1. Save, me, O God, for thy name's sake;
Me by thy power defend,
2. Lord, hear my prayer; and let thine ear,
Unto my words, attend.
3. For strangers, causeless, have combined,
They up against me rise;
Fierce men thirst for my life, who set
Not God before they eyes.
4, The Lord's my help, he'll head my friends,
Who for my life have stood;
5, My watchful foes with ill reward,
And all his threats make good.
6. So will I freewill offerings bring,
And to thee sacrifice;
Thy name I'll ever praise, O Lord;
'Tis pleasing in thine eyes.
7. For he hath freed me from my straits,
Which very great have been;
Mine eyes, with pleasure, thy rebukes,
On all my foes have seen.
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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