1 To thee, Jehovah, will I cry,
my rock; O, be not silent now!
Lest, if thou hold thy peace, I be
like those who in the pit lie low.
2 O, hear my supplication's voice,
when unto thee for help I cry,
when to thy holy oracle
I lift my pleading hands on high.
3 O, with the wicked draw me not
away, nor with the men of sin;
who to their neighbours speak of peace,
but evil is their heart within.
4 Give them according to their deed,
their evil doings all reward;
give them according to their works,
return them their desert, O Lord.
5 Since they Jehovah's mighty acts,
and doings of his hands disdain,
he will destroy them in his wrath,
and never build them up again.
6 blest be Jehovah! He hath heard
my supplication's voice in heaven;
Jehovah is m strength and shield;
I trusted him, he help hath given.
7 And therefore shall my heart exult,
my song shall of his praises be.
He is their strength; the saving strength
of his anointed one is he.
8 O, save the nation of thy love,
O, bless thy chosen heritage;
feed them and lead them as a flock,
lift thou them up from age to age.
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MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d. Lo…