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5 The Lord our Saviour ever lives,
His name be ever blest ;
The firmament and stars express
Their great Creator's skill.
Their powerful language to no realm
Or region is confin'd;
Alike by all mankind.
Whose bright contents the circling sun
Does round the world convey.
No giant does like him rejoice
To run his glorious race.
PSALM XIX. Sec. Part. C. M. * or b
The Excellency of Scripture.
Reciaims from false desires ;
The ignorant inspires.
And bring sincere delight;
Assist the feeblest sight.
On sure foundations laid ;
Of truth and justice weigh’d.
Or gold refin'd with skill ;
Which from the comb distil. 5 My trusty counsellors they are,
And friendly warning give; Divine rewards attend on those
Who by thy precepts live.
He does from virtue fall ?
Psalm XIX. Long Metre.
Nature and Scripture compared.
In every star thy wisdom shines;
2 The rolling sun, the changing light,
And nights and days thy power confess;
Reveals thy justice and thy grace.
Through the whole earth, and never stand;
land. 4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest,
Till through the world thy truth has run ; Till Christ hath all the nations blest
That see the light or feel the sun.
Bless the dark world with heavenly light,
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right. 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view,
In souls renew'd and sins forgiven;
PSALM XIX. Six Line L. M.
Here thy rich works of wonder shine ;
Of boundless power and skill divine. 2 From night to day, from day to night, The dawning and the dying light
Lectures of heavenly wisdom read ;
And neither sound nor language noed.
3 Yet their divine instructions run Far as the circuit of the sun,
And every nation knows their voice; Where'er he spreads his beams abroad, He publishes his maker, God,
Rolls round, and makes the earth rejoice. 4. But when we read thy written word; What light and joy those leaves afford!
These are our study and delight:
Appears so pleasing to the sight. 5 From the discoveries of thy law, The perfect rules of life we draw ;
But 'tis thy blessed gospel, Lord, Which makes our guilty conscience clean, Converts our soul, subdues our sin,
And gives a free but large reward.
And from presumptuous sins restrain :
Psalm XIX. Short Metre.
For the Lord's Day Morning.
Begins his glorious way,
And life and light convey. 2 But where the gospel comes,
It spreads diviner light ;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,
And gives the blind their sight. 3 How perfect is thy word!
And all thy judgments just ! For ever sure thy promise, Lord,
And we securely trust. 4 My gracious God, how plain
Are thy directions given ! O may I never read in vain,
But find the path to heaven. 5 I hear thy word with love,
O help me to obey ;
To guide me, lest I stray.
I spread thy praise abroad ;
PSALM XX. Long Metre. b
For a Day of Prayer in War.
And sends deliverance from on high. 2 The name of Jacob's God defends
Better than shields or brazen walls ;
Succour and strength when Zion calls. 3 Well he remembers all our sighs,
His love exceeds our best deserts ;