Psalm XVI

Lord keep me for I trust in thee And do confess indeed

Author: Thomas Sternhold
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Lord, keep me, for I trust in thee,
and do confess indeed,
Thou art my God, and of my goods
Thou hast not any need:

2 Therefore I give them to the saints
that in the world do dwell;
Namely, unto the faithful flock
in virtue that excel.

3 Their sorrows shall be multiplied,
who run so hastily,
To offer to the idol gods,
That are but vanity.

4 As for their bloody sacrifice
and off'rings of that sort,
I will not touch, neither thereof
shall my lips make report.

5 For why? the Lord the portion is
of mine inheritance;
And he it is that doth preserve
my lot from all mischance.

6 The place wherein my lot is fall'n
in beauty doth excel;
My heritage assigned to me
doth please me wond'rous well.

7 I thank the Lord that caus-ed me
to understand the right:
For by this means my secret thoughts
do teach me in the night.

8 I set the Lord still in my sight,
and trust him over all;
For he doth stand on my right hand,
therefore I shall not fall.

9 Wherefore my heart and tongue also
rejoice exceedingly;
My flesh likewise doth rest in hope
to rise again: for why?

l0 Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell
because thou lovest me;
Nor yet wilt give thy Holy One
corruption for to see:

11 But wilt me show the way to life,
where there is joy in store;
And where at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore.

Source: The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre #XVI

Author: Thomas Sternhold

Thomas Sternhold was Groom of the Robes to Henry VIII and Edward VI. With Hopkins, he produced the first English version of the Psalms before alluded to. He completed fifty-one; Hopkins and others composed the remainder. He died in 1549. Thirty-seven of his psalms were edited and published after his death, by his friend Hopkins. The work is entitled "All such Psalms of David as Thomas Sternhold, late Groome of the King's Majestye's Robes, did in his Lyfetime drawe into Englyshe Metre." Of the version annexed to the Prayer Book, Montgomery says: "The merit of faithful adherence to the original has been claimed for this version, and need not to be denied, but it is the resemblance which the dead bear to the living." Wood, in his "Athe… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord keep me for I trust in thee And do confess indeed
Title: Psalm XVI
Author: Thomas Sternhold
Language: English
Publication Date: 1812
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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