Psalm 44

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    O God, we with our ears have heard,
       our fathers have us told,
     What works thou in their days hadst done,
       ev'n in the days of old.
2    Thy hand did drive the heathen out,
       and plant them in their place;
     Thou didst afflict the nations,
       but them thou didst increase.

3    For neither got their sword the land,
       nor did their arm them save;
     But thy right hand, arm, countenance;
       for thou them favour gave.
4    Thou art my King: for Jacob, Lord,
       deliv'rances command.
5    Through thee we shall push down our foes,
       that do against us stand:

     We, through thy name, shall tread down those
       that ris'n against us have.
6    For in my bow I shall not trust,
       nor shall my sword me save.
7    But from our foes thou hast us sav'd,
       our haters put to shame.
8    In God we all the day do boast,
       and ever praise thy name.

9    But now we are cast off by thee,
       and us thou putt'st to shame;
     And when our armies do go forth,
       thou go'st not with the same.
10   Thou mak'st us from the enemy,
       faint-hearted, to turn back;
     And they who hate us for themselves
       our spoils away do take.

11   Like sheep for meat thou gavest us;
       'mong heathen cast we be.
12   Thou didst for nought thy people sell;
       their price enrich'd not thee.
13   Thou mak'st us a reproach to be
       unto our neighbours near;
     Derision and a scorn to them
       that round about us are.

14   A by-word also thou dost us
       among the heathen make;
     The people, in contempt and spite,
       at us their heads do shake.
15   Before me my confusion
       continually abides;
     And of my bashful countenance
       the shame me ever hides:

16   For voice of him that doth reproach,
       and speaketh blasphemy;
     By reason of th' avenging foe,
       and cruel enemy.
17   All this is come on us, yet we
       have not forgotten thee;
     Nor falsely in thy covenant
       behav'd ourselves have we.

18   Back from thy way our heart not turn'd;
       our steps no straying made;
19   Though us thou brak'st in dragons' place,
       and cover'dst with death's shade.
20   If we God's name forgot, or stretch'd
       to a strange god our hands,
21   Shall not God search this out? for he
       heart's secrets understands.

22   Yea, for thy sake we're kill'd all day,
       counted as slaughter-sheep.
23   Rise, Lord, cast us not ever off;
       awake, why dost thou sleep?
24   O wherefore hidest thou thy face?
       forgett'st our cause distress'd,
25   And our oppression? For our soul
       is to the dust down press'd:

     Our belly also on the earth
       fast cleaving, hold doth take.
26   Rise for our help, and us redeem,
       ev'n for thy mercies' sake.

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