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2 In Ephraim's view and Benjamin's,

And in Manasse's sight,
Awake thy strength, come, and · be seen

To' save us by thy might.'
3 Turn us again, thy grace divine

To us,' O God,' vouchsafe;'
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,

And then we shall be safe.
4 Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou,

How long wilt thou declare
Thy smoking wrath, and angry brow'

Against thy people's prayer !
5 Thou feed'st them with the bread of tears,

Their bread with tears they eat,
And mak’st them largely drink the tears

• Wherewith their cheeks are wet.' 6 A strife thou makest us' and a prey'

To every neighbour foe,
Among themselves they laugh, they play,

And flouts at us they throw.
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 haught,'

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

* Advanc'd their lofty head.'
1 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 ?'


13 The 'tusked' boar out of the wood

Up turns it by the roots,
Wild beasts there browse, 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.

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 inoon

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,'
A law of Jacob's God,“ to hold,

From whence they might not swerve 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;
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 knee. 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 lov'd so dear,'
Mislik'd me for his choice.

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 under land,

In darkness they walk on,
The earth's foundations all are nov'd

And out of order gone.

6 I said that ye were gods, yea all

The sons of God Most High; 7 But


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.


1 Be not thou silent now at length,

O God, hold not thy peace'
Sit thou not still, O God of strength, ,

and do not cease.'
2 For lo thyfurious' 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 thoù 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 desert 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.

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