Psalm 143 (1st version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Lord, hear my pray'r, attend my suits;
       and in thy faithfulness
     Give thou an answer unto me,
       and in thy righteousness.
2    Thy servant also bring thou not
       in judgment to be try'd:
     Because no living man can be
       in thy sight justify'd.

3    For th' en'my hath pursu'd my soul,
       my life to ground down tread:
     In darkness he hath made me dwell,
       as who have long been dead.
4    My sp'rit is therefore overwhelm'd
       in me perplexedly;
     Within me is my very heart
       amazed wondrously.

5    I call to mind the days of old,
       to meditate I use
     On all thy works; upon the deeds
       I of thy hands do muse.
6    My hands to thee I stretch; my soul
       thirsts, as dry land, for thee.
7    Haste, Lord, to hear, my spirit fails:
       hide not thy face from me;

     Lest like to them I do become
       that go down to the dust.
8    At morn let me thy kindness hear;
       for in thee do I trust.
     Teach me the way that I should walk:
       I lift my soul to thee.
9    Lord, free me from my foes; I flee
       to thee to cover me.

10   Because thou art my God, to do
       thy will do me instruct:
     Thy Sp'rit is good, me to the land
       of uprightness conduct.
11   Revive and quicken me, O Lord,
       ev'n for thine own name's sake;
     And do thou, for thy righteousness,
       my soul from trouble take.

12   And of thy mercy slay my foes;
       let all destroyed be
     That do afflict my soul: for I
       a servant am to thee.

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