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forms here employed, fcarcely deferve notice; but it may afford fome fatisfaction to the fincerely pious and unprejudiced Worshipper to obferve, that while an attention to the UNDERSTANDING, in fing ing, "has fought out not only acceptable words but words of truth,"-diftinguishing plain Chriftianity from inventions and refinements antient or modern and while an carneft defire of engaging the HEART has led to as frequent a use of the Verfions beft fuited to enkindle, and to express its devotional, affections; care is taken throughout to avoid thofe Peculiarities which diftinguifir any Secta
By introducing different metres of the fame Pfalm, confiderable fcope is afforded, not only to the mufical Compofer, but to that variety of illuftration by which many of thefe Divine Songs are exhibited in their more comprehenfive and exalted fenfe. Writers who have fuccefsfully imitated the fublimity and beauty of the POET, may occafionally unite with others, who fhewing us a yet more excellent way by the light and authority of the New Teftament) have unveiled the PROPHET, difplayed his evange lical Views, entered into his Spirit and Experience, and adapted both to the fervice of the Chriftian Church.
Should this Attempt prove, in the Divine Hand, a humble mean of affifting the Private Meditations of thofe for whofe ufe it was more immediately intended, or of improving that nobleft part of their Public Worship, PRAISE, its defign will be fully accomplished.
SELECTED from various VERSIONS.
PSALM I. Metre i.
"HAPPY the Man, whofe cautious Feet
Shun the broad Way that Sinners go;
Who hates the Place where Atheists meet,
2 He loves t' employ his Morning-Light
3 He, like a Plant by gentle Streams,
But Sinners find their Counfels croft;
5 In vain the Rebel feeks to ftand
In Judgment with the pious Race;
6"Strait is the Way my Saints have trod,
PSALM I. Metre ii.
How bleft the Man, whofe Ear
2 But poffefs'd with facred Awe,
Like the Tree that, taught to grow
4 See, ah! fee a diff'rent Fate
5 When thy JUDGE, O Earth, fhall come,
6 Thefe th' ALMIGHTY, these alone,
HY did the Gentiles rage, And Jews with one Accord Bend all their Counfels, to destroy Th' Anointed of the LORD?
Rulers and Kings agree
To form a vain Design;
Against the LORD their Pow'rs unite,
The LORD derides their Rage,
And will fupport his Throne;
He that hath rais'd Him from the Dead,
4 Now He's afcended high,
And afks to rule the Earth;
He afks, and GOD beftows
Far as the World's remotest Ends
Muft feel his Iron Rod;
He'll vindicate thofe Honours well
Which He receiv'd from GOD.
Be wife, ye Rulers, now,
And worship at his Throne;
With trembling Joy, ye People, bow
To God's exalted Son.
Ye perifh on the Place;
Then bleffed is the Soul that flies
For Refuge to his Grace.
PSALM II. Metre ii.
WHY did the Nations join to slay
The LORD's Anointed
Why did they caft his Laws away,
And tread his Gospel down?
2 The LORD that fits above the Skies, Derides their Rage below,
He speaks with Vengeance in his Eyes,
"I call Him my Eternal SON,
"And raise Him from the Dead;
4 "Afk me, my SON, and then enjoy
5 Pe wife, ye Rulers of the Earth,
Adore the King of heav'nly Birth,
6 With humble Love addrefs his Throne:
Y GOD, how many are my Fears!
Confpiring my eternal Death