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And those sound rules which thou 6 Thy faithful ways, thou GoD of truth


Entire respect shall find

To keep thy statutes undefac'd

Shall be my constant joy;

The strict remembrance of thy word
Shall all my thoughts employ.


JBE gracious to thy servant, LORD;
Do thou my life defend,
That I according to thy word
My time to come may spend.
Enlighten both my eyes and `inind,
That so I may discern

The wond'rous things which they be-
Who thy just precepts learn. [hold,

3 My fainting soul is almost pin'd,
With earnest longing spent,
While always on the eager search"
Of thy just will intent.

4 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the

Whom still thy curse pursues; Since they to walk in thy right ways Presumptuously refuse.

But far from me do thou, O LORD, Contempt and shame remove; For I thy sacred law affect

With undissembled love.

6 For thy commands have always been
My comfort and delight;
By them I learn with prudent care
To guide mv steps aright


1 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care,
Close to the dust doth cleave;
Revive me, LORD, and let me now
Thy promis'd aid receive.

2 To thee I still declar'd my ways,
And thou inclin'dst thine ear;
O teach me then my future life
By thy just laws to steer.

3 If thou wilt make me know thy
And by their guidance walk, [laws,
The wondrous works which thou hast


Shall be my constant talk,

4 But see, my soul within me sinks,
• Press'd down with weighty care;
Do thou, according to thy word,

My wasted strength repair.

5 Far, far from me be all false ways
And lying arts remov'd;
But kindly grant 1 still may keep
The path by thee approvd

My happy choice I've made;
Thy judgments, as my rule of life,
Before me always laid.

7 My care has been to make my life
With thy commands agree;
O then preserve thy servant, LORD,
From shame and ruin free.

8 So in the way of thy commands
Shall I with pleasure run;
And, with a heart enlarg'd with joy.
Successfully go on.

PART V HE. (C. M.)

1 INSTRUCT me in thy statutes, LORD
Thy righteous paths display;,
And I from them, through all my life
Will never go astray

2 If thou true wisdom from above
Wilt graciously impart,
To keep thy perfect laws I will
Devote my zealous heart.

3 Direct me in the sacred ways
To which thy precepts lead;
Because my chief delight has been
Thy righteous paths to tread.
4 Do thou to thy most just command
Incline my willing heart;

Let no desire of worldly "vealth
From thee my thoughts divert.

5 From those vain objects turn mine

Which this false world displays;
But give me lively pow'r and strength
To keep thy righteous ways.

16 Confirm the promise of thy word,
And give thy servant aid,
Who to transgress thy sacred laws
Is awfully afraid.

7 The censure and reproach I fear
In mercy, LORD, remove;
For all the judgments thou ordain'st
Are full of grace and love.

8 Thou know'st how after thy com

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My longing heart does pant; then make haste to raise me up, And promis'd succour grant.

PART VI. VAU.` (C. M.)

1 THY constant blessing, LORD, bestow
To cheer my drooping heart;
To me, according to thy word,

Thy saving health impart.
2 So shall I, whosoe'er upbraids,
This ready answer make;
"In Gop I trust, who never will
His faithful promise break "

Resolv'd without delay

3 Then let not quite the word of truth 4 Prolonging not the time, my soul
Be from my mouth remov'd;
Since still my ground of steadfast hope
Thy judgments, LORD, have prov'd.
4 So I to keep thy righteous laws
Will all my study bend;
And constantly my time to come
In their observance spend.

5 My soul shall gladly walk at large,
From all oppression free,
Since I resolve to make my life
With thy commands agree.

6 My longing heart and ravish'd soul
Shall both o'erflow with joy,.
When in thy lov'd commandments I
My happy hours employ.

7 Then will I to thy holy laws
Lift up my willing hands;
My care and business then shall be
To study thy commands.


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Has fill'd my thoughts by night:

I then resolv'd by thy just laws
To guide my steps aright.

5 That peace of mind, which has my

In deep distress sustain'd,,
By strict obedience to thy will
I happily obtain'd.

10 LORD, my God, my portion thou
And sure possession art;
Thy words I steadfastly resolve
To treasure in my heart.

2 With all the strength of warm desire
I did thy grace implore;-

Disclose, according to thy word,

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Thy mercy's boundless store.

3 With deep reflection and strict care
On all my ways I thought;
And so, reclaim'd to thy Just paths,
My wand'ring steps I brought.

To watch, that I might never more
From thy commandments stray.
5 To such as fear thy holy Name
Myself I closely join;

To all who their obedient wills
To thy commands resign.
6 O'er all the earth thy mercy,
Abundantly is shed;

O grant that I may truly learn
Thy sacred paths to tread.



1 WITH me, thy servant, thou hast
Most graciously, O LORD; [dealt
Repeated benefits bestow'd,
According to thy word.

2 Teach me the sacred skill by which
Right judgment is attain'd,
Who in belief of thy commands
Have steadfastly remain'd.

3 Before affliction stopp'd my course,
But I have since been disciplin'd
My footsteps went astray;
Thy precepts to obey.

4 Thou art, O LORD, supremely good,
on me, thy statutes to discern,
And all thou dost is so;
Thy saving skill bestow..
'Tis good for me that I have felt
That I may duly learn and keep
Affliction's chast'ning rod,
The statutes of my God.


6 The law that from thy mouth pro ceeds

Of more esteem I hold

Than richest mines, than thousand mines

Of silver and of gold.

PART X. JOD. (C. M.)

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1 To me, who am the workmanship
Of thy almighty hands,
The heav'nly understanding give
To learn thy just commands.
2 My preservation to thy saints
Strong comfort will afford,
To see success attend my hopes,
Who trusted in thy word."

3 That right thy judgments are, I now
By sure experience see;
And that in faithfulness, O LORD,
Thou hast afflicted me.

4 O let thy tender mercy now
Afford me needful aid;
According to thy promise, Loan,
To me. thy servant mado.

5 To me thy saving grace restore,
That I again may live;
Whose soul can relish no delight
But what thy precepts give.

6 In thy blest statutes let my heart
Continue always sound;

That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot, May never me confound.


1 My soul with long expectance faints
To see thy saving grace;
Yet still on thy unerring word
My confidence I place.

2 My very eyes consume and fail
With waiting for thy word;
O when wilt thou thy kind relief
And promis'd aid afford?

3 Thy wonted kindness, LORD, restore,
My drooping heart to cheer;
That by thy righteous statutes I
My life's whole course may steer.

PART XII. LAMED. (C. M.) 1 FOR ever and for eyer, LORD,

Unchang'd thou dost remain; Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns, Does all their orbs sustain.

2 Through circling ages, LORD, thy Immoveable shall stand, (truth As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st By thine almighty hand.

13 I have not from thy judgments


By vain desires misled;
For, LORD, thou hast insructed me
Thy righteous paths to tread.

4 How sweet are all thy words to me! O what divine repast!

How much more grateful to my soul
Than honey to my taste!

5 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I
With heav'nly skill am blest;
Thro' which the treach'rous ways of sin
I utterly detest.


1 THY word is to my feet a lamp,
The way of truth to show:
A watch-light, to point out the path
In which I ought to go.

2 I've vow'd, and from my cov❜nant,
Will never start aside, (LORD
That in thy righteous judgments I
Will steadfastly abide.

3 Let still my sacrifice of praise
With thee acceptance find;
And in thy righteous judgments, LORD
Instruct my willing mind


Thy testimonies I have made

My heritage and choice; For they, when other comforts fail, My drooping heart rejoice.

3 All things the course by thee or-5 My heart with early zeal began


E'en to this day fulfil

They are thy faithful subjects all, "And servants of thy will.

4 Unless thy sacred law had been
My comfort and delight,

I must have fainted and expir'd
In dark affliction's night,

5 Thy precepts therefore from my thoughts

Shall never, LORD, depart;
For thou by them hast to new life
Restor'd my dying heart.

6 I've seen an end of what we call
Perfection here below;
But thy commandments, like thyself,
No change or period know.

THE love that to thy laws I bear
No language can display;
They with fresh wonders entertain
My raptur'd thoughts all day.

2 My feet with care I have refrain'd
From ev'ry sinful way,
That to thy sacred word I might
Entire obedience pay.

Thy statutes to obey,

And, till my course of life is done, Shall keep thine upright way.

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I DECEITFUL thoughts and practices
I utterly detest;

But to thy law affection bear
Too great to be express'd.

2 My hiding place, my refuge-tow'r, And shield art thou, O LORD;

I firmly anchor all my hopes
On thy unerring word.

3 Away from me, ye wicked men
Approach not my abode;
For firmly I resolve to keep

The precepts of my God.
4 According to thy gracious word,
From danger set me free;
Nor make me of those hopes asham'd
That I repose on thee.


1 MINE eyes, alas! begin to fail,
In long expectance held;
Till thy salvation they behold
And righteous word falfill'd.

To me, thy servant in distress,
Thy wonted grace display,
And discipline my willing heart
Thy statutes to obey.

2 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Thy sacred skill bestow,
That of thy testimonies I
The full extent may know.

Thy laws and precepts I account
In all respects divine;
They teach me to discern the right,
And all false ways decline.


I THE Wonders which thy laws contain
No words can represent;
Therefore to learn and practice them
My zealous heart is bent.

The very entrance to thy word
Celestial light displays,
And knowledge of true happiness
To simplest minds conveys.

3 With eager hopes I waiting stood,
And fainting with desire,
That of thy wise commands I might
The sacred skill acquire.

4 With favour, LORD, look down on
Who thy relief implore [me,

A thou art wont to visit those
Who thy blest Name adore.

5 Directed by thy heav'nly word
Let all my footsteps be;
Nor wickedness of any kind
Dominion have o'er me.

6 On me, devoted to thy fear,
LORD, make thy face to shine:
Thy statutes both to know and keep
My heart with zeal incline.


I THOυ art the righteous Judge, in

Wrong'd innocence may trust;
And, like thyself, thy judgments, LORD,
In all respects are just.

2 Most just and true those statutes

Which thou didst first decree; And all with faithfulness perform'd Succeeding times shall see.

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RESCH. (C. M.)

1 CONSIDER my affliction, LORD,
And me from bondage draw;
Think on thy servant in distress,
Who ne'er forgets thy law.

2 Defend my cause, and me to save
Thy timely aid afford;
With beams of mercy quicken me,
According to thy word.

3 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st
Salvation far away;
'Tis just thou should'st withdraw from
Who from thy statutes stray.

4 Since great thy tender mercies are
To all who thee adore;
According to thy judgments, LORD,
My fainting hopes restore.

3 LORD! each neglected word of thine, 5 Consider, O my gracious God,

Howe'er by men despis'd,

Is pure, and for eternal truth
By me, thy servant, priz'd.

4 Thy righteousness shall then endure
When time itself is past;

Thy law is truth itself, that truth
Which shall for ever last.

How I thy precepts love;

O therefore quicken me with beams
Of mercy from above.

6 As from the oirth of time thy truth
Has held through ages past,

So shall thy righteous judgments firm
To endless ages last


1 THY sacred word my joyful breast With heav'nly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war, Have such transporting charms.

2 Perfidious practices and lies
I utterly detest;

But to thy laws affection bear
Too vast to be express'd.

3 Seven times a day, with grateful
Thy praises I resound, [voice,
Because I find thy judgments all
With truth and justice crown'd.
4 Secure, substantial peace have they
Who truly love thy law;

No smiling mischief them can tempt, Nor frowning danger awe.

5 For thy salvation I have hop'd, And, though so long delay'd,

With cheerful zeal and anxious care
All thy commands obey'd.

6 Thy testimonies I have kept,
And constantly obey'd;
Because the love I bore to them
Thy service easy made.

7. From strict observance of thy laws
I never yet withdrew;
Convinc'd that my most secret ways
Are open to thy view.


1 To my request and earnest cry.
Attend, O gracious LORD;
Inspire my heart with heavenly skill,
According to thy word.

2 Let my repeated prayer at last
Before thy throne appear;
According to thy plighted word,
For my relief draw near.

3 Then shall my grateful lips return
The tribute of their praise,
When thou thy counsels hast reveal'd
And taught me thy just ways.

4 My tongue the praises of thy word
Shall thankfully resound;
For thy commands are right, thy

With truth and justice crown'd. 5 Let thy almighty arm appear, And bring me timely aid; for I the laws thou hast ordain'd My heart's free choice have made.

My soul has waited long to see Thy saving grace restor'd; Vor comfort knew, but what thy laws, Thy heav'nly laws afford.

7 Prolong my life, that I may sing
My great Restorer's praise.
Whose justice, from the depths of we
My fainting soul shall raise.

8 Though like a sheep that's lost I've stray'd,

And from thy ways declin'd, Do thou, O LORD, thy servant seek, Who keeps thy laws in mind.

PSALM 98. (C M.) From the cxxi. Psalm of David. TO Sion's hill I lift my eyes,

From thence expecting aid; From Sion's hill and Sion's GOD, Who heav'n and earth has made..

2 He will not let thy foot be mov'd, Thy guardian will not sleep; Behold, the GOD who slumbers not Will favour'd Israel keep.

3 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's



Thou shalt securely rest, Where neither sun nor moon shal By day or night molest.

4 From common accidents of life The Lord shall guard thee still; 'Tis even he that shall preserve Thy soul from every ill.

5 At home, abroad, in peace, in war, Thy GoD shall thee defend; Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage Safe to thy journey's end.

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From the cxxii. Psalm of David.
'TWAS a joyful sound, to hear
Our tribes devoutly say,
Up, Israel, to the temple haste,
And keep your festal day!

2 At Salem's courts we must appear,
With our assembled pow'rs,
In strong and beauteous order rang'd
Like her united tow'rs.

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 prosperous 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.

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