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Till his dark crimes, at once reveal'd,

Expose his hateful name.
3 His heart is false and foul,

His words are smooth and fair :
Wisdom is banish'd from his soul,

And leaves no goodness there.
4 He plots upon his bed

New mischiefs to fulfil :
He sets his heart, his hand and head,

To practice all that's ill.
5 But there's a dreadful God,

Tho' men renounce his fear :
His justice, hid behind the cloud,

Shall one great day appear.
6 His truth transcends the sky;

In heav'n his mercies dwell;
Deep as the sea his judgments lie;

His anger burns to hell. 7 How excellent his love,

Whence all our safety springs !
O never let my soul remove.

From underneath his wings !
PSALM 36. Second Part. L. M.

General providence and special grace.
LORD, thy mercy, my sure hope,

The highest orb of heav'n transcends;
Thy sacred truth's unmeasur'd scope

Beyond the spreading sky extends. 2 Thy justice like the hills remains ;

Unfathom'd depths thy judgments are ;
Thy providence the world sustains ;

The whole creation is thy care.
3 Since of thy goodness all partake ;

With what assurance should the just

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Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make;

And saints to thy protection trust.
4 Such guests shall to thy courts be led;

To banquet on thy love's repast;
And drink, as from a fountain head,

Of joys that shall forever last.
5 With thee the springs of life remain;

Thy presence is eternal day:
0! let thy grace thy saints sustain :
To upright hearts thy truth display,

PSALM 37. First Part. C. M.

The rewards of the righteous and the wicked.
1
W!
THY should I vex my soul and fret

To see the wicked rise ?
Or envy sinners waxing great,

By violence and lies?
2 As flow'ry grass, cut down at noon,

Before the ev’ning fades :
So shall their glories vanish soon,

In everlasting shades.
3 Then let me make the Lord my trust,

And practise all that's good ;
So shall I dwell among the just,

And he'll provide me food.
4 I, to my God, my ways commit,

And cheerful wait his will :
Thy hand, which guides my doubtful feet,

Shall my desires fulfil.
5 Mine innocence shalt thou display ;

And make thy judgments known, Fair as the light of dawning day,

And glorious as the noon. 6 The meek at last the earth possess,

And are the heirs of heav'n:

True riches, with abundant peace,

To humble souls are giv’n.
7 Rest in the Lord, and keep his way,

Nor let your anger rise ;
Tho' providence should long delay,

To punish haughty vice.
8 Let sinners join to break your peace,

And plot, and rage, and foam ;
The Lord derides them, for he sees

Their day of vengeance come. 9 They have drawn out the threat'ning sword;

Have bent the murd'rous bow,
To slay the men, that fear the Lord,

And bring the righteous low. 10 My God shall break their bows, and burn

Their persecuting darts :
Shall their own swords against them turn,

And pain surprise their hearts.
PSALM 37. Second Part. C. M.

Charity to the poor.
1
WHY

THY do the wealthy wicked boast,

And grow profanely bold ? The meanest portion of the just

Excels the sinner's gold. 2 The wicked borrows of his friends,

But ne'er designs to pay: The saint is merciful and lends,

Nor turns the poor away. 3 His alms with lib’ral heart he gives

Amongst the sons of need : His mem'ry to long ages lives,

And blessed is his seed. 4. He fears to talk with lips profane,

To slander or defraud :

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His ready tongue declares to men,

What he has learn'd of God. 5 The law and gospel of the Lord

Deep in his heart abide ;
Led by the Spirit and the word,

His feet shall never slide.
6 When sinners fall, the righteous stand

Preserv'd from ev'ry snare;
They shall possess the promis'd land,
And dwell forever there.

PSALM 37. Third Part. C. M.
The way and end of the righteous and the wicked.
MY

Y God, the steps of pious men

Are order'd by thy will : Tho’ they should fail

, they rise again,
Thy hand supports them still.
2 The Lord delights to see their ways,

Their virtues he approves ;
He ne'er deprives them of his grace,

Nor leaves the men he loves. 3 The heav'nly heritage is theirs,

Their portion and their home :
He feeds them now, and makes them heirs

Of blessings long to come.
4 Wait on the Lord, ye sons of men,

Nor fear when tyrants frown:
Ye shall confess their pride was vain,

When justice casts them down. 5 The haughty sinner have I seen,

Not fearing man or God:
Like a tall bay-tree fair and green,

Spreading his arms abroad.
6 And lo! he vanish'd from the ground,

Destroy'd by hands unseen :

Nor root, nor branch, nor leaf was found,

Where all that pride had been.
7 But mark the man of righteousness,

His sey'ral steps attend :
True pleasure runs thro' all his ways,
And peaceful is his end.

PSALM 38. C. M.

Prayer for pardon and health.
1
A MID thy wrath remember love,

Restore thy servant, Lord ;
Nor let a father's chast’ning prove

Like an avenger's sword.
2 Thine arrows stick within my heart,

My Aesh is sorely prest : Between the sorrow and the smart,

My spirit finds no rest. 3 My sins a heavy load appear,

And o'er my head are gone ; Too heavy for my soul to bear,

Too hard for me t'atone. 4. My thoughts are like a troubled sea,

My head still bending down; And I go mourning all the day,

Beneath my Father's frown. 5 Lord, I am weak and broken sore,

None of my pow'rs are whole : The inward anguish makes me roar,

The anguish of my soul, . 6 All my desire to thee is known,

Thine eye.counts ev'ry tear ; And ev'ry sigh, and ev'ry groan,

Is notic'd by thine ear. 7 Thou art my God, my only hope,

My God will hear my cry:

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