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Bow Thine ear to me, O LORD :
Hear my plaint in my distress. Save my soul, for in Thy Word
Rests my hope of happiness. Grace and mercy to me grant,
Daily thus on Thee to call. Comfort doth Thy servant want :
Grant it, LORD, or I must fall.
Thou, O LORD, art good and great,
And Thy mercy dost dispense To all those who truly wait
For Thy love as their defence: Thou of all the gods alone
Honour dost and worship claim All in Heaven and Nature known Live to glorify Thy Name.
Urbs cælestis, urbs beata,
Me receptet Sion illa,
85 PSALM vii. 1, 2. O LORD, in Thee have I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me, lest he devour my soul like a lion while there is none to help.
II. My help cometh of God, Who preserveth all them that are true of heart.
18. I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to His righteousness, and I will praise the Name of the Lord most High.
CARISSIMI and CLARI.
86 PSALM cxxxv. 1. O praise the LORD, laud ye the Name of the LORD; praise it, О ye servants of the LORD;
2. Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.)
3. O praise the LORD, for the LORD is gracious; O sing praises unto His Name, for it is lovely.
[4. For why ? the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His own possession.]
5. I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
[6. Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, and in the sea, and in all deep places.]
13. Thy Name, O LORD, endureth for ever; so doth Thy memorial, O LORD, from one generation to another.
19. Praise the LORD, ye house of Israel; praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
20. Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi; ye that fear the LORD, praise the LORD.
[21. Praised be the LORD out of Sion, Who dwelleth at Jerusalem.]
1. O praise the LORD, laud ye the Name of the LORD; praise it, Oye servants of the LORD.
HUMPHREYS. 87 Goss, vv. 1-3, 19, 20, 1-3. 88 OUSELEY, vv. 5, 6, 21. Hallelujah. Amen. 89 TOURS, vv. 1, 2, 1, 3-5. Amen.
90 ISAIAH 1. 2. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, 0 earth, for the LORD hath spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me.
4. Ah, sinful nation, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters. They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger.
16. Wash ye, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes ; cease to do evil ;
17. Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18. Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
91 PSALM xlii. I. Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks, so longeth my soul after Thee, O Gop.
2. My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living GOD: ó when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
4. Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself; for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of GOD;
5. In the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among such as keep holy day.
6. Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul ? and why art thou so disquieted within me?
7. O put thy trust in God, for I will yet give Him thanks for the help of His countenance.
(14. Why art thou so vexed, O my soul ? and why art thou so disquieted within me ?
15. O put thy trust in God, for I will get thank Him, Which is the help of my countenance, and my God.]
HUMPHREYS. 92 T. ADAMS, GUY, vv. I, 2. 93 Ouseley, vv. 1-3, 14, 15. Amen.
94 PSALM xxii. 1. O LORD, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me; and art so far from My health, and from the words of My complaint ?
14. I am poured out like water, all My bones are out of joint : My heart also in the midst of My Body is even like melting wax.
19. But be not Thou far from Me, O LORD: Thou art My succour; haste Thee to help Me.
16. For many dogs are come about Me, and the counsel of the wicked layeth siege against Me.
17. They pierced My hands and My feet, I may tell all My bones : they stand staring and looking upon Me.
18. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.
PSALM lxx. 1. Haste Thee, O GOD, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.
2. Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul ; let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that wish me evil.
3. Let them for their reward be soon brought to shame, that cry over me, There, there.
4. But let all those that seek Thee be joyful and glad in Thee; and let all such as delight in Thy salvation say alway, The LORD be praised.
5. As for me, I am poor and in misery; [haste Thee unto me, O GOD.)
I. Haste Thee, O GOD, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.
6. Thou art my helper and my Redeemer: 0 LORD, make no long tarrying.
HUMPHREYS. 96 BATTEN, vv. 1-4. Amen. 97 OUSELEY, vv. 1, 2, 5, 6. 98 SHEPHERD, Vv. 1-6. Amen.
99 PSALM xliv. 5. Thou art my King, O God, send help unto Jacob.
6. Through Thee will we overthrow our enemies, and in Thy Name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
7. For I will not trust in my bow, it is not my sword that shall help me.
8. But it is Thou that savest us from our enemies, and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
5. Thou art my King, O GOD, send help unto Jacob.
9. We make our boast of God all day long, and will praise Thy Name for ever.
100 Psalm xxxix. 5. LORD, let me know mine end, and the number of my days, that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6. Behold, Thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of Thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7. [For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain ;] he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8. And now, LORD, what is my hope ? truly my hope is even in Thee.
12. When Thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, Thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
13. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and with Thine ears consider my calling; hold not Thy peace at my tears.
14. For I am a stranger with Thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
15. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Lock. 101 Goss, vv. 5-8, 13-15. 102 GREENE, vv. 5-8, 13, 15. 109 HAKING, vv. 5-8. 104 Smee, vv. 5, 6, 15.