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1 ACCORDING to thy promised grace,

Thy favor, LORD, extend ;
Make good to me the word on which

Thy servant's hopes depend. 2 That only comfort in distress

Did all my griefs control;
Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round,

Revived my fainting soul.
3 Thy judgments then of ancient date

I quickly call'd to mind,
Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul

Did speedy comfort find,
4 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart by day,

Has fill'd my thoughts by night: I then resolv'd by thy just laws

To guide my steps aright. 5 That peace of mind, which has my soul

In deep distress sustain'd, By strict obedience to thy will

I happily obtain'd.

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1 0 LORD, my God, my portion thou

And sure possession art;
Thy words I steadfastly resolve

To treasure in my heart.
2 With all the strength of warm desire

I did thy grace implore;Disclose, according to thy word,

Thy mercy's boundless store.
3 With deep reflection and strict care

On all my ways I thought;
And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,

My wand'ring steps I brought. 4 Prolonging not the time, my soul

Resolved without delay
To watch, that I might never more

From thy commandments stray.

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1 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt

Most graciously, O LORD; Repeated benefits bestow'd,

According to thy word. 2 Teach me the sacred skill by which

Right judgment is attain'd, Who in belief of thy commands

Have steadfastly remain'd.
3 Before affliction stopp'd my course,

My footsteps went astray;
But I have since been disciplined

Thy precepts to obey.
4 Thou art, O LORD, supremely good,

And all thou dost is so;
On me, thy statutes to discern,

Thy saving skill bestow.
5 'T is good for me that I have felt

Affliction's chastning rod, That I may duly learn and keep

The statutes of my God. 6 The law that from thy mouth proceeds

Of more esteem I hold Than richest mines, than thousand mines

Of silver and of gold.

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C. 1.
1 To me, who am the workmanship

Of thy almighty hands,
The heavenly understanding give

To learn thy just commands. 2 My preservation to thy saints

Strong comfort will afford,
To see success attend my hopes,

Who trusted in thy word.
3 That right thy judgments are, I now

By sure experience see;
And that in faithfulness, Ó LORD,
Thou hast afflicted me.

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1 For ever and for ever, LORD,

Unchanged thou dost remain; Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns,

Does all their orbs sustain.
2 Through circling ages, LORD, thy truth

Immoveable shall stand,
As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st

By thine almighty hand.
3 All things the course by thee ordain'd

E’en to this day fulfil;
They are thy faithful subjects all,

And servants of thy will.
4 Unless thy sacred law had been

My comfort and delight,
I must have fainted and expired

In dark affliction's night.
5 Thy precepts therefore from my thoughts

Shall never, LORD, depart;
For thou by them hast to new life

Restored my dying heart.

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1 The love that to thy laws I bear

No language can display ;
They with fresh wonders entertain

My raptured thoughts all day.
2 My feet with care I have refrain'd

From every sinful way,
That to thy sacred word í might

Entire obedience pay.
3 I have not from thy judgments stray'd,

By vain desires misled ;
For, LORD, thou hast instructed me

Thy righteous paths to tread.
4 How sweet are all thy words to me!

O what divine repast !
How much more grateful to my soul

Than honey.to my taste !
5 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I

With heav'nly skill am blest;
Through which the treach'rous ways of sin

I utterly detest.

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1 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,

The way of truth to show:
A watch-light, to point out the path

In which I ought to go.
2 I've vow'd, and from my cov'nant, LORD,

Will never start aside,
That in thy righteous judgments I

Will steadfastly abide.
3 Let still my sacrifice of praise

With thee acceptance find;
And in thy righteous judgments, LORD,

Instruct my willing mind.
4 Thy testimonies I have made

My heritage and choiee;
For they, when other comforts fail,

My drooping heart rejoice,
5 My heart with early zeal began

Thy statutes to ohey,
And, till my course of life is done,

Shall keep thine upright way.

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PART XV. SAMECH.
I DECEITFUL thoughts and practices

I utterly detest;
But to thy law affection bear

Too great to be express'd.
2 My hiding place, my refuge-tower,

And shield art thou, O LORD;
I firmly anchor all my hopes

On thy unerring word.
3 Away from me, ye wicked men,

Approach not my abode;
For firmly I resolve to keep

The precepts of my God.
4 According to thy gracious word,

From danger set me free;
Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,

That I repose on thee.

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1 Mine eyes, alas ! begin to fail,

In long expectance held;
Till thy salvation they behold

And righteous word fulfill'd. 2 To me, thy servant in distress,

Thy wonted grace display,
And discipline my willing heart

Thy statutes to obey.
3 On me, devoted to thy fear,

Thy sacred skill bestow,
That of thy testimonies I
The full extent may

ow.
4 Thy laws and precepts I account

In all respects divine;
They teach me to discern the right,

And all false ways decline.

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