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Nine of the Psalms done into meter, wherein all, but what is in a different character, are the very words of the text, translatedjrom the original. April 1648.

Psalm Lxxx.

1 Hou Shepherd that dost Israel heep

Give ear in time of need,
Who leadest like a flock of sheep

Thy loved Joseph's seed,
That sits between the cherubs bright

Between their wings out-spread,
Shine forth, and from thy cloud give light,

And on our Joes thy dread.

2 In Ephraim's view and Benjamin's, And in Manasse's sight,

Awake * thv strength, come, and be seen * GnorereTo save us by thy might.

3 Turn us again, thy grace divine
To us O God vouchsafe;

Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.

4 Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou,
How long wilt thou declare

Thy * smoking wrath, and angry brow * GnashanUu Against thy people's pray'r!

5 Thou feed'st them with the bread of tears, Their bread with tears they eat,

\nd make'st them * largely drink the tears * ShaKsh.

Wherewith their cheeks are wet.
5 A strife thou mak'st us and a prey

To every neighbour foe,
Among themselves they * laugh, they * play,

And* flouts at us they throw. * Jilgnagu.

7 Return us, and thy grace divine
O God of Hosts vouchsafe,

Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.

8 A vine from Egypt thou hast brought,
Thy free love made it thine,

And drov'st our nations, proud and haul,
To plant this lovely vine. ■ >

9 Tbou didst prepare for it a place,
Ar.d root it deep and fast,

That it began to grow apace,
And fill'd the land at last.

10 With her green shade that cover'd all,
The hills were. over-spread,

Her boughs as high as cedars tall

Advanc'd their lofty head. 1 1 Her branches on the western side

Down to the sea she sent, And upward to that river wide

Her other branches went. 18 Why hast thou laid her hedges low,

And broken down her fence, That all may pluck her, as they go,

With rudest violence f

13 The tashed boar out of the wood

Up turns it by the roots, Wild beasts there bronze, and make their food

Her grapes and tender shoots. H Return now, God of Hosts, look down

From Hcav'n, thy scat divine, Behold us but without a frown,

And visit this thy vine.

15 Visit this vine, which thy right hand
Hath set, and planted lung,

And the young branch, that for thyself
Thou hast made 6rm and strong.

16 But now it is consum'd with fire,
And cut with axes down.

They perish at thy dreadful ire,
At thy rebuke and frown.

17 Upon the Man of thy right hand
Let thy good hand be laid.

Upon the Son of man, whom thou
Strong for thyself hast made.

18 So shall we not go back from thee
To ways of sin and shame,

Quicken us thou, then gladly we

Shall call upon thy name. 1 9 Return us, and thy grace divine

L*Td God of Hosts vouchsafe, Cause thou thy face on us to shine,

Aad then we shall be safe.

Psalm L x x x i.

A o God our strength sing loud, and clear,

Sing loud to God our King,
To Jacob's God, that all may hear,

T oud acclamations ring.
1 Prepare a hymn, prepare a song,

The timbrel hither bring,
The cheerful psaltry bring along,

And harp with pleasant string.

3 Blow, as is wont, in the new moon
With trumpets' lofty sound,

Th' appointed time, the day whereon
Our solemn feast comes round.

4 This was a statute giv'n of old
For Israel to observe,

A law of Jacob's God, to hold.

From whence they might not swerve.

5 This he a testimony' ordain'd
In Joseph, not to change,

When as he pass'd through Egypt land;
The tongue I heard was strange.

6 From burden, and from slavish toil
I Set his shoulder free :■

His hands from pots, and miry soil

Deliver'd were by me. 6 When trouble did thee sore assail,

On me then didst thou call,
And I to free thee did not fail,

And led thee out of thrall.
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I answerM thee * in thunder deep * Besether ragnam.

With clouds incotnpass'd round;
I try'd thee at the water steep
Of Meriba renown'd.

8 Hear, O my people, hearhen well,
I testify to thee,

Thou ancient stoch of Israel,
If thou wilt list to me,

9 1 hroughout the land of thy abode
No alien god shall be,

Nor shalt thou to a foreign god
In honor bend thy knee.

10 I am the Lord thy God which brought
Thee out of Egypt land;

Ask large enough, and I, besought,
Will grant thy full demand.

II And yet my people would not hear
Nor hearken to my voice;

And Israel, whom. I lov'dso dear,

Mislik'd me for his choice, la Then did I leave them to their will,

And to their wand'ring mind; Their own conceits they follow'd still,

Their own devices blind.

13 O that my people would be wise. To serve me all their days

And O that Israel would advise

To walk my righteous ways!

14 Then would I soon bring down their foes. That now so proudly rise.

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