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PSALM 4. CUM INVOCAREM, by            
First Line: Hear me, o hear me when I call
Last Line: I dwell, laid up in safest nest.

Hear me, O hear me when I call,
O God, God of my equity,
Thou set'st me free, when I was thrall,
Have mercy therefore still on me,
And hearken how I pray to Thee.

O men, whose fathers were but men,
Till when will ye my honor high
Stain with your blasphemies? Till when
Such pleasure take in vanity,
And only hunt, where lies do lie?

Yet know this too, that God did take
When He chose me a godly one.
Such one, I say, that when I make
My crying plaints to Him alone,
He will give good ear to my moan.

O tremble then with awful will;
Sin from all rule in your depose,
Talk with your hearts, and yet be still;
And when your chamber you do close,
Yourselves yet to yourselves disclose.

The sacrifices sacrify
Of just desires, on justice staid,
Trust in that Lord that cannot lie.
Indeed full many folks have said,
From whence shall come to us such aid?

But, Lord, lift Thou upon our sight
The shining clearness of Thy face,
Where I have found more heart's delight
Than they whose store in harvest space
Of grain and wine fills storing place.

So I in peace and peaceful bliss
Will lay me down, and take my rest.
For it is Thou Lord, Thou it is,
By power of whose only breast
I dwell, laid up in safest nest.

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