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PSALM XXXIX. Fourth Version. STEELB.
The Vanity and Frailty of Human Life.
Frame, Teach me the Measure of my Days, Teach me to know how frail I am,
And spend the Remnant to thy Praise.
Vain are the Cares which rack his Mind !
And dies, and leaves them all behind : 4 O be a nobler Portion mine:
My God, I bow before thy Throne,
And fix my Hope on thee alone.
From all my Sins, and cleanse my Faults ;
My Soul, or vex my peaceful Thoughts. 6 Beneath the chaft'ning of thy Hand,
Let not my Heart or Tongue repine;
And bear the Stroke because 'tis thine. 7 But O let Mercy foon prevail,
Each Pain and Sorrow to remove;
Thy sparing Goodness let me prove.
Ere my few hasty Minutes flee;
PSALM XL. First Version. MERRICK.
Truft in God.
In happiest Hour apply'd : Fle from the dark and miry Pit High on the Rock has rais'd
my Nor fear my Steps to slide. 2 His Praise inspires my grateful Tongue, And dictates to my Lips a Song
In Strains unheard before. Admiring Crouds his Work shall fee, Their Srength on hiin repose with me,
With me his Name adore.
And Helps that but betray.
Nor Words their Worth display.
PSALM XL. Second Verfion. First Part. WATTS
A Song Deliverance.
He bow'd to hear my Cry;
And brought Salvation nigh. 2 Firm on a Rock he made me stand,
And taught my chearful Tongue To praise the Wonders of his Hand
In a new thankful Song. 3 I'll spread his Works of Grace abroad;
The Saints with Joy shall hear, And Sinners learn to make
Thy Mercies, Lord, how great!
Their Numbers to repeat.
Aud Light and Peace depart, My God beholds my heavy Woe,
And bears me on his Heart.
PSALM XL. Second Version.
The Mission and Death of Christ.
“ Give your Burnt-Off'rings o’er, " In dying Goats and Bullocks Nain
“ My Soul delights no more." 2 Then spoke the Saviour, “ Lo, I'm here,
My God, to do thy Will ; “ What e'er thy sacred Books declare
Thy Servant shall fulfil. 3 Thy Law is ever in my Sight,
“ I keep it near my Heart; “ Mine Ears are open'd with Delight
“ To what thy Lips impart."
And much his Truth he shew'd,
Where great Assemblies stood.
He pity'd Sinners Cries, And to fulfil a Saviour's Part
Was made a Sacrifice.
PSALM XL. Third Version. DODDRIDGE.
God magnified by those who love bis Salvation.
Thy saving Love, thy saving Pow'r ;
Hail the Redemption thou haft wrought.
The Sword by which our Sins are slain :
We fing the Grace, that lays us low.
Let God alone be magnify'd:
4 Saints, who his full Salvation know,
Saints, who but taste it here below,
The charitable Man blefed.
Who learns to feel another's Woes,
And wipes the helpless Orphan's Tear.
Himself thy Pity, Lord, shall know ;
Give to his Lot the chosen Land.
Thou, Lord, his Spirit wilt sustain,
And turn with tend'rest Care his Bed.
Thus to my God I form'd the Pray'r,
That humbled owns each known Offence.
In Innocence. of Heart upheld
The Fulness of thy Presence share.
The God by Jacob's Sons ador'd;
Relieves the poor Distreft:
The Lord shall give him Reft.
In Safety shall prolong;
And disappoint the Will of those,
+ 3 If he in languishing Estate
Oppress'd with Sickness lie, The Lord will easy make his Bed,
And inward Strength supply. 4 Secure of this, to thee, my God,
I thus my Pray'r address'd; “ Lord, for thy Mercy, heal my Soul,
“ Though I'have much tranfgress'd.” s Thy tender Care secures my Life
From Danger and Disgrace; And thou vouchsaf'ft to let me still
Before thy glorious Face. 6 Let therefore Ifrael's Lord and God
From Age to Age be bless'd'; And all thy People's glad Applause
With loud Amens express'a.
PSALM XLI. Third Version. WATTE.
And melt. with Pity to the Poor,
Feels what his Fellow-Saints endure. 2 His Heart contrives for their Relief
More Good than his own Hands can do ;
Shall find the Lord has Pity too: 3
His Soul'fhall live secure on Earth,
God will pronounce his Sins forgiving,