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2 In tender grass he makes me feed,
And gently there repose;
Refreshing water flows.
3 He does my wandering feet reclaim,
And to his endless praise,
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,
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,
3 Though I should journey through the plains
4 Thine ever-watching providence
Is my support and my defence;
And in thy favour, fully blessed.
Shall be devoted to thy praise;
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
4 Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful
above; I seek by the path which my forefathers Through the land of their sojourn—thy
kingdom of love.
PSALM XXXIV. C.M.
Encouragement to trust and love God. 1 Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
2 The hosts of God encamp around
The dwellings of the just;
Who make his name their trust. 3 O make but trial of his love!
Experience will decide,
Who in his truth confide.
4 Fear him, ye saints ! and you will then
Have nothing else to fear:
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;
Of joys that shall for ever last.
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.
Is vocal to thine year;
Before thine eye appear.
Thy mercy will approve;
And every care of love.