1. O Lord, my God, in thee alone,
I do my trust repose;
Deliver me from cruel men,
And save me from my foes.
2. Lest, as a roaring lion, he
My helpless soul should tear;
Lest it in pieces he shall rend.
When no deliverer's near.
3. O Lord, my God, if this I've done,
As falsely they accused;
If e'er such guilt hath stained my hands,
That him I have abused;
4. If I have rendered 111 to him.
Who was at peace with me ;
(Yea, I've delivered him that is
My causeless enemy;)
5. Then let my foe pursue my soul,
Take it, and fill his lust;
My life tread down to earth, and lay
Mine honor in the dust.
6. Rise, Lord, in anger lift thy self,
Mine enemies rage restrain;
Awake, for me the judgment grant
Thou didst of old ordain.
7. So shall the tribes thee compass round.
And to thy courts repair;
For their sake therefore, O return,
And shine in glory there.
8. Thou, Lord, the judge of all the earth,
As righteous is my case,
So judge me, Lord, and as my heart
Is right before thy face.
9. Let vile men's base designs now cease,
But stablish thou the just;
For, righteous Lord, their heart, and reins,
Search thoroughly thou dost.
10. God's my defense, the upright heart
He'll save from spiteful foes.
11. God's a just judge, with wicked men
He daily angry grows.
12. Unless the wicked will repent,
God will his vengeance show;
He now has whet his glittering sword,
Has fixed, and bent his bow.
13. His many instruments of death.
Ready prepared lie;
And at fierce persecutors breasts,
His pointed arrows fly.
14. Lo, as with traveling pains, he toils
To work iniquity;
He mischief long conceives, and yet.
At last, brings forth a lie.
15. For me he made a secret pit,
He digged it deep, and wide;
But in the ditch his Hands had formed.
Did unexpected slide.
16. His mischief surely shall return
On his own head at last;
His violent dealings shall come down,
And on his crown be cast.
17. Therefore I'll praise the sovereign Lord,
For all his righteous ways;
And to the name of God most high,
I'll sing my songs of praise.
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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