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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.
Would rather keep the door,
With sin for evermore.
4 For God, the Lord, our sun and shield,
Gives grace and glory too;
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.
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,
That beautify the skies;
2 Lord, what is man, that he should have
In thy kind thoughts a place ?
Lord, what is all his race?
3 Below the angels he is plac'd,
Yet wears a glorious crown:
And him their master own.
4 The beasts that on the pastures feed,
Or in the desarts lie;
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.
The acceptable worshipper.
The object of thy love,
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;
Tho' helpless and unknown.
5 He never changes from his oath,
When to his hurt he swears ;
But his strict virtue far before
His interest he prefers.
6 He hates exaction, and disdains
Reward against the just :
He may securely trust.
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 ;
With what I hope for, more.
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 he stands by me with his aid
5 Sure I shall find the path of life,
And in thy presence taste
And joys that ever last.
Recommendations to God's favor.
With fix'd attention hear;
The living God to fear. 2 What man would have his years prolong'd,
And happy days would see?
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 ;