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forms here employed, scarcely deferve notice: but
afford fome satisfaction to the fincerely pious and unprejudiced Worshipper to observe, that while an attention to the UNDERSTANDING, in finging, " has fonght out not only acceptable wari's but words of truth,"– distinguishing plain Christianity from inventions and refinements antient or modern--and while an carnet defire of engaging the 'HEART has led to
as frequent a use of the Verfions best suited to enkindle, and to expresse its devotional affections; care is taken throughout to avoid those Peculiarities which diftinguish any Sect.
By introducing different metres of the fame Psalm, confiderable fcope 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 exalted fente. Writers who have successfully imitated the sublimity and beauty of the Poit, may cccáfionally unite with others, who (thewing us a yet more excellent way hy the light and authority of the New Testament) have unveiled the Prophet, displayed his evangelical 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, à humble” mean of allifting the Private Meditations of those for whose use it was more immediately irtended, or of improving that noblest part of their Public Worship, PRAISE, its design will be fully accomplified,
SELECTED from various VERSIONS.
PSA L M I.
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 fhakes 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;
PSALM 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
Prosp'rous, he no Leaf shall Thed. 4 See, ah! see a diff'rent Fate God's obdurate Foes await
t; See them, to his Wrath consign'd,
Fly like Chaff before the Wind. 5 When thy JUDGE, O Earth, shall come,
And to each assign his Doom;
With the Just assembled ftand?
Objects of his Love shall own;
PSA L M 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,
Muft feel his Iron Rod;
Which He receiv'd from God.
7 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. HY did the Nations join to slay
? 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,
5 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 Pe wise, ye Rulers of the Earth,
Obey th' Anointed LORD,
And tremble at his Word. 6 With humble Love address his Throne;
For if He frown, ye
Who on his Grace rely.
PS A L M
Y God, how many are my Fears !
Foes increase ! Conspiring my eternal Death
They break my present Peace.