Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1 To God your grateful voices raise, who does your daily patron prove; And let your never-ceasing praise attend on his eternal love. 2,3 Let those give thanks whom he from bands of proud oppressing foes released; And brought them back from distant lands, from north and south, and west and east. 4,5 Through lonely desert ways they went, nor could a peopled city find; Till, quite with thirst and hunger spent, their fainting soul within them pined. 6 Then soon to God's indulgent ear did they their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafed to hear, and freed them from their deep distress. 7 From crooked paths he led them forth, and in the certain way did guide To wealthy towns of great resort, where all their wants were well supplied. 8 O then that all the earth with me would God for this his goodness praise, And for the mighty works which he throughout the wond'ring world displays! 9 For he from heav'n the sad estate of longing souls with pity views; To hungry souls that pant for meat, his goodness daily food renews.
The Second Part. 10 Some lie with darkness compassed round, in death's uncomfortable shade, And with unwieldy fetters bound, by pressing cares more heavy made. 11,12 Because God's council they defied, and lightly prized his holy word, With these afflictions they were tried; they fell, and none could help afford. 13 Then soon to God's indulgent ear did they their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafed to hear, and freed them from their deep distress. 14 From dismal dungeons, dark as night, and shades as black as death's abode, He brought them forth to cheerful light, and welcome liberty bestowed. 15 O then that all the earth with me would God for this his goodness praise, And for the mighty works which he throughout the wondering world displays. 16 For he with his Almighty hand the gates of brass in pieces broke; Nor could the massy bars withstand, or tempered steel resist his stroke. The Third Part. 17 Remorseless wretches, void of sense, with bold transgressions God defy, And, for their multiplied offence, oppressed with sore diseases lie. 10 Their soul, a prey to pain and fear, abhors to taste the choicest meats; And they by faint degrees draw near to death's inhospitable gates. 19 Then straight to God's indulgent ear do they their mournful cry address, Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, And frees them from their deep distress. 20 He all their sad distempers heals, his word both health and safety gives; And, when all human succor fails, from near destruction them retrieves. 21 O then that all the earth with me would God for this his goodness praise, And for the mighty works which he Throughout the wond'ring world displays! 22 With off'rings let his altar flame, whilst they their grateful thanks express, And with loud joy his holy Name for all his acts of wonder bless. The Fourth Part. 23,24 They that in ships, with courage bold, o'er swelling waves their trade pursue, Do God's amazing works behold, and in the deep his wonders view. 25 No sooner his command is past, but forth the dreadful tempest flies, Which sweeps the sea with rapid haste, and makes the stormy billows rise. 26 Sometimes the ships, tossed up to heav'n, on tops of mounting waves appear; Then down the steep abyss are driven; whilst ev'ry soul dissolves with fear. 27 They reel and stagger to and fro, like men with fumes of wine oppressed; Nor do the skilful seamen know which way to steer, what course is best. 28 Then straight to God's indulgent ear they do their mournful cry address; Who graciously vouchsafes to hear, and frees them from their deep distress. 29,30 He does the raging storm appease, and makes the billows calm and still; With joy they see their fury cease, and their intended course fulfil. 31 O then that all the earth with me would God for this his goodness praise, And for the mighty works which he throughout the wond'ring world displays! 32 Let them, where all the tribes resort, advance to heav'n his glorious Name, And in the elders' sov'reign court, with one consent his praise proclaim! The Fifth Part. 33,34 A fruitful land, where streams abound, God's just revenge, if people sin, Will turn to dry and barren ground, to punish those that dwell therein. 35,36 The parched and desert heath he makes to flow with streams and springing wells, Which for his lot the hungry takes, and in strong cities safely dwells. 37,38 He sows the field, the vineyard plants, which gratefully his toil repay; Nor can, whilst God his blessing grants, his fruitful seed or stock decay. 39 But when his sins heav'n's wrath provoke, his health and substance fade away; He feels th' oppressor's galling yoke, and is of grief the wretched prey. 40 The prince who slights what God commands, exposed to scorn, must quit his throne; And over wild and desert lands, where no path offers, stray alone. 41 Whilst God, from all afflicting cares, sets up the humble man on high, And makes in time his num'rous heirs with his increasing flocks to vie. 42,43 Then sinners shall have nought to say, the just a decent joy shall show; The wise these strange events shall weigh, and thence God's goodness fully know.