Psalm 81        J.H.

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

Common Metre Tunes

 1  Be light and glad, in God rejoice,
       who is our strength and stay;
    Be joyful, and lift up your voice
       to Jacob's God alway. 

 2  Prepare your instruments most meet
       some joyful psalm to sing;
    Strike up with harp and lute so sweet,
       on Ev'ry pleasant string.

 3  Blow as it were in the new moon,
       with trumpets of the best
    As it is used to be done
       at any solemn feast.

 4  For this is unto Israel
       a statute which was made
    By Jacob's God, and must full well
       be evermore obeyed.

 5  This clause with Joseph was decreed,
       when he from Egypt came,
    That as a witness all his seed
       should still observe the same.

 6  When God himself had so prepared
       to bring him from that land;
    Whereas the speech which he had heard
       he did not understand.

 7  I from his shoulder took, saith he, 
       the burden clean away;
    And from the furnace set him free
       from burning brick of clay.

 8  When thou in grief didst cry and call,
       I helped thee speedily;
    And I did answer thee withal
       in thunder from on high.

 9  Yea, at the waters of discord
       I did thee tempt and prove,
    Where thou the anger of the Lord
       with murmuring didst move.

10  Hear, O my people Israel,
       what I do promise thee;
    Regard and mark my words full well,
       if thou wilt cleave to me.

    The second part

11  Thou shalt no god in thee reserve,
       of any land abroad;
    And in no wise bow to or serve
       a strange and foreign god.

12  I am the Lord thy God, and I
       from Egypt set thee free;
    Then ask of me abundantly,
       and I will give it thee.

13  But yet my people would not hear
       my voice when that I spake;
    And Israel would not obey
       but did me quite forsake.

14  Then did I leave them to their will,
       in hardness of their heart;
    To walk in their own counsels still,
       themselves they did pervert.

15  O that my people would have heard
       the words that I did say;
    And Israel with due regard
       had walk-ed in my way!

16  I should have soon destroyed their foes,
       and brought them down full low,
    And turned my hand against all tho9se
       that sought their overthrow.

17  And they that at the Lord did rage
       as liars should be found;
    But for his folk, their time and age
       should with great joy be crowned:

18  I would have fed them with the crop
       and finest of the wheat,
    And made the rock with honey drop
       that they their fills might eat.

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