Psalm 12 T.S.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Help, Lord, for good and godly men do perish and decay; And faith and truth from worldly men, is parted clean away.
2 Whoso doth with his neighbor talk, 'tis all but vainty; For ev'ry man bethinketh how to speak deceitfully.
3 But flatt'ring and deceitful lips, and tongues that be so stout To speak proud words, and make great brags, the Lord will soon cut out:
4 For they say still, We will prevail, our lips shall us extol; Our tongues are ours, we ought to speak; what lord shall us control?
5 But for the great complaint and cry of those that are opp'resed, I will arise now, saith the Lord, and them restore to rest.
6 God's word is like to silver pure, that from the dross is tried, Which hath not less than seven times n the fire been purified.
7 Now since thy promise is to help, Lord, keep thy promise then, And save us not and evermore from this ill kind of men.
8 For now the wicked world if full of mischiefs manifold, Whilst vanity with worldly men so highly is extolled.