1 O Lord give eare to my just cause,
attend when I complaine:
And heare the prayer that I put forth
with lips that do not faine.
2 And let the judgement of my cause
proceed alwaies from thee:
And let thine eyes behold and cleare
this my simplicity.
3 Thou hast well tri'd me in the night,
and yet couldst nothing find
That I have spoken with my tongue,
that was not in my mind.
4 As for the works of wicked men,
and paths perverse and ill,
For love of thy most holy Name
I have refrained still.
5 Then in thy paths that be most pure,
stay me Lord and preserve,
That from the way wherein I walk,
my steps may never swerve.
6 For I do call to thee, O Lord,
surely thou wilt me aid;
Then heare my prayer & weigh right well
the words that I have said.
7 O thou, the Saviour of all them
that put their trust in thee;
Declare thy strength on them that spurn
against thy Majesty.
8 O keep me as thou wouldest keep
the apple of thine eye,
And under cover of thy wings
defend me secretly;
The second Part:
9 From wicked men that trouble me,
and daily me annoy;
And from my foes that go about
my soule for to destroy.
10 Which wallow in their worldly wealth
and are so full and fat:
That in their pride they do not spare
to speake they care not what.
11 They lie in wait where I should passe,
with craft me to confound;
And musing mischief in their minds
to cast me to the ground.
12 Much like a Lion greedily
that would his prey embrace;
Or lurking like a Lion's whelp,
within some secret place.
13 Up, Lord, in hast prevent my foe,
and cast him at my feet:
Save thou my soule from the ill man,
and with thy sword him smite.
14 Deliver me Lord by thy power,
out of these tyrants hands:
Which now so long time raigned have,
and kept us in their bands.
15 I meane from worldly men, to whom
all worldly goods are rise:
That have no hope nor part of joy,
but in this present life.
16 Thou of thy store their bellies fil'st
with pleasure to their mind:
Their children have enough, and leave
to theirs the rest behind.
17 But I shall with pure conscience
behold thy gracious face:
So when I wake I shall be full
of thine image and grace.
|First Line:||O Lord give eare to my just cause|
|Notes:||Sing this to Psalm 3|