1. God, in the congregation, stands,
Among the men of might;
The earthly gods he strict surveys,
Their actions judges right.
2. "How long, (said he) then, will you dare
False judgment to award;
The wicked's person to accept,
And partially regard?
3. "Defend the poor, and fatherless,
And right the weak distressed.
4. From wicked hands, deliver those,
With tyranny, oppressed."
5. They know not, nor will understand,
But walk perversely blind;
The earth's foundations all are moved,
And greatly undermined.
6. "I said; Ye're Gods; all of you sons
Of the Most High did call;
7. But ye shall die, like common men,
Like other princes fall."
8. Arise, O God, and judge the earth,
Restore lost righteousness:
For thou, the nations of the world,
As sovereign shalt possess.
John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89.
A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876
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