Psalm 52          J.H.

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

Common Metre Tunes

   1  Why dost thou, tyrant, boast abroad 
         thy wicked works to praise!
      Dost thou not know there is a God,
         whose mercies last always?
   2  Why doth thy mind yet still devise
         such wicked wiles to harp?
      Thy tongue untrue in forging lies
         is like a razor sharp.
   3  On mischief why sett'st thou thy mind,
         and wilt not walk upright?
      Thou lovest more false tales to find,
         than bring the truth to light.
   4  Thou dost delight in fraud and guile,
         In mischief, blood and wrong.
      Thy lips have learnt the flatt'ring style, 
         O false deceitful tongue!
   5  Therefore the Lord shall thee confound, 
         and pluck thee from thy place,
      Thy seed root out from off the ground, 
         and utterly deface.
   6  The just, when they behold thy fall,
         with fear will praise the Lord,
      And in reproach of thee withal
         cry but with one accord; 
   7  Behold the man that did refuse
         the Lord for his defense,
      But in his riches great did place
         his trust and confidence.
   8  But I, as olive fresh and green,
         shall spring and spread abroad;
      Because my trust all times hath been
         upon the living God.
   9  For this therefore will I give praise
         to thee with heart and voice,
      I will advance thy Name always,
         wherein thy saints rejoice.

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