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In pursuance of a resolution of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopas Church in the United States of America, we, the subscribers, a Committee authorized for the purpose, do hereby set forth this Selection of Psalms.
New York, April 6, 1833. I HEREBY certify, that this edition of "Psalms in Metre has been compared with, and corrected by, the edition set forth by the Committee of the General Convention,
BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK,
Bishop of the Diocese of New York.
"By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church ir the United States of America, in Convention, this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two; this book of Psalms in Metre, selected from the Psalms of David, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after ermons, at the discretion of the minister.
"And it shall be the duty of every minister of any church, either by standing direc. tions, or from time to time, to appoint the portions of Psalms which are to be sung.”
"And further, it shall be the duty of every minister, with such assistance as he can obtain froin persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung at any time in his Church ; and especially, it shall be his duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance, by wbich vain and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary."
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FROM THE PSALMS OF DAVID.
PSALM 1. C. M.
From the i. Psalm of David.
By ill advice to walk,
Where men profanely talk;
His business and delight;
And meditates by night.
With timely fruit does bend,
All his designs attend.
No lasting root shall find ;
Like chaff before the wind.
Before their Judge's face:
Among the saints have place.
To happiness they tend :
PSALM 2. C. M.
From the ii. Psalm of David.
« The King that I ordain,
Shall there securely reign.” 2 Attend, 0 earth, whilst I declare
God's uncontroll’d decree : “ Thou art my Son; this day, my heir,
Have I begotten thee. 3 “Ask, and receive thy full demands;
Thine shall the Heathen be ; The utmost limit of the lands
Shall be possess'd by thee."
1 THOU, gracious God, art my defence;
On thee my hopes rely :
Lift up my head on high,
To God I made my prayer,
Why should I now despair ? 3 Guarded by him I lay me down
My sweet repose to take ;
Through him in safety wake. 4 Salvation to the LORD belongs ;
He only can defend :
That on his power depend.
CONSIDER that the righteous man
Is God's peculiar choice;
He always hears my voice. 2 Then stand in awe of his commands,
Flee every thing that 's ill, Commune in private with your hearts,
And bend them to his will. 3 The sacrifice of righteousness
Present to God on high;
On him alone rely. 4 While worldly minds impatient grow
More prosperous times to see ;
Shine brightly, LORD, on me.