1 Remember David's troubles, Lord,
how unto thee he swore,
And vowed a vow to Jacob's God,
to keep for evermore;
2 I will not come within my house,
nor climb up to my bed,
Nor let my temples take their rest,
nor eyes within my head;
3 Till I have found out for the Lord
a place to sit thereon,
An house for Jacob's God to be
4 We heard of it at Ephrata,
where did we hear this sound,
and in the fields and forests there
these voices first were found:
5 We will assay and go unto
his tabernacle there,
Before his footstool to fall down,
and worship him in fear.
6 Arise, O Lord, arise, I pray,
into thy resting place,
Thou and the ark of thy great strength,
the presence of thy grace.
7 Let all thy priests be cloth-ed, Lord,
with truth and righteousness,
Let all thy saints with songs of praise
their joyfullness express.
8 And for thy servant David's sake
refuse not, Lord, I pray,
The face of thy Annointed, and
turn not from him away.
The Second Part
9 The Lord to David sware in truth,
and will not shrink from it;
The fruit which from thy loins proceed
upon thy seat shall sit:
10 And if thy sons my laws will keep,
that I shall learn each one,
Then shall their sons for ever sit
upon thy princely throne.
11 The Lord himself hath Zion chose,
and loves therein to dwell,
Saying, This is my resting place,
I love and like it well;
12 And I will bless with great increase
her victuals every where,
And also satisfy with bread
the needy that be there.
13 With my salvation I will clothe
her priests for evermore,
And all her saints likewise shall sing
and shout for joy therefore.
14 There will I surely make the horn
of David for to bud;
For there I have ordained for him
a lantern bright and good.
15 As for his foes, I will them clothe
with shame for evermore;
But I will cause his crown to shine
more fresh than heretofore.
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