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2 At Salem's courts we must appear,

With our assembled powers,
In strong and beauteous order ranged,

Like her united towers.
3 'Tis thither, by divine command,

The tribes of God repair,
Before his ark to celebrate

His Name with praise and prayer. 4 O, ever pray for Salem's

peace; For they shall prosp'rous be, Thou holy city of our God,

Who bear true love to thee.
5 May peace within thy sacred walls

A constant guest be found;
With plenty and prosperity

Thy palaces be crown'd. 6 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends

No less than brethren dear,
I 'll pray-May peace in Salem's towers

A constant guest appear.
7 But most of all I'll seek thy good,

And ever wish thee well,
For Sion and the temple's sake,

Where God vouchsafes to dwell.

SELECTION 100. C. M.

From the cxxiv Psalm of David.

1 HAD not the LORD, may Israel say,

On Israel's side engaged,
The foe had quickly swallow'd us,

So furiously he raged.
2 Had not the Lord himself vouchsafed

To check his fierce control,
The adversary's dreary flood

Had overwhelm'd our soul.
3 But praised be our eternal LORD,

Who left us not his prey;
The snare is broke, his rage disarm'd,

And we again are free.

4 Secure in God's almighty Name

Our confidence remains ;
The God who made both heaven and earth,

Of both sole monarch reigns.

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SELECTION 101 C. M.

From the cxxv. Psalm of David. 1 WHO place on Sion's God their trust,

Like Sion's rock shall stand; Like her immoveably be fix'd

By his almighty hand.
2 Look how the hills on every side,

Jerusalem enclose;
So stands the LORD around his saints,

To guard them from their foes.
3 Be good, O righteous God, to those

Who righteous deeds affect; The heart that innocence retains,

Let innocence protect.
4 All those who walk in crooked paths,

The LORD shall soon destroy;
Cut off th' unjust, but crown the saints

With lasting peace and joy.

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SELECTION 102. C. M.

From the cxxvii. Psalm of David.

1 WE build with fruitless cost, unless

The LORD the pile sustain; Unless the LORD the city keep,

The watchman wakes in vain.

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3 Supplies of life, with ease to them,

He on his saints bestows;
He crowns their labors with success,

Their nights with safe repose.

SELECTION 103. C. M.

From the cxxviii. Psalm of David.
1 THE man is bless, that fears the LORD,

Nor only worship pays,
But keeps his steps confined with care

To his appointed ways.
2 He shall upon the sweet returns

Of his own labor feed;
Without dependence live, and see

His wishes all succeed.
3 Who fears the Lord shall prosper thus;

Him Sion's God shall bless, And grant him all his days to see

Jerusalem's success.

SELECTION 104. S. M.

From the cxxx. Psalm of David. 1 FROM lowest depths of woe

To God I sent my cry;
LORD, hear my supplicating voice,

And graciously reply.
2 Shouldst thou severely judge,

Who can the trial bear?
But thou forgiv'st, lest we despond,

And quite renounce thy fear. 3 My soul with patience waits

For thee, the living LORD;
My hopes are on thy promise built,

Thy never-failing word. 4 My longing eyes look out

For thy enlivening ray,
More duly than the morning watch

To spy the dawning day. 5 Let Israel trust in God,

No bounds his mercy knows; The plenteous source and spring from whence

Eternal succor flows :
6 Whose friendly streams to us

Supplies in want convey;
A healing spring, a spring to cleanse

And wash our guilt a way.

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I LORD, for ever at thy side

Let my place and portion be: Strip me of the robe of pride,

Clothe me with humility. 2 Meekly may my soul receive

All thy Spirit hath reveal'd; Thou hast spoken-I believe,

Though the oracle be seal'd. 3 Humble as a little child,

Weaned from the mother's breast. By no subtleties beguiled,

On thy faithful word I rest. 4 Israel! now and evermore

In the LORD Jehovah trust;
Him, in all his ways, adore,
Wise, and wonderful, and just.

SELECTION 106. C. M.

From the cxxxii. Psalm of David.
1 0, WITH due reverence let us all

To God's abode repair ;
And, prostrate at his footstool fall'n,
Pour out our humble

prayer. 2 Arise, O LORD, and now possess

Thy constant place of rest; Be that, not only with thy ark,

But with thy presence bless'd. 3 Clothe thou thy priests with righteousness,

Make thou thy saints rejoice; And, for thy servant David's sake,

Hear thy anointed's voice.
4 Fair Sion does, in God's esteem,

All other seats excel;
His place of everlasting rest,

Where he desires to dwell.
5 Her store th' Almighty will increase,

Her poor with plenty bless;
Her saints shall shout for joy, her priests

His saving health confess.

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SELECTION 107. C. M.

From the cxxxii. Psalm of David.
1 HOW vast must their advantage be,

How great their pleasure prove,
Who live like brethren, and consent

In offices of love!
2 True love is like the precious oil,

Which, pour'd on Aaron's head,
Ran down his beard, and o'er his robes

Its costly fragrance shed.
3 'Tis like refreshing dew, which does

On Hermon's top distil ;
Or like the early drops that fall

On Sion's favor'd hill.
4 For Sion is the chosen seat

Where the Almighty King
The promised blessing has ordain’d,

And life's eternal spring.

SELECTION 108. C. M.

From the cxxxiv. Psalm of David. | BLESS God, ye servants, that attend

Upon his solemn state,
That in his temple's hallow'd courts

With humble reverence wait.
2 Within his house lift up your hands

And bless his holy Name: From Sion bless thy Israel, LORD,

Who earth and heaven didst frame.

SELECTION 109. C. M.

From the cxxxv. Psalm of David. 1 O PRAISE the LORD with one consent,

And magnify his Name;
Let all the servants of the LORD

His worthy praise proclaim.
2 Praise him all ye that in his house

Attend with constant care; With those that to his outmost courts

With humble zeal repair.

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