1. They, like to Sion's sacred mount,
Who in the Lord confide.
Shall stand unmoved, in midst of storms,
And ever safe abide.
2. Lo! how the mountains, compassing,
The Lord, his people, so surrounds,
And ever will defend.
3. The rod of wickedness shall not
On just men's lot remain;
Lest righteous men put forth their hands,
And them with evil stain.
4. To all that are sincerely good,
Thy goodness, Lord, impart;
O may it freely flow to all
That are upright in heart.
5. They that to crooked ways decline,
The Lord shall force them down.
Where wicked men are doomed to go;
But peace shall Israel crown.
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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