1 Declare abroad the heavens do
The majesty of God;
And forth the firmament doth show
His handy work abroad.
2 Day speaks to day, night hath likewise
Knowledge to night declared.
3 There neither speech nor language is
Where their voice is not heard.
4 The coasts of all the earth throughout
Their line is gone unto;
The ends of all the world about,
Their words do reach unto.
5 A tabernacle he in those
hath pitched for the sun;
Who bridegroom like from's chamber goes
Glad giants race to run.
6 The utmost end of heavens fro
His course and compassing,
To the ends thereof; from's heat also
There hidden is no thing.
7 Jehovah's law is perfect pure,
And doth the soul convert:
Jehovah's testimony sure
Makes wise the simple heart.
8 The statues of the Lord are right
And do rejoice the heart;
The Lord's command is pure, and light
Doth to the eyes impart.
9 Clean is Jehovah's awful fear,
And doth abide for aye:
The truth Jehovah's judgements are
And wholly right are they.
10 Than gold, than much refined gold
More to be prized far;
Than honey sweeter manifold,
And honey comb they are.
11 Thy servant he moreover is
Admonished from hence,
In keeping of the same likewise
Great is the recompense.
12 Who can his errors thoroughly know;
From secret faults cleanse me,
And from presumptuous sins also,
Keep thou thy servant free.
13 O let them never over me
Then clear and upright shall I be
From great transgression.
14 Words of my mouth, thoughts of my heart,
Let acceptable be.
Lord in thy sight, my rock who art
And my redeemer free.
The Psalm, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament,1742