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over it, it is gone; and the place. If I take the wings of the morni thereof shall know it no more. ing, and remaiu in the uttermost

But the merciful goolness of the parts of the sea; Lord endureth for ever and ever Even there also shall thy hand upon those who fear him; and his leadi me, and thy right hand shall righteousness upon children's chil- hold me. dren;

Peradventure the dark. Even upon such as keep his cov-ness shall cover me; then shall my enant, and think upon his com- night be turned to day. mandments to do them.

Yea, the darkness is no dark. The Lord hath prepared his seatness with thee, but the night is as in heaven, and his kingdom ruleth clear as the day; the darkness and over all.

light to thee are both alike. O praise the Lord, ye Angels of my reins are thine; thou hast his, ye that excel in strength; ye covered me in my mother's womb. that fulfil his commandment, and I will give thanks unto thee, for I hearken unto the voice of his words. am fearfully and wonderfully made:

O praise the Lord, all yehis hosts; Marvellous are thy works, and that ye servants of his, that do his plea- my soul knoweth right well. sure,

My bones are not hid from thee, O speak good of the Lord, all though I be made secretly, and Fe works of his, in all places of his fashioned beneath in the earth. dominion: Praise thou the Lord, Thine eyes did see my substance, O my soul.

yet being imperfect; and in thy

book were all my members written. SELECTION II.

Which day by day were fashionFrom Psalm 139. Doinine, pro-ed, when as yet there was none of basti.


How dear are thy counsels unto. out, and known me; thou know- me, O God; O how great is the est my down-sitting, and mine up- sura of them! rising; thou understandest my If I tell them, they are more in thoughts long before.

numberthan the sand; when I wake Thou art about my path, and up, I am present with thee. about my bed, and spiest out all Try me, o God, and seek the my way's.

ground of my heart; prove me, and For 1o, there is not a word in my examine my thouglıts. tongue, but thou, O Lord, knowest Look well if there be any way it altogether.

of wickedness in me; and lead me Thou hast fashioned me behind in the way everlasting: and before, and laid thine hand Psalm 145. Exaltcibo te, Deus. upon me.


Will magnify thee, () God, my Such knowledge is too wonder- King, and I will praise thy name ful and excellent for me; I cannot for ever and ever. attain untu it.

Every day will I give thanks unto Whither shall I go then from thee, and praise thy name for ever thy Spirit? or whither shall I go and ever, then from thy presence?

Great is the Lord, and marvelIf I climb up into heaven, thou lous, worthy to be praised; there ait there; if I go down to hell, is 10 end of his greatness. thou art there also,

One generation shall fraise thy

Jord, thou hast searched me

works unto another, and declarej SELECTION III. thy power:.

From Psalm 51. Miserere mei, As for me, I will be talking of

Deus. thy worship, thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;


TAVE mercy upon me, O God, So that men shall speak of the after thy great goodness; acmight of thy marvellous acts; and cording to the multitude of thy I will also tell of thy greatness. mercies, do away mine offences.

The memorial of thine abundant Wash me thoroughly from my kindness shall be showed, and men wickedness, and cleanse me from shall sing of thy righteousness.

my sin : The Lord is gracious and mer- For I acknowledge my faults, and ciful; long-suffering, and of great my sin is ever before me. goodness.

Against thee only have I sinned, The Lord is loving unto every man, and done this evil in thy sight, that and his mercy is over all his works. thou mightest be justified in thy

All thy works praise thee, o saying, and clear when thou art Lord; and thy saints give thanks judged. unto thee.

Behold, I was shapen in wickedThey show the glory of thy king- ness, and in sin hath my mother dom, and talk of thy power;

conceived me. That thy power, thy glory, and But lo, thou requirest truth in mightiness of thy kingdom, might the inward parts, and shalt make be known unto men.

me to understand wisdom secretly. Thy kingdom is an everlasting Thou shalt purge me with hys. kingdom, and thy dominion endu-sop, and I shall be clean ; thou shalt reth throughout all ages.



and I shall be whiter than The Lord upholdeth all such as snow. fall, and lifteth up all those who are Thou shalt make me hear of joy down.

and gladness, that the bones which The eyes of all wait upon thee, thou hast broken may rejoice. O Lord, and thou givest them their Turn thy face from my sins, and meat in due season.

put out all my misdeeds. Thou openest thine hand, and Make me a clean heart, O God, fillest all things living with plente- and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy preThe Lord is righteous in all his sence, and take not thy Holy Spirit ways, and holy in all his works.

from me. The Lord is nigh unto all them O give me the comfort of thy that call upon him; yea, all such as help again, and stablish me with call upon him faithfully.

thy free Spirit. He will fulfil the desire of those Then shall I teach thy ways unto who fear him; he also will hear the wicked, and sinners shall be their cry, and will help them. converted unto thee.

The Lord preserveth all those Deliver me from blood-guiltiness,

ho love him; but scattereth abroad O God, thou that art the God of my a!l the ungodly.

health; and my tongue shall sing of My mouth shall speak the praise thy righteousness. of the Lord: and let all flesh give Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, thanks unto his holy name for ever and my mouth shall show thy praise. and ever.

For thou desirest no sacrifice,


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else would I give it thee; but thou, For they shall soon be cut down delightest not in burnt-offerings. like the grass, and be withered even

Tire sacrifice of God is a troubled as the green ferb, spirit: a broken and contrite heart, Put thou thy trust in the Lord, O God, shalt thou not despise. and be doing goal; dwell in the From Psalm 12. Quemadmodum. l:anıl, and verily thou shalt be fed. LIKE as the bart desiretis the Delight thou in the Lord, and he

water-brooks, so longeth my shall give thee thy heart's desire. soul after thee, O Goi.

Commit thy way unto the Lord, My soul is athirst for God, yea, and put thy trust in him, and he even for the living God: When shall shall bring it to pass. I come to appear before the pre- He shall make thy righteousness sence of God.

as clear as the light; and thy just My tears have been iny meat day dealing as the noon-day. anul night; while they daily say unto lloid thee still in the Lorl, and me, Where is now thy God? abide patiently upon him; butgriere

Now.when I think thereupon, I not thyself at him whose way sloth pour out my heart by myself; for 1 prosper, against the man that doeth went withthemultitule,ind brought after evil counsels. them forth into the house of God, Leave off from wrath, and let go

In the voice of praise au thanks- displeasure; fret not thyself, else giving, among such as keep holy-day. shalt thou be moved to do evil.

Why art thou so full of heaviness, Wicked doer's shall be rooted out; O my soul ? and why art thou so land they that patiently abide the disgrieted within me?

Lord, those shall inherit the land. Put thy trust in God; for I will Yet a little while, and theungodly yet give him thanks for the help of shall be ciean gone; thou shali look his countenance.

after his place, and he shall be away. The Lord hath granted his loving- But the meek-spirited shall pos. kindness in the day-time; and in sess the earth, and shall be refreshthe night-season did I sing of him, er in the multitude of peace. And made my prayer unto the God The ungodly seeketh counsel of my life,

against the just, and gnasheth upon I will say unto the Ciod of my him with his teeth. strength, Why last thou forgotten The Lord shall laugh him to me? why go i thus heavily, while scorn; for he hath seen that his the enemy oppresseth nie?

day is coming Namely, wliile they say daily The ungülly have drawn out the unto me, Where is now thy God? sword, and have bent their bow, to

Why art thou so vexed, O my cast down the poor and nearly, and soul? and why art thou so cuisquiet- to slay such as are of a right coned within me?

versation, O put thy trust in Goil; for I will Their sword shall go through yet thank him, who is the help of their own heart, and their bow my countenance and my God. shall be broken.

A small thing that the righteous SELECTION IV. hath, is better than great riches of Psalm 37. Noli emulari. the ungodly; FR "RET not thyself because of the For the arms of the ungodly shall

ungodly; neither be thou en- he broken, and the Lord upaolueth vious against the evil doers : Ithe righteous,

The Lord knoweth the days of his way, and he shall promote thee, the godly; and their inheritance that thou shalt possess the land : shall endure for ever.

when the ungodly shall perish, thou They shall not be confounded in shalt see it. the perilous time; and in the days I myself have seen the ungodly of dearth they shall have enough. in great power, and flourishing like

As for the ungodly, they shall a green bay-tree. perish, and the enemies of the Lord I went by, and lo, he was gone: shall consume as the fat of lambs; I sought him, but his place could yea, even as the smoke shall they no wliere be found. consume away.

Keep innocency, and take heed The ungodly borroweth, and pay- unto the thing that is right; for that eth not again; but the righteous is shall bring a man peace at the last. merciful and liberal.

As for the transgressors, they Such as are blessed of God, shall shall perish together : and the end possess the land ; and they that are of the ungodly is, they shall be root. Qursed of him, shall be rooted out. ed out at the last.

The Lord orereth a good man's But the salvation of the righteous going, and maketh his ways accept-cometh of the Lord, who is also their able to himself.

strength in the time of trouble. Though he fall, he shall not be And the Lord shall stand by cast away ; for the Lord upholdeth them, and save them; he shall de. him with his hand.

liver them from the ungodly, and I have been young, and now am shall save them, because they put old, and yet saw I never the righ- their trust in him. teous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.

SELECTION V. The righteous is ever merciful, Psalm 1. Beatus vir, qui non And lendeth ; and his seed is blessed.

abiit. Plee from eyil, and do the thing BLESSED is the man that hath that is good, and dwell forevermore.

not For the Lord loveth the thing the ungodly, nor stood in the way that is right; he forsaketh not his of sinners, and hath not sat ir the that be godly, but they are preserv- seat of the scornful: ed for ever.

But his delight is in the law of The unrighteous shall be punish- the Lord; andl in his law will be ed; as for the seed of the ungodly, exercise himself day and night. it shall be rooted out.

And he shall be like a tree plant. The righteous shall inherit the ed by the water-side, that will bring tand, and dwell therein for ever.

forth his fruit in due season. The mouth of the righteous is

His leaf also shall not wither; exercised in wis.lom, and his tongue and look, whatsoever he doeth, it will be talking of judgment.

The law of his God is in his heart, As for the ungodly, it is not so and his goings shall not slide. with them, but they are like the

The ungodly seeth the righteous, chaff which the wind scattereth and seeketh occasion to slay him. Jaway from the face of the earth.

The Lord will not leave him in Therefore the ungodly shall not his hand, nor condenan him when be able to stand in the judgnient, he is judged.

neither the sinners in the congra Hope thou in the Lord, and keep gation of the righteous.

shail prosper.

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But the Lord knoweth the way and ten thousand at thy right hand; of the righteous; and the way of but it shall not come nigh thee. the ungodly shall perish.

Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou Psalm 15. Domine, quis habita-behold, and see the reward of the bit?

ungodly. ORD, who shall dwell in thy For thou, Lord, art my hope; upon thy holy hill?

very high. Even he that leadeth an uncor- There shall no evil happen umto rupt life, and doeth the thing which thee, neither shall any plague come is right, and speaketh the truth nigh thy dwelling. from his heart:

For he shall give his Angels He that hath ased no deceit in charge over thee, to keep thee in his tongue, nor done evil to his all thy ways. neighbour, and hath not slandered They shall bear thee in their his neighbour :

hands; that thou hurt not thy foot He that setteth not by himself, against a stone. but is lowly in his own eyes, and Thou shalt go upon the lion and maketh much of them that fear adder; the young lion and the dra. the Lorel :

gon shalt thou tread under thy feet. He that sweareth unto his neigh-Because he hath set his love bour, and disappointeth him not, upon me, therefore will I deliver though it were to his own hindrance: him; I will set him up, because

He that hath not given his mo- he hath known my name. ney upon usury, nor taken reward He shall call upon me, and I against the innocent:

will hear him; yea, I am with him Whoso doeth these things, shall in trouble; I will deliver him, and never fall.

bring him to honour. Psalm 91. Qui habitat. With long life will I satisfy him, WH

THOSO dwelleth under the and show him my salvation.

defence of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of SELECTION VI. the Almighty.

From Psalm 32. Beati, quorum. I will say unto the Lord, Thou


LESSED is he whose unrighte. art my hope, and my strong hold; ousness is forgiven, and whose my God, in him will I trust. sin is covered.

For he shall deliver thee from Blessed is the man unto whom the snare of the hunter, and from the Lord imputeth no sin, and in the noisome pestilence.

whose spirit there is no guile. He shall defend thee under his I will acknowledge my sin unto wings, and thou shalt be safe un- thee; and mine unrighteousness der his feathers; his faithfulness have I not hid. and truth shall be thy shield and I said, I will confess my sins unto buckler.

the Lord; and so thou forgavest the Thou shalt not be afraid of any wickedness of my sin, terror by night, nor for the arrow For this shall every one that is that flieth by day;

godly make his prayer unto thee, For the pestilence that walketh in a time when thou mayest be in darkness, nor for the sickness found; but in the great water foods that destroyeth in the noon-day. they shall not come nigh him.

A thousand shall fall beside thce, Thou art a place to hide me in;

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