Psalm 141

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    O Lord, I unto thee do cry,
       do thou make haste to me,
     And give an ear unto my voice,
       when I cry unto thee.
2    As incense let my prayer be
       directed in thine eyes;
     And the uplifting of my hands
       as th' ev `ning sacrifice.

3    Set, Lord, a watch before my mouth,
       keep of my lips the door.
4    My heart incline thou not unto
       the ills I should abhor,
     To practise wicked works with men
       that work iniquity;
     And with their delicates my taste
       let me not satisfy.

5    Let him that righteous is me smite,
       it shall a kindness be;
     Let him reprove, I shall it count
       a precious oil to me:
     Such smiting shall not break my head;
       for yet the time shall fall,
     When I in their calamities
       to God pray for them shall.

6    When as their judges down shall be
       in stony places cast,
     Then shall they hear my words; for they
       shall sweet be to their taste.
7    About the grave's devouring mouth
       our bones are scatter'd round,
     As wood which men do cut and cleave
       lies scatter'd on the ground.

8    But unto thee, O God the Lord,
       mine eyes uplifted be:
     My soul do not leave destitute;
       my trust is set on thee.
9    Lord, keep me safely from the snares
       which they for me prepare;
     And from the subtile gins of them
       that wicked workers are.

10   Let workers of iniquity
       into their own nets fall,
     Whilst I do, by thine help, escape
       the danger of them all.

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