1. My heart concludes, the bold in sin,
No fear of God has lodged within;
2. He blinds his eyes with fond self love,
Until his crimes most hateful prove.
3. False, and mischievous, words he speaks;
Wisdom, and goodness, he forsakes;
4. In bed, he plots some vile intent;
His hardened heart's on mischief bent.
5. Thy mercy, Lord, from heaven shines
And spares the sinner in his sins:
Thy faithfulness unto thy word,
And saints, above the sky has soared.
6. Thy justice, like great mounts, remains;
Thy judgment mighty depths contains;
Lord, by thy providential care,
Both man, and beast, preserved are.
7. How wondrous excellent's thy love!
O thou who dwell'st the heavens above!
Therefore men's sons, when they're distressed,
Fly to thy sheltering wings for rest.
8. With fatness of thy house supplied,
Their joyful souls are satisfied;
From thee immortal pleasures rill,
Where thou shalt make them drink their fill.
9. Life's fountain is alone with thee;
Light, in thy glorious light, we see.
10. To them that know thee, love impart;
Thy justice to the upright in heart.
11. Let no proud foot destructive prove;
Nor wicked hand my hopes remove.
12. The wicked fallen are, by surprise;
They are thrust down, no more to rise.
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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