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Till his dark crimes, at once reveal'd,
Expose his hateful name.
His words are smooth and fair :
And leaves no goodness there.
New mischiefs to fulfil :
To practice all that's ill.
Tho' men renounce his fear :
Shall one great day appear.
In heav'n his mercies dwell;
His anger burns to hell. 7 How excellent his love,
Whence all our safety springs !
From underneath his wings !
General providence and special grace.
The highest orb of heav'n transcends;
Beyond the spreading sky extends. 2 Thy justice like the hills remains ;
Unfathom'd depths thy judgments are ;
The whole creation is thy care.
With what assurance should the just
Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make;
And saints to thy protection trust.
To banquet on thy love's repast;
Of joys that shall forever last.
Thy presence is eternal day:
PSALM 37. First Part. C. M.
The rewards of the righteous and the wicked.
To see the wicked rise ?
By violence and lies?
Before the ev’ning fades :
In everlasting shades.
And practise all that's good ;
And he'll provide me food.
And cheerful wait his will :
Shall my desires fulfil.
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.
Nor let your anger rise ;
To punish haughty vice.
And plot, and rage, and foam ;
Their day of vengeance come. 9 They have drawn out the threat'ning sword;
Have bent the murd'rous bow,
And bring the righteous low. 10 My God shall break their bows, and burn
Their persecuting darts :
And pain surprise their hearts.
Charity to the poor.
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 :
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 ;
His feet shall never slide.
Preserv'd from ev'ry snare;
PSALM 37. Third Part. C. M.
Y God, the steps of pious men
Are order'd by thy will : Tho’ they should fail
, they rise again,
Their virtues he approves ;
Nor leaves the men he loves. 3 The heav'nly heritage is theirs,
Their portion and their home :
Of blessings long to come.
Nor fear when tyrants frown:
When justice casts them down. 5 The haughty sinner have I seen,
Not fearing man or God:
Spreading his arms abroad.
Destroy'd by hands unseen :
Nor root, nor branch, nor leaf was found,
Where all that pride had been.
His sey'ral steps attend :
PSALM 38. C. M.
Prayer for pardon and health.
Restore thy servant, Lord ;
Like an avenger's sword.
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: