Words: The Scottish Psalter
Music: Here are three tunes that various Psalters recommend for use with this Psalm. The tunes are arranged here in order of age, starting with the oldest tune. There is a link to our Common Metre index at the bottom of this page if you would like to try some other tunes with these words. .
1 O blessed is the man to whom is freely pardoned All the transgression he hath done, whose sin is covered. 2 Blesèd is the man to whom the Lord imputeth not his sin, And in whose sp'rit there is no guile, nor fraud is found therein. 3 When as I did refrain my speech, and silent was my tongue, My bones then waxed old, because I roared all day long. 4 For upon me both day and night thine hand did heavy lie, So that my moisture turned is in summer's drought thereby. 5 I thereupon have unto thee my sin acknowledged, And likewise mine iniquity I have not covered: I will confess unto the Lord my trespasses, said I; And of my sin thou freely didst forgive th' iniquity. 6 For this shall ev'ry godly one his prayer make to thee; In such a time he shall thee seek, as found thou mayest be. Surely, when floods of waters great do swell up to the brim, They shall not overwhelm his soul, nor once come near to him. 7 Thou art my hiding-place, thou shalt from trouble keep me free: Thou with songs of deliverance about shalt compass me. 8 I will instruct thee, and thee teach the way that thou shalt go; And, with mine eye upon thee set, I will direction show. 9 Then be not like the horse or mule, which do not understand; Whose mouth, lest they come near to thee, a bridle must command. 10 Unto the man that wicked is his sorrows shall abound; But him that trusteth in the Lord mercy shall compass round. 11 Ye righteous, in the Lord be glad, in him do ye rejoice: All ye that upright are in heart, for joy lift up your voice.