Psalm 86

Words: John Milton.
One of nine Psalms done into metre by John Milton during April, 1648.

Words in brackets are words that are different from the text of the Psalm as it was in Milton's Bible. We have left the spelling as we found it, a mixture of modern and ancient.


   1  Thy [Gracious] ear, O Lord, encline,
         O hear me [I thee pray,]
      For I am poor, and almost pine
         With need, [and sad decay.]
   2  Preserve my soul, for I have trod
         Thy waies, and love the just,
      Save thou thy servant O my God
         Who [still] in thee doth trust.
   3  Pitty me Lord for daily the
         I call; 4 O make rejoyce
      Thy Servants Soul; for Lord to the
         I lift my soul [and voice,]
   5  For thou art good, thou Lord art prone
         To pardon, thou to all
      Art full of mercy, thou [alone]
         To them that on thee call.
   6  Unto my supplication Lord
         Give ear, and to the crie
      Of my [incessant] praiers afford
         Thy hearing graciously.
   7  I in the day of my distres
         Will call on thee [for aid;]
      For thou wilt [grant] me [free access]
         [And] answer, [what I pray'd.]
   8  Like thee among the gods is none
         O Lord, nor any works
      [Of all that other Gods have done]
         Like to thy [glorious] works.
   9  The Nations all whom thou hast made
         Shall come, [and all shall frame]
      To bow them low before thee Lord,
         And glorifie thy name.
  10  For great thou art, and wonders great
         By thy strong hand are done,
      Thou [in thy everlasting Seat]
         Remainest God alone.
  11  Teach me O Lord thy way [most right,]
         I in thy truth will bide,
      To fear thy name my heart unite
         [So shall it never slide.]
  12  Thee will I praise O Lord my God
         [Thee honour, and adore]
      With my whole heart, and blaze abroad
         Thy name for ever more.
  13  For great thy mercy is toward me,
         And thou hast free'd my Soul
      Eev'n from the lowest Hell set free
         [From deepest darkness foul.]
  14  O God the proud against me rise
         And violent men are met
      To seek my life, and in their eyes
         No fear of thee have set.
  15  But thou Lord art the God most mild
         Readiest thy grace to shew,
      Slow to be angry, and [art stil'd]
         Most mercifull, most true.
  16  O turn to me [thy face at length,]
         And me have mercy on,
      Unto thy servant give thy strength,
         And save thy hand-maids Son.
  17  Some sign of good to me afford,
         And let my foes [then] see
      And be asham'd, because then Lord
         Do'st help and comfort me.

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