Psalm 116

Words: The Bay Psalm Book

This psalm is just a bit too long to sing as a single song. The Bay Psalm Book
broke the Psalm after verse 9, which we have maintained.

Music:       "Constance," Arthur Seymour Sullivan, 1875

 1  I Love the Lord, because he doth
       my voice and prayer hear.
 2  and in my days will call, because
       he bowed to me his ear.
 3  The pangs of death on ev'ry side
       about beset me round:
    the pains of hell's gate hold on me
       distress and grief I found.

 4  Upon Jehovah's Name therefore
       I call-ed, and did say
    deliver thou my soule, O Lord,
       I do thee humbly pray.
 5  Gracious the Lord and just, our God
       is merciful also
 6  The Lord the simple keeps: and he
       saved me when I was low.

 7  O thou my soul do thou return
       unto thy quiet rest:
    because the Lord to thee himself
       hath bounteously expressed.
 8  For thou hast freed my soul from death,
       mine eyes from tears, from fall
 9  my feet. Before the Lord i'th land
       of living walk I shall.


"York," From the 9th edition of the Bay Psalm Book (1698), the first to contain music.
It is in 2-part harmony. The slow tempo is typical of the way they sang at that time.
(If your computer has sound but the music is not playing, click here.)

10  I did believe, therefore I spake:
       afflicted much was I.
11  That every man a liar is
       I did say hastily. 

12  What shall I render to the Lord,
       to me for's benefits all.
13  I'll take the cup of saving health
       and on the Lord's Name call. 

14  In preference now of all his folk,
       I'll pay the Lord my vows.
15  Of his Saints, in Jehovah's sight
       the death is precious.

16  I am thy servant, truly Lord
       thine own servant am I:
    I am the son of thy hand-maid,
       my bands thou didst untie.

17  Of thanksgiving the sacrifice
       offer to thee I will:
    Jehovah's name I earnestly
       will call upon it still.

18  Unto Jehovah I will pay
       the vows were made by me,
    now in the presence of all them
       that his own people be.

19  Within the courts of the Lord's house,
       ev'n in the midst of thee
    O thou city Jerusalem:
       O praise Jehovah ye. 

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