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Psalm 81


[Recommended tunes: v 1-7 Bishopthorpe, Old 81st; v 8-16 St Flavian, St Anne]


To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.


1Sing loud to God our strength; with joy

to Jacob's God do sing.

2Take up a psalm, the pleasant harp,

timbrel and psalt'ry bring.

3Blow trumpets at new-moon, what day

our feast appointed is:

4For charge to Isr'el, and a law

of Jacob's God was this.


5To Joseph this a testimony

he made, when Egypt land

He travell'd through, where speech I heard

I did not understand.

6His shoulder I from burdens took,

his hands from pots did free.

7Thou didst in trouble on me call,

and I deliver'd thee:


In secret place of thundering

I did thee answer make;

And at the streams of Meribah

of thee a proof did take.

8O thou, my people, give an ear,

I'll testify to thee;

To thee, O Isr'el, if thou wilt

but hearken unto me.


9In midst of thee there shall not be

any strange god at all;

Nor unto any god unknown

thou bowing down shalt fall.

10I am the Lord thy God, which did

from Egypt land thee guide;

I'll fill thy mouth abundantly,

do thou it open wide.


11But yet my people to my voice

would not attentive be;

And ev'n my chosen Israel

he would have none of me.

12So to the lust of their own hearts

I them delivered;

And then in counsels of their own

they vainly wandered.


13O that my people had me heard,

Isr'el my ways had chose!

14I had their en'mies soon subdu'd,

my hand turn'd on their foes.

15The haters of the Lord to him

submission should have feign'd;

But as for them, their time should have

for evermore remain'd.


16He should have also fed them with

the finest of the wheat;

Of honey from the rock thy fill

I should have made thee eat.


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