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Text:Deus stetit
Author:J. H.

46. Deus stetit

1 Amid the presse with men of might
the Lord himselfe doth stand,
To plead the cause of truth and right,
with judges of the land.
2 How long (said he) will you proceed,
false judgement to award
And have respect for love of meed,
the wicked to regard.

3 Whereas of due you should defend
the fatherlesse and weak:
And when the poore man doth contend,
in judgement justly speak.
4 If ye be wise, defend the cause
of poore men in their right:
And rid the needy from the clawes
of tyrants force and might.

5 But nothing will they know or learne,
in vaine to them I talk:
They will not see, or ought discerne,
but still in darknesse walk.
For lo, even now the time is come,
that all things fall to nought:
And likewise lawes both all and some,
for gaine are sold and bought.

I had decreed it my sight,
as gods to take you all:
And children to the most of might,
for love I did you call.
7 But notwithstanding ye shall die
as men, and so decay:
O tyrants I shall you destroy,
and pluck you quite away.

8 Up, Lord, and let thy strength be known,
and judge the world with might:
For why? all nations are thy own,
to take them as thy right.

Text Information
First Line: Amid the presse with men of might
Title: Deus stetit
Author: J. H.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1640
Notes: Sing as Psalm 77
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