Psalm 48

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Great is the Lord, and greatly he
       is to be praised still,
     Within the city of our God,
       upon his holy hill.
2    Mount Sion stands most beautiful,
       the joy of all the land;
     The city of the mighty King
       on her north side doth stand.

3    The Lord within her palaces
       is for a refuge known.
4    For, lo, the kings that gather'd were
       together, by have gone.
5    But when they did behold the same,
       they, wond'ring, would not stay;
     But, being troubled at the sight,
       they thence did haste away.

6    Great terror there took hold on them;
       they were possess'd with fear;
     Their grief came like a woman's pain,
       when she a child doth bear.
7    Thou Tarshish ships with east wind break'st:
8      As we have heard it told,
     So, in the city of the Lord,
       our eyes did it behold;

     In our God's city, which his hand
       for ever stablish will.
9    We of thy loving-kindness thought,
       Lord, in thy temple still.
10   O Lord, according to thy name,
       through all the earth's thy praise;
     And thy right hand, O Lord, is full
       of righteousness always.

11   Because thy judgments are made known,
       let Sion mount rejoice;
     Of Judah let the daughters all
       send forth a cheerful voice.
12   Walk about Sion, and go round;
       the high tow'rs thereof tell:
13   Consider ye her palaces,
       and mark her bulwarks well;

     That ye may tell posterity.
14     For this God doth abide
     Our God for evermore; he will
       ev'n unto death us guide.

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