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45b. Deo exultate

1 Be light and glad, in God rejoyce,
which is our strength and stay:
Be joyfull and lift up your voice,
to Jacob's God, I say.
2 Prepare your instruments most meet
some joyfull Psalme to sing:
Strike up with Harp and Lute so sweet,
on every pleasant string.

3 Blow as it were in the new Moone,
with trumpets of the best:
As it is used to be done,
at any solemne feast.
4 For this is unto Israel,
a statute and a trade"
A law that must be kept full well,
which Jacob's God hath made.

5 This clause with Joseph was decreed,
when he from Egypt came:
That as a witnesse all his seed
should still observe the same.
6 When God.O say, had so prepar'd
to bring him from that land:
Whereas the speech which he had heard
he did not understand.

7 I from his shoulder took (saith he)
the burthen clean away:
And from the furnace quit him free
from burning brick of clay.
8 When thou in grief didst cry and call,
I holp thee by and by:
And I did answer thee withall,
in thunder secretly.

9 Yea, at the waters of discord,
I did thee tempt and prove:
Whereas the goodnesse of the Lord
with muttering thou didst move.
10 Heare O my folk, O Israel,
and I assure it thee.
Regard and marke my words full well,
if thou wilt cleave to me.

The second Part:

11 Thou shalt no god in thee reserve,
of any land abroad
And in no wise bow to or serve
a strange and foreign god.
12 I am the Lord thy God, and I
from Egypt set thee free:
Then ask of me abundantly,
and I will give it thee.

13 And yet my people would not heare
my voice when that I spake:
And Israel would not obey,
but did me quite forsake.
14 Then did I leave them to their will,
in hardnesse of their heart:
To walk in their own counsels still,
themselves they did pervert.

15 O that my people would have heard
the words that I did say:
And eke that Israel would regard
to walk within my way.
16 How soon would I confound their foes
and bring them down full low:
And turn my hand upon all those
that would them overthrow.

17 And they that at the Lord did rage,
as slaves should seek him till:
But of his folk their time and age,
should flourish ever still.
18 I would have fed them with the crop,
and finest of the wheat:
And made the rock with honey drop,
that they their fils should eat.

Text Information
First Line: Be light and glad, in God rejoyce
Title: Deo exultate
Author: J. H.
Publication Date: 1640
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: [Be light and glad, in God rejoyce]
Key: F Major

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