1 Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place,
our refuge and defence,
In all the generations past,
and still our confidence.
2 Before the mountains Thou didst form,
or earth, and world abroad,
Thou ev'n from everlasting art
to everlasting, God.
3 Thou to destruction dost reduce
frail, miserable men;
And to all Adam's sons Thou say'st,
return ye back again.
4 For ev'n a thousand years appear
no more before thy sight,
Than yesterday that now is past,
or than a watch by night.
5 Thou dost them bear away as with
a flood that overflows:
Like sheep they are; and as the grass,
which in the morning grows;
6 Which in the morning flourishes,
but soon its beauty flies;
When evening comes 'tis all cut down,
and withers up and dies.
7 For by thy fiery anger we
consumed are away;
And troubled by thy burning wrath,
we hastily decay.
8 Thou dost our open trespasses,
before thy presence place;
And ev'n our secret sins before
the brightness of thy face.
9 For in thine anger all our days
away are quickly roll'd;
And all our years we waste away,
like a short tale soon told.
10 For therefore years and ten the days
of our short life may be:
Or if by reason of more strength,
we fourscore years may see;
Yet is this lengthning out but sin,
toil, grief and vanity;
And then 'tis speedily cut off,
and swift away we fly.
11 O who is he that fully knows
what power thine anger hath?
Or who can fully comprehend
the terror of thy wrath?
12 O teach Thou us effectually,
to number so our days,
As that our hearts we may apply
to walk in wisdom's ways.
13 JEHOVAH, turn thy self again;
how long yet shall it be?
E're thou repent and comfort them
who servants are to Thee?
14 O satisfy us early with
thy free benignity;
That so thro' all our days we may
joy and make melody.
15 According to the days wherein,
affliction we have had;
And years of evil we have seen,
now do thou make us glad.
16 O to thy servants, let thy work,
thy glorious work appear;
And show thy glory forth to those
who their dear children are.
17 The kindness of the LORD our God,
let on us ever shine;
Confirm our handy work for us,
establish it by thine.
Source: The Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, faithfully translated into English Metre: being the New-England Psalm-Book, revised and improved... (2nd ed.) #PXC
|First Line:||Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place, Our refuge and defense|
|Title:||A Prayer of Moses, the Man of GOD|
|Copyright:||This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.|