In pursuance of a resolution of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopa Church in the United States of America, we, the subscribers, a Committee authorized for the purpose, do hereby set forth this Selection of Psalms.


Philadelphia, Dec
mber 27th,


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.


Bishop of the Diocese of Nero - 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 Psalı8 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 Sermons, at the discretion of the minister.

" And it shall be the duty of every minister of any church, either by standing directions, 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 which rain and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary."

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PSALM 1. C. M.

From the i. Psalm of David.
1 HOW blest is he, who ne'er consents

By ill advice to walk,
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits

Where men profanely talk;
2 But makes the perfect law of God

His business and delight;
Devoutly reads therein by day,

And meditates by night.
3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams,

With timely fruit does bend,
He still shall flourish, and success

All his designs attend.
4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,

No lasting root shall find ;
Untimely blasted and dispersed

Like chaff before the wind.
5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb

Before their Judge's face:
No formal hypocrite shall then

Among the saints have place.
6 For God approves the just man's ways;

To happiness they tend :
But sinners, and the paths they tread,
Shall both in ruin end.

PSALM 2. C. M.

From the ii. Psalm of David.
I THUS God declares his sovereign will :

« The King that I ordain,
Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill,

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."

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1 THOU, gracious God, art my defence;

On thee my hopes rely :
Thou art my glory, and shalt yet

Lift up my head on high,
2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress,

To God I made my prayer,
He heard me from his holy hill ;

Why should I now despair ? 3 Guarded by him I lay me down

My sweet repose to take ;
For I through him securely sleep,

Through him in safety wake. 4 Salvation to the LORD belongs ;

He only can defend :
His blessings he extends to all

That on his power depend.

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CONSIDER that the righteous man

Is God's peculiar choice;
And when to him I make my prayer,

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;
And let your hope, securely fix'd,

On him alone rely. 4 While worldly minds impatient grow

More prosperous times to see ;
Still let the glories of thy face

Shine brightly, LORD, on me.

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