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Thy glory spreads beyond the sky,

And all my praise exceeds.
6 Oft have I heard thy threat'nings roar,

And oft endur'd the grief;
But when thy hand has prest me sore,

Thy grace was my relief.
7 By long experience have I known

Thy sov'reign pow'r to save :
At thy command, I venture down

Securely to the grave.
& When I lie buried deep in dust,

My flesh shall be thy care :
These with’ring limbs with thee I trust,
To raise them strong and fair.
PSALM 72. First Part. L. M.

The kingdom of Christ.
REAT God, whose universal sway

The known and unknown worlds obey,
Now give the kingdom to thy Son,

Extend his pow'r, exalt his throne.
2 Thy sceptre well becomes his hands,

All heav'n submits to his commands;
His justice shall avenge the poor,

And pride and rage prevail no more.
3 With pow'r he vindicates the just,

And treads th' oppressor in the dust;
His worship and his fear shall last,

'Till hours, and years, and time be past.
4 As rain on meadows newly mown,

So shall he send his influence down :

grace on fainting souls distils,
Like heav'nly dew on thirsty hills.
5 The heathen lands, that lie beneath

The shades of overspreading death;

Revive at his first dawning light,

And deserts blossom at the sight.
*6 The saints shall flourish in his days,

Drest in the robes of joy and praise :
Peace, like a river, from his throne,
Shall flow to nations yet unknown.

PSALM 72. Second Part. L. M.

The kingdom of Christ among the Gentiles. 1 ESUS shall reign where'er the sun

Does his successive journies run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

'Till moons shall wax and wane no more. 2 For him shall endless pray’r be made,

And praises circle round his head :
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise

With ev'ry morning sacrifice.
3 People and realms of ev'ry tongue

Dwell on his love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim

Their early blessings on his name.
4 Blessings abound where'er he reigns,

The pris'ner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest,

And all the sons of want are blest.
5 Where he displays his healing pow'r,

Death and the curse are known no more :
In him the tribes of Adam boast

More blessings, than their father lost. 6 Let ev'ry creature rise and bring,

Peculiar honours to our King :
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.

PSALM 72. Third Part. C. M.

The glory of Christ. THE 'HE mem'ry of Christ's glorious name

Thro' endless years shall run ;
His spotless fame shall shine as bright

And lasting as the sun.
2 In him the nations of the world

Shall be completely blest;
And his imputed righteousness

By ev'ry tongue confess'd.
3 Then bless'd be God, the mighty Lord,

The God whom Israel fears;
Who only wond'rous in his works,

Beyond compare appears.
4 Let earth be with his glory fill'd;

For ever bless his name; Whilst to his praise, the list’ning world Their glad assent proclaim. PSALM 73. First Part. S. M.

The mystery of Providence unfolded. 1 IS

URE there's a righteous God,

Nor is religion vain :
Tho' men of vice may boast aloud,

And men of grace complain. 2 I saw the wicked risé,

And felt my heart repine ;
While haughty fools with scornful eyes,

In robes of honour shine.
3 Pamper'd with wanton ease,

Their flesh looks full and fair ; Their wealth rolls in like flowing seas,

And grows without their care. 4 Free from the plagues and pains,

That pious souls endure;

Thro' all their life oppression reigns,

And racks the humble poor.
5. Their impious tongues blaspheme

The everlasting God:
Their malice blasts the good man's name;

And spreads their lies abroad. 6 But I with flowing tears

Indulg'd my doubts to rise ; * Is there a God that sees or hears

“ The things below the skies?” 7 The tumults of my thought

Held me in hard suspense;
'Till to thy house my feet were brought,

To learn thy justice thence.
8 Thy word with light and pow'r

Did my mistake amend;
I view'd the sinners' life before,

But here I learn'd their end.
9 On what a slipp'ry steep

The thoughtless wretches go; And, O that dreadful fiery deep,

That waits their fall below! 10 Lord, at thy feet I bow,

My thoughts no more repine ;
I call my God my portion now,

And all my pow'rs are thine.
PSALM 73. Second Part. C. M.

God our portion here and hereafter.
1 NOD, my supporter, and my hope,

U My help for ever near ;
Thine arm of mercy held me up,

When sinking in despair. 2 Thy counsels, Lord, shall guide my feet,

Thro' this dark wilderness;


Thy hand conduct me near thy seat,

To dwell before thy face. 3 Were I in heav'n without my God,

'Twould be no joy to me; And while this earth is my abode,

I long for none but thee. 4 What if the springs of life were broke,

And flesh and heart should faint ; God is my soul's eternal rock,

The strength of ev'ry saint. 5 Behold! the sinners, that remove

Far from thy presence, die : Not all the idol gods they love,

Can save them when they cry.
6 But to draw near to thee, my God,

Shall be my sweet employ ;
My tongue shall sound thy works abroad.
And tell the world my joy.

PSALM 7. First Part. C. M.

The church pleading under sore persecution'.
I WILL God for ever cast us off ?
Against the people of his love,

His little chosen flock ?
2 Think of the tribes so dearly bought

With their Redeemer's blood; Nor let thy Zion be forgot,

Where once thy glory stood.
3 Lift up thy feet, and march in haste ;

Aloud our ruin calls :
See what a wide and fearful waste

Is made within thy walls. 4 Where once thy churches pray'd and sang,

Thy foes profanely roar :

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