Words: Thomas Sternhold, as in The Scottish Psalter of 1635
Note: This version of Psalm 32 was also used in the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter of 1562.
Anglo-Genevan 29th, 1556
Harmony by Edward Millar, 1635.
1 The man is blest, whose wickedness
the Lord forgiven hath;
And he whose sin is likewise hid
and covered from his wrath.
2 And blest is he to whom the Lord
imputeth not his sin,
Who in his heart hath hid no guile,
nor fraud is found therein.
3 For whilst that I kept close my sin
in silence and constraint,
My bones did wear and waste away
with daily moan and plaint.
4 Both night and day thy hand on me
so grievous was and smart,
My moisture like the summer's heat
to dryness did convert.
5 I did therefore confess my faults,
and all my sins reveal
Then thou, O Lord, didst me forgive,
and all my sins conceal.
6 The humble man shall pray therefore,
and seek thee in due time,
so that the floods of waters great
shall have no pow'r on him.
7 When trouble and adversity
do compass me about,
Thou art my refuge and my joy,
and thou didst rid me out.
8 Come hither, and I will thee teach
how thou shalt walk aright;
I will thee guide, as I myself
have learned by proof and sight.
9 Be not so rude and ignorant,
as is the horse and mule,
Whose mouth without a rein or bit,
from harm thou canst not rule.
10 The wicked man shall manifold
sorrows and grief sustain;
But unto him that trusts in God
his goodness shall remain.
11 Be merry therefore in the Lord,
ye just, lift up your voice;
And ye of pure and perfect heart,
with cheerfulness rejoice.
Although the tune for this is a CMD tune, there are an odd number of verses, so there
is one extra verse at the end of the Psalm. We have added a repeat of the first verse at
the end so that the tune will come out even if you're singing along, but we do not
generally think it is a good idea to add repeats when singing carefully translated
metrical Psalms. (It seems a bit to us like adding to the Word of God)