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Domine quid

O Lord how are my foes increases, Which vex me more and more

Author: Thomas Sternhold
Tune: [O Lord how many are my foes increased]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 O Lord, how are my foes increased
who vex me more and more!
They break my heart when as they say,
God can him not restore.

2 But thou, O Lord, art my defense,
when I am hard bestead;
My worship and my honor both
and thou hold'st up my head.

3 Then with my voice unto the Lord
I did both call and cry;
And he out of his holy hill
did here me instantly.

4 I laid me down, and quietly
I slept, and rose again;
For why? I know assuredly,
The Lord did me sustain.

5 If thousands up against me rise,
I will not be afraid;
For thou art still my Lord and God,
My Savior and my aid.

6 Rise up therefore, save me, my God<
To thee I make my prayer;
For thou hast broke the cheeks and teeth
Of all that wicked are.

7 Salvation only doth belong
to thee, O Lord, above;
Who on thy people dost bestow
thy blessing and thy love.

Source: The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre #III

Author: Thomas Sternhold

Thomas Sternhold was Groom of the Robes to Henry VIII and Edward VI. With Hopkins, he produced the first English version of the Psalms before alluded to. He completed fifty-one; Hopkins and others composed the remainder. He died in 1549. Thirty-seven of his psalms were edited and published after his death, by his friend Hopkins. The work is entitled "All such Psalms of David as Thomas Sternhold, late Groome of the King's Majestye's Robes, did in his Lyfetime drawe into Englyshe Metre." Of the version annexed to the Prayer Book, Montgomery says: "The merit of faithful adherence to the original has been claimed for this version, and need not to be denied, but it is the resemblance which the dead bear to the living." Wood, in his "Athe… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Lord how are my foes increases, Which vex me more and more
Title: Domine quid
Author: Thomas Sternhold
Publication Date: 1640
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.