Psalms in Metre
  1  Truly the Lord is very good
        and kind to Israel,
     And to all such as safely keep
        their conscience pure and well.
 
  2  But as for me, I almost slipped,
        my feet began to slide,
     Before that I was well aware
        my steps did turn aside.
 
  3  For when I saw such foolish men,
        I grudged with great disdain,
     That wicked men all things should have
        without turmoil and pain.
 
  4  They never suffer pains nor grief,
        as if death should them smite,
     Their bodies are full stout and strong,
        and ever in good plight:
 
  5  Always free from adversity
        and ev'ry sad event,
     With other men they take no part
        of plague or punishment.
 
  6  Therefore presumption doth embrace
        their necks as doth a chain,
     They are e'en wrapped as in a robe
        with rapine and disdain.
 
  7  They are so fed, that e'en with fat
        their eyes oft times out start,
     And as for worldly goods they have
        more than can wish their heart.
 
  8  Their life is most licentious, and
        they boast much with their tongue,
     How they the poor and simple have
        Oppress-ed with great wrong.
 
  9  They set their mouth against the heav'ns,
        and do the Lord blaspheme,
     They proudly boast of worldly things,
        no one they do esteem.
 
 10  God's people often do turn back
        to see their prosp'rous state,
     And almost drink the self-same cup,
        and talk at the same rate:
 
   The Second Part.
 
11  How can it be that God, say they,
        should know or understand
     These worldly things, since wicked men
         be lords of sea and land?
 
 12  For we may see how wicked men
        in riches still increase,
     Rewarded well with worldly goods,
        and live in rest and peace.
 
 13  Then why do I so carefully
        from wickedness refrain
     And wash my hands in innocence,
        and cleanse my heart in vain?
 
 14  And suffer scourges ev'ry day,
        as subject to all blame,
     And ev'ry morning from my youth
        sustain rebuke and shame.
 
 15  Now, I had almost said as they,
        misliking my estate;
     But then I should thy children judge
        as most unfortunate.
 
 16  Then I bethought me how I might
        this matter understand,
     But yet the labour was too great
        for me to take in hand;
 
 17  Until the time I went into
        thy holy place, and then
     I understood right perfectly
        the end of all these men:
 
 18  Namely, how that thou settest them
        upon a slipp'ry place,
     And at thy pleasure and thy will
        thou dost them soon deface.
 
 19  Then all men muse at that strange sight,
        to see how suddenly
     They do consume, perish, and come
        to endless misery:
 
 20  Much like a dream when one awakes,
        so shall their wealth decay;
     Their famous names in all men's sight
        shall fail and pass away.
 
   The Third Part.
 
21  Yet thus my heart was griev-ed then,
        my mind was much oppressed;
     So simple and so ignorant,
        e'en as it were a beast.
 
 22  Nevertheless, by my right hand
        thou hold'st me always fast,
     And with thy counsel shalt me guide
        to glory at the last.
 
 23  What thing is there that I can wish
        but thee in heav'n above?
     And in the earth there nothing is
        like thee that I can love.
 
 24  My flesh and spirit both do fail,
        but God wilt me restore;
     For of my heart he is the strength
        and portion evermore.
 
 25  But 1o, all such as thee forsake
        thou shalt destroy each one
     And those that trust in any thing,
        saving in thee alone.
 
 26  Therefore will I draw near to God,
        and ever with him dwell;
     In God alone I put my trust,
        his wonders I will tell.