April 1648. J. M.


Nine of the Psalms done into Metre, wherein all but what is in a different Character, are the very words of the text, translated from the Original.

PSAL. LXXX.

Thou Shepherd that dost Israel keep
Give ear in time of need,
Who leadest like a flock of sheep
Thy loved Josephs seed,
That sitt'st between the Cherubs bright [ 5 ]
Between their wings out-spread
Shine forth, and from thy cloud give light,
And on our foes thy dread

2 In Ephraims view and Benjamins,
And in Manasse's sight [ 10 ]
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, [ 15 ]
And then we shall be safe.

4 Lord God of Hosts, how long wilt thou,
How long wilt thou declare
Thy * smoaking wrath, and angry brow
Against thy peoples praire. [ 20 ]

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 mak'st us and a prey [ 25 ]
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 [ 30 ]
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe.

8 A Vine from Ægypt thou hast brought,
Thy free love made it thine,
And drov'st out Nations proud and haut [ 35 ]
To plant this lovely Vine.

9 Thou did'st prepare for it a place
And root it deep and fast,
That it began to grow apace,
And fill'd the land at last. [ 40 ]

10 With her green shade that cover'd all,
The Hills were over-spread,
Her Bows as high as Cedars tall
Advanc'd their lofty head.

11 Her branches on the western side [ 45 ]
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 brok'n down her Fence, [ 50 ]
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 brouze, and make their food [ 55 ]
Her Grapes and tender Shoots.

14 Return now, God of Hosts, look down
From Heav'n, thy Seat divine,
Behold us, but without a frown,
And visit this thy Vine. [ 60 ]

15 Visit this Vine which thy right hand
Hath set and planted long,
And the young branch, that for thy self
Thou hast made firm and strong.

16 But now it is consum'd with fire, [ 65 ]
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, [ 70 ]
Upon the Son of Man, whom thou
Strong for thy self hast made.

18 So shall we not go back from thee
To wayes of sin and shame,
Quick'n us thou, then gladly wee [ 75 ]
Shall call upon thy Name.
Return us, and thy grace divine
Lord God of Hosts voutsafe,
Cause thou thy face on us to shine,
And then we shall be safe. [ 80 ]