Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1 To just plea and sad complaint, attend, O righteous Lord, And to my pray'r, as 'tis unfeigned, a gracious ear afford.
2 As in thy sight I am approved, so let my sentence be; And with impartial eyes, O Lord, my upright dealing see.
3 For thou hast searched my heart by day, and visited by night; And on the strictest trial found its secret motions right.
Nor shall thy justice, Lord, alone my heart's designs acquit; For I have purposed that my tongue shall no offence commit.
4 I know what wicked men would do their safety to maintain; But me thy just and mild commands from bloody paths restrain.
5 That I may still, in spite of wrongs, my innocence secure; O guide me in thy righteous ways, and make my footsteps sure.
6 Since heretofore I ne'er in vain to thee my pray'r addressed; O now, my God, incline thine ear to this my just request.
7 The wonders of thy truth and love in my defense engage; Thou, whose right hand preserves thy saints from their oppressors' rage.
The Second Part.
8,9 O! keep me in thy tend'rest care; thy shelt'ring wings stretch out, To guard me safe from savage foes, that compass me about.
10 O'ergrown with luxury, enclosed in their own fat they lie; And with a proud blaspheming mouth both God and man defy.
1l Well may they boast, for they have now my paths encompassed round; Their eyes at watch, their bodies bowed, and crouching on the ground,
12 In posture of a lion set, when greedy of his prey; Or a young lion, when he lurks within a covert way.
13 Arise, O Lord, defeat their plots, their swelling rage control; From wicked men, who are thy sword, deliver thou my soul.
14 From worldly men, thy sharpest scourge, whose portion's here below; Who, filled with earthly stores, desire no other bliss to know.
15 Their race is num'rous that partake their substance while they live: Their heirs survive, to whom they may the vast remainder give.
16 But I, in uprightness, thy face shall view without control; And, waking, shall its image find reflected in my soul.