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PSALM LXXIII. Sixth Verfion. DODDRIDGE.
God the Happiness of his people.
Views Earth beneath, and Heav'n above,
An Object of mine equal Love.
Pursue their Bliss, and find their Woe,
The nobler Joys of Heav'n to view. 3 Not all the faireft Sons of Light,
That lead the Army round thy Throne,
And seeks its Rest in God alone. 4
Fix'd near th' immortal Source of Bliss,
That Earth, combin'd with Hell, can raise. 5 This feeble Flesh shall faint, and die;
This Heart renew its Pulse no more;
When Life's last Movements all are o'er.
With thy own Hand thy Pow'r destroy;
He Calls of Glory, worldly Smiles,
And Charms of Harmony,
Compar'd, my God, with thee. 2 Without thy Love I nothing crave,
And nothing can enjoy ;
As an unenvied Toy.
The Wonders of the Skies,
Thou know't I would despise.
4 What were the Earth, the Sun, the Stars,
Or Heav'n itself to me, (My Life, my everlafting Bliss!)
If not secur'd of thee? 5 Celestial Bow'rs, seraphic Songs,
And Fields of endless Light, Would all unentertaining prove,
Without thy blissful Sight.
PSALM LXXIV. First Version. MERRICK.
His Mandate Jordan's Channel dry'd,
And backward roll'd its wond'ring Tide.
Forth from its Depth the foaming Wave
Irriguous lav'd the thirsty Plain.
Alternate walk th' ethereal Way;
And with it cloth'd the jocund Sun.
Its Balance fixes, marks its Bounds,
Or warps it with the wintry Winds. 5
Parent of Nature ! God supreme !
And silence the reproachful Tongue. 6 Behold ; and let th' afficted Poor,
From Terror and from Shame fecure,
Thou hast prepar'd the glorions Sun,
And ev'ry feebler Light.
In perfect Order stand ;
Attend on thy Command.
Let Men obey thy Will;
To sing thy Praises fill.
just and powerful, and worthy of Praise.
His Justice shall assert its Laws,
And arbitrate each dubious Cause.
Diffolv'd in wide Confusion lie,
And rest on his supporting Hand.
Our Love and highest Praise shall claim,
And plant within each Heart thy Fear. 4 My Soul, with sacred Transport fillid,
To Yacob's God its Praise will yield;
Shall wake to him the joyous Song. 5 Behold him do whate'er is right,
Now crush the Horn of lawless Might,
Power and Government from God alone.
O thee, most holy, and most high,
Thy Works declare thy Name is nigh,.
Thy Works of Wonder and of Grace, 2 Britain was doom'd to be a Slave,
Her Frame dissolv’d; her Fears were great;
To bear the Pillars of the State.
And swore to rule by wholesome Laws;
His Arm defend the righteous Cause. 4 Such Honors never come by Chance,
Nor do the Winds Promotion blow:
'Tis God who lays another low.
Shall fix a Tyrant on the Throne:
PSALM LXXVI. Firft Version.. MERRICK.
to universal, unlimited Obedience. OW to our God, ye Nations, bow,
Yield to his Name the faithful Vow, Him serve with Fear, and duteous bring.
Your Presents to the heav'nly King;
Lops in mid Growth the Tyrant's Pride,
His mightier Sway submissive own.
Thou, Lord, their Fury shalt restrain,
And teach them at thy Shrine to kneel, 4. O, cloth'd with Majesty divine,
O say, what Strength fhall equal thine ;
PSA L M LXXVI.
Second Verfion. Tate.
God the supreme Sovereign, and Ruler of Princes.
(Almighty there by Wonders shown)
In Sion condescends to dwell.
There slain the mighty Army lay;
Than Hills, where Robbers lodge their Prey. 3 Their valiant Chiefs, who came for Spoil, Themselves met there a shameful Foil :
Securely down to Sleep they lay,
'Gainst his that did their Legions flay.
· Together sleep in endless Night: When he whom Heav'n and Earth revere, Does once with threatful Looks
appear, What mortal Pow'r can stand the Sight? 5
Pronounc'd from Heav'n, Earth heard its Doom,
The Meek with Justice to restore ;
The Triumphs of almighty Pow'r. 6 Vow to the Lord, ye Nations, bring Vow'd Presents to th' eternal King,
Thus to his Name due Rev’rence pay,