1 Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice;
it comely is and right,
that upright men with thankful voice
should praise the Lord of might.
2 Jehovah praise with harp, to him
sing with the psaltery;
Upon a ten-stringed instrument
make ye sweet melody.
3 A new song to him sing, and play
with loud noise skilfully;
4 for right's the Lord’s word, all his work
is done in verity.
5 To judgment and to righteousness
a love he beareth still;
the loving-kindness of the Lord
the earth throughout doth fill.
6 The heavens by Jehovah's word
did their beginning take;
and by the breathing of his mouth
he all their hosts did make.
7 The waters of the seas he brings
together as an heap;
and in storehouses, as it were,
he layeth up the deep.
8 Let earth, and all that live therein,
with reverence fear the Lord;
let all the world’s inhabitants
dread him with one accord.
9 For he did speak the word, and done
it was without delay;
established it firmly stood,
whatever he did say.
10 The Lord the counsel brings to nought
which heathen folk do take;
and what the people do devise
of none effect doth make.
11 O but the counsel of the Lord
doth stand for ever sure;
and of his heart the purposes
from age to age endure.
12 That nation blessed is, whose God
Jehovah is, and those
a blessed people are, whom for
his heritage he chose.
13 The Lord from heaven looks; he sees
all sons of men full well:
14 he views all from his dwelling-place
that in the earth do dwell.
15 He forms their hearts alike, and all
their doings he observes.
16 Great hosts save not a king, much strength
no mighty man preserves.
17 An horse for safety and defence
is a deceitful thing;
and by the greatness of his strength
can no deliverance bring.
18 Behold, on those that do him fear
the Lord doth set his eye;
even those who on his mercy do
with confidence rely;
19 from death to free their soul, in dearth
life unto them to yield.
20 Our soul doth wait upon the Lord;
he is our help and shield.
21 Since in his holy name we trust,
our heart shall joyful be.
22 Lord, let thy mercy be on us,
as we do hope in thee.
Better known for his gospel songs than his hymn tunes, James McGranahan (PHH 99) wrote FRANCES in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Copyrighted in 1901 by McGranahan, the tune was set to this text in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal.
FRANCES is a rousing tune with…