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Turn us to thee, thy love restore ;
We shall be say'd, and sigh no more.

PSALM 81. S. M.

The warnings of God to his people.
1
SING to the Lord aloud

And make a joyful noise :
God is our strength, our Saviour God.

Let Israel hear his voice. 2 « From vile idolatry

“ Preserve my worship clean ; "I am the Lord who set thee free

“ From slavery and sin.
3 « Stretch thy desires abroad,

“ And I'll supply them well ; " “But if ye will refuse your God,

66 If Israel well, rebel,
4 « I'll leave them,, saith the Lord,

" To their own lusts a prey,
“And let them run the dang’rous road

“ 'Tis their own chosen way. 5 “ Yet O, that all my saints

“ Would hearken to my voice! - Soon would I ease their sore complaints,

“ And bid their hearts rejoice. 6 “While I destroy'd their foes,

“ Yd richly feed my flock, " And they should taste the stream, that flows6. From their eternal Rock."

PSALM 82. L. M..
God the supreme ruler ; or, magistrates warned.
1
A A

his
The God of heav'n, as Judge, surveys
Those gods, on earth, and all their ways.

A MONG th'

assemblies of the great,

2 Why will ye then frame wicked laws?

Or why support th' unrighteous cause?
When will ye once defend the poor,

That sinners yex the saints no more? 3 They know not, Lord, nor will they know;

Dark are the ways in which they go :
Their name of earthly gods is vain :

For they shall fall, and die like men. 4 Arise, O Lord, and let thy Son

Possess his universal throne;
And rule the nations with his rod :
He is our Judge, and he our God.

PSALM 83. S. M.
The prayer of the church against persecutors.
1
AND

grace Perpetual silence keep? The God of justice hold his peace,

And let his vengeance sleep?
2 Behold what cursed snares

The men of mischief spread!
The men, that hate thy saints and thee,

Lift up their threat'ning head.
3 Against thy hidden ones

Their counsels they employ ?
And malice, with her watchful eye,

Pursues them to destroy.
4 “Come, let us join," they cry,

“ To root them from the ground; « Till not the name of saints remain,

“Nor mem'ry shall be found.'* 5 Awake, almighty God!

And call thy wrath to mind : Give them like forests to the fire,

Or stubble to the wind.

6 Convince their madness, Lord,

And make them seek thy name': Or else their stubborn rage confound,

That they may die in shame. 7 Then shall the nations know

That glorious dreadful word:
Jehovah is thy name alone,

And thou the sov'reign Lord.
PSALM 84. First Part. L. M.

The pleasure of public worship.
I HOW pleasant, how divinely fair,

O Lord of hosts, thy dwellings are!
With long desire my spirit faints

To meet th' assemblies of thy saints. 2 My flesh would rest in thine abode,

My panting heart cries out for God;
My God, my King, why should I be

So far from all my joys, and thee?
3 The sparrow chooses where to rest,

And for her young provides her nest;
But will my God to sparrows grant

That pleasure which his children want? 4 Blest are the saints who sit on high,

Around thy throne of majesty;
Thy brightest glories shine above,

And all their work is praise and love. 9 Blest are the souls that find a place

Within the temple of thy grace :
There they behold thy gentler rays,

And seek thy face, and learn thy praise. 6 Blest are the men whose hearts are set

To find the way to Zion's gate :
God is their strength, and thro' the road
They lean upon their helper, God:

7 Cheerful they walk with growing strength,

Till all shall meet in heav'n at length;
"Till all before thy face appear,
And join in nobler worship there.
PSALM 84. Second Part. L. M.

Grace and glory.
1
GREAT God attend, while Zion sings

The joy, that from thy presence springs: To spend one day, with thee on earth,

Exceeds a thousand days of mirth. 2 Might I enjoy the meanest place

Within thy house, O God of grace;
Not tents of ease, nor thrones of

pow'r, Should tempt my feet to leave thy door. 3 God is our sun, he makes our day;

God is our shield, he guards our way
From all th' assaults of hell and sin;

From foes without and foes within. 4 All needful grace God will bestow,

And crown that grace with glory too :
He gives us all things, and withholds

No real good from upright souls.
50 God, our King, thy sov'reign sway,

The glorious hosts of heav'n obey;
And devils at thy presence flee:
Blest is the man that trusts in thee!
PSALM 81. Third Part. P. M.

Longing for the house of God.
I LORD of the worlds above,

How

pleasant and how fair
The dwellings of thy love,

Thine earthly temples are
To thine abode my heart aspires,
With warm desires to see my God.

2 The sparrow for her young

With pleasure seeks a nest,
And wand'ring swallows long

To find their wonted rest :
My spirit faints with equal zeal,
To rise and dwell among thy saints.
3 O happy. souls that pray

Where God appoints to hear!
O happy men that

pay Their constant service there! They praise thee still ; and happy they That love the way to Zion's hill. 4. They go from strength to strength,

Thro' this dark vale of tears; 'Till each arrives at length;

"Till each in heav'n appears. O glorious seat, when God our King Shall thither bring our willing feet! 5 To spend one sacred day,

Where God and saints abide,
Affords diviner joy,

Than thousand days beside :
Where God resorts, I cover more
To keep the door, than shine in courts.
6 God is our sun and shield,

Our light and our defence ;
With gifts his hands are fill'd;

We draw our blessings thence:
He shall bestow on Jacob's race
Peculiar grace, and glory too.
T The Lord his people loves;

His hand no good withholds
From those his heart approves;
From pure and pious souls.

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