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5 God is my Portion and my Joy;
His Counsels are my Light:
And gentle Hints by Night.
To his all-feeing Eye:
The Death and Resurrection of Christ.
My Flesh shall rest in Hope.
« In Darkness or Despair;
“ To see Corruption there.
" And raise me to thy Throne;
Thy Presence Joys unknown.
The pious Pfalmift fung,
Of his Prophetic Tongue.
Tho' crucify'd and flain ;
Behold he lives again.
On Heav'n's eternal Hills ?.
And there the Father smiles,
Good Works profit Men, not God.
For Succour to thy Throne. I flee,
But have no Merits there to plead;
and how poor I am ;
Courage in Death, and Hope of the Resurrection.
His Arm is my almighty Prop:
The Dead in Christ all rest in Hope. 2 Tho' in the Dust I lay my Head,
Yet, gracious God, thou wilt not leave
Nor lose thy Children in the Grave. 3 The Saints shall thy first Call obey,
Shake off the Dust, and rise on high ;
Up to thy Throne above the Sky.
An Evening Pfalm.
O fet my Doom from thee proceed,
And gracious mark the upright. Deed.. 2 Say, to thy all-discerning Eyes
If aught of Guilt within me rise;
Have urg'd to Sin my thoughtless Tongueix 3 Taught by thy Word my stedfast Mind.
Has each nefarious Path declin'd ;
Forbid my way’ring Feet to slide.
To thee my suppliant Voice I rear ;
Nor let my Vows return in vain.
And each invading Pow'r repels
To me thy wond'rous Grace disclose.. 6 (What Care the Papil of the Eye
Demands, that Care to me apply,
Beneath thy own almighty Wings.. 70! when, awaken'd by thy Care,
Thy Face I view, thy Image bear,
Second Version. WATTS.
My Faith, my Patience; and my Love : When Men of Spite against me join;
They are the Sword, the Hand is thine. 2 Their Hope and Portion lies below;
'Tis all the Happiness they know,
And leave the rest among their Heirs.. 3 What Sinners value I refign;
Lord, 'tis enough that thou art mine;
PSALM XVII. Third Version.' STEELE.
The transforming Vision of God.
Afford superior Joy,
· Or mortal Hopes employ.
My brightest Joys decline,
This wand'ring Heart of mine.
Unsatisfy'd I ftray:
With thine enliv’ning Ray.
And ev'ry Cloud remove;
PA V S E.
With his divine Array ;
Awake to endless Day :
To Bliss without Alloy!
To intercept the Joy.
7 To view, unveil'd, thy radiant Face,
Thou everlasting Fair! And chang'd to spotlefs Purity,
Thy glorious Likeness wear: 8 To feast, with ever new Delight,
On uncreated Good;
Of Pleasure's facred Flood,
It awes, and yet inspires :
In more intense Desires.
To those transporting Joys; Then shall I scorn each litele Snare;
Which this vain World employs : 11 Then, tho' I fink in Death's cold Sleep,
I shall awake to Bliss, And in the Likeness of
Find endless Happiness. PSALM XVIII. First Version. First Part. MERRICK. A Description of Deity descending to execute Judgment
upon the Wicked. INCUMBENT on the bending Sky
The Lord descended from on high, And bade the Darkness of the Pole
Beneath his Feet tremendous roll.. 2 The Cherub to his Car he join’d,
And on the Wings of mightiest Wind,
Refiftless urg'd his rapid Way.
His fecret Residence compos'd,
Their dark Pavilion o'er his Head. 4 In vain reluctant to the Blaze
That previous pour'd its streaming Rays,