Psalm 46          J.H.

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

Common Metre Tunes

   1  The Lord is our defense and aid, 
         the strength whereby we stand;
      When we with woe are much dismayed 
         he is our help at hand. 
   2  Though earth do move, we will not fear, 
         though mountains high and steep
      Be thrust and hurl-ed here and there
         within the sea so deep: 
   3  No, though the sea do rage so sore,
         that all the banks it spills,
      And though it overflow the shore,
         and beat down mighty hills: 
   4  For one fair flood doth send abroad
         his pleasant streams apace,
      To glad the city of our God,
         and wash his holy place.
   5  In midst of her the Lord doth dwell,
         she never can decay,
      All things against her that rebel
         the Lord will surely slay.
   6  The heathen folk and kingdoms fear,
         the people make a noise,
      The earth doth melt and disappear,
         when God puts forth his voice. 
   7  The Lord of hosts doth take our part,
         to us he hath an eye:
      Our hope of health with all our heart
         on Jacob's God doth lie. 
   8  Come here, and see with mind and thought 
         the working of our God,
      What wonders he himself hath wrought 
         in all the world abroad: 
   9  By him all wars are hushed and gone, 
         though countries did conspire;
      Their bows and spears he brake each one, 
         their chariots burnt with fire. 
  10  Be still therefore, and know that I
         am God, and therefore will
      Among the heathen people be
         highly exalted still. 
  11  The Lord of hosts doth us defend,
         he is our strength and tow'r;
      On Jacob's God we do depend,
         and on his mighty pow'r.  

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