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5 From life discharged and parted quite

Among the dead to sleep;
And like the slain in bloody fight,

That in the grave lie deep :

Whom thou rememberest no more,

Dost never more regard;
Them, from thy hand deliver'd o'er,

Death's hideous house hath barr'd.

6 Thou in the lowest pit profound

Hast set me all forlorn,
Where thickest darkness hovers round,

In horrid deeps to mourn.
7 Thy wrath, from which no shelter saves,

Full sore doth press on me;
Thou break’st upon me all thy waves,

And all thy waves break me. 8 Thou dost my friends from me estrange,

And makest me odious ;
Me to them odious, for they change.

And I here pent up thus.

9 Through sorrow and affliction great,

Mine eye grows dim and dead;
Lord, all the day I thee entreat,

My hands to thee I spread.
10 Wilt thou do wonders on the dead?

Shall the deceased arise,
And praise thee from their loathsome bed,

With pale and hollow eyes ?

11 Shall they thy loving-kindness iell,

On whom the grave hath hold ?
Or they, who in perdition dwell,

Thy faithfulness unfold ?
12 In darkness can thy mighty hand

Or wondrous acts be known?
Thy justice in the gloomy land

Of dark oblivion ?

13 But I to thee, O Lord, do

сгу, , Ere yet my life be spent ; And

ир to thee my prayer doth hie

Each morn, and thee prevent. 14 Why wilt thou, Lord, my soul forsako

And bide thy face from me, 15 That am already bruised, and shake

With terror sent from thee ?

Bruised and afflicted, and so low

As ready to expire,
While I thy terrors undergo

Astonish'd with thine ire.

16 Thy fierce wrath over me doth flow;

Thy threatenings cut me through: 17 All day they round about me go,

Like waves they me pursue. 18 Lover and friend thou hast removed,

And sever'd from me far:
They fly me now whom I have loved,

And as in darkness are.

A PARAPHRASE ON PSALM CXIV

This and the following Psalm were done by the Author at fifteen

years old.

WHEN the bless'd seed of Terali's faithful son,
After long toil, their liberty had won,
And pass'd from Pharian fields to Canaan land,
Led by the strength of the Almighty's hand,
Jehovah's wonders were in Israel shown,
His praise and glory was in Israel known.
That saw the troubled sea, and, shivering, fed,
And sought to hide his froth-becurled head
Low in the earth ; Jordan's clear streams recoil,
As a faint host that hath received the foil.
The high huge-bellied mountains skip, like rams
Amongst their ewes; the little hills, like lambs
Why fled the ocean ? And why skipp'd the mo’in-

tains ?
Why turn’d Jordan toward his crystal fountains?
Shake, earth! and at the presence be aghast
Of him that ever was, and aye shall last;
That glassy floods from rugged rocks can crush,
And make soft rills from fiery flint-stones gush.

PSALM CXXXVI.

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind;

For his mercies aye endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure.
Let us blaze his name abroad,
For of gods he is the God;

For his, &c.

Oh, let us his praises tell,
Who doth the wrathful tyrants que.)

For his, &c.
Who, with his miracles, doth make
Amazed heaven and earth to shake:

For his, &c.
Who, by his wisdom, did create
The painted heavens so full of state ;

For his, &c.
Who did the solid earth ordain
To rise above the watery plain;

For his, &c.
Who, by his all-commanding might,
Did fill the new-made world with light;

For his, &c.
And caused the golden-tressed sun
All the day long his course to run ;

For his, &c.
The horned moon to shine by night,
Amongst her spangled sisters bright

For his, &c.
He, with his thunder-clasping hand,
Smote the first-born of Egypt land;

For his, &c.
And, in despite of Pharaoh fell,
He brought from thence his Israel;

For his, &c.
The ruddy waves he cleft in twain
Of the Erythræan main;

For his, &c.

The floods stood still, like walls of glass,
While the Hebrew bands did

pass:
For his, &c.
But full soon they did devour
The tawny king with all his power

For his, &c.
His chosen people he did bless
In the wasteful wilderness :

For his, &c.
In bloody battle he brought down
Kings of prowess and renown;

For his, &c.
He foil'd bold Seon and his host,
That ruled the Amorrean coast;

For his, &c.
And large-limbid Og he did subdue
With all his over-hardy crew;

For his, &c.
And, to his serrant Israel,
He gave their land therein to dwell;

For his, &c.
He hath, with a piteous eye,
Beheld us in our misery;

For his, &c.
And freed us from the slavery
Of the invading enemy;

For his, &c.
All living creatures he doth feed,
And with full hand supplies their need;

For his, &c

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