Pont, 1564, as in The Scottish Psalter of 1635
Edward Millar lists the metre of this version as: 9898 665(Troch.) 665 (Dactl.)
1 To God our strength most comfortable With merry hearts sing and rejoice: To Jacob's God most amiable, Make melody with cheerful voice. 2 Go take up the Psalms, The timbrel with shalmes. *** Bring forth now let see, The harp full of pleasure With viol in measure, That well can agree.
3 At our feast day, as we were wonted, Let blow the trumpets merrily; The first day of the Month appointed This to be kept solemnly. 4 For (as time hath served) Israel observed This statute of old: And this is the order, Which their God to honor Jacob's seed did hold.
5 He laid his law unto the linage of Joseph, parting from the land of Egypt, where I heard a language Uncouth and strange to understand. 6 Then my force up-rearing From the burdens bearing His shoulders I took: And eke the task-master The pots and the plaster His hands then forsook.
7 Thou calledst being brought at under, And I did rid thee from distress; Within the secret of my thunder I heard thy grudgings more and less: I did also prove thee My goodness above thee, When thou didst mistrust, At Meribah chiding, For waters providing, To serve thee at lust.
8 Hearken my people, I assure thee O Israel, if thou would hear: 9 Thou shouldst let no strange God allure thee, Nor other gods worship or fear. 10 For I am the eternal, Thy great God supernal, Which from Egypt's thrall Have brought thee so safely; Thy mouth open largely, And fill it I shall.
11 But yet my people whom I chusèd My voice they would not hear, I say: And israel proudly refusèd On me their loving Lord to stay: 12 Therefore I did leave them, Even as their hearts gave them, To serve their ingine: After lewd enticings Of their own devisings, So did they decline.
13 Oh, if my folk had not forsaken, To hearken unto me those days: Oh, if that Israel had taken Delight to walk in my true ways. 14 Then could I have reason In a little season Their foes to subdue: And mine hand have turned Upon such as spurned My saints to pursue.
15 The haters of the Lord should never But flatter him by force constrained; And a most prosperous time for ever Should to my people have remained. 16 Thou shouldst then have been fed With most finest wheat bread, Even at thine own will; And with the sweet honey Of the rock so stony I would thee fulfill.
*** shalmes -- if anyone knows this word, please let us know its meaning.