degree,
' That holy man who Abraham blest,
' Was but a type of thee.'
o 5 Jesus, our Priest, forever lives,

To plead for us above :
u Jesus, our King, for ever gives

The blessings of his love,
g 6 God will exalt his glorious head,
And his high throne, maintain:
Will sirike the powers and princes dead,
Who dare oppose his reign.

PSALM 111. C M. 1st Part. Mitcham. [*]

The fVisdom of God in his Works.
1 OONGS of immortal praise belong

^ To my Almighty God :
He has my heart, and he my tongue,

To spread his Name abroad.

e 2 How great the works his hand has wrought

How glorious in our sight
o And men in ev'ry age have sought

His wonders with delight



PSALM 111, 112. 223

• 3 How most exact is nature's frame I

How wise the Eternal Mind I
— His counsels never change the scheme,

That his first thoughts design'd.

4 When he redeem 'd his chosen sons,

He fix'd his cov'nant sure :
g The orders that his lips pronounce

To endless years endure.
—5 Nature and time, and earth and skies,

Thy heavenly skill proclaim :
e What shall we do to make us wise —

But learn to read thy Name ?
— 6 To fear thy power, to trust thy grace,

Is our divinest skill ;
And he's the wisest of nnr race,

Who best obeys thy will. Sunday

CM. 2nd Part. St Martin's. [»■]
The Perfections of God.

1 [ (~^ RE AT is the Lord : his works of might

vl Demand our noblest songs :
Let his assembled saints unite
Their harmony of tongues.

2 Great is the mercy of the Lord ,
He gives his children food,

And, ever mindful of his ward,
He makes his promise good.

3 His Son, the great Redeemer, came,
To seal his cov'nant sure ;

Holy and rev'rend is his name ;
His ways are just and pure.

4 They who would grow divinely wise,
Must with his fear begin :

Our fairest proof of knowledge lies
In hating ev'ry sin.]

PSALM 112. P.M. Cumberland. [*]
The Blcssivgs of the liberal Man.
1 npHAT man is blest, who stands innwe
A Of God, and loves his sacred law }
His seed on earth shall be renown 'd ;
His house the seat of wealth shall be,
An unexhausted treasury.
And with successive honours crown'd



224 PSALM 112.

2 His liberal favours be extends ;
To some he gives, to others lends ;

A gen'rous pity fills his mind :
Yet what his charity impairs,
He saves by prudence in affairs ;

And thus lie's just to all mankind.

3 His hands, while they his alms bestow'd,
His glory's future harvest sow'd :

b The sweet remembrance of the just,
Like a green root, revives, and bears
A train of blessings for bis heirs,

When dying nature sleeps in dust.
g 4 Beset with threat'ning dangers round,
Unmov'd shall be maintain his ground ;

His conscience holds his courage up :
The soul that's fill'd with virtue's light,
Shines brightest in affliction's night ;

And sees in darkness beams of hope.

PAUSE.

5 [111 tidings never can surprise
His heart that fix'd on God relies ;

Though waves and tempests roar around ;
Safe on a Rock he sits, and sees
The shipwreck of bis enemies ;

And all their hopes and glory drown'd.

6 The wicked shall his triumph see,
And gnash their teeth in agony,

To find their expectations crost ;
They, and their envy, pride and spite,
Sink down to everlasting night,
And all their names in darkness lost.]
L. M. Oporto. [*]
Blessings of the Pious and Charitable.
1 npHRlCE happy man, who fears the Lord,
JL Loves his commands, and I rusts his word }
Honour and peace his days attend,
And blessings to his seed descend.
e 2 Compassion dwells upon his mind,

To works of mercy still inclin'd ;
—He lends the poor some present aid,

Or gives them, not to be repaid,
e 3 When times grow dark, and tidings spread,
That fill his neighbours round with dread,



PSALM 112, 113. 225

o His heart is arm'd against the fear,

For God with all his power is there.

g 4 His soul, well fix'd upon the Lord,
Draws heavenly courage from his word )
Amidst the darkness light shall rise,
To cheer his heart, and bless his eyes.

— 5 He hath dispers'd his alms abroad ;
His works are still before bis God ;
His name on earth shall long remain,
While envious sinners fret in vain.
C. M. St. Ann's. [*]
Liberality rewarded.

1 ITAPPY is he who fears the Lord,
JiA And follows his commands ;

Who lends the poor, without reward ;
Or gives with liberal hands.

2 As pity dwells within his breast,
To all the sons of need, —

So God shall answer his request,
With blessings on his seed.

3 No evil tidings shall surprise
His well establish'd mind :

His soul to God, his refuge, flies,
And leaves his fears behind.

4 In times of general distress,
Some beams of light shall shine,

To shew the world his righteousness,
And give him peace divine.

5 His works of piety and love
Remain before the Lord ;

Honour on earth, and joys above,
Shall be his sure reward.

rSALM 113. P. M. St. Helen's. [*]
'The Majesty and Condescension of God

1 "\7"E who delight to serve the Lord,

j£ The honours of his name record,

His sacred name for ever bless :
Where'er the circling sun displays
His rising beams, or setting rays,

Let lands and seas his power confess.

2 Not time, nor nature's narrow rounds
Can give his vast dominion bounds ;

The heavens are far below his height :



226 PSALM 113.

e Let no created greatness dare
With our eternal God compare,
Arm'd with his uncreated might,
e 3 He bows his glorious head to view
What the bright hosts of angels do,

And bends his care to mortal things :
His sovereign hand exalts the poor ;
He takes the needy from the door,
And makes them company for kings.

4 [When childless families despair,
He sends the blessing of an heir,
To rescue their expiring name ;
The mother, with a cheerful voice,
Proclaims his praises and her joys :
Let ev'ry age advance his fame.]
L. M. Ouercy. [*]
Qnd sovereign and gracious.

1 ["\TE servants of th' almighty King,

-*- In ev'ry age his praises sing ;
Where'er the sun shall rise or set,
The nations shall his praise repeat.

2 Above the earth — beyond the sky,
Stands his high throne of majesty ;
Nor time nor place his power restrain —
Nor bound his universal reign.

Which of the sons of Adam dare,
Or angels with their God compare?
His glories how divinely bright,
Who dwells in uncreated light !

4 Behold his love! he stoops to view
What saints above and angels do ;
And condescends, yet more, to know
The mean affairs of men below.

5 From dust, and cottages obscure,
His grace exalts the humble poor ;
Gives them the honour of his sons,
And fits them for their heavenly thrones

6 A word of his creating voice
Can make the barren house rejoice :
Though Sarah's ninety years were past,
The proinis'd seed is born at last.

7 With joy the mother views her son,
And tells the wonders God has done :



PSALM 114, 115. 227

Faith may grow strong when sense despairs 5
If nature fails, the promise hears.]

PSALM 114. L. M. Blenaon. [*]
Miracles attending Israel's Journey.

1 "I^THEN Israel, freed from Pharaoh's hand
» » Left the proud tyrant and his land,

The tribes, with cheerful homage, own

Their King, and Judah was histfirone.
e 2 Across the deep their journey lay ;
o The deep divides to make them way :
— Jordan belield their march, and fled,

With backward current, to his head.
3 The mountains shook like frighted sheep,

Like lambs the little hillocks leap ;

Not Sinai on her base could stand,

Conscious of sovereign power at hand,
e 4 What power could make the deep divide !

Make Jordan backward roll his tide !

Why did ye leap, ye little hills ?

And whence the fright that. Sinai feels ?
g 5 Let ev'ry mountain, ev'ry flood,

Retire, and know the approaching God 1

The King of Israel! see him here!

Tremble, thou earth, adore, and fear.

6 He thunders — and all nature mourns:

The rock to standing pools lie turns ;

Flints spring with fountains at his word,

And fires arid seas confess the Lord.

PSALM 115. L. M. 1st Part. Psalm 97. |/
• The time God; or, Idolatry reproved.
1 TVIOT to ourselves, who are but dust,

1 ^ Not to ourselves is glory due ;
Eternal God, thou only just,
Thou only gracious, wise and true!

g 2 Shine forth, in all thy dreadful name;



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