Psalm 136 (2nd version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 6,6,6,6,8,8

1    Praise God, for he is kind:
       His mercy lasts for aye.
2    Give thanks with heart and mind
       To God of gods alway:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

3    The Lord of lords praise ye,
       Whose mercies still endure.
4    Great wonders only he
       Doth work by his great pow'r
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

5    Which God omnipotent,
       By might and wisdom high,
     The heav'n and firmament
       Did frame, as we may see:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

6    To him who did outstretch
       This earth so great and wide,
     Above the waters' reach
       Making it to abide:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

7    Great lights he made to be;
       For his grace lasteth aye:
8    Such as the sun we see,
       To rule the lightsome day:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

9    Also the moon so clear,
       Which shineth in our sight;
     The stars that do appear,
       To guide the darksome night:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

10   To him that Egypt smote,
       Who did his message scorn;
     And in his anger hot
       Did kill all their first-born:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

11   Thence Isr'el out he brought;
       For his grace lasteth ever.
12   With a strong hand he wrought,
       And stretch'd-out arm deliver:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

13   The sea he cut in two;
       For his grace lasteth still.
14   And through its midst to go
       Made his own Israel:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

15   But overwhelm'd and lost
       Was proud king Pharaoh,
     With all his mighty host,
       And chariots there also:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

16   To him who pow'rfully
       His chosen people led,
     Ev'n through the desert dry,
       And in that place them fed:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

17   To him great kings who smote;
       For his grace hath no bound.
18   Who slew, and spared not
       Kings famous and renown'd:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

19   Sihon the Am'rites' king;
       For his grace lasteth ever:
20   Og also, who did reign
       The land of Bashan over:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

21   Their land by lot he gave;
       For his grace faileth never,
22   That Isr'el might it have
       In heritage for ever:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

23   Who hath remembered
       Us in our low estate;
24   And us delivered
       From foes which did us hate:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

25   Who to all flesh gives food;
       For his grace faileth never.
26   Give thanks to God most good,
       The God of heav'n, for ever:
         For certainly
           His mercies dure
           Most firm and sure
         Eternally.

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