Psalm 51 W.W.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
Note: There is also a Common Metre version on this page
1 O Lord, consider my distress, and now with speed some pity take, My sins forgive, my faults redress, good Lord, for thy great mercy's sake.
2 Wash me, O Lord, and make me clean from this unjust mad sinful act, And purify me once again from this foul crime and bloody fact.
3 Remorse and sorrow do constrain me to acknowledge my excess, Because my sin doth still remain before my face without release.
4 Against thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight; And if I should no mercy find, yet were thy judgments just and right,
5 It is too manifest, alas ! that first I Was conceived in sin; Yea, of my mother so born was, and yet, vile wretch, remain therein.
6 Also, behold, Lord, thou dost love the inward truth of a pure heart; Therefore thy wisdom from above thou hast revealed me to convert,
7 If thou with hyssop purge this blot, I shall be cleaner than the glass; And if thou wash away my spot, the snow in whiteness I shall pass.
8 Therefore O Lord such joy me send, that I may praise thee with my voice, And that my strength may now amend, and broken bones also rejoice.
9 Turn back thy face and frowning ire, for I have felt enough thine hand; And purge my sins, I thee desire, which do in number pass the sand.
10 Make new my heart within my breast, and frame it to thy holy will; And let thy Spirit in me rest, Which may my soul with comfort fill
The Second Part.
11 Cast me not Lord, out from thy sight, but speedily my torments end; Take not from me thy Holy Spirt, which may from dangers me defend,
12 Restore me to those joys again, which I was wont in thee to find; Let me thy free: Spirit retain, which unto thee may draw my mind.
13 Thus when I shall thy mercies know, I shall instruct others therein; And men that are likewise brought low by my example shall flee sin.
14 O God, that of my health art Lord, forgive me this my bloody vice; My heart and tongue shall, then accord to sing thy mercy and justice.
15 Touch thou my lips, my tongue untie, O Lord, I do thee humbly pray; And then my mouth shall testify thy praise and wondrous works alway.
16 And as for outward sacrifice, I would have offered many one; But thou esteem'st them of no price, and therein pleasure takest none.
17 The heavy heart, the mind oppressed O Lord, thou never dost reject; This sacrifice indeed is blest and that thou chiefly dost expect.
18 Lord, unto Zion turn thy face, pour out thy mercies on thy hill, And on Jerusalem thy grace, build up the wall, and love it still.
19 Thou shalt accept then our off'rings of peace and righteousness always, Yea, calves and many other things upon thy altar we will lay.
Another of the same, by J.H.
1 Have mercy on me, Lord, after thy great abounding grace. After thy mercies multitude do thou my sin set free.
2 Yea, wash me clean from my offence and my iniquity; For I do own my faults, and still my sin is in my eye.
3 Against thee, thee alone, I have offended in this case, And evil have I done before the presence of thy face.
4 That in the things that thou hast done upright thou-may'st appear, And when thou judgest, all may see that thou art very clear.
5 In wickedness I form-ed was,. when I began to be; My mother at the very first in sin' conceivèd me:
6 But lo! truth in the inward parts is pleasant unto thee, And secrets of thy wisdom thou revealèd hast to me.
7 With hyssop, Lord, besprinkle me. I shall be cleansed so: Yea, wash thou me, and then shall I be whiter than the snow.
8 Of joy and gladness make thou me to hear the pleasant voice, That so the bones which thou, O Lord, hast broken may rejoice.
9 From the beholding of my sins, Lord, turn away thy face, And all my deeds of wickedness do utterly efface:
10 O God, create in me a heart unspotted in thy sight; Within my bowels, Lord, renew a firm and stable sp'rit.
11 Cast me not from thy sight, nor take thy Spirit quite away; The comfort of thy saving health give me again, I pray;
12 With thy free Spirit me support, then shall transgressors be By my instruction and advice converted unto thee.
The Second Part.
13 O God, that art God of my health, from blood deliver me, That praises of thy righteousness My tongue may sing to thee:
14 My lips, which yet fast closèd be, do thou, O Lord, unloose; The praises of thy Majesty my mouth shall then disclose.
15 I would have offered sacrifice, if that had pleasèd thee; But pleas-ed with burnt-offerings I know thou wilt not be.
16 A spirit grieved is sacrifice delightful in thine eyes; A broken and a contrite heart, Lord, thou wilt not despise.
17 In thy good will deal gently, Lord, with Zion, and withal Grant that of thy Jerusalem Upreared may be the wall
18 Burnt off'rings, gifts, and sacrifice of justice in that day, Thou shalt accept, and calves they shall upon thy altar lay.