How many, Lord, there be

How many, Lord, there be

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
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Audio files: MIDI

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1 How many, Lord, there be,
that strive to trouble me,
My Peace of Mind destroying!
And as their Numbers grow
so does their Hatred too,
In my Afflictions joying.
They do my Soul upbraid,
thought GOD himself's my Aid,
Yet know they not to fear him;
Insultingly they cry,
let him on GOD rely,
The LORD now more will hear him.

3 But thou art my Defence,
my Hope and Confidence,
In thee alone are placed;
My glory thou shalt raise,
and to thy endless Praise,
My Foes shall be disgraced.
When like Distress was nigh,
my sad and mournful Cry,
Was to the LORD addressed;
And from his holy Hill,
he did my Wish fulfill,
And all my Wrongs redressed.

3 In thy Protection blest,
secure I take my Rest,
No kind of Danger fearing;
When Morning gilds the Skies,
refresh'd again I rise,
Sweet Sleep my Spirit cheering.
Not all my Foes combin'd,
disturb my Peace of Mind,
Their Rage shall ne'er confound me.
To thee I lift my Voice,
and in thy Strength rejoice,
Tho' thousands should surround me.

4 Arise, O GOD, arise!
Disperse those Enemies,
That are my Life pursuing;
Let thy Almighty Hand,
their utmost Pow'r withstand,
And guard me safe from Ruin.
To GOD, who is my Song,
Salvation doth belong;
And they shall be defended;
Who hat lift up on high,
their supplicating Cry,
And on the LORD depended.

Source: The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #III

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B. LOC Name Authority Files Go to person page >

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First Line: How many, Lord, there be
Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Source: Tate & Brady's New Version, "How many, Lord, of late are grown"
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



GENEVAN 3 is the first of some fourteen tunes in the Psalter Hymnal credited to Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561), who was the primary musical editor of the Genevan Psalter. In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the his…

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