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7. Return us, and thy grace divine,
O God of Hosts, vouchsafe;
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.

8. A vine from Egypt thou hast brought,
Thy free love made it thine;

And drov'st out nations, proud and haut,
To plant this lovely vine.

9. Thou didst prepare for it a place,
And root it deep and fast;

That it began to grow apace,

And fill'd the land at last.

10. With her green shade that cover'd all, The hills were overspread;

Her boughs as high as cedars tall

Advanced their lofty head.

11. Her branches on the western side Down to the sea she sent,

And upward to that river wide

Her other branches went.

12. Why hast thou laid her hedges low, And broken down her fence;

That all may pluck her, as they go,

With rudest violence?

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13. The tusked boar out of the wood

Up turns it by the roots;

Wild beasts there brouze, and make their food


Her grapes and tender shoots.

14. Return now, God of Hosts; look down

From heaven, thy seat divine;

Behold us, but without a frown ;

And visit this thy vine.

15. Visit this vine, which thy right hand
Hath set, and planted long;

And the young branch, that for thyself
Thou hast made firm and strong.

16. But now it is consumed with fire;
And cut with axes down;

They perish at thy dreadful ire,
At thy rebuke and frown.

17. Upon the man of thy right hand
Let thy good hand be laid;

Upon the son of man, whom thou
Strong for thyself hast made.

18. So shall we not go back from thee
To ways of sin and shame:

Quicken us thou; then gladly we
Shall call upon thy name.

19. Return us, and thy grace divine,
Lord God of Hosts, vouchsafe;
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.

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1. To God our strength sing loud and clear,
Sing loud to God, our King;

To Jacob's God, that all may hear,
Loud acclamations ring.

2. Prepare a hymn, prepare a song,
The timbrel hither bring;

The cheerful psaltery bring along,
And harp with pleasant string.
3. Blow, as is wont, in the new moon,
With trumpets' lofty sound,

The appointed time, the day whereon
Our solemn feast comes round.

4. This was a statute given of old
For Israel to observe;

From whence they might not swerve.

A law of Jacob's God, to hold,

5. This he a testimony ordain'd In Joseph, not to change,

When as he pass'd through Egypt land;
The tongue I heard was strange.

6. From burden, and from slavish toil,
I set his shoulder free:

His hands from pots, and miry soil,
Deliver'd were, by me.

7. When trouble did thee sore assail,
On me then didst thou call;
And I to free thee did not fail,
And led thee out of thrall.

I answer'd thee in thunder deep,

With clouds encompass'd round:
I tried thee at the water steep
Of Meriba renown'd.

8. Hear, O my people, hearken well;
I testify to thee,

Thou ancient stock of Israel,

If thou wilt list to me:

9. Throughout the land of thy abode No alien god shall be;

Nor shalt thou to a foreign god

In honour bend thy kneee.

10. I am the Lord thy God, which brought Thee out of Egypt land;

Ask large enough, and I, besought,

Will grant thy full demand.

11. And yet my people would not hear,

Nor hearken to my voice;

And Israel, whom I loved so dear,
Misliked me for his choice.

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12. Then did I leave them to their will,
And to their wandering mind;
Their own conceits they follow'd still,
Their own devices blind.

13. O, that my people would be wise,
To serve me all their days!

And, O, that Israel would advise

To walk my righteous ways!

14. Then would I soon bring down their foes, That now so proudly rise;

And turn my hand against all those,

That are their enemies.

15. Who hate the Lord should then be fain To bow to him and bend;

But they, his people, should remain;

Their time should have no end:

16. And he would feed them from the shock

With flower of finest wheat,

And satisfy them from the rock

With honey for their meat.


1. GOD in the great assembly stands
Of kings and lordly states;
Among the gods, on both his hands,
He judges and debates.

2. How long will ye pervert the right
With judgment false and wrong,
Favouring the wicked by your might,
Who thence grow bold and strong?
3. Regard the weak and fatherless;
Dispatch the poor man's cause;
And raise the man in deep distress
By just and equal laws.

4. Defend the poor and desolate,
And rescue from the hands

Of wicked men the low estate

Of him that help demands.

5. They know not, nor will understand;
In darkness they walk on;

The earth's foundations all are moved,
And out of order gone.

6. I said that ye were gods, yea, all
The sons of God Most High;

7. But ye shall die like men, and fall, As other princes die.

8. Rise, God; judge thou the earth in might, This wicked earth redress;

For Thou art He who shall by right

The nations all possess.

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1. BE not thou silent now at length;
O God! hold not thy peace;
Sit thou not still, O God of strength,
We cry, and do not cease.

2. For, lo, thy furious foes now swell,
And storm outrageously;

And they that hate thee, proud and fell,
Exalt their heads full high.

3. Against thy people they contrive
Their plots and counsels deep;
Them to ensnare they chiefly strive,
Whom thou dost hide and keep.

4. Come, let us cut them off, say they,
Till they no nation be;

That Israel's name for ever may

Be lost in memory.

5. For they consult with all their might,
And all, as one in mind,

Themselves against thee they unite,
And in firm union bind.

6. The tents of Edom, and the brood
Of scornful Ishmael,

Moab, with them of Hagar's blood,
That in the desart dwell;

7. Gebal and Ammon there conspire,
And hateful Amalec;

The Philistines, and they of Tyre,
Whose bounds the sea doth check.

8. With them great Ashur also bands,
And doth confirm the knot:

All these have lent their armed hands
To aid the sons of Lot.

9. Do to them as to Midian bold,
That wasted all the coast;

To Sisera; and, as is told,

Thou didst to Jabin's host,

When, at the brook of Kishon old,

They were repulsed and slain,

10. At Endor quite cut off, and roll'd

As dung upon the plain.

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11. As Zeb and Oreb evil sped,

So let their princes speed;

As Zeba and Zalmunna bled,

So let their princes bleed.

12. For they amidst their pride have said,

By right now shall we seize

God's houses, and will now invade

Their stately palaces.


13. My God, O, make them as a wheel; No quiet let them find;

Giddy and restless let them reel,

Like stubble from the wind.

14. As when an aged wood takes fire,

Which on a sudden strays;

The greedy flame runs higher and higher,
Till all the mountains blaze;

15. So with thy whirlwind them pursue,

And with thy tempest chase;

16. And, till they yield thee honour due, Lord, fill with shame their face.

17. Ashamed and troubled let them be, Troubled and shamed for ever;

Ever confounded, and so die

With shame, and 'scape it never.

18. Then shall they know, that Thou, whose name

Jehovah is alone,

Art the Most High, and Thou the same

O'er all the earth art One.

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1. How lovely are thy dwellings fair! O Lord of Hosts, how dear

The pleasant tabernacles are,

Where thou dost dwell so near!

2. My soul doth long, and almost die, Thy courts, O Lord, to see;

My heart and flesh aloud do cry,

O living God, for thee.

3. There ev'n the sparrow, freed from wrong, Hath found a house of rest;

The swallow there, to lay her young,

Hath built her brooding nest:

Ev'n by thy altars, Lord of Hosts,

They find their safe abode;

And home they fly from round the coasts,
Toward thee, my King, my God.

4. Happy, who in thy house reside,
Where thee they ever praise!

5. Happy, whose strength in thee doth bide, And in their hearts thy ways!

6. They pass through Baca's thirsty vale, That dry and barren ground;

As through a fruitful, watery dale,

Where springs and showers abound.

7. They journey on from strength to strength With joy and gladsome cheer,

Till all before our God at length

In Sion do appear.



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