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Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice

Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice, It comely is and right

Author: John Hopkins
Tune: IRISH
Published in 20 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice;
it is a seemly sight,
That upright men with thankful voice
should praise the Lord of light.

2 Praise ye the Lord with harp, and sing
to him with psaltery;
With ten-stringed instrument sounding,
praise ye the Lord most high:

3 Sing to the Lord a song most new,
with courage give him praise;
For why? his word is ever true,
his works and all his ways:

4 Both judgement, equity, and right,
he ever loved and will;
And with his gifts he doth delight
the earth throughout to fill.

5 For by the word of God alone
the heav'ns above were wrought,
Their hosts and powers ev'ry one
his breath to pass hath brought.

6 The waters great gathered hath he
on heaps within the shore,
And hid them in the depth to be
as in a house of store.

7 Let all the earth then fear the Lord,
and keep his righteous law;
And all the world with one accord
dread him, and stand in awe.

8 What he commanded, wrought it was
at once with utmost speed;
What he doth will, is brought to pass
with full effect indeed.

9 The counsels of the nations rude
the Lord doth bring to naught;
He doth defeat the multitude
of their device and thought:

10 But his decrees continue still,
they never slack nor 'swage;
The motions of his mind and will
take place in every age.

The Second Part.

11 Bless-ed are they to whom the Lord
as God and guide is known,
Whom he doth choose of mere accord,
to take them as his own.

12 The Lord from heav'n did cast his sight
on men mortal by birth,
Beholding from his seat of might
the dwellers on the earth:

13 The Lord, I say, whose hand hath wrought
man's heart, and doth it frame,
'Tis he alone doth know the thought
and working of the same.

14 A king that trusteth in his host,
shall naught prevail at length;
A man that of his might doth boast,
shall fail for all his strength.

15 The troops of horsemen all shall fail,
their sturdy steeds shall swerve;
The strength of horse shall not prevail
the rider to preserve.

16 But lo, the eyes of God attend
and watch to aid the just,
With such as fear him to offend,
and on his goodness trust:

17 That he of death and great distress
may set their souls from dread;
And if that dearth their land oppress,
in hunger them to feed.

18 Wherefore our soul doth whole depend
on God our strength and stay;
He is our shield us to defend,
and drive all darts away.

19 Our joyful souls alway proclaim
his power and his might:
For why? in hiz most holy Name
we hope and much delight.

20 Therefore let thy goodness, O Lord,
still present with us be,
As we always with one accord
do only trust in thee.

Source: The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre #XXXIII

Author: John Hopkins

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Text Information

First Line: Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice, It comely is and right
Title: Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice
Author: John Hopkins
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Scripture References: st. 1 = Ps. 33:1-3 st. 2 = Ps. 33:13-15 st. 3 = Ps. 33:18-20 A paraphrase of a number of verses in Psalm 33 (1-3, 13-15, and 18-20), this text was originally published in the 1912 Psalter. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) revised parts of that text for the 1959 Psalter Hymnal, a revision that was further altered for the 1987 edition. (See PHH 33 for a setting of the complete psalm and for additional general comments.) The text testifies with joy that God's people are safe and secure in his hands and under his rule. Stanza 1 calls us to praise, stanza 2 confesses God's omniscience, and stanza 3 confesses God's providence. Liturgical Use: See PHH 33 for many uses; however, these stanzas do focus more specifically on God's intimate knowledge of our lives and on his guidance and protection. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

IRISH


[Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice]


FRANCES (McGranahan)

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…

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