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sacraments, are bound to praise him, who now “alteth” them from sin to righteousness, and will hereafter exalt them from dust to glory. Since few of my readers may, perhaps, have met
, with a paraphrase on the foregoing Psalm, that has hitherto, I believe, only made its appearance in a periodical publication or two, I shall take the liberty to subjoin it, as a piece, which cannot but be acceptable to all true lovers of sacred poetry. It was written, as I have been lately informed, by the learned and ingenious Dr. OGILVIE, at sixteen years of age.
BEG IN, my soul, th' exalted lay,
And praise the Almighty's name.
Ye scenes divinely fair;
And breath'd the fluid air.
Ye angels, catch the thrilling sound;
His boundless mercy sing;
The mighty chorus aid: Soon as grey evening gilds the plain, Thou, moon, protract the melting strain,
And praise him in the shade.
Thou heaven of heavens, his vast abode ; Ye clouds, proclaim your forming God,
Who call’d yon worlds from night : “ Ye shades, dispel!”—th' Eternal said; At once th' involving darkness fled, And nature sprung to light.
United praise bestow :
Ye swelling deeps below.
And breathe it to the soul,
Your great Creator own:
And trembled at his frown.
Ye flocks that haunt the humble vale,
In mutual concourse rise ;
In incense to the skies.
Harmonious anthems raise
And tun'd your voice to praise. .
Let man, by nobler passions sway'd,
Ye whom the charms of grandeur please,
Fall prostrate at his throne;
Ye princes, rulers, all adore;
Praise him, ye kings, who makes your pow'r
Ye fair, by nature form'd to move,
The children of Zion are excited, 1-3. to rejoice, and sing the praises of their King, on account,
4. of the salvation which he has already wrought for them, and which will hereafter be completed in them, when, 5. they shall enter into his rest, and, 6-9. triumph with him over the persecuting powers of the world, and all the opposers of Christ, on whom will then be executed the judgement written. The Jews, mistaking, as usual, the time, place, nature of Messiah's glorious kingdom, imagine this Psalm will receive its accomplishment, by their being made rulers of the nations, and lords of all things here below.
1. Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him, let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3. Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harps
Christians are now the people, to whom belong the names and characters of" saints, Israel, and "children of Zion." They "sing" this holy "song," as the Psalmist hath enjoined them to do. They sing it "new" in its evangelical sense, as new men, celebrating new victories, new and greater mercies, a spiritual salvation, an eternal redemption. They “rejoice,” with hearts, voices, instruments, and every other token of joy," in him who hath made” or created them again, in righteousness and true holiness; they are" joyful in their King," who hath himself overcome, and is now leading them on to