Psalms in Metre

   1  Give thanks unto the Lord our God,
         for very kind is he;
      And that his mercy hath no end
         all mortal men may see.
 
   2  Such as the Lord redeem-ed hath
         with thanks shall praise his Name
      And show how they from foes were freed
         And how he wrought the same.
 
   3  He gathered them forth of the lands
         that lay so far about;
      From east to west, from north to south
         his hand did find them out.
 
   4  They wandered in the wilderness,
         and stray-ed from the way,
      Finding no city where to dwell,
         that might serve for their stay:
 
   5  Whose thirst and hunger was so great
         within those deserts void,
      That faintness them assaulted, and
         their souls greatly annoyed.
 
  6   Then did they cry in their distress
         unto the Lord for aid,
      Who did remove their troublous state,
         according as they prayed.
 
   7  And by the way which was most right
         he led them like a guide;
      That they might to their city go,
         and safely there abide.
 
   8  Let men therefore before the Lord
         confess his goodness then,
      And show the wonders that he does
         before the sons of men.
 
   9  For he their empty souls sustained
         whom thirst had made to faint;
      Their hungry souls with goodness fed,
         and heard their sad complaint.
 
  10  Such as do dwell in darkness deep,
         where they on death do wait,
      Fast bound to bear such grievous pains,
         as iron chains do threat;
 
The Second Part.
 
  11  Because against the words of God
         they proudly did rebel,
      Esteeming light his counsels high,
         which do so far excel:
 
  12  But when he humbled them full low,
         then they fell down with grief;
      And none was found that could them help,
         or give them some relief.
 
  13  Then they did cry in their distress
         unto the Lord for aid,
      Who did remove their troublous state,
         according as they prayed:
 
  14  For he from darkness brought them out,
         and from death's dreadful shade,
      Bursting with force the iron bands,
         which them before did lade.
 
  15  Let men therefore before the Lord
         confess his goodness then,
      And show the wonders that the does
         before the sons of men.
 
  16  For he threw down the gates of brass
         with strong and mighty hand,
      The iron bars in sunder brake
         nothing could him withstand.
 
  17  The foolish folk great plagues do feel,
         by reason of their sin,
      And for the great transgressions which
         they still continue in.
 
  18  Their soul abhorred all sorts of meat,
         no relish they could have;
      By which means they were almost brought
         unto the very grave.
 
  19  Then did they cry in their distress
         unto the Lord for aid,
      Who did remove their troublous state
         according as they prayed.
 
  20  For then he sent to them his word,
         which health did soon restore,
      And brought them from those dangers deep,
         wherein they were before.
 
The Third Part.
 
  21  Let men therefore before the Lord
         confess his goodness then,
      And show the wonders that he does
         before the sons of men:
 
  22  And let them offer sacrifice
         to him most thankfully,
      And speak of all his wondrous works
         with gladness and with joy.
 
  23  Such as in ships and brittle barks
         unto the seas descend,
      Their merchandise through fearful floods
         to compass and to end:
 
  24  These men are forc-ed to behold
         the Lord's works what they be,
      And in the dreadful deep the same
         most marvelous they see.
 
  25  For at his word the stormy wind
         arises in a rage,
      And stirreth up the surges so
         that nought can them assuage.
 
  26  Then they are lifted up so high
         the clouds they seem to gain,
      And plunging down the depth until
         their souls consume with pain:
 
  27  And like a drunkard to and fro
         now here, now there they reel;
      As men who had their reason lost,
         and hand no sense to feel.
 
  28  Then did they cry in their distress
         unto the Lord for aid
      Who did remove their troublous state,
         according as they prayed.
 
  29  For at his word the Lord does make
         the sturdy storms to cease,
      So that the waves from their great rage
         are brought to rest and peace.
 
  30  Then are they glad when rest is come,
         which they so much did crave,
      And to the hav'n by him are brought,
         which they so fain would have.
 
The Fourth Part
 
  31  Let men therefore before the Lord
         confess his goodness then,
      And show the wonders that he does
         before the sons of men.
 
  32  Let them in presence of the folk
         with praise extol his Name,
      And where the elders use to sit,
         there let them do the same.
 
  33  The wilderness he often makes
         with waters to abound,
      And water-springs he often turns
         to dry and parch-ed ground.
 
  34  A fruitful land with pleasure decked,
         full barren does he make.
      When on their sins that dwell therein
         he does just vengeance take.
 
  35  Again, the wilderness full rude
         he maketh fruit to bear,
      With pleasant springs of water clear,
         though none before were there;
 
  36  Wherein such hungry souls are set
         as he hath freely chose,
      That they a city may them build
         to dwell in safe from foes;
 
  37  That they may sow their pleasant land,
         and vineyards also plant,
      To yield them fruits of such increase
         that they may have no want.
 
  38  They multiply exceedingly,
         the Lord does bless them so
      Who also maketh the brute beasts
         in number great to grow.
 
  39  But when the faithful are brought low
         by the oppressors stout,
      diminishing through many plagues
         that compass them about;
 
  40  Then does he princes bring to shame,
         which did them sore oppress,
      And likewise caus-ed them to err
         when in the wilderness.
 
  41  But yet the poor he raises up
         out of his troubles deep,
      And often does his train augment,
         like to a flock of sheep.
 
  42  The righteous shall behold this sight,
         and also much rejoice;
      Whereas the wicked and perverse
         with grief shall stop their voice.
 
  43  But who is wise, that now full well
         he may these things record?
      For certainly such shall perceive
         the kindness of the Lord.