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Psalm 72


[Recommended tunes: v 1-16 St Lawrence, Praetorius, St Ethelreda, 
Petersham; v 17-19 Effingham]


A Psalm for Solomon.


1O Lord, thy judgments give the king,

his son thy righteousness.

2With right he shall thy people judge,

thy poor with uprightness.

3The lofty mountains shall bring forth

unto the people peace;

Likewise the little hills the same

shall do by righteousness.


4The people's poor ones he shall judge,

the needy's children save;

And those shall he in pieces break

who them oppressed have.

5They shall thee fear, while sun and moon

do last, through ages all.

6Like rain on mown grass he shall drop,

or show'rs on earth that fall.


7The just shall flourish in his days,

and prosper in his reign:

He shall, while doth the moon endure,

abundant peace maintain.

8His large and great dominion shall

from sea to sea extend:

It from the river shall reach forth

unto earth's utmost end.


9They in the wilderness that dwell

bow down before him must;

And they that are his enemies

shall lick the very dust.

10The kings of Tarshish, and the isles,

to him shall presents bring;

And unto him shall offer gifts

Sheba 's and Seba's king.


11Yea, all the mighty kings on earth

before him down shall fall;

And all the nations of the world

do service to him shall.

12For he the needy shall preserve,

when he to him doth call;

The poor also, and him that hath

no help of man at all.


13The poor man and the indigent

in mercy he shall spare;

He shall preserve alive the souls

of those that needy are.

14Both from deceit and violence

their soul he shall set free;

And in his sight right precious

and dear their blood shall be.


15Yea, he shall live, and giv'n to him

shall be of Sheba's gold:

For him still shall they pray, and he

shall daily be extoll'd.

16Of corn an handful in the earth

on tops of mountains high,

With prosp'rous fruit shall shake, like trees

on Lebanon that be.


The city shall be flourishing,

her citizens abound

In number shall, like to the grass

that grows upon the ground.

17His name for ever shall endure;

last like the sun it shall:

Men shall be bless'd in him, and bless'd

all nations shall him call.


18Now blessed be the Lord our God,

the God of Israel ,

For he alone doth wondrous works,

in glory that excel.

19And blessed be his glorious name

to all eternity:

The whole earth let his glory fill.

Amen, so let it be.


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