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The ungodly have drawn out Psalm xxxvii. Noli æmulari.

the sword, and have bent their

bow, to cast down the poor and RET not thyself because of needy, and to slay such as are

the ungodly; neither be thou of a right conversation. envious against the evil doers : Their sword shall go through

For they shall soon be cut their own heart, and their bow down like the grass, and be wi- shall be broken. thered even as the green herb. . A small thing that the righte

Put thou thy trust in the Lord, ous hath, is better than great and be doing good; dwell in the riches of the ungodly; land, and verily thou shalt be For the arms of the ungodly fed.

shall be broken, and the Lord Delight thou in the Lord, and upholdeth the righteous. he shall give thee thy heart's de. The Lord knoweth the days sire.

of the godly; and their inheritCommit thy way unto the ance shall endure for ever. Lord, and put thy trust in him, They shall not be confounded and he shall bring it to pass. in the perilous time; and in the

He shall make thy righteous. days of dearth they shall have ness as clear as the light; and enough. thy just dealing as the noon-day. As for the ungodly, they shall

Hold thee still in the Lord, perish, and the enemies of the and abide patiently upon him; Lord shall consume as the fat of but grieve not thyself at him lambs; yea, even as the smoke whose way doth prosper, against shall they consume away, the man that doeth after evil The ungodly borroweth, and counsels.

payeth not again; but the righLeave off from wrath, and let teous is merciful and liberal. go displeasure; fret not thyself, Such as are blessed of God, else shalt thou be moved to do shall possess the land; and they evil.

that are cursed of him, shall be Wicked doers shall be rooted rooted out. out; and they that patiently The Lord ordereth a good abide the Lord, those shall in- man's going, and maketh his herit the land.

ways acceptable to himself. Yet a little while, and the un- Though he fall, he shall not godly shall be clean gone; thou be cast away; for the Lord upshalt look after his place, and he holdeth him with his hand. shall be away.

I have been young, and now But the meek-spirited shall am old, and yet saw I never the possess the earth, and shall be righteous forsaken, nor his seed refreshed in the multitude of begging their bread. peace.

The righteous is ever merciThe ungodly seeketh counsel ful, and lendeth; and his seed is against the just, and gnasheth blessed. upon him with his teeth.

Flee from evil, and do the The Lord shall laugh him to thing that is good, and dwell for scorn; for he hath seen that his evermore. day is coming

For the Lord loveth the thing that is right; he forsaketh not SELECTION V. his that be godly, but they are Psalm i. Beatus vir, qui non preserved for ever.

abiit. The unrighteous shall be punished; as for the seed of the BLESSED is the man that

hath not walked in the ungodly, it shall be rooted out. counsel of the ungodly, nor

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for hath not sat in the seat of the

stood in the way of sinners, and ever,

scornful: The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, and his of the Lord; and in his law will

But his delight is in the law tongue will be talking of judg- he exercise himself day and ment. The law of his God is in his


And he shall be like a tree heart, and his goings shall not planted by the water-side, that slide. The ungodly seeth the righ- season.

will bring forth his fruit in due teous, and seeketh occasion to

His leaf also shall not wither; slav him. The Lord will not leave him it shall prosper.

and look, whatsoever he doeth, in his hand, nor condemn him

As for the ungodly, it is not when he is judged. Hope thou in the Lord, and the chaff which the wind scat

so with them, but they are like keep his way, and he shall pro- tereth away from the face of the mote thee, that thou shalt


earth. sess the land : when the ungod.

Therefore the ungodly shall ly shall perish, thou shalt see it. not be able to stand in the judg

I myself have seen the ungod ment, neither the sinners in the ly in great power, and flourish.

congregation of the righteous. ing like a green bay-tree.

But the Lord knoweth the I went by, and lo, he was way of the righteous; and the gone: I sought him, but his place could no where be found. way of the ungodly shall perish.

Keep innocency, and take Psalm xv. Domine, quis haheed unto the thing that is right;

bitabit ? for that shall bring a man peace Lo

LORD, who shall dwell in at the last.

As for the transgressors, they shall rest upon thy holy hill ? shall perish together: and the Even he that leadeth an unend of the ungodly is, they shall corrupt life, and doeth the thing be rooted out at the last. which is right, and speaketh the

But the salvation of the righ- truth from his heart: teous cometh of the Lord, who He that hath used no deceit is also their strength in the time in his tongue, nor done evil to of trouble.

his neighbour, and hath not And the Lord shall stand by slandered his neighbour: them, and save them; he shall He that setteth not by himself, deliver them from the ungodly, but is lowly in his own eyes, and shall save them, because and maketh much of them that they put their trust in him. fear the Lord :

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He that sweareth unto his hands; that thou hurt not thy neighbour, and disappointeth foot against a stone. him not, though it were to his Thou shalt go upon the lion own hindrance :

and adder; the young lion and He that hath not given his the dragon shalt thou tread unmoney upon usury, nor taken der thy feet. reward against the innocent : Because he hath set his love

Whoso doeth these things, upon me, therefore will I deli. shall never fall.

ver him, I will set him up, bePsalm xci. Qui habitat. cause he hath known my name. THOSO dwelleth under the He shall call upon me, and I

defence of the Most High, will hear him; yea, I am with shall abide under the shadow of him in trouble; I will deliver the Almighty.

him, and bring him to honour. I will say unto the Lord, Thou With long life will I satisfy art my hope, and my strong him, and show him my salvahold; my God, in him will I tion. trust. For he shall deliver thee from

SELECTION VI. the snare of the hunter, and from the noisome pestilence.

From Psalm xxxii. Beati, He shall defend thee under

quorum. his wings, and thou shalt be safe LESSED is he whose ununder his feathers; his faithful- righteousness is forgiven, ness and truth shall be thy shield and whose sin is covered. and buckler.

Blessed is the man unto whom Thou shalt not be afraid of the Lord imputeth no sin, and any terror by night, nor for the in whose spirit there is no guile. arrow that flieth by day;

I will acknowledge my sin For the pestilence that walk- unto thee; and mine unrighteeth in darkness, nor the sick- ousness have I not hid. ness that destroyeth in the noon. I said, I will confess my sins day.

unto the Lord; and so thou forA thousand shall fall beside gavest the wickedness of my sin. thee, and ten thousand at thy For this shall every one that right hand; but it shall not come is godly make his prayer unto nigh thee.

thee, in a time when thou mayYea, with thine eyes shalt est be found; but in the great thou behold, and see the reward water floods they shall not come of the ungodly.

nigh him. For thou, Lord, art may hope; Thou art a place to hide me thou hast set thine house of de- in; thou shalt preserve me from fence very high.

trouble; thou shalt compass me There shall no evil happen about with songs of deliverance. unto thee, 'neither shall any I will inform thee, and teach plague come nigh thy dwelling. thee in the way wherein thou

For he shall give his Angels shalt gò; and I will guide thee charge over thee, to keep thee with mine eye. in all thy ways.

Great plagues remain for the They shall bear thee in their ungodly; but whoso putteth his »;


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trust in the Lord, mercy 'em- from all evil; yea, it is even he braceth him on every side. that shall keep thy soul.

Be glad, O ye righteous, and The Lord shall preserve thy rejoice in the Lord, and be joy- going out and thy coming in, ful, all ye that are true of heart. from this time forth for ever

Psalm cxxx. De profundis.

UT of the deep have I SELECTION VII.

called unto thee, O Lord; Psalm xxiii. Dominus regit me.
Lord, hear my voice.
O let thine ears consider well THE Lord is my shepherd;

the voice of my complaint.
If thou, Lord, wilt be ex-


He shall feed me in a green treme to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide pasture, and lead me forth be

side the waters of comfort. it? For there is mercy with thee; and bring me forth in the paths

He shall convert my soul, therefore shalt thou be feared.

I look for the Lord; my soul of righteousness for his name's doth wait for him; in his word

sake. is my trust.

Yea, though I walk through My soul fleeth unto the Lord the valley of the shadow of before the morning watch; I death, I will fear no evil; for

thou art with me; thy rod and say, before the morning watch. O Israel , trust in the Lord; thy

staff comfort me. for with the Lord there is mercy, fore me against them that trou

Thou shalt prepare a table beand with him is plenteous redemption.

ble me; thou hast anointed my And he shall redeem Israel head with oil, and my cup shall from all his sins.

be full.

But 'thy loving kindness and Psalm cxxi. Levavi oculus meos. mercy shall follow me all the Will lift up mine eyes unto

days of my life; and I will dwell

in the house of the Lord for the hills, from whence cometh my help.

ever. My help cometh even from Psalm xxxiv. Benedicam Dothe Lord, who hath made hea

mino. ven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to


Will alway give thanks un

to the Lord; his praise shall be moved, and he that keepeth ever be in my mouth. thee will not sleep.

My soul shall make her boast Behold, he that keepeth Israel in the Lord; the humble shall shall neither slumber nor sleep. hear thereof, and be glad.

The Lord himself is thy O praise the Lord with me; keeper; the Lord is thy defence and let us magnify his name toupon thy right hand:

gether. So that the sun shall not burn I sought the Lord, and he thee by day; neither the moon heard me; yea, he delivered me by night.

out of all my fears. The Lord shall preserve thee They had an eye unto him,

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cious the Lord is blessed

is THOU, O God, art praised

and were lightened; and their But misfortune shall slay the faces were not ashamed.

ungodly; and they that hate the Lo, the poor crieth, and the righteous shall be desolate. Lord' heareth him; yea, and The Lord delivereth the souls saveth him out of all his trou- of his servants; and all they that bles.

put their trust in him shall not The Angel of the Lord tar. be destitute. rieth round about them that fear

Psalm lxv. Te decet hymnus. him, and delivereth them. O taste, and see, how gra

in ; the man that trusteth in him. the vow be performed in Jeru

O fear the Lord, ye that are salem. his Saints; for they that fear Thou that hearest the prayer, him lack' nothing.

unto thee shall all flesh come. The lions do lack, and suffer My misdeeds prevail against hunger; but they who seek the me: O be thou merciful unto Lord shall want no manner of our sins. thing that is good.

Blessed is the man whom thou Come, ye children, and hear- choosest, and receivest unto ken unto me; I will teach you thee: he shall dwell in thy court, the fear of the Lord.

and shall be satisfied with the What man is he that lusteth pleasures of thy house, even of to live, and would fain see good thy holy temple. days?' ii

Thou shalt show us wonderKeep thy tongue from evil, ful things in thy righteousness, and thy lips, that they speak no O God of our salvation; thou guile.

that art the hope of all the ends Eschew evil, and do good; of the earth, and of them that seek peace, and ensue it. remain in the broad sea.

The eyes of the Lord are Who in his strength setteth over the righteous, and his ears fast the mountains, and is girded are open unto their prayers. about with power.

The countenance of the Lord Who stilleth the raging of the is against them that do evil, to sea, and the noise of his waves, root out the remembrance of and the madness of the people. them from the earth.

They also that dwell in the The righteous cry, and the uttermost parts of the earth shall Lord heareth them, and deli- be afraid at thy tokens, thou that vereth them out of all their makest the outgoings of the troubles.

morning and evening to praise The Lord is nigh unto those thee. who are of a contrite heart, and Thou visitest the earth, and will save such as are of an hum- blessest it; thou makest it very ble spirit.

plenteous. Great are the troubles of the The river of God is full of righteous; but the Lord deli. water: thou preparest theircorn, vereth him out of all.

for so thou providest for the He keepeth all his bones, so earth. that none of them is broken. Thou waterest her furrows;

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