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Psalm 21


 [Recommended tunes: v 1-7 Stockton, Arnold; v 8-13 Wigtown, St Anne]


To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.


1The king in thy great strength, O Lord,

shall very joyful be:

In thy salvation rejoice

how veh'mently shall he!

2Thou hast bestowed upon him

all that his heart would have;

And thou from him didst not withhold

whate'er his lips did crave.


3For thou with blessings him prevent'st

of goodness manifold;

And thou hast set upon his head

a crown of purest gold.

4When he desired life of thee,

thou life to him didst give;

Ev'n such a length of days, that he

for evermore should live.


5In that salvation wrought by thee

his glory is made great;

Honour and comely majesty

thou hast upon him set.

6Because that thou for evermore

most blessed hast him made;

And thou hast with thy countenance

made him exceeding glad.


7Because the king upon the Lord

his confidence doth lay;

And through the grace of the most High

shall not be mov'd away.

8Thine hand shall all those men find out

that en'mies are to thee;

Ev'n thy right hand shall find out those

of thee that haters be.


9Like fiery ov'n thou shalt them make,

when kindled is thine ire;

God shall them swallow in his wrath,

devour them shall the fire.

10Their fruit from earth thou shalt destroy,

their seed men from among:

11For they beyond their might 'gainst thee

did plot mischief and wrong.


12Thou therefore shalt make them turn back,

when thou thy shafts shalt place

Upon thy strings, made ready all

to fly against their face.

13In thy great pow'r and strength, O Lord,

be thou exalted high;

So shall we sing with joyful hearts,

thy power praise shall we.



The Psalms in Metre