SONG 67 (ST. MATTHIAS) | Bible Passage
Melody from Prys's Llyfry Psalmau, 1621 (rhythm altered) Bass by ORLANDO GIBBONS, 1583-1625
1 SHOW mercy, Lord, to me, for man
Would swallow me outright;
He me oppresseth, while he doth
All day against me fight.
2 All day they would me swallow up
Who hate me spitefully;
For they be many that do fight
Against me, O Most High.
3 When I'm afraid I'll trust in thee:
4 In God I'll praise his word;
I will not fear what flesh can do,
My trust is in the Lord.
5 All day they wrest my words; their thoughts
'Gainst me are all for ill.
6 They meet, they lurk, they mark my steps,
Waiting my soul to kill.
7 But shall they by iniquity
Escape thy judgments so?
O God, with indignation down
Do thou the people throw.
8 Thou tellest all my wanderings,
Not one dost overlook;
Into thy bottle put my tears:
Are they not in thy book?
9 My foes shall, when I cry, turn back;
I know God is for me.
10 In God his word I'll praise; his word
In God shall praised be.
11 In God I trust; I will not fear
What man can do to me.
12 Thy vows upon me are, O God:
I'll render thanks to thee.
13 Thou, who from death didst save my soul,
My feet from falling free,
To walk before God in the light
Of those that living be.
1 ¬∂ Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8 ¬∂ Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?