Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1 O render thanks, and bless the Lord; invoke his sacred Name; Acquaint the nations with his deeds, his matchless deeds proclaim. 2 Sing to his praise, in lofty hymns his wondrous works rehearse; Make them the theme of your discourse, and subject of your verse. 3 Rejoice in his Almighty Name, alone to be adored; And let their heart o'erflow with joy that humbly seek the Lord. 4 Seek ye the Lord, his saving strength devoutly still implore; And, where he's ever present, seek his face for evermore. 5 The wonders that his hands have wrought keep thankfully in mind; The righteous statutes of his mouth, and laws to us assigned. 6 Know ye, his servant Abr'am's seed, and Jacob's chosen race; 7 He's still our God, his judgments still throughout the earth take place. 8 His cov'nant he hath kept in mind for num'rous ages past; Which yet for thousand ages more in equal force shall last. 9 First signed to Abr'am, next by oath to Isaac made secure; 10 To Jacob and his heirs a law for ever to endure. 11 That Canaan's land should be their lot, when yet but few they were; 12 But few in number, and those few all friendless strangers there. 13 In pilgrimage from realm to realm securely they removed; 14 Whilst proudest monarchs for their sakes severely he reproved. 15 "These mine anointed are, (Said he,) let none my servants wrong;" "Nor treat the poorest prophet ill, that does to me belong." 16 A dearth at last, by his command, did through the land prevail; Till corn, the chief support of life, sustaining corn did fail. 17 But his indulgent providence had pious Joseph sent, Sold into Egypt, but their death who sold him to prevent. 18 His feet with heavy chains were crushed, with calumny his fame; 19 Till God's appointed time and word to his deliv'rance came. 20 The king his sov'reign orders sent, and rescued him with speed; Whom private malice had confined, the people's ruler freed. 21 His court, revenues, realm, were all subjected to his will; 22 His greatest princes to control, and teach his statesmen skill, The Second Part. 23 To Egypt then, invited guests, half-famished Israel came; And Jacob held, by royal grant, the fertile soil of Ham. 24 Th' Almighty there with such increasd his people multiplied, Till with their proud oppressors they in strength and number vied. 25 Their vast increase th' Egyptians' hearts with jealous anger fired, Till they his servants to destroy by treach'rous arts conspired. 26 His servant Moses then he sent, his chosen Aaron too; 27 Empow'red with signs and miracles to prove their mission true. 28 He called for darkness, darkness came; nature his summons knew; 29 Each stream and lake, transformed to blood, the wand'ring fishes slew. 30 In putrid floods, throughout the land, the pest of frogs was bred; From noisome fens sent up to croak at Pharaoh's board and bed. 31 He gave the sign, and swarms of flies came down in cloudy hosts, Whilst earth's enlivened dust below bred lice through all their coasts. 32 He sent them batt'ring hail for rain, and fire for cooling dew; 33 He smote their vines and forest plants, and garden's pride o'erthrew. 34 He spake the word, and locusts came, with caterpillars joined; They preyed upon the poor remains the storm had left behind. 35 From trees to herbage they descend, no verdant thing they spare; But, like the naked fallow field, leave all the pastures bare. 36 From fields to villages and towns commissioned vengeance flew; One fatal stroke their eldest hopes and strength of Egypt slew. 37 He brought his servants forth, enriched with Egypt's borrowed wealth; And, what transcends all treasures else, enriched with vig'rous health. 38 Egypt rejoiced, in hopes to find her plagues with them removed; Taught dearly now to fear worse ills by those already proved. 39 Their shrouding canopy by day a journeying cloud was spread; A fiery pillar all the night the desert marches led. 40 They longed for flesh; with ev'ning quails he furnished ev'ry tent; From heav'n's own granary, each morn, the bread of angels sent. 41 He smote the rock, whose flinty breast poured forth a gushing tide; Whose flowing streams, where'er they marched, the desert's drought supplied. 42 For still he did on Abr'am's faith an ancient league reflect; 43 He brought his people forth with joy, with triumph his elect. 44 Quite rooting out their heathen foes from Canaan's fertile soil, To them in cheap possession gave the knit of others' toil. 45 That they his statutes might observe, his sacred laws obey; For benefits so vast let us our songs of praise repay.