Psalm 21

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    The king in thy great strength, O Lord,
       shall very joyful be:
     In thy salvation rejoice
       how veh'mently shall he!
2    Thou hast bestowed upon him
       all that his heart would have;
     And thou from him didst not withhold
       whate'er his lips did crave.

3    For thou with blessings him prevent'st
       of goodness manifold;
     And thou hast set upon his head
       a crown of purest gold.
4    When he desired life of thee,
       thou life to him didst give;
     Ev'n such a length of days, that he
       for evermore should live.

5    In that salvation wrought by thee
       his glory is made great;
     Honour and comely majesty
       thou hast upon him set.
6    Because that thou for evermore
       most blessed hast him made;
     And thou hast with thy countenance
       made him exceeding glad.

7    Because the king upon the Lord
       his confidence doth lay;
     And through the grace of the most High
       shall not be mov'd away.
8    Thine hand shall all those men find out
       that en'mies are to thee;
     Ev'n thy right hand shall find out those
       of thee that haters be.

9    Like fiery ov'n thou shalt them make,
       when kindled is thine ire;
     God shall them swallow in his wrath,
       devour them shall the fire.
10   Their fruit from earth thou shalt destroy,
       their seed men from among:
11   For they beyond their might `gainst thee
       did plot mischief and wrong.

12   Thou therefore shalt make them turn back,
       when thou thy shafts shalt place
     Upon thy strings, made ready all
       to fly against their face.
13   In thy great pow'r and strength, O Lord,
       be thou exalted high;
     So shall we sing with joyful hearts,
       thy power praise shall we.

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