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my God:

And, while salvation long delays,

Thy word supports my hope.
3 Seven times a day I lift my hands,

And pay my thanks to thee:
Thy righteous providence demands

Repeated praise from me. 4 When midnight darkness veils the skies,

I call thy works to mind; ;
My thoughts in warm devotion rise,
And sweet acceptance find.
PSALM 119. Third Part. C. M.

Repentance and obedience.
NHOU art my portion,

Soon as I know thy way,
My heart makes haste t' obey thy word,

And suffers no delay. 2 I choose the path of heav'nly truth, And glory in


choice : Not all the riches of the earth

Could make me so rejoice. 3 The testimonies of thy grace,

I set before mine eyes;
Thence I derive my daily strength;

And there my comfort lies.
4 If once I wander from thy path,

I think upon my ways;
Then turn my feet to thy commands,

And trust thy pard’ning grace. 5 Now I am thine, for ever thine,

O save thy servant, Lord !
Thou art my shield, my hiding-place;

My hope is in thy word.
6 Thou hast inclin'd this heart of mine,

Thy statutes to fulfil:

And thus, 'till mortal life shall end,

Would I perform thy will.
PSALM 119. Fourth Part. · C. M.

Instruction from scripture.

OW shall the young secure their hearts,

And guard their lives from sin ? Thy word the choicest rules imparts

To keep the conscience clean. 2 When once it penetrates the mind,

It spreads such light abroad; The meanest souls instruction find,

And raise their thoughts to God. 3 'Tis, like the sun, a heav'nly light

That guides us all the day : And thro' the dangers of the night,

A lamp to lead our way.
4 The men that keep thy law with care,

And meditate thy word,
Grow wiser than their teachers are,

And better know the Lord.
5 Thy precepts make me truly wise ;

I hate the sinner's road :
I hate my own vain thoughts, that rise ;

But love thy law, my God.
6 The starry heav'ns thy rule obey;

The earth maintains her place :
And these thy servants night and day

Thy skill and pow'r express.
7 But still thy law and gospel, Lord,

Give lessons more divine;
Nor earth stands firmer than thy word,

Nor stars so nobly shine,
Thy word is everlasting truth;

How pure is ev'ry page!

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"That holy book shall guide our youth,
And well support our age.
PSALM 119. Fifth Part. C. M.

Delight in scripture.

HOW I love thy holy law!

'Tis daily my delight:
And thence my meditations draw

Divine advice by night.
2 My waking eyes prevent the day,

To meditate thy word:
My soul with longing melts away,

To hear thy gospel, Lord.
3 How doth thy word my heart engage !

How well employ my tongue !
And in my tiresome pilgrimage,

Yield me a heav'nly song!
4 Am I a stranger, or at home,

'Tis my perpetual feast;
Not honey, dropping from the comb,

So much allures the taste.
5 No treasures so enrich the mind;

Nor shall thy word be sold
For loads of silver well refin'd;

Nor heaps of choicest gold.
6 When nature sinks, and spirits droop,

Thy promises of grace
Are pillars to support my hope ;
And there I write thy praise.
PSALM 119. Sixth Part. C. M.

Holiness and comfort from the Word.

ORD, I esteem thy judgments right, ,

And all thy statutes just;
Thence I maintain a constant fight
With ev'ry flatt'ring lust.


1 LET all the heathen writers join


2 Thy precepts often I survey;

I keep thy laws in sight,
Thro' all the bus'ness of the day,

To form my actions right.
3 My heart in midnight silence cries,

“ How sweet thy comforts be!” My thoughts in holy wonder rise,

And bring their thanks to thee.
4 And when my spirit drinks her fill,

At some good word of thine ;
Not mighty men, that share the spoil,

Have joys compar'd to mine.

PSALM 119. Seventh Part. C. M. Imperfection of naturc, and perfection of scripture. 1 ET

To form one perfect book ;
Great God ! if once compar'd with thine,

How mean their writings look !
2 Not the most perfect rules they gave

Could show one sin forgiv'n;
Nor lead a step beyond the grave;

But thine conduct to heav'n.
3 I've seen an end of what we call

Perfection here below :
How short the pow’rs of nature fall!

And can no farther go.
4. Yet men would fain be just with God,

By works their hands have wrought ;
But thy commands, exceeding broad,

Extend to ev'ry thought.
5 In vain we boast perfection here,

While sin defiles our frame;
And sinks our virtues down so far,

They scarce deserve the name.

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6 Our faith and love, and ev'ry grace,

Fall far below thy word ;
But perfect truth and righteousness
Dwell only with the Lord.
PSALM 119. Eighth Part. C. M.

The excellency and varicty of scripture. 1

, LORD, I have made thy word my choice,

My lasting heritage ;
There shall my noblest pow'rs rejoice,

My warmest thoughts engage:
2 I'll read the histries of thy love,

And keep thy laws in sight;
While thro? thy promises I rove,

With ever fresh delight.
3 'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,

Where springs of life arise ;
Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,

And hidden glory lies.
4 The best relief that mourners have ;

It makes our sorrows blest ;
Our fairest hope beyond the grave,
And our eternal rest.
PSALM 119. Ninth Part. C. M.

The teaching of the Spirit with the Word.
I THY mercies fill the earth, O Lord, ,

How good thy works appear !
Open mine eyes to read thy word,

And see thy wonders there.
2 My heart was fashion'd by thy hand,

My service is thy due :
O make thy servant understand

The duties he must do !
3 Since I'm a stranger here below,

Let not thy path be hid ;

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