Psalm 4

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Give ear unto me when I call,
       God of my righteousness:
     Have mercy, hear my pray'r; thou hast
       enlarg'd me in distress.
2    O ye the sons of men! how long
       will ye love vanities?
     How long my glory turn to shame,
       and will ye follow lies?

3    But know, that for himself the Lord
       the godly man doth chuse:
     The Lord, when I on him do call,
       to hear will not refuse.
4    Fear, and sin not; talk with your heart
       on bed, and silent be.
5    Off `rings present of righteousness,
       and in the Lord trust ye.

6    O who will shew us any good?
       is that which many say:
     But of thy countenance the light,
       Lord, lift on us alway.
7    Upon my heart, bestow'd by thee,
       more gladness I have found
     Than they, ev'n then, when corn and wine
       did most with them abound.

8    I will both lay me down in peace,
       and quiet sleep will take;
     Because thou only me to dwell
       in safety, Lord, dost make.

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