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6 I've seen an end of what we call

Perfection here below;
But thy commandments, like thyself,

No change or period know.

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1 The love that to thy laws I bear

No language can display;
They with fresh wonders entertain

My raptured thoughts all day.
2 My feet with care I have refrain'd

From every sinful way,
That to thy sacred word I might
Entire obedience

3 I have not from thy judgments stray'd

By vain desires misled;
For, LORD, thou hast instructed me

Thy righteous paths to tread.
4 How sweet are all thy words to me!

O what divine repast!
How much more grateful to my soul
Than honey to my

5 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I

With heav'nly skill am blest; Through which the treach'rous ways of sin

I utterly detest.

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C. M.

PART XIV. 1 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,

L ᄂ The way of truth to show: A watch-light, to point out the path

In which I ought to go. 2 I've vow'd, and from my cov'nant, LORD, Will never start aside,

L That in thy righteous judgments I

Will steadfastly abide. 3 Let still my sacrifice of praise

With thee acceptance find; And in thy righteous judgments, LORD, L

Instruct my willing mind.

4 Thy testimonies I have made

My heritage and choice;
For they, when other comforts fail,

My drooping heart rejoice.
5 My heart with early zeal began

Thy statutes to obey,
And, till my course of life is done,

Shall keep thine upright way.

PART XV. SAMECH. C. M. 1 DECEITFUL thoughts and practices

I utterly detest;
But to thy law affection bear

Too great to be express'd.
2 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower,

And shield art thou, O LORD; I firmly anchor all my hopes

On thy unerring word. 3 Away from me, ye wicked men,

Approach not my abode; For firmly I resolve to keep

The precepts of my God. 4 According to thy gracious word,

From danger set me free; Nor make me of those hopes ashamed,

That I repose on thee.

PART XVI. AIN. C. M. 1 MINE eyes, alas! begin to fail,

In long expectance held;
Till thy salvation they behold

And righteous word fulfill'd. 2 To me, thy servant in distress,

Thy wonted grace display, And discipline my willing heart

Thy statutes to obey.
3 On me, devoted to thy fear,

Thy sacred skill bestow,
That of thy testimonies I

The full extent may know.

4 Thy laws and precepts I account

In all respects divine;
They teach me to discern the right,

And all false ways decline.

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C. M.
1 The wonders which thy laws contain

No words can represent;
Therefore to learn and practise them

My zealous heart is bent.
2 The very entrance to thy word

Celestial light displays,
And knowledge of true happiness

To simplest minds conveys.
3 With eager hopes I waiting stood,

And fainting with desire,
That of thy wise commands I might

The sacred skill acquire.
4 With favor, LORD, look down on me,

Who thy relief implore;
As thou art wont to visit those

Who thy blest Name adore.
š Directed by thy heavenly word

Let all thy footsteps be;
Nor wickedness of any kind

Dominion have o'er me.
6 On me, devoted' to thy fear,

LORD, make thy face to shine:
Thy statutes both to know and keep

My heart with zeal incline.

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1 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom

Wrong'd innocence may trust;
And, like thyself, thy judgments, LORD,

In all respects are just.
2 Most just and true those statutes were

Which thou didst first decree;
And all with faithfulness perform'd

Succeeding times shall see.

3 LORD! each neglected word of thine,

Howe'er by men despised, Is pure, and for eternal truth

By me, thy servant, prized.
4 Thy righteousness shall then endure

When time itself is past;
Thy law is truth itself, that truth

Which shall for ever last.

5 Though trouble, anguish, doubts and dread,

To compass me unite;
Beset with danger, still I make

Thy precepts my delight. 6 Eternal and unerring rules

Thy testimonies give:
Teach me the wisdom that will make

My soul for ever live.


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Mar 8.157 1 With my whole heart to God I call'dLORD, hear my earnest cry;

favil And I thy statutes to perform

L Will all my care apply. 2 Again more fervently I pray'd

O save me, that I may Thy testimonies fully know,

And steadfastly obey.
3 My earlier prayer the dawning day

Prevented, while I cried
To him upon whose faithful word í

My hope alone relied.
4 LORD, hear my supplicating voice,

And wonted favor show;
O quicken me, and so approve

Thy judgments ever true.
5 Concerning thy divine commands

My soul has known, of old
That they were true, and shall their truth

To endless ages hold.

PART XX. RESCH. C. M. 1 CONSIDER my affliction, LORD,

And me from bondage draw;
Think on thy servant in distress,

Who ne'er forgets thy law.
2 Defend my cause, and me to save

Thy timely aid afford;
With beams of mercy quicken me,

According to thy word.
3 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st

Salvation far away; 'T is just thou should'st withdaw from them

Who from thy statutes stray. 4 Since great thy tender mercies are,

To all who thee adore; According to thy judgments, LORD,

My fainting hopes restore.
5 Consider, O my gracious God,

How I thy precepts love;
O therefore quicken me with beams

Of mercy from above.
6 As from the birth of time thy truth

Has held through ages past,
So shall thy righteous judgments firm

To endless ages last.

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1 Thy sacred word my joyful breast

With heav'nly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,

Have such transporting charms. 2 Perfidious practices and lies

I utterly detest;
But to thy laws affection bear,

Too vast to be express’d.
3 Sev'n times a day, with grateful voice,

Thy praises I resound, Because I find thy judgments all

With truth and justice crown'd.

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