Psalm 97

Words: John Hopkins, c 1561, as in  The Scottish Psalter of 1635

Music: Unable to initialize a MIDI player for your browser  Psalm 95, English Psalter, 1562
Harmony from Scottish Psalter 1635

This is one of four Psalms set to the same tune in the 1635 Scottish Psalter. 

   1  The Lord doth reign, for which the earth 
         may sing with pleasant voice,
      The isles also, with joyful mirth
         may triumph and rejoice.
   2  Both clouds and darkness likewise swell, 
         and round about him beat,
      Yea, right and justice ever dwell
         and 'bide about his seat:

   3  Yea, fire and heat it once do run,
         and go before his face,
      Which all his enemies shall burn
         abroad in ev'ry place.
   4  His lightnings great full bright did blaze, 
         and to the world appear,
      Whereat the earth did look and gaze
         with dread and deadly fear:

   5  The hills like wax did melt in sight
         and presence of the Lord,
      They fled before that Ruler's might,
         who guideth all the world.
   6  The heav'ns likewise declare and show
         his justice forth abroad,
      That all the world may see and know
         the glory of our God.

   7  Confusion sure shall come to such
         as worship idols vain,
      Also to those who glory much
         dumb pictures to maintain:
   8  For all the idols of the world,
         which they their gods do call,
      Shall feel the power of the Lord,
         and down before him fall.

   9  With joy shall Zion hear this thing,
         and Judah shall rejoice;
      For at thy judgments they shall sing
         with a most cheerful voice.
  10  For thou, O Lord, art set on high
         in all the earth abroad,
      And art exalted wondrously
         above each other god.

  11  All ye that love the Lord in heart,
         hate all things that are ill;
      For he doth keep the souls of his
         from such as would them spill:
  12  And light doth spring up to the just,
         with pleasure for his part,
      Gladness and joy likewise to them
         that are of upright heart.

  13  Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice,
         his holiness proclaim,
      And thankfully with heart and voice
         be mindful of the same.

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