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A Commentary On The Psalms From Primitive and Mediæval Writers Volumes 1 To 4 by Rev. J.M. Neale D.D.

Visit, O LORD, this Vine, which Thou hast brought out of the Egypt of troubles with Thy strong right hand;* that quickened by the light of Thy countenance, it may be glad with the plenteousness of good fruits in Thee. Through. (1.)

Almighty GOD, Who hast sent Thine Only-begotten SON,* and hast revealed Him as Creator of all things, look upon this Vine, which Thy right hand hath planted, prune away the thorns from it, bring forth its branches in might, and give them the fruit of truth. (2.)

O GOD, Who hast rooted up the thorns of superstition, and set plants in Thy Church with the deep root of faith, hearken to the prayer of Thy servants; look down from heaven, behold, and visit this Vine, and grant that it, which received increase in the bud by Thy planting, may receive fruit in abundance by Thy watering. Through. (11.)

Hear, O LORD,* Who rudest Israel, Thou Who leadest Joseph like a sheep,* apply the guidance of a shepherd and the help of a protector, turn us, and show Thy countenance, and we shall be whole, Thou Who, though Most High, beholdest the lowly, and mercifully hearest the prayer of them which call on Thee. Through Thy mercy. (11.)

Come, O LORD most merciful,* come; and vouchsafe freedom to the oppressed; stir up Thy strength, and possess the people Thou hast gained, direct that vine which Thou hast planted by the Man of Thy right hand; and hear, as our Advocate, the Son of Man Whom Thou madest so strong for Thyself, that the bread of tears may have measure in its scourges, and the drink of our compunction may not reduce in strength, but nourish our souls. Through Thy mercy. (11.)

O LORD of Hosts,* receive in mercy, not in anger, the prayers of Thy servants, and vouchsafe to show us how we ought to pray; strengthen them with eternal food whom the bread of tears troubles, and let our eyes shed rivers of tears with such piteous weeping, that they may turn the abundance of Thy mercies upon the sins we have committed, so that we who tremble in dust at the coming of our Redeemer, may look, when He comes, on His glorious countenance in the most peaceful aspect. (11.)

Come and deliver us,* O LORD GOD of hosts; turn us, and show us Thy countenance, and we shall be whole, that we, purified by Thy gift of worthy repentance, may stand by Thee at Thy judgment. (11.)

Stir up Thy strength,* O LORD GOD, and come to deliver us, that we, who are overborne by the whirlwinds of temptation may be uplifted by Thy mighty help. Let not the legions of the enemies prevail against us who are sheltered by Thy majesty, but evermore grant us assistance, and inflict punishment on our foes. (11.)

Hear,* Thou Who rulest Israel, Who leadest Joseph like a sheep, stir up Thy strength, and save them for whom Thou earnest to be born on earth. Thou Who hast vouchsafed to gain the multitude of the Gentiles by stretching forth to them the worship of faith, deliver by the swift act of Thy lovingkindness the souls of unbelievers from the pit of false doctrine, and bring them to Thyself to please Thee and trust in Thee. Through. (11.)

Turn us,* O LORD GOD of hosts, show us Thy countenance, and we shall be whole; Him Who is Thine Image, Him Who is Thy Face, Who. is the Light of Thy countenance, in Whom Thou dwellest, and Who dwelleth in Thee, that He may vouchsafe to glide into our cleansed souls, show us Himself as the SAVIOUR of the world, and save us by His sacred glance. To Him be glory and power with Thee and the HOLY GHOST, now and for ages of ages. Amen.

O GOD, (D. C.) the FATHER of might, graciously vouchsafe to be the Leader in the right way before the people, redeemed with the Blood of Thy SON, that, planted by Thee with the strong root of Christian profession, it may fill the Land of Eternal promise. Through the same. (2.)








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