Psalm 8

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    How excellent in all the earth,
       Lord, our Lord, is thy name!
     Who hast thy glory far advanc'd
       above the starry frame.
2    From infants' and from sucklings' mouth
       thou didest strength ordain,
     For thy foes' cause, that so thou might'st
       th' avenging foe restrain.

3    When I look up unto the heav'ns,
       which thine own fingers fram'd,
     Unto the moon, and to the stars,
       which were by thee ordain'd;
4    Then say I, What is man, that he
       remember'd is by thee?
     Or what the son of man, that thou
       so kind to him should'st be?

5    For thou a little lower hast
       him than the angels made;
     With glory and with dignity
       thou crowned hast his head.
6    Of thy hands' works thou mad'st him lord,
       all under's feet didst lay;
7    All sheep and oxen, yea, and beasts
       that in the field do stray;

8    Fowls of the air, fish of the sea,
       all that pass through the same.
9    How excellent in all the earth,
       Lord, our Lord, is thy name!

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