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2 In tender grass he makes me feed,

And gently there repose;
Then leads me in cool shades, and where

Refreshing water flows.

3 He does my wandering feet reclaim,

And to his endless praise,
Instruct with humble zeal to walk

In his most righteous ways.

4 I pass the gloomy vale of death,

From fear and danger free; For there his aiding rod and staff

Defend and comfort me.

5 Since God doth thus his wondrous love

Through all my life extend,
That life to him I will dovote,

And in his service spend.

PSALM XXIII. L. M.

God our Shepherd and Guardian. 1 As the good shepherd gently leads

His wandering flocks to verdant meads, Where winding rivers, soft and slow, Amid the flowery landscape flow;

2 So God, the guardian of my soul,

Does all my erring steps control ;

When lost in sin's perplexing maze,
He brings me back to virtue's ways.

3 Though I should journey through the plains
Where death in all his horror reigns,
My steadfast heart no ill shall fear,
For thou, my God! art with me there.

4 Thine ever-watching providence

Is my support and my defence;
With thee I am of all possessed,

And in thy favour, fully blessed.
5 O bounteous God! my future days

Shall be devoted to thy praise;
And in thy house, thy sacred name
And wondrous grace shall be my theme. -

PSALM XXIII. P. M.

Confidence in Divine protection. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, no want shall

I know, I feed in green pastures, safe folded I rest; He leadeth my soul where the still waters

flow, Restores me when wandering, redeems

when opprest. 2 Through the valley and shadow of death

though I stray, Since thou art my guardian no evil I fear;

Thy rod shall defend me, thy staff be my

stay, No harm can befall with my comforter

near. 3 In the midst of affliction my table is

spread; With blessings unmeasured my cup run

neth o'er; With perfume and oil thou anointest my

head What then shall I ask of thy providence

more ?

4 Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful

God,
Still follow my steps till I meet thee

above; I seek by the path which my forefathers Through the land of their sojourn—thy

kingdom of love.

trod

PSALM XXXIV. C.M.

Encouragement to trust and love God. 1 Through all the changing scenes of life,

In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.

2 The hosts of God encamp around

The dwellings of the just;
Protection he affords to all

Who make his name their trust. 3 O make but trial of his love!

Experience will decide,
How bless'd are they, and only they,

Who in his truth confide.

4 Fear him, ye saints ! and you will then

Have nothing else to fear:
O make his service your delight;

Your wants shall be his care!

PSALM XXXVI. L. M.

Perfections and providence of God. 1 Thy mercy, Lord, my only hope,

The highest orb of heaven transcends ; Thy sacred truth's unmeasur'd scope Above the spreading skies extends. 2 Thy justice like the hills remains,

Unfathom'd depths thy judgments are ; Thy providence the world sustains,

The whole creation is thy care. 3 Since of thy goodness all partake,

With what assurance should the just

Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make,

And saints to thy protection trust! 4 Such guests shall to thy courts be led,

To banquet on thy love's repast;
And drink, as from the fountain head,

Of joys that shall for ever last.
5 Then let thy saints thy favour gain,

To upright hearts thy truth display ; With thee, the springs of life remain, Thy presence is eternal day. .

PSALM XXXVI. C. M.

The way of the righteous known to God. 1 To thee, O God ! my days are known;

My soul enjoys the thought; My actions are before thy face,

Nor are my wants forgot.
2 Each secret wish devotion breathes,

Is vocal to thine year;
My vacant hours, my active scenes,

Before thine eye appear.
3 Each well-spent moment of my life

Thy mercy will approve;
And every pang of sympathy,

And every care of love.

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