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PSALM XCVII. Paraphrased.
HERE is in no colleЕtion of devout compositions
a greater diversity of matter than in the Psalms of David. They appear to have been pen'd while the author was under the immediate impresion of those feelings which he so admirably describes; whether of religious pensiveness, devout contemplation, admiration of God's attributes, pious joy, gratitude, and thanksgiving, arising from the various state of kis mind or temporal affairs. They are, therefore, wonderfully fitted and adapted to the case of men in general, who, at one time or other, are in some of those situations, and actuated by the same sensations : And as they are written with great fervour of Spirit, Solidity of understanding, strength of fancy, and a soul illuminated by divine inspiration, it is not to be wondered that they have so often charmed the best and greatest geniuses.--Sundry of our most celebrated English poets have employed their pens in rendering divers of those excellent pieces into verse—and there is not a sublimer and more musical poem in the compositions of Addison, than that which is wrought out of the 19th psalm.
I have thus far premised, to induce, if posibie, those youths among us, we ho have enjoyed the advantage of a
liberal education, and have leisure for literary pursuits and a taste and capacity for poetry, which some have lately evinced, to turn their talents towards such instručtive performances.--The Holy Scriptures are the true fountain from which to extraet the richest draughts of poesy, both as to dignity of matter and embellishment of figures ; witness the noble use the great Milton made of them in his marvellous poems, and though few muft expect to reach to such heights as did that prodigy of learning and genius, yet all, according to their ability, may follow his illustrious example, and if we would wish to excel and atchieve any thing great and laud. able, we mould always look to a mark superior to ourselves.
The 145th psalm, in particular, one of those paraphrased below, is a mojt beautiful picture of the Supreme Being, whom the Psalmist extols for those amiable attributes, which most of all must affeet men with joy, as subjects of God's moral government, his goodness and mercy. Such a theme needs no apology ; and as to the preent handling of it, if it jould excite others, of a similar taste, who, like the Author, may sometimes have an hour in the country unoccupied by duty, business, or friends, which they would wish rationally to employ in such like amusements, be hopes it will plead his excuse.
PSALM XCVII. PARAPHRASED,
XULT, O earth! ye nations sound his praise,
Praising transported, and in sweet accord,
PSALM CXLV. PARAPHRASE D.
10 Thee, all-bounteous Lord and King,
My muse in sweetest strains shall sing;
The world around with heav'n shall join,