Psalm 57

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Be merciful to me, O God;
       thy mercy unto me
     Do thou extend; because my soul
       doth put her trust in thee:
     Yea, in the shadow of thy wings
       my refuge I will place,
     Until these sad calamities
       do wholly overpass.

2    My cry I will cause to ascend
       unto the Lord most high;
     To God, who doth all things for me
       perform most perfectly.
3    From heav'n he shall send down, and me
       from his reproach defend
     That would devour me: God his truth
       and mercy forth shall send.

4    My soul among fierce lions is,
       I firebrands live among,
     Men's sons, whose teeth are spears and darts,
       a sharp sword is their tongue.
5    Be thou exalted very high
       above the heav'ns, O God;
     Let thou thy glory be advanc'd
       o'er all the earth abroad.

6    My soul's bow'd down; for they a net
       have laid, my steps to snare:
     Into the pit which they have digg'd
       for me, they fallen are.
7    My heart is fix'd, my heart is fix'd,
       O God; I'll sing and praise.
8    My glory wake; wake psalt'ry, harp;
       myself I'll early raise.

9    I'll praise thee `mong the people, Lord;
       'mong nations sing will I:
10   For great to heav'n thy mercy is,
       thy truth is to the sky.
11   O Lord, exalted be thy name
       above the heav'ns to stand:
     Do thou thy glory far advance
       above both sea and land.

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