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PSALM 52. Second Part. L. M.

The experience of the Lord's people in his house. 1 WORD in season, spoke with pow'r,

I've often heard within these walls; But none surpassing, what this hour

Attends the precious gospel calls. 2 When Christ unveils his lovely face, And

grace is largely giv'n; A glory shines, which makes this place

The house of God, the gate of heav'n. 3 Here, in thy courts, let me be seen,

Growing in faith, and hope, and love;
Like olive fair, and fresh, and green,

And rip’ning for the world above. 4 Here will I view thy glory, Lord,

And songs for all thy goodness raise :
Here will I wait to hear thy word,
And join with saints who sing thy praise,
PSALM 53. First Part. L. M.

Atheism.
'HERE is a God,” all nature cries :

The heay'ns and earth this truth con

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Yet this, the atheist fool denies,

And dares his impious thoughts express. 2 The Lord, from his celestial tow'r,

Look'd down, the sons of men to view;
To see if any own’d his pow'r,

If any truth and justice knew.
3 But all he saw were gone aside,

All, in their hearts, were atheists grown:
None took religion for their guide,
Not one did God his soy'reign own.

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4 O wretched state ! how fall'n are nien!

How guilty, helpless, lost, and dead !
They're all concluded under sin,

Their hope is gone, their peace is fled. . 5 To such, the Lord his gospel sends ;

For these, a Saviour he appoints ;
To them his grace with pow'r extends ;
And changes atheists into saints.
PSALM 53. Sccond Part. C. M.

Deliverance from persecution.
1 RE all the foes of Zion fools,

Who thus devour her saints ?
Do they not know her Saviour rules,

And pities her complaints ? 2 They shall be seiz'd with sad surprise :

For God's avenging arm
Scatters the bones of them, that rise

To do his children harm.
.3 In vain the sons of Satan boast

Of armies in array :
When God has first dispers’d their host,

They fall an easy prey.
4 O for a word from Zion's King,

Her captives to restore !
Jacob with all his tribes shall sing,
And Judah weep no more.

PSALM 51. P. M.

Prayer for deliverance from enemies. 1 M.

Y God, preserve my soul ;

O make my spirit whole :
To save me let thy strength appear ;
Strangers my steps surround;
Their pride and rage confound,

And bring thy great salvation near.

2 Those that against me rise Are aliens from the skies:

They hate thy church and kingdom, Lord ! They mock thy fearful name : They glory in their shame,

Nor heed the wonders of thy word.
3 But O thou king divine,
My chosen friends are thine,

The men, that still my soul sustain:
Wilt thou my foes subdue,
And form their hearts anew,

And snatch them from eternal pain,
4 Escap'd from ev'ry woe,
O! grant me, here below,

To praise thy name with those I love :
And, when beyond the skies,
Our souls unbodied rise ;
Unite us in the realms above.

PSALM 55. First Part. C. M.

Support for the afflicted and tempted soul.
1
O GOD, my refuge, hear my cries,

Behold my flowing tears :
For earth and hell my hurt devise, ,

And triumph in my fears. .
2 Their rage is level'd at my life ;

My soul with guilt they load ;
And fill my thoughts with inward strife,

To shake my hope in God. 3 With inward pain my heart-strings sound,

I groan with ev'ry breath : Horror and fear beset me round,

Among the shades of death. 4 O! were I like a feather'd dove; Soon would I stretch my wings;

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And fly, and make a long remove

From all these restless things. 5 Let me to some wild desert go,

And find a peaceful home ; Where storms of malice never blow,

Temptations never come.
Ġ Vain hopes, and vain inventions all,

To 'scape the rage of hell !
The mighty God on whom I call,
Can save me here as well.
PSALM 55. Second l'art. S. M

Daily devotions.
ET sinners take their course,
1 ;
But in the worship of my God

I'll spend my daily breath.
2 My thoughts address his throne,

When morning brings the light:
I seek his blessing ev'ry noon,

And pay my vows at night.
3 Thou wilt regard my cries,
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eternal God !
While sinners perish in surprise,
Beneath thine angry

rod.
4 Because they dwell at ease,

And no sad changes feel ;
They neither fear nor trust thy name,

Nor learn to do thy will.
5 But I with all my cares,

Will lean upon the Lord : I'll cast my burdens on his arm,

And rest upon his word. 6 His arm shall well sustain

The children of his love ;

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The ground on which their safety stands,

No earthly pow'r can move.
PSALM 56. First Part. C. M.

Deliverance from oppression. 1 THOU whose justice reigns on high,

And makes th’ oppressor cease ; Behold! how envious sinners try

To vex and break my peace. 2 The sons of violence and lies

Join to devour me, Lord; But as my hourly dangers rise,

My refuge is thy word.
3 In God, most holy, just, and true,

I have repos'd my trust;
Nor will I fear what flesh can do,

The offspring of the dust.
4. They wrest my words to mischief still,

Charge me with unknown faults : Mischief doth all their counsels fill,

And malice all their thoughts.
5 Shall they escape without thy frown?

Must their devices stand ?
O! cast the haughty sinner down,
And let him know thy hand !
PSALM 56. Second Part. C. M.

God's care of his people.
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Their groans affect his ears : Thou hast a book for my complaints,

A bottle for my tears.
2 When to thy throne I raise my cry,

The wicked fear and flee;'
So swift is pray'r to reach the sky,
So near is God to me.

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