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He spreads th' autumnal feast,

And rides in wintry storms.
His gifts divine thro' all appear,
And round the year his glories shine.
PSALM 66. First Part. C. M.

Our graces tried by afflictions.
SING, all ye nations to the Lord,

Sing with a joyful noise ; With melody of sound record

His honours, and your joys.
2 Say to the Pow'r that shakes the sky,

« How terrible art thou !
“Sinners before thy presence fly,

“ Or at thy feet they bow.”
3 He rules by his resistless might;

Will rebel mortals dare Provoke th' Eternal to the fight,

And tempt that dreadful war ?
4 O bless our God, and never cease ;

Ye saints fulfil his praise ;
He keeps our life, maintains our peace;

And guides our doubtful ways. 5 Lord, thou hast prov'd our suff'ring souls,

To make our graces shine :
So silver bears the burning coals,

The metal to refine.
6 Thro’ wat’ry deeps, and fiery ways,

We march at thy command ;
Led, to possess the promis'd place,
By thine unerring hand.
PSALM 66. Second Part. C. M;

Praise to God for hearing prayer.

row shall my solemn vows be paid

To that Almighty Pow'r,

Who heard the long requests I made

In my distressful hour. 2 My lips and cheerful heart prepare

To make his mercies known : Come, ye that fear my God, and hear

The wonders, he hath done.
3 When on my head huge sorrows fell,

I sought his heav'nly aid ;
He sav'd my sinking soul from hell,

And death's eternal shade. 4 If sin lay cover'd in my heart,

While pray’r employ'd my tongue, The Lord had shown me no regard,

Nor I his praises sung.
5 But God (his name be ever blest)

Hath set my spirit free ;
Nor turn'd from him my poor request,
Nor turn’d his heart from me.

PSALM 67. C. M. The prosperity of the nation, and increase of the church. 1 HINE on our land, Jehovah, shine,

With beams of heav'nly grace ! Reveal thy pow'r thro' all our coasts,

And show thy smiling face. 2 Here fix thy throne exalted high,

And, here, our glory stand ; And, like a wall of guardian fire,

Surround thy fav’rite land. 3 When shall thy name from shore to shore

Sound all the earth abroad,
And distant nations know and love

Their Saviour and their God !
4 Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands,

Sing loud with solemn voice ;

Let thankful tongues exalt his praise,

And thankful hearts rejoice. 5. He, the great Lord, the sov'reign Judge,

That sits enthron'd above, Wisely commands the worlds, he made,

In justice and in love.
6 Earth shall confess her Maker's hand,

And yield a full increase :
Our God will crown his chosen land
With fruitfulness and peace.

7 God, the Redeemer, scatters round

His choicest favours here;
While the creation's utmost bound
Shall see, adore, and fear,

PSALM 68. First Part. L. M.

The vengeance and compassion of God. 1 LET God arise in all his might,

And put the troops of hell to flight : As smoke, that sought to cloud the skies;

Before the rising tempest flies.
2 He rides and thunders thro' the sky;

His name Jehovah sounds on high ;
Sing to his name, ye sons of grace :

Ye saints rejoice before his face. 3 The widow and the fatherless

Fly to his aid in sharp distress;
In him, the poor and helpless find

A Judge, that's just, a Father kind. 4 He breaks the captive's heavy chain,

And pris’ners see the light again ;
But rebels, that dispute his will,

Shall dwell in chains and darkness stili. 5 Kingdoms and thrones to God belong;

Crown him, ye nations, in your song:

His wond'rous names and pow'rs rehearse ;

His honours shall enrich your verse.
5 He shakes the heav'ns with loud alarms;

How terrible is God in arms!
In Israel are his mercies known,

Israel is his peculiar throne. 7 Proclaim him King, pronounce him blest“;

He's your defence, your joy, your rest :
When terrors rise, and nations faint,
God is the strength of ev'ry saint.

PSALM 68. Second Part. L. M.
The ascension of Christ, and the gift of the Spirit.

when thou did’st ascend on high,

Ten thousand angels fill'd the sky Those heav'nly guards around thee wait,

Like chariots, that attend thy state. 2 Not Sinai's mountain could appear

More glorious when the Lord was there ;
While he pronounc'd his dreadful law,

And struck the chosen tribes with awe. 3 How bright the triumph none can tell,

When the rebellious pow'rs of hell,
That thousand souls had captive made,

Were all in chains like captives led. 4 Rais'd by his Father to the throne,

He sent the promis'd spirit down,
With gifts and grace for rebel men,
That God might dwell on earth again.

PSALM 68. Third Part. L. M.

Praise for common and special mercies. 1 W bless the Lord, the just, the good,

Who fills our hearts with joy and food; Who pours his blessings from the skies, And loads our days with rich supplies:

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2 He sends the sun his circuit round,

To cheer the fruits, to warm the ground; He bids the clouds, with plenteous rain,

Refresh the thirsty earth again.
3 'Tis to his care we owe our breath,

And all our near escapes from death :
Safety and health to God belong,

He heals the weak, and guards the strong 4 He makes the saint and sinner

prove The common blessings of his love : But the wide diff'rence that remains,

Is endless joy, and endless pains. 5 The Lord that bruis'd the serpent's head,

On all the serpent's seed shall tread :
The stubborn sinner's hope confound,

And smite him with a lasting wound.
6 But his right hand his saints shall raise

From the deep earth, or deeper seas ;
And bring them to his courts above :
There shall they taste his special love.

PSALM 69. First Part. L. M.

Christ's passion and sinners' salvation. |

EEP in our hearts let us record

The deeper sorrows of our Lord ; Behold! the rising billows roll,

To overwhelm his holy soul. 2 In long complaints he spends his breath,

While hosts of hell, and pow'rs of death, And all the sons of malice join

To execute their curs’d design.
3 Yet, gracious God, thy pow'r and love

Has made the curse a blessing prove :
Those dreadful suff'rings of thy Son
Aton'd for sins which we had done.

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