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Psalm 32

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. .


Recommended by:

   "Wigtown", Scottish Psalter, 1635 Scottish Psalter and Church Hymnary, 1929
The Scottish Psalmody, The Free Church of Scotland, 1992
   "Solomon", G.F. Handel, c1740 "The Book of Psalms in Metre and the Scottish Hymnal"  Thomas Nelson, Edinburgh, 1880
   "Leicester", W. Hurst, 1870 William Carnie,"The Revised Northern Psalter", 1900
 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.

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