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PSALM 21. (C. M.)
From the xxvi. Psalm of David.*

JUDGE me, O LORD, for I the paths


I shall not fail, who all my trust
Repose on thee, my God.

Be blotted out by the.
And, for thy wondrous pi
In mercy think on me
6 His mercy and his tr
The righteous Letz
In bringing wandring

And teaching them b
7 He those in justice que
Who his direction se
And in his sacred pas
The humble and th

8 Through all the word

To such as, with relig
To his blest will inc
9 Since mercy is the
That most exalts th
Forgive my heinous siz
And so advance thy
10 Whoe'er, with humbed
To Gop his duty pa
Shall find the LORD &

In all his righteous way
11 For God to all his s
His secret will inge
And does his gracios

In their obedient hears 12 To Israel's chosen rat Continue ever kind And, in the midst of the

Let them thy suCCOD DE


2 I'll wash my hands in innocence,
And round thine altar go;
Pour the glad hymn of triumph thence,
And thence thy wonders show.
3 My thanks I'll publish there, and tell
How thy renown excels;
That seat affords me most delight,
In which thine honour dwells.

Is saving health and light?
Since strongly he my life supports,
What can my soul affright?

2 Henceforth, within his house to
I earnestly desire;
His wondrous beauty there to view,
And of his will inquire.

1 17 Instruct me in thy paths, O LORD, My ways directly guide;

Lest sinful men, who watch my steps
Should see me tread aside.

PSALM 23. (C. M.).


From the xxviii. Psalm of David.

^(C. M.). From the xxvii. Psalm of David.

be the LORD; His praise I will resound,

WHOM should I fear, since God to From whom the cries of my distress


A gracious answer

2 He is my strength and shield; my heart

And safe, as on a rock, abide

In that secure recess.

Thou didst so oft protect.

6 Though all of nearest earthly ties
Me, in my wo, forsake,
Yet thou, whose love excels them all,
Wilt care and pity take.

8 I trusted that my future life

Should with thy love be crown'd; Or else my fainting soul had sunk, With sorrow compass'd round.

9 GoD's time with patient faith ex pect,

Who will inspire thy breast With inward strength: do thou thy part,

And leave to him the rest.

3 The LORD, the everlasting GOD, Is my defence and rock,

3 For there I may with comfort rest, The saving health, the saving strength In times of deep distress;

Of his anointed flock.

4 When us to seek thy glorious face
Thou kindly dost advise;
"Thy glorious face I'll always seek,"
My grateful heart replies.

5 Then hide not thou thy face, O

Nor me in wrath reject;

Both truth and meny My GOD and Saviour, leave not him E that in might and pow'r excel,

Has trusted in,his Name;

And now reliev'd, my heart, with joy
His praises shall proclaim.

4 O save and bless thy people, Lord, Thy heritage preserve;

Feed, strengthen, and support their

* Extract from the Journal of the General Convention, 1832.


4. Resolved, As the sense and declaration of this Convention, that so niuch of the rubrics in the form of consecration of a church or chapel as requires the singing of 'Psalm 26, verses 6, 7, and 8,' will hereafter be duly complied with by singing verses 2 and 3, in the selection from the 26th Psalm, included in the Psalms in Metre authorized by these resolutions to be set forth."


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That they may never swerve.

PSALM 24. (L. M.) From the xxix. Psalm of David.

Your grateful sacrifice prepare;
GOD's glorious actions loudly tell,
His wondrous pow'r to all declare.
2 To his great Name fresh altars raise
Devoutly due respect afford;.
Him in his holy temple praise,
Where he's with solemn state

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'Tis he that, with amazing noise, The watery clouds in sunder breaks The ocean trembles at his voice, When he from heav'n in thunder


How full of pow'r his voice appears! With what majestic terror crown'd! Which from their roots tall cedara

tears, And strews their scatter'd branches round.

high;18 O all ye saints, the LORD
With eager love pursue;
Who to the just will help afford,
And give the proud their due.

5 GOD rules the angry floods on
His boundless sway shall never


His saints with strength he will sup ply,


And bless his own with constant



(C. M.) From the xxx. Psalm of David.

IN my distress to GOD I cried,
And from the grave's expecting mouth H


My hopeless life retrieve.

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9 Ye that on GOD rely,

Courageously proceed;


For he will still your hearts supply
With strength in time of need.
(L. M.)
From the xxxii. Psalm of David.
E'S blest whose sins have pardon

No more in judgment to appear;
Whose guilt remission has obtain'd,
And whose repentance is sincere.
2 No sooner I my wound disclos'd,
The guilt that tortur'd me within,
But thy forgiveness interpos'd,

And mercy's healing balm pour'd in.
3 Sorrows on sorrows multiplied,
The harden'd sinner shall confound;
But them who in his truth confide,

Blessings of mercy shall surround,
4. His saints, that have perform'd his

Their life in triumph shall employ
Let them, as they alone have cause,
In grateful raptures shout for joy.


From the xxxiii. Psalm of David.
PART 1. (C. M.)


ET all the just to GOD, with joy,
Their cheerful voices raise;
For well the righteous it, becomes
To sing glad songs of praise.

Thy wisdom times them all;
Then, Lord, thy servant safely hide
From those that seek his fall.
6 The brightness of thy face

To me, O LORD, disclose,
And, as thy mercies still increase,
Preserve me from my foes.,
7 How great thy mercies are

To such as fear thy Name, [care,
Which thou, for those that trust thy
Dost to the world proclaim!

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2 Let harps, and psalteries, and lutes,
In joyful concert meet;
And new-made songs of loud applause
The harmony complete.

3. For faithful is the word of God,
His works with truth abound;
He justice loves; and all the earth
Is with his goodness crown'd.
4 By his almighty word, at first,

The heav'nly arch was rear'd;
And all the beauteous hosts of light
At his command appear'd.

5 Let earth, and all that dwell therein, Before him trembling stand; [made For, when he spake the word,, 'twas 'Twas fix'd at his command.

A PART II, (C. M.)

1 WHATE ER the mighty LORD decrees
Shall stand for ever sure;
The settled purpose of his heart
To ages shall endure.


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To sing glad send
Let harps, and pea
concert pe
In jeytul
And new-made sons
The harmony co
3 For faithful is the

His works with tr He justice loves: at Is with his goodtes

4 By his almighty m The heavily art And all the beautes

At his command per 5 Let earth, andall ta Before him trenbi For, when he spake 'Twas fix'd at his c PARTICI

1 WHATE ER the l Shall stand for ever The settled purpose

To ages shall ead

2 How happy then are they, to whom 4 The LORD from heav'n beholds the
The LORD for GoD is known!
With favourable eyes;

Whom he, from all the world besides,
Has chosen for his own.

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In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my GoD shall still
My heart and tongue employ.
2 Of his deliv'rance I will boast,
Till all that are distress'd
From my example comfort take,
And charre their griefs to rest.
30 magnify the LORD with me,
With me exalt his name:
When in distress to him I call'd,
He to my rescue came.

4 The Angel of the Lord encamps
Around the good and just;
Deliv'rance he affords to all
Who on his succour trust.
5 O make but trial of his love,
Experience will decide

How blest they are, and only they,
Who in his truth confide.


The righteous he will keep from harm,
And guard from every ill.

From the xxxiv. Psalm of David.
PART I. (C. M.).

3 The wicked, from their wickedness,
Their ruin shall derive; [test,

HROUGH all the changing scenes Whilst righteous men, whom they de
Tof life,
Shall them and their's survive.

Have nothing else to fear:
Make you his service your delight,
Your wants shall be his care.

PART II. (C. M.)

1 APPROACH, ye children of the Lord,
And my instruction hear;
'P'll teach you the true discipline
Of his religious fear.


And, when distress'd, his gracious ear
Is open to their cries;

? Let him who length of life desires,
And prosp'rous days would see,
From sland'ring language keep his

5 But turns his wrathful look on those
Whom mercy can't reclaim,

To cut them off, and from the earth
Blot out their evil name.

His lips from falsehood free;

3 The crooked paths of vice decline,
And virtue's ways pursue;
Establish peace, where 'tis begun,
And where 'tis lost, rene


6 Deliv'rance to his saints he gives,
When his relief they crave;
He's nigh to heal the broken heart,
And contrite spirit save.

7 Great troubles may afflict the just, Yet God will save them still;

3 Since of thy goodness all partake, With what assurance should the just

6 Fear him, ye saints; and you will Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge




And saints to thy protection trust!' 4 Such guests shall to thy courts be - led,

To banquet on thy love's repast; And drink, as from a fountain's head, Of joys that shall for ever last.


9 For GoD preserves the souls of those
Who on his truth depend;
To them, and their posterity
His blessings shall descend.
(L. M.)
From the xxxvi. Psalm of David.
LORD, thy mercy, my sure hope,
The highest orb of heav'n tran-
Thy sacred truth's unmeasur'd scope
Beyond the spreading sky extends.
2 Thy justice like the hills remains,
Unfathom'd depths thy judgments



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Thy providence the world sustains,
The whole creation is thy care.

5 With thee the springs of life remain,
Thy presence is eternal day;
O let thy saints thy favour gain,
To upright hearts thy truth display

PSALM 31. (II. 2.)

▸ From the xxxvii. Psalm of David."


HOUGH wicked men grow rich or great, Yet let not their successful state


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Thy anger or thy envy raise; For they, cut down like tender grass, Or like young flow'rs away shall pass, Whose blooming beauty soon decays. 2 Depend on God, and him obey, So thou within the land shalt stay,

Secure from danger and from want: Make his commands thy chief delight, And he, thy duty to requite,

Shall all thy earnest wishes grant. 3 In all thy ways trust thou the LORD, And he will needful help afford,

To perfect every just design; He'll make like light, serene and clear, Thy clouded innocence appear,

And as a mid-day sun to shine. 4 With quiet mind on GoD depend, And patiently for him attend,

Nor envy the success of crime; For God will sinful men destroy, Whilst they his presence shall enjoy, Who trust on him, and wait his time.

PART II. (II. 2.)

1 THE good man's way is God's deHe orders all the steps aright [light:

Of him that moves by his command; Though he sometimes may be distress'd

Yet shall he ne'er be quite oppress'd, For GoD upholds him with his hand.. 2 With caution shun each wicked deed,

In virtue's ways with zeal proceed,
And so prolong your happy days;
For who

does still Preserve his saints secure from ill, While soon the wicked race decays. 3 The upright shall possess the land, His portion shall for ages stand;

His mouth with wisdom is supplied, His tongue by rules of judgment moves,, His heart the law of God approves; Therefore his footsteps never slide. PART III. (II. 2.)

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3 Man, like a shadow, vainly walks,
With fruitless cares oppress'd;
He heaps up wealth, but cannot tell
By whom 'twill be possess'd.

4 Why then should I on worthless toys With anxious cares attend?

On thee alone my steadfast hope
Shall ever, LORD, depend.

5 LORD, hear my cry accept my tears,
And listen to my prayer,
Who sojourn like a stranger here,
As all my fathers were.

6 O spare me yet a little time;

My wasted strength restore, Before I vanish quite from hence, And shall be seen no more.

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3 GOD to the just rid
Their only safeguard on

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PSALM 34. (L. M.)
From the xl. Psalm of David.
WAITED meekly for the LORD,

Their streng Till he vouchsard a kiad reply;


Who did his gracious ear afford,
And heard from heav'n my humble




• The wonders he for me has wrought
Shall fill my mouth with songs of

LORD, for thy mercy, heal my soul,
I thus my pray'r address'd;
Thy tender care secures my life
Though I have much transgress'd."
From danger and disgrace;
And thou vouchsaf'st to set me still
Before thy glorious face.

The LORD wilt
And from the w


From the xxxvin. Pain


chast ning wat restrain,

Though I deserve ital

Nor let on me the hers
Of thy displeasure fi
2 My sins, which to
My sinking head ver
And, for my feeble st
Too vast a burden
3 But, LORD, before the
All my desires appear
The groanings of my ma•

Have reach'd the 've learnt that thou hast not desir'd

4 Forsake me not. Le
Nor far from me de
Make haste to my red
Who my salvatier

Off'rings and sacrifice alone;
Nor blood of guiltless beasts requir'd
For man's transgression to atone.,
6 I therefore come-come to fulfil

And others, to his worship brought,
To hopes of like deliv'rance raise.

Before I vanish quite
Aud shall be seen o

For blessings shall that man reward,
Who on th' Almighty LORD' relies;

Who treats the proud with disregard,
And hates the hypocrite's disguise.
4 Who can the wondrous works re-


Which thou, O God, for us hast

'The treasures of thy love surmount
The pow'r of numbers, speech, and

The oracles thy books impart;
Tis my delight to do thy will,
Thy law is written in my heart.}
In full assemblies I have told
Thy truth and righteousness at large:
Nor did, thou know'st, my lips with-


From uttering what thou gav'st in

Nor kept within my breast confin'd
Thy faithfulness and saving grace;
But preach'd thy love, for all design'd,
That all might that and truth em-


From the xxxix. Pist

LORD, let me know t


How soon my life wide
The num'rous train
Which this frail sta
2 My life, thou know'sa

A cipher sums my ya
And ev'ry man, in beste
But vanity appears.
3 Man, like a shadow,
With fruitless cares
He heaps up wealth, bu
By whom 'twill be p
4 Why then should I on

With anxious cares a
On thee alone my steadi
Shall ever, LORD, depen

PSALM 35. (C. M.)
From the xli, Psalm of David.
APPY the man whose tender care
Relieves the poor distress'd!


The LORD shall give him rest.

5 LORD, hear my cry When troubles compass him around,
Who sojourn like a stra The LORD his life, with blessings

And listen to my pr


In safety shall prolong;

As all my fathers were 60 spare me yet a little

My wasted strength rest And disappoint the will of those.

That seek to do him wrong,

Then let those mercies I declar'd
To others, LORD, extend to me;
Thy loving-kindness my reward,
Thy truth my safe protection be.


3 If he, in languishing estate,
Oppress'd with sickness lie;
The LORD will easy make his bed,
And inward strength supply.

Secure of this, to thee, my GOD,

6 Let therefore Israel's LORD and GOD
From age to age be bless'd;
And all the peopie's glad applause
With loud Amens express'd.

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2 For thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine;
O! when shall I behold thy face,
Thou Majesty Divine?

3 Why restless, why cast down, my


Trust God; who will employ
His aid for thee, and change these sighs
To thankful hymns of joy.

4 GoD of my strength, how long shall 1,
Like one forgotten, mourn;
Forlorn, forsaken, and expos'd
To my oppressor's scorn?


My heart is pierc'd, as with a sword,
While thus my foes upbraid:
"Vain boaster, where is now thy God?
And where his promis'd aid?"

6 Why restless, why cast down, my

'Hope still; and thou shalt sing The praise of him who is thy God, Thy health's eternal spring.

PSALM 37. (II. 5.) From the xlii. Psalm of David.

AS pants the wearied hart for cool

ing springs,

That sinks exhausted in the sum

mer's chase,

So pants my soul for thee, great King of kings,

So thirsts to reach thy sacreddwell ing place,

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