Psalm 136 (1st version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,7,8,7

1    Give thanks to God, for good is he:
       for mercy hath he ever.
2    Thanks to the God of gods give ye:
       for his grace faileth never.
3    Thanks give the Lord of lords unto:
       for mercy hath he ever.

4    Who only wonders great can do:
       for his grace faileth never.
5    Who by his wisdom made heav'ns high:
       for mercy hath he ever.
6    Who stretch'd the earth above the sea:
       for his grace faileth never.

7    To him that made the great lights shine:
       for mercy hath he ever.
8    The sun to rule till day decline:
       for his grace faileth never.
9    The moon and stars to rule by night:
       for mercy hath he ever.

10   Who Egypt's first-born kill'd outright:
       for his grace faileth never.
11   And Isr'el brought from Egypt land:
       for mercy hath he ever.
12   With stretch'd-out arm, and with strong hand:
       for his grace faileth never.

13   By whom the Red sea parted was:
       for mercy hath he ever.
14   And through its midst made Isr'el pass:
       for his grace faileth never.
15   But Phar'oh and his host did drown:
       for mercy hath he ever.

16   Who through the desert led his own:
       for his grace faileth never.
17   To him great kings who overthrew:
       for he hath mercy ever.
18   Yea, famous kings in battle slew:
       for his grace faileth never.

19   Ev'n Sihon king of Amorites:
       for he hath mercy ever.
20   And Og the king of Bashanites:
       for his grace faileth never.
21   Their land in heritage to have:
       (for mercy hath he ever.)

22   His servant Isr'el right he gave:
       for his grace faileth never.
23   In our low state who on us thought:
       for he hath mercy ever.
24   And from our foes our freedom wrought:
       for his grace faileth never.

25   Who doth all flesh with food relieve:
       for he hath mercy ever.
26   Thanks to the God of heaven give:
       for his grace faileth never.

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