Psalm 61

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    O God, give ear unto my cry;
       unto my pray'r attend.
2    From th' utmost corner of the land
       my cry to thee I'll send.
     What time my heart is overwhelm'd,
       and in perplexity,
     Do thou me lead unto the Rock
       that higher is than I.

3    For thou hast for my refuge been
       a shelter by thy pow'r;
     And for defence against my foes
       thou hast been a strong tow'r.
4    Within thy tabernacle I
       for ever will abide;
     And under covert of thy wings
       with confidence me hide.

5    For thou the vows that I did make,
       O Lord my God, didst hear:
     Thou hast giv'n me the heritage
       of those thy name that fear.
6    A life prolong'd for many days
       thou to the king shalt give;
     Like many generations be
       the years which he shall live.

7    He in God's presence his abode
       for evermore shall have:
     O do thou truth and mercy both
       prepare, that may him save.
8    And so will I perpetually
       sing praise unto thy name;
     That having made my vows, I may
       each day perform the same.

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