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2 His heart's desire, divine request !
Man to redeem, condemn’d, opprest;
And purest gold adorns His head. 3 He asked life: and life was giv'n,
Eternal, as the days of heav'n,
Behold the great MESSIAH, crown'd;
For ever, and for ever, blest.5 O life divine! inspiring word !
As man He trusted in the LORD;
Glorious in pow'r, and strong to save. 6 Thine enemies shall feel Thy hand;
Destruction waits Thy dread command;
And own the justice of their doom. 7 Exalted high, rise, mighty LORD,
Thy strength display; unsheath Thy sword,
N. B. This Psalm may be sung to the tune of the
23rd Psalm, 3rd metre, by adding these two lines
Appointed by the Church for Good Friday. The first verse was uttered by our Lord, when hanging on the Cross.
It describes his sufferings, humiliation and glory; and prophesieth the conversion of the Gentiles to the faith and wor.
ship of the true God. 1 My God, my, God, Messian cried,
When on the cross He bled and died. Ah! why exil'd my God from Thee :
Ah! why hast Thou forsaken me! 2 With agony oppress'd I faint;
By day, by night incessant pant,
Thou perfect, righteous, holy One;
And praise, eternal praise be Thine. 4 Our fathers trusted in Thy word,
When, when were they forsaken LORD?
Rejected, and despised of men.
Contemplate grief and love untold;
Forsaken, bleeding, dying see.
The nail, the spear His body tears,
7 See inward terrors melt His heart!
See ruffian hands His garments part!
Immanuel, Thy united one.
Justice and grace emblazon'd shine. Glory to God from hence shall spring,
And heav'n with Hallelujahs ring. 9 The Saviour lives ;-lives to proclaim,
JEHOVAH's glorious awful name
His grace and truth above all praise. 10 Ye seed of Jacob's honor'd race,
Your anthems bring, the triumph grace;
Praise Him, to whom all praise belongs. 11 O glorify and fear the LORD,
Who in distress confirms His word ;
From deep affliction's plaintive cry. 12 Trust Him ye meek, partake His fuast
Provided by your great High Priest,
And live for ever in the skies. 13 The heathen lands shall own their for,
Repent and turn to His abode,
The King of kings, the Lord of lords. 14 The rich, the great ones of the earth, No more shall boast their wealth or birth;
But crowding round His festive board,
Prostrate adore their sov'reign Lord. 16 The dead shall rise, and bow the knee;
Yea; ev'ry eye the Judge shall see ;
Shall rise His triumphs to adoro.
A generation to the LORD,
Anthems of glory to Thy praise.
Thy truth, Thy righteousness proclaim,
PSALM 23. (s. M.) The Guardian care of the Good Shepherd in feed
ing, restoring, conducting, defending, and replenishing the sheep, of his pasturē, throug
time to the blissful glories of eternity. I MY Shepherd is the LORD,
I never more shall want; All I require my gracious God
Will mercifully grant. z in meadows fair and green,
With purest pasture blest; Where the still waters gently flow,
He leadeth me to rest.
My God, my soul restore,
That I may stray no more.
4 In gloomy shades of death,
Then shall I fear no ill;
And Thou art with me still. 5 In presence of my foes,
My table Thou dost spread; My cup with mercy overflows;
Thine oil anoints my head. 6 Thy goodness, mercy, peace,
Shall follow all my days;
And sing Thy ceaseless praise..
PSALM 23. II METRE. Old Version. (c. m.) 1 My Shepherd is the living Lord.
Nothing therefore I need;
He setteth me to feed.
And bring my mind in frame, To walk in paths of righteousness,
For His most holy name.
Yet I will fear no ill;
And Thou art with me still. 4 And in the presence of my
foes My table Thou shalt spread; Thou wilt fill full my cup, and Thou Anointed hast my head.