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1 O God, my heart is fully bent,
To magnify thy glorious name;
My tongue with chearful songs of praise
Shall strive to celebrate thy fame.
2 Awake my lute; nor thou my harp,
Thy dulcet warbling notes delay;
Whilst I with early hymns of joy
Prevent the dawning of the day.
3 To all the list'ning tribes, O Lord,
Thy works of wonder I will tell;
And to those nations sing thy praise,
Ev'n those who round about us dwell.
4 Because thy mercy's boundless height
The highest heav'n itself transcends,
And far beyond th' aspiring clouds,
Thy faithful truth, O Lord, extends.
5 Be thou, O God, exalted high
Above the glitt'ring starry frame;
And let the world with one consent
Confess thy great and glorious name.
6 That all thy chosen people, thee
Their God and Saviour may declare:
Let thy right hand protect me still,
And answer thou my humble pray'r.
7 Since God himself has said the word,
Whose faithful promise cannot fail;
With joy I Sechem will divide,
And measure Succoth's fruitful vale.
8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh too,
And Ephraim likewise owns my cause;
Their strength my regal pow'r supports,
And Judah publishes my laws.
9 Moab I'll make my sevile drudge;
On vanquish'd Edom I will tread;
And through the proud Philistine land
Will my triumphant banners spread.
10 By whose support and aid, shall I
The well defended city gain?
Who will my troops securely lead
Through Edom's strongly guarded plain?
11 Lord, wilt not thou assist our arms,
Which thou so lately did'st forsake?
And wilt not thou of these our hosts
Once more the sole direction take?
12 O to thy servants in distress
Thy help and speedy succour send!
For vain it is, on human aid,
For safety ever to depend.
13 Then valiant acts shall we perform,
If thou wilt thy great pow'r disclose;
For God it is, and God alone,
That treads down all haughty foes.Source: The Psalms of David: with hymns and spiritual songs: also, the catechism, confession of faith, and liturgy of the Reformed Church in the Netherlands #108
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