Psalm 19

Words: Thomas Sternhold, as in  The Scottish Psalter of 1635

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Old 19th: Anglo-Genevan Psalter, 1556.
Harmony by Edward Millar, c1635.
 1  The heavens and the firmament
       do wondrously declare
    The glory of God omnipotent,
       his works and what they are. 
 2  The wondrous works of God appear
       by every day's success,
    The nights likewise which their race run
       the selfsame thing express. 

 3  There is no language, tongue, or speech,
       where their sound is not heard,
 4  In all the earth and coasts thereof
       their knowledge is conferred. 
    In them the Lord made for the sun
       a place of great renown;
 5  Who like a bridegroom ready trimmed
       doth from his chamber come. 

    And as a valiant Champion,
       who for to get a prize,
    With joy doth haste to take in hand
       some noble enterprise.
 6  And all the sky from end to end
       he compaseth about
    No man can hide it from his heat
       but he will find it out. 

 7  How perfect is the law of God
       how is his cov'nant sure;
    Converting souls, and making wise
       the simple and obscure. 
 8  Such are the Lord's commandments
       and glad both heart and mind;
    His precepts pure, and giveth light
       to eyes that be full blind. 

 9  The fear of God is excellent, 
       and doth endure for ever;
    The judgments of the Lord are sure,
       most righteous altogether;
10  And more to be embraced always
       than finest gold I say;
    The honey and the honey-comb
       are not so sweet as they. 

11  By them thy servant is forewarned
       to have God in regard;
    And in performance of the same
       there shall be great reward. 
12  But, Lord, what earthly man doth know
       the errors of his life?
    Then cleanse my Soul from secret sins,
       which are in me most rife: 

13  And keep me, that presumptuous sins
       prevail not over me;
    And so shall I be innocent,
       and great offences flee. 
14  Accept my mouth and heart also,
       my words and thoughts each one;
    For my Redeemer and my strength,
       O Lord, thou art alone.  

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