1. Judge me, O Lord, who only can
My cause from cruel men, defend;
From the deceitful, unjust man
O do thou me deliverance send.
2. On thee, O God, my strength relies;
Why dost thou cast me far away?
Oppressed by cruel enemies,
Why go I mourning, all the day?
3. O, let thy light, and truth, appear;
Conduct my steps, and be my guide,
Unto thy holy hill, and where
Thou, in thy glory, dost reside.
4. Then to thine altars I'll repair,
To God, my most exceeding joy;
To thee, O God, my God, I'll there,
In songs of praise, my harp employ.
5. Why so cast down, my soul, and why?
So restless, in thy frail abode?
Trust God; for praise him yet shall I,
Who's my deliverer, and my God.
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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