Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1 For thee, O God, our constant praise; In Zion waits, thy chosen seat; Our promised altars there we'll raise, and all our zealous vows complete. 2 O Thou, who to my humble pray'r didst always bend thy :list'ning ear, To thee shall all mankind repair, and at thy gracious throne appear. 3 Our sins (though numberless) in vain to stop thy flowing mercy try; Whilst thou o'erlook'st the guilty stain, and washest out the crimson dye. 4 Blest is the man, who near thee placed, within thy sacred dwelling lives! Whilst we at humbler distance taste the vast delights thy temple gives. 5 By wondrous acts, O God, most just, have we thy gracious answer found; In thee remotest nations trust, and those whom stormy waves surround.. 6,7 God, by his strength, sets fast the hills, and does his matchless pow r engage,' With which the sea's loud waves he stills, and angry crowds tumultuous rage. The Second Part; 8 Thou, Lord, dost barb'rous lands dismay, when they thy dreadful tokens view, With joy they see the night and day each other's track by turns pursue. 9 From out thy unexhausted store thy rain relieves the thirsty ground; Makes lands, that barren were before, with corn and useful fruits abound. 10 On rising ridges down It pours, and ev'ry furrowed valley fills; Thou mak'st them soft with gentle show'rs, in which a blest increase distils. 11 Thy goodness does the circling year with fresh returns of plenty crown; And, where thy glorious paths appear, thy fruitful clouds drop fatness down. 12 They drop on barren forests, changed by them to pastures fresh and green; The hills about in order.ranged in beauteous robes of joy are seen. 13 Large flocks with fleecy wool adorn the cheerful downs; the valleys bring A plenteous crop of full-eared corn, and seem for joy to shout and sing.