Psalm 19 T.S.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 The heav'ns and firmament on high do wondrously declare God's glory and omnipotence, his works and what they are.
2 The wondrous works of God appear by every day's success, The nights likewise which their race run the selfsame thing express.
3 There is no language, tongue, or speech, where their sound is not heard, In all the earth and coasts thereof their knowledge is conferred. ** 4 In them the Lord made royally a setting for the sun Where like a giant joyfully he might his journey run.
5 And all the sky from end to end he compassed round about No man can hide him from his heat but he will find him out.
6 How perfect is the law of God his covenant is sure; Converting souls, and making wise the simple and obscure.
7 The Lord's commands are righteous, and rejoice the heart likewise; His precepts are most pure, and do give light unto the eyes.
8 The fear of God is excellent, and ever doth endure; The judgments of the Lord also, most righteous are and pure;
9 And more to be desirèd are than much fine gold always; The honey and the honey-comb are not so sweet as they.
10 By them thy servant is forewarned to have God in regard; And in performance of the same there shall be great reward.
11 But, Lord, what earthly man doth know the errors of his life? Then cleanse me from my secret sins, which are in me most rife:
12 And keep me, that presumptuous sins prevail not over me; And so shall I be innocent, and great offences flee.
13 Accept my mouth and heart also, my words and thoughts each one; For my Redeemer and my strength, O Lord, thou art alone.
** Our copy of Sternhold and Hopkins is apparently the descendent of one of the Genevan editions of this psalter. The Genevan editions made numerous changes to Sternhold's poetry, in the hope that they would improve it. We located a fragment of the original Sternhold wording for this psalm and have used verses 4 and 5 from that fragment in the version of the psalm above. Further, the verse 5 in our Genevan descended copy was not included in Sternhold's original poetry, so we have omitted it from the above version and renumbered the subsequent verses. For comparison, here are the words of verses 4, 5 and 6 from our copy of Sternhold and Hopkins:
4 In them the Lord made for the sun a place of great renown, who like a bridegroom ready trimmed comes from his chamber down:
5 And as a valiant champion, who would to honor rise, With joy doth haste to take in hand some noble enterprise.
6 And all the sky from end to end he compasseth about; Nothing can hide if from his heat, but he will find it out.