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PSALM 2, by            
First Line: Why rage the heathen? Wherefore swell
Last Line: Under the shelter of his wing.


WHY rage the heathen? wherefore swell
The people with vain thoughts? why meet
Their kings in counsel to rebel
'Gainst God and Christ, trampling His sweet
But broken bonds under their feet?

Alas! the glorious God that hath
His throne in heaven, derides the unsound
Plots of weak mortals: in His wrath
Thus shall He speak: "Myself have crown'd
The monarch of my holy ground."

I will declare what God hath told:
"Thou art My Son; this happy day
Did Thy incarnate birth unfold:
Ask, and the heathen shall obey,
With the remotest earth, Thy sway."

Thy rod of iron shall, if kings rise
Against Thee, bruise them into dust,
Like pots of clay: therefore be wise,
Ye Princes, and learn judgments just;
Serve God with fear; tremble, yet trust.

Kiss and do homage to the Son,
Lest His displeasure ruin bring:
For if that fire be but begun,
Then happy those that themselves fling
Under the shelter of His wing.





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