1. Praise God; my soul praise thou the Lord.
2. I'll praise my God, and King,
Through all my life; whilst that I am,
Praise to my God I'll sing.
3. On princes, who no help can give,
Nor on man's son, rely.
4. His breath departs, he turns to earth,
His thoughts then with him die.
5. O happy man; who hath the God
Of Jacob for his aid;
Whose hope upon the Lord, his God,
Alone, is firmly stayed.
6. Who made the heavens, the earth, and sea,
With all that they contain;
Who keeps the truth forever sure
His promises remain.
7. Who righteous judgment executes,
For those oppressed that be;
He gives the hungry food, the Lord
Doth set the prisoner free.
8. The Lord illuminates the blind;
From burdened souls removes
Their heavy Loads, and lifts them up;
The Lord the righteous loves.
9. The Lord saves strangers, he supports
Widows, and fatherless;
But upside down he turns their ways,
Who wickedly transgress.
10. Jehovah shall forever reign;
Thy God, O Sion, sways.
The scepter, while all ages last
O give Jehovah 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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