Psalm 61

Words: The Scottish Psalter

Common Metre Tunes

To the chief Musician upon Neginoth, A Psalm of David.

   1  O God, give ear unto my cry;
         unto my pray'r attend.
   2  From th' utmost corner of the land
         my cry to thee I'll send.
      What time my heart is overwhelmed,
         and in perplexity,
      Do thou me lead unto the Rock
         that higher is than I.
   3  For thou hast for my refuge been
         a shelter by thy pow'r;
      And for defense against my foes
         thou hast been a strong tow'r.
   4  Within thy tabernacle I
         for ever will abide;
      And under covert of thy wings
         with confidence me hide.
   5  For thou the vows that I did make,
         O Lord my God, didst hear:
      Thou hast giv'n me the heritage
         of those thy name that fear.
   6  A life prolonged for many days
         thou to the king shalt give;
      Like many generations be
         the years which he shall live.
   7  He in God's presence his abode
         for evermore shall have:
      O do thou truth and mercy both
         prepare, that may him save.
   8  And so will I perpetually
         sing praise unto thy name;
      That having made my vows, I may
         each day perform the same.

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