1. Save me, my God, from all my foes;
Thy high defense I crave,
2. From evil workers set me free;
From bloody men me save.
3. Lo! for my soul they lie in wait,
And mighty men combine
Against my life; not for my fault,
Lord, nor offense of mine.
4. They run upon me unprovoked,
And all their force prepare;
See, Lord, my danger, stir thyself,
And for mine aid appear.
5. Wake, Lord of Hosts, thou Israel's God,
None of the heathen spare;
No longer let thy patience, with
Such bold transgressors, bear.
6. When evening comes, they fresh return,
Their rage admits no change;
They bark, and snarl, and growl, like dogs,
And round the city range.
7. Their mouth impetuously pours out
Words bitter, hard to bear;
Between their lips are pointed swords;
For who (say they,) doth hear?
8. But thou, O Lord, shall laugh at them;
And all the heathen scorn.
9. O thou my strength, I'll on thee wait;
For God's my safety's horn.
10. The God of all my mercy will
To help me, interpose;
He shall, with pleasure, let me see
His justice on my foes.
11. Lest we too soon forget thy works,
Them slay not with one blow;
But Lord, our Shield, by thy great power,
Disperse, and bring them low.
12. Because their mouth, and lips abound
With grievous sin, surprise
And take them in their pride who speak
Such hideous oaths and lies.
13. Consume and waste them in thy wrath
And all their power restrain;
That thy may know, in Jacob, God,
And through the earth doth reign.
14. At evening, then, let them, like dogs,
Return, and meet, and howl;
And, tired with ramblings, may they still
Around the city growl.
15. With hunger, let them stroll about,
To get their wants supplied;
And spend whole nights in fruitless search,
And not be satisfied.
16. But I, each morn, will sing thy power,
And loud thy grace confess;
Thou hast my tower and refuge been
In Day of my distress.
17. Therefore to thee, O thou my strength,
I'll never cease to sing;
For God is my defense, the God
Whence all my mercies spring.
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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