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PSALM LXXIII. Sixth Verfion. DODDRIDGE.

God the Happiness of his people.
Y God, whose all-pervading Eye

Views Earth beneath, and Heav'n above,
Witness, if here, or there thou seest

An Object of mine equal Love.
2 Not the gay Scenes, where mortal Men

Pursue their Bliss, and find their Woe,
Detain my rising Heart, which springs

The nobler Joys of Heav'n to view. 3 Not all the faireft Sons of Light,

That lead the Army round thy Throne,
Can bound its Flight; it presseth on,

And seeks its Rest in God alone. 4

Fix'd near th' immortal Source of Bliss,
Dauntless and joyous it surveys
Each Form of Horror and Distress,

That Earth, combin'd with Hell, can raise. 5 This feeble Flesh shall faint, and die;

This Heart renew its Pulse no more;
E'en now it views the Moment nigh,

When Life's last Movements all are o'er.
6 But come, thou vanquish'd King of Dread,

With thy own Hand thy Pow'r destroy;
'Tis thine to bring me to my God,
My Portion, and eternal Joy.
PSALM LXXIII. Seventh Version. Rowe.

He Calls of Glory, worldly Smiles,

And Charms of Harmony,
Are all but dull, infipid Things,

Compar'd, my God, with thee. 2 Without thy Love I nothing crave,

And nothing can enjoy ;
The proffer'd World I should neglect,

As an unenvied Toy.
3 The Sun, the num'rous Stars, and all

The Wonders of the Skies,
If to be purchas'd with thy Smiles,

Thou know't I would despise.

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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.

Divine Providence.
T God's Command the wat'ry Deeps

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His Mandate Jordan's Channel dry'd,

And backward roll'd its wond'ring Tide.
2 His Stroke the Rock's dark Entrails clave;

Forth from its Depth the foaming Wave
Sprang instant, and with lengthen's Train

Irriguous lav'd the thirsty Plain.
3 By him prepar'd, the Night and Day

Alternate walk th' ethereal Way;
His Art the Light's thin Texture spun,

And with it cloth'd the jocund Sun.
4 His Hand the Earth's vaft Fabric rounds,

Its Balance fixes, marks its Bounds,
With Summer's Show'rs its Glebe unbinds,

Or warps it with the wintry Winds. 5

Parent of Nature ! God supreme !
While Folly's Sons thy A&s blaspheme,
O vindicate thy Name from Wrong,

And silence the reproachful Tongue. 6 Behold ; and let th' afficted Poor,

From Terror and from Shame fecure,
With grateful Heart, and joyous Tongue,
Wake to thy Praise the hallow'd Song.
PSALM LXXIV. Second Version. TATE,
ORD, thine's the chearful Day, and thine
The black Return of Night;

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Thou hast prepar'd the glorions Sun,

And ev'ry feebler Light.
2 By thee the Borders of the Earth,

In perfect Order stand ;
The Summer's Warmth, and Winter's Cold,

Attend on thy Command.
3 Let Nature own its fovoreign Lord,

Let Men obey thy Will;
And with their Heart and Voice unite

To sing thy Praises fill.
PSALM LXXV. First Version.
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just and powerful, and worthy of Praise.
O God, our God, the Hour is known,

MERRICK.

His Justice shall assert its Laws,

And arbitrate each dubious Cause.
2 Though Earth's wide Reign before his Eye

Diffolv'd in wide Confusion lie,
Secure from Lapse its Pillars ftand,

And rest on his supporting Hand.
3 Thy Name, immortal God, thy Name

Our Love and highest Praise shall claim,
Whose Acts attest thee ever near,

And plant within each Heart thy Fear. 4 My Soul, with sacred Transport fillid,

To Yacob's God its Praise will yield;
Through Life's continu'd Round, my Tongue

Shall wake to him the joyous Song. 5 Behold him do whate'er is right,

Now crush the Horn of lawless Might,
Now bid the Juft, who prostrate lies,
With lifted Head triumphant rife.
PSALM LXXV. Second Version. Watts.

Power and Government from God alone.
Applied to the Revolution and the Hanover Succession.

O thee, most holy, and most high,
To thee we bring our thankful Praise;

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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;
When God a new Supporter gave

To bear the Pillars of the State.
3 He from thy Hand receiv'd his Crown,

And swore to rule by wholesome Laws;
His Foot shall tread th’ Oppressor downg.

His Arm defend the righteous Cause. 4 Such Honors never come by Chance,

Nor do the Winds Promotion blow:
''Tis God the Judge doth one advance,

'Tis God who lays another low.
5 No vain Pretence to Royal Birth

Shall fix a Tyrant on the Throne:
God the Great Sov'reign of the Earth
Will rise and make his Justice known..

PSALM LXXVI. Firft Version.. MERRICK.
God the supreme Sovereign, and the only Potentate entitled

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;
2 That King, whose Sword with Pow'r apply'd

Lops in mid Growth the Tyrant's Pride,
And threatful bids each earthly Throne.

His mightier Sway submissive own.
3 While impious Crouds oppose thy Reign,

Thou, Lord, their Fury shalt restrain,
Thy Stroke correct their stubborn Will,

And teach them at thy Shrine to kneel, 4. O, cloth'd with Majesty divine,

O say, what Strength fhall equal thine ;
Thou, thou alone our Fear shalt claim ;
Eternal Honors to thy Name.

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PSA L M LXXVI.

Second Verfion. Tate.

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God the supreme Sovereign, and Ruler of Princes.
Nudah the Almighty's known,

(Almighty there by Wonders shown)
His Name in Jacob does excel:
His Sanctuary in Salem stands,
The Majesty that Heav'n commands,

In Sion condescends to dwell.
2 He brake the Bow and Arrows there,
The Shield, the temper'd Sword and Spear;

There slain the mighty Army lay;
Whence Sion's Fame thro' Earth is spread,
Of greater Glory, greater Dread,

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,
But wak'd no more ; their stouteit Band
Ne'er lifted one resisting Hand

'Gainst his that did their Legions flay.
4 If Jacob's God begins to frown,
Both Horse and Charioteers, o’erthown,

· 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,
Grew hush'd with Fear when thou didst come,

The Meek with Justice to restore ;
The Wrath of Man shall yield thee Praise,
Its last Attempts but serve to raise

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,
Who proudest Potentates can quell,
To Tyrants far more terrible,
Than to their trembling Subjects they.

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