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All workers of iniquity
Thou hat'st; and them unblest
Thou wilt destroy that speak a lie ;
The bloody and guileful man God doth detest.
Thy numerous mercies, go
Will towards thy holy temple worship low.
Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
Lead me because of those
That do observe if I transgress,
Set thy ways right before, where my step goes. For in his falt'ring mouth unstable
No word is firm or sooth;
Their inside, troubles miserable;
An open grave their throat, their tongue they
God, find them guilty, let them fall
By their own counsels quell'd;
Push them in their rebellions all
Still on; for against thee they have rebell'd.
Defend'st them, they shall ever sing
And shall triumph in thee, who love thy name. For thou, Jehovah, wilt be found
To bless the just man still,
As with a shield thou wilt surround
Him with thy lasting favour and good will. 40
PSALM VI. AUG. 13, 1653.
LORD, in thine anger do not reprehend me,
And very weak and faint; heal and amend me :
Who in the grave can celebrate thy praise? 10
Through grief consumes, is waxen old and dark I' th' midst of all mine enemies that mark. 15 Depart all ye that work iniquity,
Depart from me, for the voice of my weeping
The Lord hath heard, the Lord hath heard my My supplication with acceptance fair [prayer, The Lord will own, and have me in his keeping. Mine enemies shall all be blank and dash'd
With much confusion; then grown red with shame,
They shall return in haste the way they came, And in a moment shall be quite abash'd.
21 blank] Comus, 452.
that dash'd brute violence
With sudden adoration and blank awe. Warton.
PSALM VII. AUG. 14, 1653.
UPON THE WORDS OF CHUSH THE BENJAMITE AGAINST HIM.
LORD, my God, to thee I fly,
Lord, my God, if I have thought
Be in my hands, if I have wrought
Let th' enemy pursue my soul
In the dust, and there outspread
Rise, Jehovah, in thine ire,
Of my foes that urge like fire,
And command which I desire.
So th' assemblies of each nation
All people from the world's foundation.
Judge me, Lord, be judge in this
But the just establish fast,
Since thou art the just God that tries
My defence, and in him lies,
In him who both just and wise
God is a just judge and severe,
And God is every day offended;
If the unjust will not forbear,
His sword he whets, his bow hath bended
Already, and for him intended
The tools of death, that waits him near.
(His arrows purposely made he
For them that persecute.) Behold
He travels big with vanity,
Trouble he hath conceiv'd of old
He digg❜d a pit, and delv'd it deep,
His mischief that due course doth keep,
Of violence will undelay'd
Fall on his crown with ruin steep.
Then will I Jehovah's praise
PSALM VIII. AUG. 14, 1653.
O JEHOVAH Our Lord, how wondrous great
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou 5 Hast founded strength because of all thy foes, To stint th' enemy, and slack th' avenger's brow, That bends his rage thy providence t' oppose.
7 stint th' enemy] A violent cæsure in the last syllable of enemy.' See above, Ps. v. 16. Ps. vii. 22. Warton. But perhaps it should be pronounced en'my.