Let David, Lord, for evermore

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1 Let David, LORD, for evermore
A Place in thy Remembrance find;
Let all the Sorrows he endur'd,
Be ever present in thy Mind.

2 Remember what a solemn Oath
To thee, his LORD supreme, he swore;
How to the mighty GOD he vow'd,
The GOD, whom Jacob's Sons adore.

3 I will not go into my House;
I will not to my Bed ascend;
No soft Repose shall close my Eyes,
No Sleep my drowsy Eye-Lids bend;

4 'Till for the LORD's design'd Abode
I mark the destin'd Ground;
'Till I a decent Place of Rest
For Jacob's GOD have found.

5 Th'appointed Place with Shouts of Joy,
At Euphrata at length we found;
And made the Wood and neighb'ring Fields
Our Songs of Triumph loud resound.

6 Oh! with due Rev'rence, let us then
To his most bless'd Abode repair;
And prostrate at his Footstool fall,
and offer up our humble Pray'r.

7 Arise, O mighty LORD, and now
Possess thy sacred Place of Rest;
Be that not only with thy Ark,
But with thy constant Presence bless'd.

8 Clothe thou thy Priests with Righteousness,
And make thy happy Saints rejoice;
And for thy Servant David's sake,
Attend to thine Anointed's Voice.

9 GOD sware to David in his Truth,
Nor shall his solemn Oath be vain,
One of thy Offspring, after thee,
Upon thy righteous Throne shall reign.

10 And if thy Seed my Cov'nant keep,
And to my holy Laws submit,
Their Children too upon thy Throne
In Safety shall for ever sit.

11 For Sion does, in GOD's Esteem,
All other happy Seats excell;
His Place of everlasting Rest,
The Place where he delights to dwell.

12 Her Store, says he, I will increase,
Her Poor I will with Plenty bless;
Her Saints shall shout aloud for Joy,
Her Priests my saving Health confess.

13 'Tis there that David's Pow'r shall long
Remain, in his successive Line;
And my anointed Servant there,
Shall with perpetual Glory shine.

14 The Faces of his vanquish'd Foes,
Shame and Confusion shall o'erspread;
Whilst, with confirm'd Success, his Crown
Shall flourish on his Royal Head.

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 #CXXXII

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: Let David, Lord, for evermore
Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, 'Let David, Lord, a constant Place"
Copyright: Public Domain



This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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