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Will rise to give the sufferer rest,
And on his saints with pleasure smile. 6 Thy word, O Lord, tho often try'd,
Void of deceit shall yet appear,
From dross and mixture shines so clear. 7 The Lord preserves his chosen race
From men, who dare the church to 'assault,
PSALM 12. C. M.
Corruption of manners.
Religion loses ground;
And treacheries abound.
But act the flatterer's part,
And with a double heart.
How does their anger move,
And who shall us reprove?
And make oppressors flee;
And set my servants free.”
Not silver seven times try'd,
Or shines so purify'd.
Secure and free from fault,
When sinners, rais'd to power and trust,
PSALM 13. L. M.
Complaint under temptation. 1 HOW long, eternal God of grace,
Wilt thow conceal thy lovely face?
And will my God my soul forget? 2 How long, O Lord, with sorrowing heart,
Shall I complain and thou depart?
foe his head exalt?
To blind mine intellect* with lies;
Lest I should sleep the sleep of death, 4 Almighty God, make no delay,
Why should the boasting tempter say, “ His faith in God begins to fail,
His soul is mov'd, and I prevail." 5 Thy mercy, Lord, is all my trust,
Thy powerful hand upholds the just;
In thy salvation shall rejoice.
My 'enraptur'd soul shall sweetly sing, He saves the 'oppresto the sick he heals, And kindly with the ’afflicted deals.
PSALM 13. C. M.
Prayer and temptation. I AM I forgotten, Lord, by thee, And banish'd from thy face?
* Intellect, the understanding
Shall I no more thy glory see,
No more enjoy thy grace?
To cheer my sorrowing soul;
without contro). 3 See how the prince of darkness tries
All his malicious arts;
And throws his fiery darts. 4 Be thou my sun, and thou my shield,
My soul in safety keep;
To death's eternal sleep.
Sbould I become his prey;
To see thy long delay.
And Satan hides his head;
And hears thy voice with dread. 7 Be glad, my soul, rejoice and sing,
In God for ever trust;
PSALM 14. Part 1. C. M.
By nature all men are sinners. i FOOLS in their heart believe and say,
The hope of heaven is vain;
* Aloof, at a distance,
2 The works their impious hands have done,
Declare their faith untrue; Virtue and truth are found in none,
But mischief all pursue.
Look'd down on things below,
Or did his justice kuow. 4 The 'omniscient Judge and Witness saw
By nature none were good, By practice all before his law
Condemn'd and guilty stood. 5 The sons of men have gone astray,
And left the path of God, To wander in the crooked way
The 'apostate angels trod. 6 The seeds of sin (that bitter root)
every heart are found; Nor can we hope for heavenly fruit Till grace subdue the ground.
PSALM 14. Part 2. C. M.
The folly of persecutors.
Nor feel an inward dread,
But eat his saints as bread?
And heroes seem to 'appear; Yet God among his people stands, And great must be your
Has been your long employ;
Will soon his foes destroy.
4 ) that salvation, long decreed,
From Zion now might spring,
Shall triumph in their King.
Will kindly cheer the sad;
PSALM 15. C. M.
And there his days fulfil?
On yon celestial hill?
And works with righteous hands, That on the promise firmly stays,
And follows the commands. 3 He speaks with undissembling heart,
And makes his meaning strong, Nor will from conscious truth depart,
To do his brother wrong. 4 He keeps his tongue from slanderous lies
Against his neighbor's name, And when abroad the scandal flies
He ne'er takes up the same.
Are in his eyes abhorr'd;
The men that fear the Lord.
His soul a falsehood loaths; But if against himself he swear, He well performs his oaths.