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forins here employed, scarcely deserve notice; but it may afford fome fatisfaction to the fincerely pious and unprejudiced Worshipper to observe, that while an attention to the UNDERSTANDING, in fingó ing, “ has fought out not only acceptable words but Words of truth,”– distinguishing plain Chriftia: nity from inventions and refinements antient or moderns--and while an carnest defire of engaging the 'HART has led to as frequent a use of the Verfions best suited to enkindle, and to exprefs, its devotional, affections ; care is taken throughout to avoid those Peculiarities which distinguish any Secta ;
By introducing different metres of the same Pfalm, confiderable scope is afforded, not only to the musical Composer, but to that variety of illustration by which many of these Divine Songs are exhibited in their more comprehensive and exuited fente. Writers who have succesfully imitated the fublimity and beauty of the Poet, may occasionally unite with others, who (thewing us a yet more excellent way by the light and authority of the New Teftament) havé unveiled the Prophet, displayed liis evange lical Views, entered into his Spirit and Experience, and adapted both to the service of the Christian 'Church.
Should this Attempt prove, in the Divine Hand, a humble' mean of alifting the Private Ncditations of those for whose use it was more immediately in * ended, or of improving that noblest part of their
ublic Worship, PRAISE, its design will be fully ccomplished,
SELECTED from various VERSIONS.
APPY the Man, whose cautious Feet
Shun the broad Way that Sinners go;
And fears to talk as Scoffers do.
Among the Statutes of the LORD;
With Pleasure pond'ring o'er his Word. 3 He, like a Plant by gentle Streams,
Shall flourish in immortal Green :
When the last Trumpet shakes the Skies. 5
In vain the Rebel seeks to stand
Divides him to a diff'rent Place,
" I blest the Path, and drew it plain ;
P S A L M I. Metre ii.
Impious Counsel shuns to hear ;
Where the Sons of Folly stray: 2 But poffefs'd with sacred Awe,
Meditates, great God, thy Law;
This by Night his constant Joy. 3
Like the Tree that, taught to grow
Profp'rous, he no Leaf shall Thed, 4 See, ah! see a diff'rent Fate God's obdurate Foes await
Fly like Chaff before the Wind.
And to each aflign his Doom;
With the Just afsembled ftand?
Objects of his Love shall own;
PSALM II. Metre i
And Jews with one Accord
Th' Apointed of the LORD?
Rulers and Kings agree
To form a vain Design;
Against his CHRIST they join. 3
The LORD derides their Rage,
And will support his Throne;
Hath own'd Him for his Son,
Now He's ascended high,
And asks to rule the Earth;
And pleads his heav'nly Birth. 5
He asks, and God bestows
A large Inheritance;
His Kingdom shall advance.
6 The Nations that rebel,
Must feel his Iron Rod;
Which He receiv'd from God.
Be wise, ye Rulers, now,
And worship at his Throne;
To God's exalted Son.
If once his Wrath arise,
Ye perifh on the Place;
For Refuge to his Grace.
PSALM II. Metre ii. I
HY did the Nations join to play
The Lord's Anointed Son ? Why did they cast his Laws away,
And tread his Gospel down?
Derides their Rage below,
And strikes their Spirits through. 3“ I call Him my Eternal Son,
56 And raise Him from the Dead ; " I make my holy Hill his Throne,
“ And wide his Kingdom spread. 4 “ Ask me, my Son, and then enjoy
« The utmost Heathen Lands : “ Thy Rod of Iron shall destroy
« The Rebel that withstands.” 5 Le wise, ye Rulers of the Earth,
Obey th' Anointed LORD,
And tremble at his Word.
For if He frown, ye die :
Who on his Grace rely.
Y GOD, how many are iny Fears !
How fast my Foes increase ! Conspiring my eternal Death
They break my present Peace,