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"BY the Bishope, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this twerty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousana eight hundred and thirty-two; this book of salms in Metre, selected from the Psalins of David, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister


shall be the duty of every minister of any church, either y standing directions, or from time to une, to appoint the portions of Psaims which are to be sung."

And further, it shall be the duty of every minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung at any time in his ebutch; and especially, it shall be his duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all Inde ency and irreverence in the performance, by which vain and ungodly persons profane tho sevi 18 of the sanctuary."


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No formal hypocrite shall then Among the saints have place.


6 For GoD approves the just man's ways; To happiness they tend:

But sinners, and the paths they tread,
Shall both in ruin end.


C. M
From the ii. Psalm of David.

1 THUS GOD declares his sov'reign will:
"The King that I crdain,
Whose throne is fix'd on Sicn's hill,
Shall there securely reign."

2 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare GOD's uncontroll'd decree: "Thou art my Son; this day, my heir, Have I begotten thee.

8"Ask, and receive thy full demands;
Thine shall the Heathen be;
The utmost limit of the lands
Shall be possess'd by thee."

5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb s Guarded by him I lay me down Before their Judge's face:

4 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear.
Ye judges of the earth;
Worship the LORD with holy fear;
Rejoice with awful mirth."


5 Appease the Son with due respect,
Your timely homage pay:
Lest he revenge the bold neglect,
Incensed by your delay.

6 If but in part his anger rise,
Who can endure the flame?
Then blest are they, whose hope relies
On his most holy Name.


C. M.
From the iii. Psalm of David.

1 THOU, gracious GOD art my defence
On thee my hopes rely.
Thou art my glory, and st alt yet
Lift up my head on Ligh.

2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress,
To GOD I made my prayer,
He heard me from his holy hill;
Why should I now despair?

My sweet repose to take; For I through him securely sleep, Through him in safety wake.

4 Salvation to the LORD belongs
He only can defend :
His blessings he extends to all
That on his power depend.


'C. M. From the iv. Psalm of David. 1 CONSIDER that the righteous man Is GOD's peculiar choice; And when to him I make my prayer He always hears my voice.

2 Then stand in awe of his commands, Flee every thing that 's ill, Commune in private with your hearts, And bend them to his will.

3 The sacrifice of righteousness
Present to GOD on high;
And let your hope, securely fix'd,
On him alone rely.

4 While worldly minds impatient grow
More prosp❜rous times to see;
Still let the glories of thy face
Shine brightly, LORD, on me.

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4 Let those, O LORD, who trust in thee,
With shouts their joy proclaim:
Let them rejoice whom thou preserv'st,
And all that love thy name.

5 To righteous men, the righteous LORD
His blessing will extend;
And with his favor all his saints,
As with a shield, defend.


S. M.
From the vi. Psalm of David.

1 IN mercy, not in wrath,

Rebuke ine, gracious GOD!
Lest, if thy whole displeasure rise,
I sink beneath thy rod.

2 Touch'd by thy quick'ning power,
My load of guilt I feel:
The wounds thy Spirit hath unclosed,
O let that Spirit heal.

8 In trouble and in gloom,
Must 1 for ever mourn
And wilt thou not, at length, O God,
In pitying love return?

40 come, ere life expire,

Send down thy power to save;
For who shall sing thy name in death,
Or praise thee in the grave?

5 Why should I doubt thy grace,
Or yield to dread despair!
Thou wilt fulfil thy promised word,
And grant me all my prayer.
C. M.
From the viii. Psalm of David.


10 THOU, to whom all creatures bow
Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world how great art thou!
How glorious is thy Name!

6 They jointly own his powerful sway;
The beasts that prey or graze;
The bird that wings its airy way;
The fish that cuts the seas.

7 0 thou, to whom all creatures bow
Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world how great art thon
How glorious is thy Name!

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♦ The righteous LORD will righteous deeds 15 Who to his plighted vows and trust
With signal favor grace,
Has ever firmly stood;
And to the upright man disclose
The brightness of his face.


C. M.
From the xiii. Psalm of David.

1 HOW long wilt thou forget me, LORD? Must I for ever mourn?

How long wilt thou withdraw from me,
Oh! never to return?

2 hear, and to my longing eyes Restore thy wonted light, Dawn on my spirit, lest 1 sleep

In death's most gloomy night.

3 Since I have always placed my trust Beneath thy mercy's wing,

Thy saving health will come; and then My heart with joy shall spring.

4 Then shall my song, with praise inspired,
To thee, my GOD, ascend,
Who to thy servant in distress
Such bounty didst extend.

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L. M.
From the xiv. Psalm of David.
THE LORD look'd down from heaven's
high tower,

And all the sons of men did view,
To see if any own'd his power,
If any truth or justice knew;

2. But all, he saw, were gone aside, All were degen rate grown and base; None took religion for their guide,

Not one of all the sinful race.

S How will they tremble then for fear, When his just wrath shall them o'ertake: For to the righteous GOD is near,

And never will their cause forsake. 40 that from Sion he 'd employ

His might, and burst th' oppressive band! Then shouts of universal joy Shouid loudly echo through the land. C. M. From the xv. Psalin of David.


1 LORD, who's the happy man that may
To thy blest courts repair,
Not, stranger-like, to visit them,
But to inhabit there?

2 "T is he who walketh uprightly,
Whom righteousness directs;
Whose gen'rous tongue disdains to speak
The thing his heart rejects.

3 Who never did a slander forge
His neighbor's fame to wound;
Nor hearken to a false report

By malice whisper'd round.

4 Who vice, in all its pomp and power
Can treat with just neglect;
And piety, though clothed in rags,
Religiously respect.

And, though he promise to his loss,
He makes his promise good.

6 Whose soul in usury disdains
His treasure to employ ;
Whom no rewards can ever bribe
The guiltless to destroy.

7 The man, who by this righteous course
Has happiness insured,
When earth's foundation shakes, shall stand
By Providence secured.


C. M.
From the xvi. Psalm of David.

1 MY grateful soul shall bless the LORD,
Whose precepts give me light;
And private counsel still afford
In sorrow's dismal night.

2 1 strive each action to approve
To his all-seeing eye;

No danger shall my hopes remove,
Because he still is nigh.

3 Therefore my heart all grief defies,
My glory does rejoice;
My flesh shall rest, in hope to rise,
Waked by his powerful voice.

4 Thou, LORD, when I resign any breath.
My soul from hell shalt free;

Nor let thy Holy One in death
The least corruption see.

5 Thou shalt the paths of life display
Which to thy presence lead;
Where pleasures dwell without allay
And joys that never fade.


From the xviii. Psalm of Iavid.

1 NO change of time shall ever shock
My firm affection, LORD, to thee;
For thou hast always been my rock,
A fortress and defence to me.
2 Thou my deliv'rer art, my GOD;
My trust is in thy mighty power;
Thou art my shield from foes abroad,

At home iny safeguard and my tower 3 To thee I will address my prayer,

To whom all praise we justly owe;
So shall I, by thy watchful care,
Be guarded safe from every foe.


L. M.

1 THOU suit'st, O LORD, thy righteous


To various paths of human kind;
They who for mercy merit praise,

With thee shall wondrous mercy find.
2 Thou to the just shalt justice show;
The pure thy purity shall see:
Such as perversely choose to go,

Shall meet with due returns from thee.

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