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Psalm 44


[Recommended tunes: v 1-8 Southwark, Lancaster, Old 44th; v 9-26 St Neot, Caroline]



To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.


1O God, we with our ears have heard,

our fathers have us told,

What works thou in their days hadst done,

ev'n in the days of old.

2Thy hand did drive the heathen out,

and plant them in their place;

Thou didst afflict the nations,

but them thou didst increase.


3For neither got their sword the land,

nor did their arm them save;

But thy right hand, arm, countenance;

for thou them favour gave.

4Thou art my King: for Jacob, Lord,

deliv'rances command.

5Through thee we shall push down our foes,

that do against us stand:


We, through thy name, shall tread down those

that ris'n against us have.

6For in my bow I shall not trust,

nor shall my sword me save.

7But from our foes thou hast us sav'd,

our haters put to shame.

8In God we all the day do boast,

and ever praise thy name.


9But now we are cast off by thee,

and us thou putt'st to shame;

And when our armies do go forth,

thou go'st not with the same.

10Thou mak'st us from the enemy,

faint-hearted, to turn back;

And they who hate us for themselves

our spoils away do take.


11Like sheep for meat thou gavest us;

'mong heathen cast we be.

12Thou didst for nought thy people sell;

their price enrich'd not thee.

13Thou mak'st us a reproach to be

unto our neighbours near;

Derision and a scorn to them

that round about us are.


14A by-word also thou dost us

among the heathen make;

The people, in contempt and spite,

at us their heads do shake.

15Before me my confusion

continually abides;

And of my bashful countenance

the shame me ever hides:


16For voice of him that doth reproach,

and speaketh blasphemy;

By reason of th' avenging foe,

and cruel enemy.

17All this is come on us, yet we

have not forgotten thee;

Nor falsely in thy covenant

behav'd ourselves have we.


18Back from thy way our heart not turn'd;

our steps no straying made;

19Though us thou brak'st in dragons' place,

and cover'dst with death's shade.

20If we God's name forgot, or stretch'd

to a strange god our hands,

21Shall not God search this out? for he

heart's secrets understands.


22Yea, for thy sake we're kill'd all day,

counted as slaughter-sheep.

23Rise, Lord, cast us not ever off;

awake, why dost thou sleep?

24O wherefore hidest thou thy face?

forgett'st our cause distress'd,

25And our oppression? For our soul

is to the dust down press'd:


Our belly also on the earth

fast cleaving, hold doth take.

26Rise for our help, and us redeem,

ev'n for thy mercies' sake.



The Psalms in Metre