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those who seek thy face, o He hath not dealt with us Jacob.

after our sins ; nor rewarded Lift up your heads, Oye us according to our wickedgates, and be ye lift up ye nesses. everlasting doors, and the King For look how high the heaven or glory shall come in.

is in comparison of the earth; Who is the King of glory? so great is his mercy also toIt is the LORD strong and ward those who fear him! mighty, even the LORD mighty Look how wide also the east in battle.

is from the west; so far hath Lift up your heads, 0 ye he set our sins from us ! gates, and be ye lift up ye Yea, like as a father pitieth everlasting doors, and the King his own children ; even so is of glory shall come in.

the LORD merciful unto them Who is the King of glory? that fear him, Even the Lord of hosts, he is For he knoweth whereof we the King of glory,

are made; he remembereth that

we are but dust. Psalm 103. Benedic, anima mea.

The days of man are but as PRAISE the LORD, O my grass ; for he flourisheth as a soul; and all that is within me, flower of the field. praise his holy name.

as the wind Praise the LORD, O my goeth over it, it is gone; and soul; and forget not all his the place thereof shall know it benefits;

Who forgiveth all thy sin, But the merciful goodness of and healeth all thine infirmi- the Lord endureth for ever and

ever upon those who fear him; Who saveth thy life from and his righteousness upon destruction, and crowneth thee children's children; with mercy and loving kind- Even upon such as keep his ness ;

covenant, and think upon his Who satisfieth thy mouth commandments to do them. with good things, making thee The Lord hath prepared his young and lusty as an eagle. seat in heaven, and his kingdom

The LORD executeth right- ruleth over all. eousness and judgment, for all O praise the LORD, ye Angels them that are oppressed with of his, ye that excel in strength; wrong.

ye that fulfil his commandment, He showed his ways unto and hearken unto the voice of Moses, his works unto the his words. children of Israel.

O praise the LORD, all ye his The Lord is full of compas- hosts ; ye servants of his, that sion and mercy, long-suffering, do his pleasure. and of great goodness.

O speak good of the LORD, He will not alway be chiding; all ye works of his, in all places neither keepeth he his anger of his dominion: Praise thou for ever.

the LORD, O my soul.

no more.



thy works, and that my soul

knoweth right well. FROM PSALM 139. Domine, probasti.

My bones are not hid from O LORD, thou hast searched thee, though I be made secretly, me out, and known me; thou and fashioned beneath in the knowest my down-sitting, and earth. mine up-rising ; thou under- Thine

eyes did see my substandest my thoughts long be- stance, yet being imperfect; fore.

and in thy book were all my Thou art about my path, and members written. about my bed, and spiest out all Which day by day were my ways.

fashioned, when as yet there For lo, there is not a word in was none of them. my tongue, but thou, O LORD, How dear are thy counsels knowest it altogether.

unto me, O God ; O how great Thou hast fashioned me be- is the sum of them ! hind and before, and laid thine If I tell them, they are more hand upon me.

in number than the sand; when Such knowledge is too won- I wake up, I am present with derful and excellent for me; I thee. cannot attain unto it.

Try me, O God, and seek the Whither shall I go then from ground of my heart; prove me, thy Spirit? or whither shall I and examine my thoughts. go then from thy presence ?

Look well if there be any If I climb up into heaven, way of wickedness in me; and thou art there; if I go down to lead me in the way everlasting. hell, thou art there also. If I take the wings of the

Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus. morning, and remain in the I WILL magnify thee, O uttermost parts of the sea ; God, my King, and I will praise

Even there also shall thy thy name for ever and ever. hand lead me, and thy right Every day will I give thanks hand shall hold me.

unto thee, and praise thy name If I say, Peradventure the for ever and ever. darkness shall cover me; then Great is the LORD, and marshall my night be turned to vellous, worthy to be praised ; day.

there is no end of his greatYea, the darkness is no ness. darkness with thee, but the One generation shall praise night is as clear as the day; thy works unto another, and the darkness and light to thee declare thy power. are both alike.

As for me, I will be talking For my reins are thine, thou of thy worship, thy glory, thy hast covered me in my mother's praise, and wondrous works; womb.

So that men shall speak of I will give thanks unto thee, the might of thy marvellous for I am fearfully and wonder- acts; and I will also tell of thy fully made : marvellous are greatness.

The memorial of thine

SELECTION III. abundant kindness shall be showed, and men shall sing of From Psalm 51. Miserere mei, Dcus. thy righteousness.

HAVE mercy upon me, o The LORD is gracious and God, after thy great goodness ; merciful; long-suffering, and according to the multitude of of great goodness.

thy mercies, do away mine The LORD is loving unto offences. every man, and his mercy is Wash me thoroughly from over all his works.

my wickedness, and cleanse me All thy works praise thee, O from my sin : LORD ; and thy saints give For I acknowledge my faults, thanks unto thee.

and my sin is ever before me. They show the glory of thy Against thee only have I kingdom, and talk of thy power; sinned, and done this evil in

That thy power, thy glory, thy sight, that thou mightest be and mightiness of thy kingdom, justified in thy saying, and clear might be known unto men. when thou art judged.

Thy kingdom is an everlast- Behold, I was shapen in ing kingdom, and thy dominion wickedness, and in sin hath my endureth throughout all ages. mother conceived me.

The Lord upholdeth all such But lo, thou requirest truth as fall, and lifteth up all those in the inward parts, and shalt who are down.

make me to understand wisdom The eyes of all wait upon secretly. thee, O LORD, and thou givest Thou shalt purge me with them their meat in due season. hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Thou openest thine hand, and thou shalt wash me, and I shall fillest all things living with be whiter than snow. plenteousness.

Thou shalt make me hear of The Lord is righteous in all joy and gladness, that the bones his ways, and holy in all his which thou hast broken may works.

rejoice. The LORD is nigh unto all Turn thy face from my sins, them that call upon him ; yea, and put out all my misdeeds. all such as call upon him faith- Make me a clean heart, O fully.

God, and renew a right spirit He will fulfil the desire of within me. those who fear him; he also Cast me not away from thy will hear their cry, and will help presence, and take not thy them.

holy Spirit from me. The LORD preserveth all O give me the comfort of thy those who love him ; but scat- help again, and stablish me tereth abroad all the ungodly. with thy free Spirit.

My mouth shall speak the Then shall I teach thy ways praise of the LORD: and let all unto the wicked, and sinners flesh give thanks unto his holy shall be converted unto thee. name for ever and ever.

Deliver from blood



guiltiness, O God, thou that art I will say unto the God of the God of my health ; and my my strength, Why hast thou tongue shall sing of thy right- forgotten me? why go I thus

heavily, while the

enemy Thou shalt open my lips, 0 oppresseth me? Lord, and my mouth shall show Namely, while they say daily thy praise.

unto me, Where is now thy For thou desirest no sacrifice, God? else would I give it thee; but Why art thou so vexed, O thou delightest not in burnt- my soul ? and why art thou so offerings.

disquieted within me? The sacrifice of God, is a O put thy trust in God; for troubled spirit: a broken and I will yet thank him, who is the contrite , heart, O God, shalt help of my countenance and my thou not despise.

GOD. FROM PSALM 42. Quemadmodum.

SELECTION IV. LIKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks, so longeth

Psalm 37. Noli æmuları. my soul after thee, O God. FRET not thyself because

My soul is athirst for God, of the ungodly; neither be thou yea, even for the living God: envious against the evil doers : when shall I come to appear For they shall soon be cut before the presence of God? down like the grass, and be

My tears have been my meat withered even day and night; while they daily herb. say unto me, Where is now thy Put thou thy trust in the God ?

LORD, and be doing good; Now when I think thereupon, dwell in the land, and verily I

pour out my heart by myself; thou shalt be fed. for I went with the multitude, Delight thou in the LORD, and brought them forth into the and he shall give thee thy house of God,

heart's desire. In the voice of praise and Commit thy way unto the thanksgiving, among such as LORD, and put thy trust in him, keep holyday.

and he shall bring it to pass. Why art thou so full of He shall make thy righteousheaviness, O my soul ? and why ness as clear as the light ; and art thou so disquieted within thy just dealing as the noonme ?

day. Put thy trust in God; for I Hold thee still in the LORD, will yet give him thanks for and abide patiently upon him; the help of his countenance. but grieve not thyself at him

The Lord hath granted his whose way doth prosper, against loving-kindness in the day-time; the man that docth after evil and in the night-season did I counsels. sing of him, and made my Leave off from wrath, and prayer unto the God of my life. let go displeasure ; fret not


the green

thyself, else shalt thou be moved payeth not again; but the rightto do evil.

eous is merciful and liberal. Wicked doers shall be rooted Such as are blessed of God, out; and they that patiently shall possess the land ; and they abide the LORD, those shall that are cursed of him, shall be inherit the land.

rooted out. Yet a little while, and the The Lord ordereth a good ungodly shall be clean gone; man's going, and maketh his hou shalt look after his place, ways acceptable to himself. and he shall be away.

Though he fall, he shall not But the meek-spirited shall be cast away; for the LORD possess the earth, and shall be upholdeth him with his hand. refreshed in the multitude of I have been young, and now peace.

am old, and yet saw I never the The ungodly seeketh counsel righteous forsaken, nor his seed against the just, and gnasheth begging their bread. upon him with his teeth.

The righteous is ever merciThe Lord shall laugh him to ful, and lendeth ; and his seed scorn; for he hath seen that is blessed. his day is coming.

Flee from evil, and do the The ungodly have drawn out thing that is good, and dwell the sword, and have bent their for evermore. bow, to cast down the poor and For the LORD loveth the needy, and to slay such as are thing that is right; he forsaketh of a right conversation. not his that be godly, but they

Their sword shall go through are preserved for ever. their own heart, and their bow The unrighteous shall be shall be broken.

punished ; as for the seed of A small thing that the right- the ungodly, it shall be rooted eous hath, is better than great out. riches of the ungodly;

The righteous shall inherit For the arms of the ungodly the land, and dwell therein for shall be broken, and the LORD ever. upholdeth the righteous.

The mouth of the righteous The Lord knoweth the days is exercised in wisdom, and of the godly; and their inherit- his tongue will be talking of ance shall endure for ever. judgment.

They shall not be confounded The law of his God is in his in the perilous time; and in the heart, and his goings shall not days of dearth they shall have slide. enough.

The ungodly seeth the rightAs for the ungodly, they eous, and seeketh occasion to shall perish, and the enemies slay him. of the Lord shall consume as The LORD will not leave him the fat of lambs; yea, even as in his hand, nor condemn him the smoke shall they consume when he is judged. away.

Hope thou in the LORD, and The ungodly borroweth, and keep his way, and he shall

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