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6 The righteous Lord loves righteous souls,

Whose thoughts and actions are sincere ;
And with a gracious eye beholds
The men that his own image bear.
PSALM 12. First Part. L. M.

Safety and hope in evil times.
1 LMIGHTY God, appear and save,

For vice and vanity prevail ; The godly perish in the grave,

The just depart, the faithful fail. 2 The whole discourse, when neighbours meet,

Is fill'd with trifles loose and vain ;
Their lips are flatt'ry and deceit,

And their proud language is profane. 3 But lips that with deceit abound

Shall not maintain their triumph long;
The God of vengeance will confound

The flatt'ring and blaspheming tongue. 4 “ Yet shall our words be free,” they cry;

“Our tongues shall be control'd by none : " Where is the Lord will ask us why ?

“ Or say, our lips are not our own.
5 The Lord, who sees the poor oppress’d,

And hears th’ oppressor's haughty strain,
Will rise to give his children rest,

Nor shall they trust his word in vain. 6 Thy word, O Lord, tho' often try'd,

Void of deceit shall still appear;
Not silver, sev’n times purifi'd

From dross and mixture, shines so clear. ñ Thy grace shall in the darkest hour

Defend the holy soul from harm:
Tho', when the vilest men have pow'r,
On ev'ry side will sinners swarm.

PSALM 12. Second Part.

Second Part. C. M. The Lord will judge the wicked, and save his people. 1 LORD, when iniquities abound,

And blasphemy grows bold, When faith is hardly to be found,

And love is waxing cold : 2 Is not thy chariot hastning on?

Hast thou not giv'n the sign? May we not trust and live upon

A promise so divine ? 3 “Now,” saith the Lord, “ Now will I rise,

“And make oppressors flee; "I will appear to their surprise,

"And set my servants free.” 4 Thy word, like silver sev’n times try'd, Thro' ages

shall endure : The men that in thy truth confide Shall find the promise sure.

PSALM 13. L. M.

Pleading with God under desertion. 1 OW

, , , Like one that seeks his God in vain ? Wilt thou thy face for ever hide ?

Shall I still pray and be deni'd ? 2 Shall I for ever be forgot, As one whom thou regardest not ? Still shall my soul thine absence mourn? And still despair of thy return ? 3 How long shall my poor troubld breast Be with these anxious thoughts opprest, And satan, my malicious foe,

Rejoice to see me sunk so low? 4 Hear, Lord, and grant me quick relief, Before


death conclude my grief;

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If thou withhold thy heav'nly light,

I sleep in everlasting night.
5 How would the pow'rs of darkness boast,

Could but one praying soul be lost?
But I have trusted in thy grace,

And shall again behold thy face.
6 Whate'er my fears or foes suggest,

Thou art my hope, my joy, my rest :
My heart shall feel thy love, and raise
My cheerful voice to songs of praise.

PSALM 14. First Part. C. M,

By nature all men are sinners. 1 TOOLS in their hearts believe and say,

“ That all religion's vain; “ There is no God that reigns on high,

". Or minds th' affairs of men."
2 From thoughts so dreadful and profane

Corrupt discourse proceeds ;
And in their impious hands are found

Abominable deeds.
3 The Lord, from his celestial throne,

Look'd down on things below,
To find the man that sought his grace,

Or did his justice know.
4 By nature all are gone astray,

Their practice all the same ;
There's none that fears his Maker's hand,

There's none that loves his name.
5 Their tongues are us'd to speak deceit,

Their slanders never cease ;
How swift to mischief are their feet!

Nor know the paths of peace.
6 Such seeds of sin (that bitter root)

In ev'ry heart are found ;

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Nor can they bear diviner fruit,
'Till grace refine the ground.
PSALM 14. Second Part. C. M.

The folly of persecutors.
1 RE sinners now so senseless grown,

That they the saints devour? And never worship at thy throne,

Nor fear thine awful pow'r ?
2 Great God, appear to their surprise,

Reveal thy dreadful name ;
Let them no more thy wrath despise,

Nor turn our hope to shame.
3 Dost thou not dwell among the just ?

And yet our foes deride,
That we should make thy name our trust :

Great God, confound their pride. 4 Oh that the joyful day were come

To finish our distress !
When God shall bring his children home,

shall never cease.

PSALM 15. L. M.
The character of a Saint ; or the qualifications of a

1 WHO shall ascend thy heav'nly place, ,

Great God, and dwell before thy face? The man that minds religion now,

And lives and walks by faith below :
2 Whose hands are pure, whose heart is clean;

Whose lips still speak the thing they mean;
No slanders dwell upon his tongue;

He hates to do his neighbour wrong.
3 Scarce will he trust an ill report,
Nor vent it to his neighbour's hurt ;

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Sinners of state he can despise ;

But saints are honour'd in his eyes. 4 Firm to his word he ever stood,

And always makes his promise good ;
Nor dares to change the thing he swears,

Whatever pain or loss he bears. 5 He never deals in bribing gold,

And mourns that justice should be sold :
While others scorn and wrong the poor,

Sweet charity: attends his door. 6 He loves his enemies, and prays

For those that curse him to his face;
And doth to all men still the same

That he would hope or wish from them. 7 Yet, when his holiest works are done,

His soul depends on grace alone :
This is the man thy face shall see,
And dwell for ever, Lord, with thee.

PSALM 16. First Part. L. M.
Confession of our poverty; and Saints the best company.
PRESERVE me, Lord, in time of need,

For succour to thy throne I fee ;
But have no merits there to plead :

My goodness cannot reach to thee.
2 Oft have my heart and tongue confess’d,

How empty and how poor I am : "
My praise can never make thee blest,

Nor add new glories to thy name.
3 Yet, Lord, thy saints on earth may reap

Some profit by the good we do :
These are the company I keep,

These are the choicest friends I know. 4 Let others choose the sons of mirth,

To give a relish to their wine ;

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