159. The Mercies of the Lord I'll sing

1. The Mercies of the Lord, I'll sing,
And never cease the Song;
From Age to Age, thy Faithfulness
I'll publish with my Tongue.
2. For I have said, that Mercy shall
Forever built remain;
Thy Faithfulness, thou, in the Heav'ns,
And like them, wilt maintain.

3. "With mine Elect, I form'd a League,
"An Oath to David swore;
4. "I'll fix thy Seed, and build thy Throne,
"Secure forevermore.
5. The Heav'ns, for thy great Wonder, Lord,
Shall with thy Praises ring;
While thine assembled Saints, on Earth,
Thy Faithfulness shall sing.

6. But who of all the heav'nly Hosts,
May with the Lord compare?
What Sons of all the earthly Gods,
Vie with Jehovah, dare?
7. God's Terror strikes his Saints below,
With a religious Fear;
And awful Rev'rence guards the Minds,
That round his Throne appear.

Second Part

8. Lord, God of Hosts, who's arm'd with Pow'r,
Or girt with Truth, like Thee?
9. Proud Waves arise, are still, and calm.
As thou do'st rule the Sea.
10. Thou, Egypt's Pow'r, with deadly Wounds,
Hast into Pieces broke;
Thine Arm of Strength dispers'd thy Foes,
With an avenging Stroke.

11. Thine are the Heav'ns, the Earth is thine,
Which thou alone hast made;
As for the World, with all it's Stores,
God it's Foundation laid.
12. The northern, and the southern Poles,
Thou, by thy Pow'r, did'st frame;
Tabor, and Hermon, famous Mounts,
Rejoice shall in thy Name.

13. Thy Arm is mighty, strong thy Hand,
Thy Right-hand's fam'd in Deed.
14. Justice And Judgment, found thy Throne,
While Grace and Truth, precede.
15. Blest Men! who know the joyful Sound;
They in thy Favour walk.
16. All Day, they in thy Name, rejoice;
Justice shall them exalt.

17. Thou, Glory of their Strength, shalt raise
Our Horn, thro' Favour shown.
18. Jehovah's our Defence; our King
Is Isr'els holy One.

Third Part

19. "In Vision, to thine holy One.
"Thou said'st, I'll Help impose
"On one that's mighty; whom I've rais'd,
"And from the People chose.
20. "I've found my Servant David; him
"With holy Oil anoint.
21. "Him shall my Hand confirm; mine Arm
"Support whom I appoint.

22. "No En'mies Arts shall him deceive;
"Nor wicked Men controul.
23. "I'll crush his Foes, before his Face,
"And plague the spiteful Soul.
24. "My Truth, & Grace, with him, shall raose
"His Horn high, in my Name:
25. "His Left-Hand Bounds, I'll fix the Sea;
"His Right, Euphrates Stream.

26. "To me my Father, God, and Rock
"Of Safety, he shall cry.
27. "I'l place him my First-born, above
"All earthly Kings, most high.
28. "I'll ever Mercy for him keep;
"My Cov'nant standeth fast.
29. "His Seed shall never fail, his Throne,
"As Days of Heav'n, shail last.

Fourth Part

30. "But if his Sons forsake my Law,
"And from my Judgments stray;
31. "If they my Statutes break, and dare
"My Precepts disobey:
32. "Their Sin I'll visit with a Rod;
"With Stripes, as Crimes prevail.
33. "But from him I'll not take my Love,
"My Truth shall never fail.

34. "My Cov'nant I will never break;
"Nor, what I've said, deny.
35. "Once, by my Holiness, I've sworn;
"I'll not to David lye.
36. "His Race shall never fail; his Throne
"Shall, as the Sun, endure:
37. "Fix'd ever, as the Moon; in Heav'n,
"Which, Witnesses, are sure.

38. But thine Anointed, thou, in Scorn,
And Anger, off hast cast.
39. Thou mad'st thy Servant's Cov'nant void,
In Dust his Crown debas'd.
40. Thou, all his Hedges, hast broke down;
His Forts in Ruin laid.
41. He's spoil'd by all that by him pass;
His Neighbour's Scorn he's made.

42. His Foes thou causest to rejoice;
Confirming their Right-Hand.
43. His Sword was blunted, nor could he
In Dav of Battle stand.
44. His Throne thou level'st with the Ground;
And hast eclips'd his Fame.
45. His Youth, and Reign,thou short hast cut;
And cover'd him with Shame.

Fifth Part

46. How long, O Lord, wilt thou abscond,
And we thy Absence mourn?
Forever? Shall thy Wrath, like Fire,
Against thy People burn?
47. Oh, call to Mind, what is the Age
Thou dost for Man ordain?
Wherefore hast thou created all
The Sons of Men in vain.

48. What Man that lives, can Death escape?
What Skill, or Pow'r, can save
His Soul from his strong griping Hands?
Or rescue from the Grave?
49. Where's Lord,thy former Love, thou didst.
In Truth, to David, swear?
50. Remember, Lord, with what Contempt,
Thy Servants treated are:

I've, in my Bosom, the Reproach
Of mighty People borne;
51. Wherewith thine Enemies, O Lord,
Have poured out their Scorn;
They thine Anointed's Steps traduc'd,
And thus reproached Thee.
52. Bless'd be the Lord forever more;
Amen; Amen; say we.

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First Line: The Mercies of the Lord I'll sing
Language: English
Publication Date: 1752
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