Psalm 21

Words: Isaac Watts

There is also a Common Metre version on this page.

Long Metre Tunes

Christ exalted to the kingdom.
   1  David rejoiced in God his strength,
      Raised to the throne by special grace;
      But Christ the Son appears at length,
      Fulfils the triumph and the praise.
   2  How great is the Messiah’s joy
      In the salvation of thy hand!
      Lord, thou hast raised his kingdom high,
      And giv’n the world to his command.
   3  Thy goodness grants whate’er he will,
      Nor doth the least request withhold;
      Blessings of love prevent him still,
      And crowns of glory, not of gold.
   4  Honor and majesty divine
      Around his sacred temples shine;
      Blest with the favor of thy face,
      And length of everlasting days.
   5  Thine hand shall find out all his foes;
      And as a fiery oven glows
      With raging heat and living coals,
      So shall thy wrath devour their souls.

Common Metre Tunes

Our king is the care of Heaven.
   1  The king, O Lord, with songs of praise,
         Shall in thy strength rejoice;
      And, blessed with thy salvation, raise
         To heav’n his cheerful voice.
   2  Thy sure defense through nations round
         Has spread his glorious name;
      And his successful actions crowned
         With majesty and fame.
   3  Then let the king on God alone
         For timely aid rely;
      His mercy shall support the throne,
         And all our wants supply.
   4  But, righteous Lord, his stubborn foes
         Shall feel thy dreadful hand;
      Thy vengeful arm shall find out those
         That hate his mild command.
   5  When thou against them dost engage,
         Thy just but dreadful doom
      Shall, like a fiery oven’s rage,
         Their hopes and them consume.
   6  Thus, Lord, thy wondrous power declare,
         And thus exalt thy fame;
      Whilst we glad songs of praise prepare
         For thine almighty name.

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