Psalm 145 (1st version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    I'll thee extol, my God, O King;
       I'll bless thy name always.
2    Thee will I bless each day, and will
       thy name for ever praise.
3    Great is the Lord, much to be prais'd;
       his greatness search exceeds.
4    Race unto race shall praise thy works,
       and shew thy mighty deeds.

5    I of thy glorious majesty
       the honour will record;
     I'll speak of all thy mighty works,
       which wondrous are, O Lord.
6    Men of thine acts the might shall show,
       thine acts that dreadful are;
     And I, thy glory to advance,
       thy greatness will declare.

7    The mem'ry of thy goodness great
       they largely shall express;
     With songs of praise they shall extol
       thy perfect righteousness.
8    The Lord is very gracious,
       in him compassions flow;
     In mercy he is very great,
       and is to anger slow.

9    The Lord Jehovah unto all
       his goodness doth declare;
     And over all his other works
       his tender mercies are.
10   Thee all thy works shall praise, O Lord,
       and thee thy saints shall bless;
11   They shall thy kingdom's glory show,
       thy pow'r by speech express:

12   To make the sons of men to know
       his acts done mightily,
     And of his kingdom th' excellent
       and glorious majesty.
13   Thy kingdom shall for ever stand,
       thy reign through ages all.
14   God raiseth all that are bow'd down,
       upholdeth all that fall.

15   The eyes of all things wait on thee,
       the giver of all good;
     And thou, in time convenient,
       bestow'st on them their food:
16   Thine hand thou open'st lib'rally,
       and of thy bounty gives
     Enough to satisfy the need
       of ev'ry thing that lives.

17   The Lord is just in all his ways,
       holy in his works all.
18   God's near to all that call on him,
       in truth that on him call.
19   He will accomplish the desire
       of those that do him fear:
     He also will deliver them,
       and he their cry will hear.

20   The Lord preserves all who him love,
       that nought can them annoy:
     But he all those that wicked are
       will utterly destroy.
21   My mouth the praises of the Lord
       to publish cease shall never:
     Let all flesh bless his holy name
       for ever and for ever.

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