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The 148h PSALM paraphrased*.
D EGIN, my foul, th’exalted lay,
And praise th’Almighty's name ;
11. Ye * The Author of this paraphrase ations were made in that copy, was greatly surprised, upon look- which are adopted verbatim in the ing over the Christian Magazine Christian Magazine, the Author for September 1760, to find it in- finds, that his manuscript, and not ferted there, with an elegant intro- the printed copy, has fallen into the ductory letter, and afcribed to an hands of some very modeft GentleEMINENT PHYSICIAN. man. This affair is too trifling It was in truth written by Mr. to be treated seriously. Only Ogilvie, when he was very young, Mr. Ogilvie thought it necessary was originally printed in the Scots to assign the reason for which it Magazine for February 1753, and appears in the present Collection. was dated from Edinburgh, where He owes an acknowledgment to the he happened at that time to spend person who sent this piece to the the season for his education. He Authors of the Christian Magais greatly mistaken, if the initial zine, for the high panegyric which Jetters of his game are not sub. he is pleased to make on it; but is joined to the Poem. Some years afraid that he will not receive an acafterwards it was sent to an eminent knowledgment from the EMINENT Englifs Bookseller (who, if he hap- PHYSICIAN, for afcribing to pens to read this note, will reccl- HIM the performance of a boy led the fact); and as a few altero of fixteen,
Ye fields of light, celestial plains,
Ye scenes divinely fair !
His wond'rous mercy fing;
And touch the sweetest string.
The mighty Chorus aid:
And praise Him in the shade.
Thou Heav'n of heav'ns, His vast abode,
Ye Thunders, speak His power!,”
Lo! on the Lightnings gleamy wing
Th' astonish'd worlds adore*.
Whate'er the gazing eye can find,
United praise bestow;
Ye swelling Deeps, below!
To Him who bid you roll! ( His praise in softer notes declare Each whispering breeze of yielding air,
And breathe it to the soul.
* There is in this verse four Whether these verses (which lines wholly different both from are among the best in the poem) Mr. Ogilvie's original manuscript were or were not inserted in the and from the printed copy. They
y copy sent to England, the Auare, as follows.
thor cannot positively determine. ---proclaim your forming God, Who call'd yon worlds from night! He believes they are his own. Ye shades difpell! ---th'Eternal faid! However, he has substituted four At once th’involving darkness fled, new lines in their place.
And Nature fprung to light.
Your great Creator own!
And trembled at His frown.
In mutual concourse rise !
In Incense to the skies.
Wake all, ye mounting throngs, and sing!
Harmonious anthems raise,
Let man, by nobler passions sway'd.
In heav'nly praise employ;
Spread His tremendous name around,
Fall prostrate at his throne !
With Youth's enlivening fire !
And ask an Angel's lyre.