1. Thrice bless'd the Man, whom God forgives;
Whose Sin is cover'd with a Smile:
2. To whom the Lord imputes no Guilt;
Whose Heart is truly purg'd from Guile.
3. While silent I conceal'd my Crime,
Thro' Anguish of my troubled Breast,
My Bones grew dry, and waxed old;
I roar'd all Day, and found no Rest.
4. Thy Hand did heavy on me fall,
And Day and Night it's Strokes repeat;
My vital Moisture dried up,
As Ground is parch'd with Summer's Heat.
5. I then resolv'd no more to hide,
But own, my Sin, before the Lord;
Whose pard'ning Mercy soon stept in,
And Comfort, to my Soul restor'd.
6. For this each godly Man will pray,
In Times wherein thou may'st be found;
In mighty Waters raging Floods,
His stedfast Hopes shall ne'er be drown'd.
7. Thou art my only hiding Place,
Where I from Trouble, safe abide;
With Songs of thy Deliv'rance, thou
Shalt compass me on ev'ry Side.
8. I'll wholsome Counsel to thee give,
And teach thee how thou may'st be wise.
Aright to order all thy Walk,
I'll guide thee with my watchful Eyes.
9. O be not like the Horse, or Mule,
Which Passions, and not Reason, sway;
Whose Mouth, with Bit, and Reins, compel'd,
Our Wills are forced to obey.
10. They that encrease in Wickedness,
Their Sorrows greatly shall abound;
But him that on the Lord relies
Unnumber'd Mercies shall surround.
11. Let them be glad, in God rejoice,
Who, in his Laws, their Life employ;
Let all, who are upright in Heart,
With sacred Triumph shout for Joy.
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