1 Almighty God appear and save!
For vice and vanity prevail:
The godly perish in the grave,
The just depart, the faithful fail.
2 The whole discourse, when crouds are met,
Is fill'd with trifles loose and vain;
Their lips are flattery and deceit,
And their proud language is profane.
3 But lips that with deceit abound,
Shall not maintain their triumph long:
The God of vengeance will confound
The flattering and blaspheming tongue.
4 "Yet shall our words be free," they cry;
"Our tongues shall be controul'd by none:
Where is the Lord, will ask us why?
Or say, our lips are not our own?"
5 The Lord, who sees the poor opprest,
And hears th' oppressor's haughty strain,
Will rise to give his children rest,
Nor shall they trust his word in vain.
6 Thy word, O Lord, tho' often try'd,
Void of deceit shall still appear;
Not silver, sev'n times purify'd
From dross and mixture, shines so clear.
7 Thy grace shall in the darkest hour
Defend the from danger and surprise;
Tho' when the vilest men have pow'r,
On every side oppressors rise.
Source: Psalms: carefully suited to the Christian worship in the United States of America: being an improvement of the old versions of the Psalms of David #12a