Psalm 2

Words: The Bay Psalm Book

Common Metre Tunes

   1  Why rage the heathen furiously?
         Muse vain things people do
   2  Kings of the earth do set themselves,
         Princes consult also;
      with one consent against the Lord
         and his anointed one.
   3  Let us asunder break their bands,
         their cords be from us thrown.
   4  Who sits in heav'n shall laugh, the lord
         will mock them; then will he
   5  Speak to them in his ire, and wrath;
         and vex them suddenly.
   6  But I anointed have my King
         upon my holy hill
   7  of Zion: the establish-ed
         counsel declare I will.
      God spake to me, thou art my Son:
         this day I thee begot.
   8  Ask thou of me, and I will give
         the Heathen for thy lot:
      and of the earth thou shalt possess
         the utmost coasts abroad.
   9  Thou shalt them break as Potters sherds
         and crush with iron rod.
  10  And now ye kings be wise, be learned
         ye judges of th'earth hear.
  11  Serve ye the lord with reverence,
         rejoice in him with fear.
  12  Kiss ye the son, lest he be wroth,
         and ye fall in the way
      when his wrath quickly burns, O blessed
         are all that on him stay.

Note: we're not quite sure how this is intended to be sung. It is in Common Metre, but in several places there is no logical place to put a verse break.  We have left it as it is in the Bay Psalm Book, as one continuous verse.

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