tunes: St Mary, Ballerma]
the chief Musician, even to Jeduthan, A Psalm of David.
1I said, I will look to my ways,
lest with my tongue I sin:
sight of wicked men my mouth
with bridle I'll keep in.
2With silence I as dumb became,
I did myself restrain
speaking good; but then the more
increased was my pain.
3My heart within me waxed hot;
and, while I musing was,
fire did burn; and from my tongue
these words I did let pass:
4Mine end, and measure of my days,
O Lord, unto me show
is the same; that I thereby
my frailty well may know.
5Lo, thou my days an handbreadth mad'st;
mine age is in thine eye
nothing: sure each man at best
is wholly vanity.
6Sure each man walks in a vain show;
they vex themselves in vain:
heaps up wealth, and doth not know
to whom it shall pertain.
7And now, O Lord, what wait I for?
my hope is fix'd on thee.
8Free me from all my trespasses,
the fool's scorn make not me.
9Dumb was I, op'ning not my mouth,
because this work was thine.
10Thy stroke take from me; by the blow
of thine hand I do pine.
11When with rebukes thou dost correct
man for iniquity,
wastes his beauty like a moth:
sure each man's vanity.
12Attend my cry, Lord, at my tears
and pray'rs not silent be:
sojourn as my fathers all,
and stranger am with thee.
13O spare thou me, that I my strength
recover may again,
from hence I do depart,
and here no more remain.
The Psalms in Metre