Psalm 105          N.

Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre

Common Metre Tunes

   1  Give praises unto God the Lord
         and call upon his Name;
      Among the people all declare
         his works to spread his fame:
   2  Sing joyfully unto the Lord,
         yea, sing unto him praise;
      and talk of all his wondrous works
         that he hath wrought always.
   3  In honor of his holy Name
         rejoice with one accord,
      And let the heart also be glad
         of them that seek the Lord.
   4  Seek ye the Lord, and seek the strength
         of his eternal might,
      Yea, seek his face incessantly,
         and presence of his sight.
   5  The wondrous works which he hath done,
         keep still in mindful heart;
      Let not the judgments of his mouth
         out of your mind depart:
   6  Ye that of faithful Abraham
         his servant are the seed,
      Ye his elect, the children that
         of Jacob do proceed.
   7  For why? 'tis he alone that is
         the mighty Lord our God,
      And his most righteous judgments are
         in all the earth abroad.
   8  His promise and his covenant
         which he hath made to his,
      He hath remembered evermore
         to thousands of degrees.
The Second Part.
   9  The covenant which he hath made
         with Abram long ago,
      And faithful oath which he hath sworn
         to Isaac also:
  10  And did appoint it for a law,
         that Jacob should obey,
      And for eternal covenant
         to Israel alway. 
  11  When this he said, Lo, I to you
         all Canaan land will give,
      The lot of your inheritance,
         wherein your seed shall live:
  12  Although their number at that time
         did very small appear;
      Yea, very small, and in the land
         they then but strangers were:
  13  While yet they went from land to land
         without a sure abode;
      And while from sundry kingdoms they
         did wander all abroad:
  14  Yet wrong at no oppressor's hands
         he suffered them to take;
      But even great and mighty kings
         Reprovèd for their sake.
  15  And thus he said, Touch ye not them
         that mine anointed be,
      Nor do the prophets any harm
         that do pertain to me.
  16  He called a dearth upon the land,
         of bread destroyed the store;
      But yet against the time of need
         did send a man before.
The Third Part.
  17  E'en Joseph, who had once been sold
         to live a slave in woe;
      Whose feet they hurt in stocks, whose soul
         the iron pierced into.
  18  Until the time came, when his cause
         was known apparently,
      The mighty word of God the Lord
         his innocence did try.
  19  The king sent and delivered him
         from prison where he was,
      The ruler of the people then
         did freely let him pass;
  20  And over all his house he made
         him lord, to bear the sway,
      And of his substance made him have
         the rule and all the stay:
  21  That he might to his will instruct
         the princes of the land,
      And wisdom teach his senators
         rightly to understand.
  22  Then into the Egyptian land
         came Israel also,
      And Jacob in the land of Ham
         did sojourn to and fro.
  23  His people he exceedingly
         in numbers made to grow,
      And stronger than their enemies,
         who sought their overthrow:
  24  Whose heart he turn-ed that with hate
         they did his people treat;
      And did his servants wrongfully
         abuse with base deceit.
The Fourth Part.
  25  His faithful servant Moses then,
         and Aaron whom he chose,
      He did command to go to them
         his message to disclose.
  26  His wonderful and mighty signs
         among them they did show,
      And wonders in the land of Ham
         then did they work also:
  27  Darkness he sent, and made it dark
         instead of brighter day;
      And his commission and his word
         they did not disobey.
  28  He turned their waters into blood,
         their fish also did slay;
      Their land brought frogs e'en in the place
         where their king Pharaoh lay.
  29  He spake, and at his voice there came
         great swarms of noisome flies;
      And all the quarters of their land
         were filled with crawling lice.
  30  He gave them cold and stony hail
         instead of milder rain;
      And fiery flames within their land
         he sent unto their pain:
  31  He smote their vines, and all their trees
         whereon the figs did grow;
      And all the trees within their coasts
         also did overthrow:
  32  He spake, then caterpillars did
         and grasshoppers abound;
      Eating the grass in all their land,
         and fruit of all their ground.
The Fifth Part.
  33  The first-begotten in their land,
         with death did likewise smite,
      Yea, the beginning and first-fruit
         of all their strength and might.
  34  With gold and silver causèd his
         from Egypt's land to pass,
      And in the number of their tribes
         no feeble one there was.
  35  Egypt was glad and joyful then
         when they did thence depart,
      For terror and the fear of them
         was fall'n upon their heart:
  36  To shroud them from the parching heat
         a cloud he did display;
      And fire he sent to give them light
         when night had hid the day.
  37  They askèd, and he causèd quails
         to rain at their request,
      And fully with the bread of heav'n
         their hunger he repressed.
  38  He openèd the stony rock,
         and waters gush-ed out;
      Also the dry and parch-ed ground
         like rivers ran about.
  39  For of his holy cov'nant he
         was mindful evermore,
      Which to his servant Abraham
         he plighted long before.
  40  He brought his people forth with mirth,
         and his elect with joy,
      Out of the cruel land where they
         had lived in great annoy.
  41  And of the heathen men he gave
         to them the fruitful lands;
      The labors of the people did
         they take into their hands:
  42  That they his holy statutes might
         observe for evermore,
      And faithfully obey his laws;
         praise ye the Lord therefore.

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