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Psalm 105


[Recommended tunes: v 1-7 Petersham, Colchester, Glasgow; 
v 8-45 Tallis, Haresfield, Manchester]



1Give thanks to God, call on his name;

to men his deeds make known.

2Sing ye to him, sing psalms; proclaim

his wondrous works each one.

3See that ye in his holy name

to glory do accord;

And let the heart of ev'ry one

rejoice that seeks the Lord.


4The Lord Almighty, and his strength,

with stedfast hearts seek ye:

His blessed and his gracious face

seek ye continually.

5Think on the works that he hath done,

which admiration breed;

His wonders, and the judgments all

which from his mouth proceed;


6O ye that are of Abr'ham's race,

his servant well approv'n;

And ye that Jacob's children are,

whom he chose for his own.

7Because he, and he only, is

the mighty Lord our God;

And his most righteous judgments are

in all the earth abroad.


8His cov'nant he remember'd hath,

that it may ever stand:

To thousand generations

the word he did command.

9Which covenant he firmly made

with faithful Abraham,

And unto Isaac, by his oath,

he did renew the same:


10And unto Jacob, for a law,

he made it firm and sure,

A covenant to Israel ,

which ever should endure.

11He said, I'll give Canaan 's land

for heritage to you;

12While they were strangers there, and few,

in number very few:


13While yet they went from land to land

without a sure abode;

And while through sundry kingdoms they

did wander far abroad;

14Yet, notwithstanding suffer'd he

no man to do them wrong:

Yea, for their sakes, he did reprove

kings, who were great and strong.


15Thus did he say, Touch ye not those

that mine anointed be,

Nor do the prophets any harm

that do pertain to me.

16He call'd for famine on the land,

he brake the staff of bread:

17But yet he sent a man before,

by whom they should be fed;


Ev'n Joseph, whom unnat'rally

sell for a slave did they;

18Whose feet with fetters they did hurt,

and he in irons lay;

19Until the time that his word came

to give him liberty;

The word and purpose of the Lord

did him in prison try.


20Then sent the king, and did command

that he enlarg'd should be:

He that the people's ruler was

did send to set him free.

21A lord to rule his family

he rais'd him, as most fit;

To him of all that he possess'd

he did the charge commit:


22That he might at his pleasure bind

the princes of the land;

And he might teach his senators

wisdom to understand.

23The people then of Israel

down into Egypt came;

And Jacob also sojourned

within the land of Ham.


24And he did greatly by his pow'r

increase his people there;

And stronger than their enemies

they by his blessing were.

25Their heart he turned to envy

his folk maliciously,

With those that his own servants were

to deal in subtilty.


26His servant Moses he did send,

Aaron his chosen one.

27By these his signs and wonders great

in Ham's land were made known.

28Darkness he sent, and made it dark;

his word they did obey.

29He turn'd their waters into blood,

and he their fish did slay.


30The land in plenty brought forth frogs

in chambers of their kings.

31His word all sorts of flies and lice

in all their borders brings.

32He hail for rain, and flaming fire

into their land he sent:

33And he their vines and fig-trees smote:

trees of their coasts he rent.


34He spake, and caterpillars came,

locusts did much abound;

35Which in their land all herbs consum'd,

and all fruits of their ground.

36He smote all first-born in their land,

chief of their strength each one.

37With gold and silver brought them forth,

weak in their tribes were none.


38Egypt was glad when forth they went,

their fear on them did light.

39He spread a cloud for covering,

and fire to shine by night.

40They ask'd, and he brought quails: with bread

of heav'n he filled them.

41He open'd rocks, floods gush'd, and ran

in deserts like a stream.


42For on his holy promise he,

and servant Abr'ham, thought.

43With joy his people, his elect

with gladness, forth he brought.

44And unto them the pleasant lands

he of the heathen gave;

That of the people's labour they

inheritance might have.


45That they his statutes might observe

according to his word;

And that they might his laws obey.

Give praise unto the Lord.




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