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COMMON METRE.

PSALM 1. Pleasures and advantages of religious worship. 1 HAPPY who in thy house reside,

Where thee they ever praise ; Happy who in thy care abide,

And in their hearts thy ways. 2 Lord, one day in thy courts to be,

Is better and more blest Than in the joys of vanity

A thousand days poffeft.
3 I, in the temple of my God

Would rather keep the door,
Than dwell in high and rich abode

With sin for evermore.

4 For God, the Lord, our sun and shield,

Gives grace and glory too;
From them no good shall he with-hold,

Whose ways are just and true.

5 Lord God of hosts, who reign'st on high, That man is truly blest,

Who Who on thee only doth rely,

And in thee only rest.

M.

PSALM II.

Divine condescension and goodness to man in bis do

minion over the inferior creatures. 1 WHEN to the heavens, thy glorious work,

I raise my wondering eyes,
And there behold the moon and stars

That beautify the skies;

2 Lord, what is man, that he should have

In thy kind thoughts a place ?
Amidst thy boundless universe,

Lord, what is all his race?

3 Below the angels he is plac'd,

Yet wears a glorious crown:
Thy works on earth all stoop to him,

And him their master own.

4 The beasts that on the pastures feed,

Or in the desarts lie;
The fish that move within the seas,

Or fowls beneath the sky;

5 His subjects are : yet let not man

Disown God's government;

Whose 11. COMMON METRE. 95 Whose power is over all, whose name

Alone is excellent.

PSALM III.

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The acceptable worshipper.
1 LORD, let me know what happy man,

The object of thy love,
In hope may worship thee below,

And dwell with thee above,

2 'Tis he, whose life is free from blame,

Whose works are kind and just; Whose upright heart and faithful word

All may securely trust.

3 His neighbour's name he neyer wounds

. With a detracting tongue : Nor e’er delights in his disgrace,

Much less would do him wrong.

4 On wicked men, however great,

He looks with pity down;
And honours all that fear the Lord,

Tho' helpless and unknown.

5 He never changes from his oath,

When to his hurt he swears ;

But

But his strict virtue far before

His interest he prefers.

6 He hates exaction, and disdains

Reward against the just :
This man shall ne'er be mov'd : in God

He may securely trust.

P.

PSALM IV.

Contentment and hope. 1 GOD is my portion, all my good

From his rich mercy flows; And his kind providence secures

The blessings he bestows.

2 I envy not the great man's state,

Nor pine at all his store ;
Much am I pleas'd with what I have,

With what I hope for, more.
3 I'll bless the Lord, even when he makes

Troubles mine exercise ; For serious, solitary thoughts

Instruct and make me wise.

4 When God is present to my mind,

My fears are over-blown;

When

When he stands by me with his aid
No power shall cast me down.

5 Sure I shall find the path of life,

And in thy presence taste
Pleasures to full perfection grown,

And joys that ever last.

PSALM V.

Recommendations to God's favor.
1 COME ye who are dispos’d to learn,

With fix'd attention hear;
Know what, and know how good it is

The living God to fear. 2 What man would have his years prolong'd,

And happy days would see?
With-hold thy tongue from all deceit,

Thy hand from injury;

3 From all unrighteous ways depart,

From doing good ne'er cease, Seek all men's quiet, and pursue

The things that make for peace. 4 God loves the righteous, and on them

He casts a gracious eye ;

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