25 My soul to dust cleaves; quicken me,
according to thy word.
26 My ways I showed, and me thou heard’st:
teach me thy statutes, Lord.
27 The way of thy commandments teach,
and make me well to know;
so all thy works that wondrous are
I shall to others show.
28 My soul doth melt, and drop away,
for heaviness and grief:
to me, according to thy word,
give strength, and send relief.
29 O let the way of falsehood far
from me removed be;
and graciously thy holy law
do thou grant unto me.
30 I chosen have the perfect way
of truth and verity:
thy judgments that most righteous are
before me laid have I.
31 I to thy testimonies cleave;
shame do not on me cast.
32 I’ll run thy precepts’ way, for thou
my heart enlarged hast.
MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…