Psalm 79 J.H.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 O God, the Gentiles do invade thy heritage to spoil: Jerusalem an heap is made, thy temple they defile: 2 The bodies of thy saints most dear abroad to birds they cast, The flesh of them that do thee fear, the beasts devour and waste: 3 Their blood throughout Jerusalem as water spilt they have, So that there is not one of them to lay their dead in grave. 4 Thus are we made a laughing-stock almost the world throughout, The enemies at us do mock who dwell our coasts about. 5 How long, O Lord, wilt thou retain thy anger and thy rage? And shall thy wrath and jealousy not any more assuage? 6 Upon those people pour the same, who did thee never know; The realms which call not on thy Name, consume and overthrow: 7 For they have got the upper hand, and Jacob's seed destroyed, His habitation and his land they have laid waste and void. 8 Bear not in mind our former faults, with speed some pity show; And aid us, Lord, in our assaults, for we are weak and low. The Second Part. 9 O God, that giv'st all health and grace, on us declare the same: Weigh not our works, our sins efface, for honor of thy Name. 10 Why should the wicked thus alway to us as people dumb, In thy reproach rejoice, and say, Where is their God become? 11 Requite, O Lord, as thou seest good before our eyes in sight, Of all these folk; thy servants' blood, which they spilt in despite: 12 Receive into thy sight in haste, the clamours, grief, and wrong; Of such as are in prison cast, and bound in irons strong. 13 Thy force and strength to celebrate, Lord, set them out of band, Who unto death are destinate, and in their foes' strong hand: 14 The nations which have been so bold as to blaspheme thy Name, Into their laps do thou sev'n-fold repay again the same. 15 So we thy flock and pasture sheep will praise thee evermore, And teach all ages how to keep for thee like praise in store.