tunes: Grafenberg, Stracathro, Spohr]
the chief Musician, upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.
1Give ear unto my words, O Lord
my meditation weigh.
2Hear my loud cry, my King, my God;
for I to thee will pray.
3Lord, thou shalt early hear my
I early will direct
pray'r to thee; and, looking up,
an answer will expect.
4For thou art not a God that doth
in wickedness delight;
shall evil dwell with thee,
fools stand in thy sight.
that ill-doers are thou hat'st;
off that liars be:
bloody and deceitful man
abhorred is by thee.
7But I into thy house will come
in thine abundant grace;
I will worship in thy fear
toward thy holy place.
8Because of those mine enemies,
Lord, in thy righteousness
thou me lead; do thou thy way
make straight before my face.
9For in their mouth there is no
their inward part is ill;
throat’s an open sepulchre,
their tongue doth flatter still.
10O God, destroy them; let them be
by their own counsel quell’d:
for their many sins cast out,
for they ’gainst thee rebell’d.
11But let all joy that trust in thee,
and still make shouting noise;
them thou sav’st: let all that love
thy name in thee rejoice.
12For, Lord, unto the righteous man
thou wilt thy blessing yield:
favour thou wilt compass him
about, as with a shield.
The Psalms in Metre