Psalm 74

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    O God, why hast thou cast us off?
       is it for evermore?
     Against thy pasture-sheep why doth
       thine anger smoke so sore?
2    O call to thy rememberance
       thy congregation,
     Which thou hast purchased of old;
       still think the same upon:

     The rod of thine inheritance,
       which thou redeemed hast,
     This Sion hill, wherein thou hadst
       thy dwelling in times past.
3    To these long desolations
       thy feet lift, do not tarry;
     For all the ills thy foes have done
       within thy sanctuary.

4    Amidst thy congregations
       thine enemies do roar:
     Their ensigns they set up for signs
       of triumph thee before.
5    A man was famous, and was had
       in estimation,
     According as he lifted up
       his axe thick trees upon.

6    But all at once with axes now
       and hammers they go to,
     And down the carved work thereof
       they break, and quite undo.
7    They fired have thy sanctuary,
       and have defil'd the same,
     By casting down unto the ground
       the place where dwelt thy name.

8    Thus said they in their hearts, Let us
       destroy them out of hand:
     They burnt up all the synagogues
       of God within the land.
9    Our signs we do not now behold;
       there is not us among
     A prophet more, nor any one
       that knows the time how long.

10   How long, Lord, shall the enemy
       thus in reproach exclaim?
     And shall the adversary thus
       always blaspheme thy name?
11   Thy hand, ev'n thy right hand of might,
       why dost thou thus draw back?
     O from thy bosom pluck it out
       for our deliv'rance sake.

12   For certainly God is my King,
       ev'n from the times of old,
     Working in midst of all the earth
       salvation manifold.
13   The sea, by thy great pow'r, to part
       asunder thou didst make;
     And thou the dragons' heads, O Lord,
       within the waters brake.

14   The leviathan's head thou brak'st
       in pieces, and didst give
     Him to be meat unto the folk
       in wilderness that live.
15   Thou clav'st the fountain and the flood,
       which did with streams abound:
     Thou dry'dst the mighty waters up
       unto the very ground.

16   Thine only is the day, O Lord,
       thine also is the night;
     And thou alone prepared hast
       the sun and shining light.
17   By thee the borders of the earth
       were settled ev'ry where:
     The summer and the winter both
       by thee created were.

18   That th' enemy reproached hath,
       O keep it in record;
     And that the foolish people have
       blasphem'd thy name, O Lord.
19   Unto the multitude do not
       thy turtle's soul deliver:
     The congregation of thy poor
       do not forget for ever.

20   Unto thy cov'nant have respect;
       for earth's dark places be
     Full of the habitations
       of horrid cruelty.
21   O let not those that be oppress'd
       return again with shame:
     Let those that poor and needy are
       give praise unto thy name.

22   Do thou, O God, arise and plead
       the cause that is thine own:
     Remember how thou art reproach'd
       still by the foolish one.
23   Do not forget the voice of those
       that are thine enemies:
     Of those the tumult ever grows
       that do against thee rise.

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