1. In thee, O Lord, I place my trust,
Me never put to shame.
2. Hear, save, and cause me to escape,
For righteous is thy name.
3. Be thou my dwelling place most strong
Where I may still resort;
Thy promised safety, Lord, I plead;
Thou art my rock, and fort.
4. Save me, O God, from wicked hands,
The cruel, and unjust.
5. For thou, Lord, God, hast been my hope,
And, from my youth, my trust.
6. By thee, I've always been sustained,
From my most early days;
Thou took'st me from my mother's womb;
I'll ever sing thy [raise.
7. To many, I'm a wonder grown;
But on thy strength I stay.
8. Let, with thy praise, my mouth be filled,
And Honor all the day.
9. Cast me not off, now, in the time,
Old age doth me assail;
O do not thou forsake me, Lord,
When strength and vigor fail.
10. For my malicious enemies
Against me falsely speak;
And they, who for my life lay wait,
Together counsel take.
11. "Now God, (say they,) has him forsook,
Pursue, and on him seize;
There's none to save him from our power
He'll fall our prey with ease."
12. But thou, O God, be not far off
From me, oppressed with grief;
O thou, my God, with timely speed,
Appear for my relief.
13. Confound, and bring to naught, my foes,
Who, for my life, combine;
Reproach, and infamy, be heaped
On those my hurt design.
14. My steadfast hope shall still remain,
On Thee, fixed all my days;
To spread thy glory, more and more,
I'll add new songs of praise.
15. Thy truth, and thy salvation, Lord,
My mouth shall daily show;
Whose growing numbers far surmount
The utmost I can know.
16. Depending on thy strength, O God,
I'll cheerfully go on;
Thy righteousness I'll celebrate,
I'll mention thine alone.
17. Thou, O my God, hast from my youth,
Unto this day, me taught;
And I have openly declared,
The wonders thou hast wrought.
18. And now, O God, forsake me not,
When old, and gray, I'm grown;
Till this, and to the future age,
Thy strength, and power, I've shown.
19. Thy justice, Lord, in height transcends
All that we can declare.
Who mighty works hast done; O God,
Who may with thee compare;
20. Thou, troubles great, and fore, hast made
Me, by experience, know;
Yet shalt thou me revive, and bring
Up from the depth of woe.
21. Thou shalt my greatness far increase;
And to me comfort bring.
22. Thy truth, O Jacob's God, on harp,
And psaltery, I'll sing.
23. Then shall my lips with joy abound
While I chant forth thy praise;
My grateful soul by thee redeemed
Shall join thy fame to raise.
24. My cheerful tongue, thy righteousness,
Shall every day proclaim;
For they're disgraced, that sought my hurt,
And brought to endless shame.
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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