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BY the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Pro
testant Eliiscopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this 13th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eightynine
This Translation of the IVhole Book of Psalms into Metre, with hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all Congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister.
And it shall be the duty of every Minister af any Church, either by standing directions or from time to time, to appoint the Portions of Psalms which are to be sung
And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the Tunes to be sung, at any time, in his Church: And, especially, it shall be his duty, to supfiress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance, by which vain and ungodly persons firofane the service of the Sanctuary.
PSALMS OF DAVID,
By ill advice to walk,
Where men profanely talk ;
His business and delight;
And meditates by night. 3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams,
With timely fruit does bend,
All his designs attend.
No lasting root shall find ;
Like chaff before the wind.
Before their Judge's face : No formal hypocrite shall then
Among the saints have place.
To happiness they tend :
Why do the heathen storm? Why in such rash attempts engage,
As they can ne'er perform? 2 The great in council and in might
Their various forces bring ; Against the Lord they all unite,
And his anointed King. 3 “ Must we submit to their commands ?"
Presumptuously they say: "No, let us break their slavish hands,
* And cast their chains away.”
4. But God, who sits enthron'd on high,
And sees how they combine, Does their conspiring strength defy,
And mocks their vain design.
On his rebellious foes;
To all that dare oppose :
“ The king that I ordain, 6 Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill,
“ Shall there securely reign." 7 Altend, ( earth, whilst I declare
God's uncontrould decree : " Thou art my Son; this day, my heir,
“ Have I begotten thee. 8 " Ask, and receive thy full demands;
“ Thine shall the heathen be ; “ The utmost limits of the lands
“ Shall be possess'd by thee. 9 “ Thy threat’ning sceptre thou shalt shake,
“ And crush them ev'ry where ; “ As massy bars of iron break
“ The potter's brittle ware." 10 Learn then, ye princes ; and give ear,
Ye judges of the earth; 11 Worship the Lord with holy fear ;
Rejoice with awful mirth.
Your timely homage pay :
Incens'd by your delay. 13 If but in part his anger rise,
Who can endure the flame?
The troublers of my peace ! And as their numbers hourly rise,
So does their rage increase. 2 Insulting, they my soul upbraid,
And him whom I adore; « The God in whom he trusts," say they,
* Shall rescue hiin no more."
3. But thou, O Lord art my defence ;
On thee my hopes rely ;
Lift up my head on high.
To God I made my pray'r,
Why should I now despair ?
My sweet repose to take ;
Through him in safety wake.
My courage shall confound,
That have beset me round.
Who oft hast own'd my cause,
And to thy righteous laws.
He only can defend :
To my complaint give ear:
Have mercy, Lord, and hear.
To blot my fame devise ?
And spread malicious lies
Is God's peculiar choice ;
He always hears my voice.
Flee ev'ry thing that's ill,
And bend them to his will.
Let righteousness supply;
6 While worldly minds impatient grow
More prosp'rous times to see ;-
Shine brightly, Lord, on me.
More lasting and more true
And take my needful rest ;
Accept my secret pray'r ; 2 To thee alone, my King, my God,
Will I for help repair.
And with the dawning day
To thee devoutly pray.
Canst never, Lord, approve,
All evil dost remove.
Unpunish'd in thy view ;
Thy vengeance shall pursue.
By thee shall be destroy'd,
Ard in deceit employ'd.
To thy lov'd courts restore,
And humbly there adore.
For watchful is my foe ;
Wherein I ought to go.
Their heart is set on wrong;