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WINCHESTER OLD | Same-Tune Hymns | Bible Passage
Based on Christopher Tye, 1553
In Este's Psalter, 1592
1 GOD'S mercies I will ever sing;
And with my mouth I shall
Thy faithfulness make to be known
To generations all.
2 For mercy shah be built, said I,
For ever to endure;
Thy faithfulness even in the heavens
Thou wilt establish sure.
3 I with my chosen One have made
A covenant graciously;
And to my servant whom I loved,
To David sworn have I;
4 That I thy seed establish shall
For ever to remain,
And will to generations all
Thy throne build and maintain.
5 The praises of thy wonders, Lord,
The heavens shall express;
The assembly of the holy ones
Shall praise thy faithfulness.
6 For who in heaven with the Lord
May once himself compare?
Who is like God among the sons
Of those that mighty are?
7 Great fear in meeting of the saints
Is due unto the Lord;
And he above all round him should
With reverence be adored.
8 O Lord, the God of hosts, who can
To thee compared be?
The mighty One, the Lord, whose truth
Doth round encompass thee.
9 Even in the swelling of the sea
Thou over it dost reign;
And when the waves thereof do rise,
Thou stillest them again.
10 Rahab in pieces thou didst break,
Like one that slaughtered is;
And with thy mighty arm thou hast
Dispersed thine enemies.
11 The heavens are thine, thou for thine own
The earth dost also take;
The world, and fulness of the same,
Thou by thy power didst make.
12 The north and south from thee alone
Their first beginning had;
Both Tabor mount and Hermon hill
Shall in thy name be glad.
13 Thou hast an arm that's full of power;
Thy hand is great in might;
And thy right hand exceedingly
Exalted is in height.
14 Justice and judgment of thy throne
Are made the dwelling-place;
Mercy, accompanied with truth,
Shall go before thy face.
15 O greatly blessed the people are
The joyful sound that know;
In brightness of thy face, O Lord,
They ever on shall go.
16 They in thy name shall all the day
And in thy righteousness shall they
Exalted be on high.
17 Because the glory of their strength
Doth only stand in thee;
And in thy favour shall our horn
And power exalted be.
18 For to the Lord belongs our shield,
That doth us safety bring;
And unto Israel's Holy One
The man that is our king.
19 In vision to thy holy one
Thou saidst, I help upon
A strong one laid; out of the folk
I raised a chosen one;
20 Even David, I have found him out
A servant unto me;
And with my holy oil my King
Anointed him to be.
21 With whom my hand shall stablished be;
Mine arm shall make him strong.
22 From him the foe shall not exact,
Nor son of mischief wrong.
23 I will beat down before his face
All his malicious foes;
I will them greatly plague who do
With hatred him oppose.
24 My mercy and my faithfulness
With him yet still shall be;
And in my name his horn and power
Men shall exalted see.
25 His hand of might shall reach afar,
I'll set it in the sea;
And his right hand established
Shall in the rivers be.
26 Thou art my Father and my God,
He unto me shall cry;
The rock of my salvation thou
On whom I do rely.
27 I'll make him my first-born, more high
Than kings of any land.
28 My love I'll ever keep for him,
My covenant fast shall stand.
29 His seed I by my power will make
For ever to endure;
And, as the days of heaven, his throne
Shall stable be and sure.
30 But if his children shall forsake
My laws, and go astray,
And in my judgments shall not walk,
But wander from the way:
31 If they my statutes do profane,
My laws do not respect;
32 I'll visit then their faults with rods,
Their sins with stripes correct.
33 Yet I'll not take my love from him,
Nor false my promise make.
34 My covenant I'll not break, nor change
What with my mouth I spake.
35 Once by my holiness I sware,
To David I'll not lie;
36 His seed and throne shall, as the sun,
Before me last for aye.
37 Like to the moon established
It shall for ever be:
The witness which is in the heaven
Doth witness faithfully.
38 But, wroth with thine anointed, thou
Renounced and loathed him hast;
39 His covenant made void, his crown
To earth profaned cast.
40 His hedges all hast broken down,
His strong-holds down hast torn.
41 He is a spoil to passers-by,
To neighbours all a scorn.
42 Thou hast set up his foes' right hand;
Made all his enemies glad:
43 Turned his sword's edge, and him to stand
In battle hast not made.
44 His glory thou hast made to cease,
His throne to earth down cast;
45 Thou shortened hast his days of youth,
With shame him covered hast.
46 How long, Lord, wilt thou hide thyself?
For ever, in thine ire?
And shall thine indignation hot
Burn like unto a fire?
47 Remember, Lord, how short a time
I shall on earth remain:
O wherefore is it so that thou
Hast made all men in vain?
48 What man is he that liveth here,
And death shall never see?
Or from the power of the grave
What man his soul shall free?
49 Thy former loving-kindnesses,
O Lord, where be they now?
Those which in truth and faithfulness
To David sworn hast thou?
50 Mind, Lord, thy servants' sad reproach:
I in my bosom bear
The scornings of the people all,
Who strong and mighty are:
51 And that thine enemies, O Lord,
Have cast reproach upon,
Have cast reproach upon the steps
Of thine anointed one.
52 All blessing to the Lord our God
Let be ascribed then:
For evermore so let it be.
Amen, yea, and amen.
OTHER HYMNS with the SAME TUNE:
Psalm 8 - 1st Version · HOW excellent in all the earth,
While Shepherds Watched Nahum Tate, 1652-1715
1 ¬∂ I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
5 ¬∂ And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
12 The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.
13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
15 ¬∂ Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
19 ¬∂ Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
38 ¬∂ But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.
41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.
42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
52 Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.