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Offer the offerings just
Of righteousness, and in Jehovah trust.
“Who yet will show us good?”
Talking like this world's brood;
On us lift the light,
Lift up the favour of thy countenance bright.
And gladness thou hast put,
Than when a year of glut
And from their plenteous grounds
With vast increase their corn and wine abounds.
Both lay me down and sleep;
For thou alone dost keep
As in a rocky cell
JEHOVAH! to my words give ear,
My meditation weigh;
Shalt in the morning hear;
In wickedness delight:
Thou hatest; and them unblest
Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie ;
Thy numerous mercies-go
Lead me because of those
No word is firm or sooth;
By their own counsels quelled;
Their joy; while thou from blame
To bless the just man still;
Aug. 13, 1653.
LORD! in thine anger do not reprehend me,
Nor in thy hot displeasure me correct ;
Pity me, Lord! for I am much deject,
Are troubled; yea, my soul is troubled sore;
And thou, O Lord ! how long? Turn, Lord! restore My soul; 0, save me for thy goodness' sake :
For in death no remembrance is of thee;
Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise ?
Wearied I am with sighing out my days, Nightly my couch I make a kind of sea; My bed I water with my tears; mine eye
Through grief consumes; waxen old and dark
In the midst of all mine en that mark.
The Lord hath heard, the Lord hath heard my prayer,
My supplication with acceptance fair
With much confusion; then, grown red with shame,
They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a moment shall be quite abashed.
Aug. 14, 1653
UPON THE WORDS OF CUSH THE BENJAMITE AGAINST HIM.
LORD, my God! to thee I fly;
Save me and secure me under
Lest as a lion (and no wonder)
He haste to ear my soul asunder,
Lord, my God ! if I have thought
Or done this; if wickedness
Ill to him that meant me peace ;
Or to him have rendered less,
Let the enemy pursue my soul
And overtake it; let him tread
In the dust my glory dead,
In the dust; and there out-spread
Rouse thyself, amidst the rage
And wake for me; their fury assuage;
Judgment here thou didst engage And command, which I desire.
So the assemblies of each nation
Will surround thee, seeking right; Thence to thy glorious habitation
Return on high, and in their sight.
Jehovah judgeth most upright
According to my righteousness,
Upon me: cause at length to cease
Of evil men the wickedness, And their power that do amiss. But the just establish fast,
Since thou art the just God that tries Hearts and reins. On God is cast
My defence, and in him lies-
In him, who, both just and wise Saves the upright of heart at last. God is a just judge and severe,
And God is every day offended; If the unjust will not forbear,
His sword he whets, his bow, hath bended
Already, and for him intended
(His arrows purposely made he
For them that persecute.) Behold! He travels big with vanity ;
Trouble he hath conceived of old
As in a womb, and from that mould
He digged a pit, and delved it deep,
And fell into the pit he made ;
Turns on his head, and his ill trade
Of violence will, undelayed,
O JEHOVAH, our Lord ! how wondrous great
And glorious is thy name through all the earth! So as above the heavens thy praise to set
Out of the tender mouths of latest birth.
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou
Hast founded strength because of all thy foes; To stint the enemy, and slack the avenger's brow,
That bends his rage thy providence to oppose.
When I behold thy heavens, thy fingers' art,
The moon and stars which thou so bright hast set In the pure firmament; then saith my heart,
O, what is man ! that thou rememberest yet,
And think'st upon him ; or of man begot,
That him thou visit’st, and of him art found ! Scarce to be less than gods, thou madest his lot,
With honour and with state thou hast him crowned.