1. Wherefore, O mighty man, dost thou,
Thy self, in mischief boast?
Uninterrupted daily flows
God's goodness without cost.
2. Thy tongue, the malice of thy heart,
In falsehoods, spreads around;
Like a keen razor, gives a deep.
And unexpected wound.
3. Thou lovest evil more than good,
Than right, more to speak wrong;
4. Devouring words are thy delight,
O thou deceitful tongue.
5. Thee utterly shall God destroy,
And snatch thee from thy place;
O'erthrow thy House, and from the earth,
Root thee, and all thy race.
6. With fear, the righteous shall behold,
And thus, thy fall, deride:
7. "Lo! this the man! who God condemned,
Nor on his strength relied;
But, in the abundance of his wealth
Himself secure he thought,
And strengthened by his wicked arts;
Lo! how he's brought to naught!
8. But I shall to God's house return,
Fruitful as the olive tree;
For I have ever fixed my trust,
In God's benignity.
9. I'll ever celebrate thy praise,
For what thou didst effect;
And patient wait thy promised grace,
Which all thy saints expect.
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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