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But still thy Throne stands firm and high;
Thy Pow'r for ever shall abide,
And see the Glories of thy Reign :
PSALM CII. Fourth Version. DODORIDGE. The Mutability of the Creation, and the immutability of God.
VREAT Author of this various Frame,
Our Souls adore thine awful Name;
The Ancient of eternal Days.
Saw'f Nature rising Yesterday ;
See Earth and Stars in Ruin lie.
Thou dwell'it in self-existent Light;
While Suns and Worlds in Smoke decay. 4 Our Days a transient Period run,. :
And change with ev'ry circling Sun;
A Moth can crush us into Dust.
Let Death consign us to the Ground :
And melt the Arches of the Skies : 6 Calm as the Summer's Ocean, we
Can all the Wreck of Nature see,
PSALM CH. Fifth Version. Steele.
The Heav'ns, (a glorious Frame!)
2 Their shining Wonders all shall fade;
By thy controuling Pow'r,
But thou shalt ftill endure.
Éternal as thy Days,
Shall own their Father's God; To latest Times thy Favor share,
And spread thy Praise abroad. 5 Thou, Lord, our Lord, fhalt still endure,
Thy Truth shall ne'er decay; Thy Love unalterably sure,
While Ages roll away.
PSALM CII. Sixth Version.
who doft o'er all Creation reign, Thou wert, and art, and art to come,
Thro' all Eternity the fame. 2 Fix'd and eternal as thy Days
Each glorious Attribute divine Through Ages infinite shall still
With undiminish'd Lustre shine. 3 Fountain of Being, Source of Good,
Immutable thou dost remain, Nor can the Shadow of a Change
Obscure the Glories of thy Reign. 4 Sooner may Nature's Laws reverse,
Revolving Seasons cease their Round, Nor Spring appear with blooming Pride,
Nor Autumn with rich Plenty crown'd. 5 Yon shining Orbs forget their Courfe,
The Sun his destin'd Path forsake, And burning Desolation mark
Amid the World his devious Track.
5 Earth may with all hér Pow'rs dissolve,
If such the great Creator's Will; But thou for ever art the same,
I AM is thy Memorial ftill.
PSALM ÇII. Seventh Version. DANIEL.
God's Power, Eternity, and Immutability.
For what can be too hard, great God, for thee?
To flame around, and bless the World with Day? 2 By thee the lovely Lamps of Heav'n arise,
Shine through the Gloom, and glitter in the Skies.
Shorn of its Beams, and sink in endless Night! 3 Though the wreck'd Orbs should in Confusion lie,
And all their fading Glories wink, and die;
Who felf-existent independent art.
In thee thy Servants may securely trust:
PSALM CIII. First Version. First Part. MERRICK.
A Song of Praise.
O deep throughout thine in most Frame
2 Nor cease with ftudious Thought to trace
The Acts of that ftupendous Grace,
And heav'nward spreads his recent Wings. 4
His Seat above th' empyreal Plain
His Name, ye Tribes Angelic, bless. 5
Him praise, ye bright ethereal Band,
who found his Throne of State
Extends, your Maker's Fame display ;
PSALM CHI. Firft Version. Second Part. God's everlasting Mercy to the Humble and Penitent.
OD's Ways to Mofes stood reveal'd;
His Breaft with Mercy fraught haft known,
To Anger flow, to Pity prone.
A ceaseless Contest to pursue,
Judgment in mid Effufion stays. 3 If e'er our Trespass he chastise,
Not to its Weight proportion'd rise
But bounded by his Mercy stand, 4 Which high as to the starry Pole
Extends, and, far as from its Goal
What Fondness for his in fant Care
The Souls that rey’rent own his Name. · For well his Eye our Texture knows;
Sees that the Dult's light Grains compose
Contracted to a narrow Span:
Or bids the Flow'r in vig'rqus State
And with’ring on the Earth recline: 3 In swift Decay behold it waste;
Nor knows the Soil, whose Bed it grac’d,
grew. > But thy Compassions, Lord, the Juft
From Age to Age with stedfaft Trust
Divine Goodness adored.
Name for ever bless;
And after Sickness makes thee found:
His willing Mercy flows apace.