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

And tell their wants to sov'reign 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 heav'nly King,
o Immortal hallelujahs sing.] ,

PSALM 105. C. M. abridged. Arundel. [*]
Covenant with Abraham remembered.
1 #""1 IVE thanks to God, invoke his name,
VX" And tell the world his grace ;
u Sound through the earth his deeds of fame,
That all may seek his face*



PSALM 105. 213



o 2 [His cov'nant, which he kept in mind
For num'rous ages past,
To num'rous ages yet behind,
In equal force shall last.]
—3 He sware to Abr'ham and his Seed,
And made the blessings sure ;
Gentiles the ancient promise read,
And find his truth endure.
d 4 [* Thy seed shall make all nations blest/
(Said the Almighty voice)
• And Canaan's land shall be their rest,
The type of heav'nly 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 countries round
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.]

PAUSE I.

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'erwhelming flood :

He turn'd each lake, and ev'ry stream,
To lakes and streams of blood.

11 He gave the sign, and noisome flies
Through the whole country spread :

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

12 Through fields, and towns, and palace.*
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 flow'r 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 II.

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

16 The Lord himself chose out their way,
And mark'd their journies 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 possest
Canaan, the rich, the promis'd land,
And there enjoy'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. Shoel. Castle-Street. [*.]

Ver. 1 — 5. — Praise to God : Communion with Saints*

1 fllO God the great, the ever blest,

JL Let songs of honour be address'd, —
His mercy firm forever stands ;
Give him the thanks his love demands.



PSALM 106. 215

e 2 Who knows the wonders of thy ways !

Who shall fulfil thy boundless praise I
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 :
And, with the same salvation, bless
The meanest suppliant of thy grace.

o 4 O may I see thy tribes rejoice,
o 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 pardoned,

c 1 ^"^1 OD of eternal love,

\JT How fickle are our ways I
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 pow'r forgot,
And murmur'd with their tongue.

«— 3 Now they believe his word,
While rocks with rivers flow ;

e Now with their lusts provoke the Lord*
Till he reduce them low.

9 4 Yet when they mourn'd their faults,

He hearken 1 d to their groans ;

Brought his own cov'nant to his thoHs,

And calPd them still his sons.

5 Their names were in his book ;
He sav'd them from their foes :
Oft he chastisM, but ne'er forsook,
The people whom he chose

& 6 Let Israel bless the Lord,

Who lov'd their ancient race :
9 And Christians join the solemn wordy

Amen, to all the praise.



216 PSALM 107.



PSALM 107. L. M. First Part. Shoel [*]
Israel led to Canaan ; Christians to Heaven,

1 ^"i IVE thanks to God : — he reigns above ;
v3T 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'ring round
A wild and solitary ground !

4 There they could find no leading road,
Nor city for a fixM 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.

6 So, when our 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 brings us to the heav'nly land.

o 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. Second Part. Bath. [*]
Correction for Sin ; Release by Prayer
ROM age to age, exalt his name ;



F



God and his grace are still the samei



He fills the hungry soul with food,
And feeds the poor with ev'ry good



PSALM 107. 217

e 2 But, if their hearts rebel, and rise
Against the God who rules the skies ;
If they reject his heav'nly 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 laVring soul relief.
o 6 O may the sons of men record

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

L. M. Third Part. PleyeVs. [*]

Intemperance punished and pardoned.

1 ["W7"AIN man, on foolish pleasures bent,

T ' Prepares for his own punishment j
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 opprest,
Would yield to death to be releasM.

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 heals.
19



218 PSALM 107.

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

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

1 "W^OULD you behold the works of God,

TT 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 O may the sons of men record

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

CM. Wareham. [*]

The Mariner** Psalm.

1 TW\ H Y works of glory, mighty Lord,

JL 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 swell 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 flutt'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.
II 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.

w-7 'Tis God who brings them safe to land ;

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

And all the winds that blow.
© 8 O 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. Fourth Part. Moreton. Leeds. [*]

Colonies and Nations blest and punished.

1 [XyC7"HEN God, provok'd with daring crimes,

Tf Scourges the madness of the times,
He turns their 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 the oppress'd and poor repair,
And builds them towns and cities there.

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



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5 Thus they are blest : but if they sin,
c He lets the heathen nations in ;

A savage crew invades their lands,

Their princes die by barb'rous hands.
a 6 Their captive sons expos'd to scorn,

Wander, unpity'd and forlorn :

The country lies unfenced, untilPd,

And desolation spreads the field.
— 7 Yet, if th 1 humble nation mourns,

Again his dreadful hand he turns ;
o Again he makes their cities thrive,

And bids the dying churches live.

8 [The righteous with a joyful sense,

Admire the works of providence ;

And tongues of Atheists shall no more

Blaspheme the God whom saints adore.]
c 9 How few with pious care record

These wondrous dealings of the Lord !
—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 f~*i OD of my mercy and my praise,

\JT 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 compassM him around.
—3 Their mis'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 ragM without a cause ;
a Yet with his dying breath,
— He pray'd for murd'rers on his cross,

And blest his foes in death.
t 5 Lord, shall thy bright example shine,

In vain before my eyes ?
—Give me a soul akin to thine,

To love mine enemies.



PSALM 110. 221



o 6 The Lord shall 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. First Part. Blendon. [*]

The Exalted Messiah^ Power and Grace.
d 1 rilHUS the eternal Father spake,

JL To Christ the Son ; " Ascend and sit

44 At my right hand, till I shall make

"Thy foes submissive at thy feet.
o 2 " From Zion shall thy word proceed ;

44 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 pow'r is great,

44 When saints shall flock with willing minds ;

44 And sinners crowd thy temple gate,

44 Where holiness in beauty shines."
o 4 O blessed pow'r ! O glorious day I

What a large vict'ry shall ensue !
q And converts, who thy grace obey,

Exceed the drops of morning dew. Opm t£»

L, M. Second Part. Bath. [*]
The Kingdom and Priesthood of Christ.

1 [f¥lHUS the great Lord of earth and sea

J_ Spake to his Son, and thus he swore :
44 Eternal shall thy priesthood be,
" And change from hand to hand no more.

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

41 To save forever those who fly,
44 For refuge from the wrath divine.

3 " By me Melchisedec was made,

44 On earth, a king and priest at once :

44 And thou, my heav'nly Priest, shalt plead

44 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.

5 Thro' the whole earth his name shall spread.
And crush the pow'rs that dare rebel :

1.9*



222 PSALM 110, 111.



Then shall he judge the rising dead,
And send the guilty world to hell.

6 Tho' while he treads his glorious way,
He drinks the cup of tears and blood ;
The sufferings of that dreadful day
Shall but advance him near to God.]

C. M. St. Asaph's. [*]
ChrisVs Kingdom and Priesthood.
1 TESUS, our Lord, ascend thy throne,
tJ And near thy Father sit :
o In Zion shall thy pow'r be known,

And make thy foes submit,
c 2 What wonders shall thy gospel do !
o Thy convert shall surpass

The num'rous drops of morning dew,
And own thy so v' reign grace.
— 3 God hath pronounc'd a firm decree,

Nor changes what he swore ;
g " Eternal shall thy priesthood be,

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

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

The blessings of his love.
g 6 God shall exalt his glorious head,
And his high throne maintain ;
Shall strike the powers and princes dead,
Who dare oppose his reign.

PSALM 111. CM. 1st Part. Mitcham. [*]

The Wisdom of God in his Works,
1 OJONGS of immortal praise belong

>3 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 I
o And men in evVy age have sought
His wonders with delight.



PSALM 111, 112. 22$

« 3 How most exact is nature^ frame !

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

That his first thoughts designM.
4 When he redeemM his chosen sons,

He fixM his cov'nant sure ;
g The orders that his lips pronounce,

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

Thy heav'nly skill proclaim ;
« What shall we do to make us wise —

But learn to read thy Name ?
- -6 To fear thy pow'r to trust thy graoe,

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

Who best obeys *hy will. Sunday,

C. M. Second Part. St Martin's. [*]

The Perfections <of God.

4 [/~^ RE AT is the Lord; his works of might

\U~ Demand our nobilest 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 word,
He makes his promise good.

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

Holy and rev'rend is his name ;
His ways ai*e just and pure.

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

Our fairest proof of knowledge Ees
la hating ev'ry sin.]

PSALM lit. P.M. Cumberland. [*J
The Blessings of the liberal Man.
1 ITn HAT man is blest, who stands in awe
JL 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,
v And with successive honours crown'4.



224 PSALM 112.



2 His liberal favours he 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 he's just to all mankind.
3 His hands, while they his alms bestow'd,
His glory's future harvest sow'd :
b The sweet rememb'rance of the just,
Like a green root, revives, and bears
A train of blessings for his heirs,
When dying nature sleeps in dust.
g 4 Beset with threat'ning dangers round,
Unmov'd shall he 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 Fill tidings never can surprise
His heart that fix'd on God relies ;

Tho' waves and tempests roar around J
Safe on a Rock he sits, and sees
The shipwreck of his 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.
IHRICE happy man, who fears the Lord !
Loves his commands, and trusts his woFd
Honour and peace his days attend,
And blessings to hi3 seed descend.

e 2 Compassion dwells upon his mind,

To works of mercy still inclin'd ;
-r* 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 neighbour round with dread ;



T



PSALM 112, 113. 22b

o His heart is arai'd against the fear,
o For God with all his pow'r is there.
g 4 His soul, well fix'd upon the Lord,

Draws heav'nly courage from his word;

Amidst the darkness light shall rise,

To cheer his hearty and bless his eyes,
— 5 He hath dispersed his alms abroad ;

His works are still before his God ;

His name on earth shall long remain,

While envious sinners fret in vain.

C. M. St. Ann's. [*]
Liberality Rewarded.

1 TTTTAPPY is he who fears the Lord,
JUL 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 established 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.

PSALM 113. P.M. St Helen's. [*]
The Majesty and Condescension of God.
I ~\TE> who delight to serve the Lord,
Jt The honours of his name record;

His sacred name forever 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 heav'ns 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.
« 3 He bows his glorious head to view
What the bright hosts of angels do,
And bends his care to mortal things :
— His sov'reign 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 blessings of an heir,
To rescue their expiring name ;
The mother with a cheerful voice,
Proclaims his praises and her joys :
Let evVy age advance his fame.]
L. M. Quercy. [*]
God Sovereign and Gracious,

1 [" 1 ^"E servants of th 1 almighty King,

JL 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 pow'r restrain—
Nor bound his universal reign.

3 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 loye ! 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 heav'nly thrones*

6 A word of his creating voice,
Can make the barren house rejoice :
Tho' Sarah's ninety years were past,
The promised 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 ;
If nature fails, the. promise bears.]

PSALM 114. L, M. Blendon. [*]
Miracles attending IsraePs Journey.

1 ~^^7"HEN Israel, freed from Pharaoh's hand,
T T Left the proud tyrant and his land,

The tribes, with cheerful homage, own

Their King", and Judah was his throne*
e 2 Across the deep their journey lay ;
o The deep divides to make them way :
—Jordan beheld their march, and fled,

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

Like lambs the little hillocks leap ;

Not Sinai on her base could stand,

Conscious of sov'reign pow'r at hand.
e 4 What pow'r could make the deep divide i

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 '

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 he turns ;

Flints spring with fountains at his word,

And fifes and seas confess the Lord.

PSALM 115. L. M, First Part. Psalm 97 th, [*]

The true God : or, Idolatry reproved.

1 "]W"OT to ourselves, who are but dust,
_L ^1 Not to ourselves is glory due j

Eternal God, thou only just,

Thou only gracious, wise and true !
g 2 Shine forth, in all thy dreadful name ;
c Why should a heathen's haughty tongue

Insult us, and to raise our shame,
d Say, " Where's the God you've serv'd so long?"
o 3 The God, we serve, maintains his throne

Above the clouds, beyond the skies :

Through all the earth his will is done ;

He knows our groans^ he hears our cries,



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e 4 But the vain idols they adore,

Are senseless shapes of stone and wood ;
At best a mass of glittering ore,
A silver saint, or golden god.

— 5 [With eyes and ears they carve the head ;
Deaf are their ears, their eyes are blind :
In vain are costly offerings made,
And vows are scatterM in the wind.

6 Their feet were never made to move,
Nor hands to save when mortals pray :
Mortals that pay them fear or love,
Seem to be blind and deaf as they,]

g 7 O Israel, make the Lord thy hope,
Thy help, thy refuge, and thy rest,
The Lord shall build thy ruins up,
And bless the people and the priest.

a 8 The dead no more can speak thy praise,

They dwell in silence in the grave ;
o But we shall live to sing thy grace,
u And tell the world thy pow'r to save.

P. M. Walworth. [*]
Popish Idolatry reproved.

1 ^J"OT to our names, Thou only Just and True,



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