The Lord is ever nigh to them

Representative Text

18 The Lord is ever nigh to them
in heart that broken be;
those who in spirit contrite are
he saveth graciously.

19 The troubles that afflict the just
in number many be;
but yet at length out of them all
the Lord doth set him free.
20 He carefully his bones doth keep,
whatever may befall;
that not so much as one of them
can broken be at all.

21 Ill shall the wicked slay; condemned
shall be who hate the just.
22 The Lord redeems his servants’ souls;
none perish that him trust.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P34c

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First Line: The Lord is ever nigh to them
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a…

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