1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place
in generations all.
2 Before thou ever hadst brought forth
the mountains great or small;
ere ever thou hadst formed the earth,
and all the world abroad;
thou even from everlasting art
to everlasting God.
3 Thou, Lord, unto destruction dost
man that is mortal turn;
and unto them thou sayest, Again,
ye sons of men, return.
4 Because a thousand years appear
no more before thy sight
than yesterday when it is past,
or than a watch by night.
5 As with an overflowing flood
thou carriest them away:
they like a sleep are, like the grass
that grows at morn are they.
6 At morn it flourishes and grows,
cut down at even doth fade.
7 For by thine anger we’re consumed,
thy wrath makes us afraid.
8 Our sins thou and iniquities
dost in thy presence place,
and sett’st our secret faults before
the brightness of thy face.
9 For in thine anger all our days
do pass on to an end;
and as a tale that hath been told,
so we our years do spend.
10 Threescore and ten years do sum up
our days and years, we see;
or if, by reason of more strength,
in some fourscore they be;
yet doth the strength of such old men
but grief and labour prove;
for it is soon cut off, and we
fly hence, and soon remove.
11 Who knows thine anger's power, and keeps
thy fear before his eyes?
12 To count our days so teach thou us
that our hearts may be wise.
DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…