Psalm 80

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Hear, Isr'el's Shepherd! like a flock
       thou that dost Joseph guide;
     Shine forth, O thou that dost between
       the cherubims abide.
2    In Ephraim's, and Benjamin's
       and in Manasseh's sight,
     O come for our salvation;
       stir up thy strength and might.

3    Turn us again, O Lord our God,
       and upon us vouchsafe
     To make thy countenance to shine,
       and so we shall be safe.
4    O Lord of hosts, almighty God,
       how long shall kindled be
     Thy wrath against the prayer made
       by thine own folk to thee?

5    Thou tears of sorrow giv'st to them
       instead of bread to eat;
     Yea, tears instead of drink thou giv'st
       to them in measure great.
6    Thou makest us a strife unto
       our neighbours round about;
     Our enemies among themselves
       at us do laugh and flout.

7    Turn us again, O God of hosts,
       and upon us vouchsafe
     To make thy countenance to shine,
       and so we shall be safe.
8    A vine from Egypt brought thou hast,
       by thine outstretched hand;
     And thou the heathen out didst cast,
       to plant it in their land.

9    Before it thou a room didst make,
       where it might grow and stand;
     Thou causedst it deep root to take,
       and it did fill the land.
10   The mountains vail'd were with its shade,
       as with a covering;
     Like goodly cedars were the boughs
       which out from it did spring.

11   Upon the one hand to the sea
       her boughs she did out send;
     On th' other side unto the flood
       her branches did extend.
12   Why hast thou then thus broken down,
       and ta'en her hedge away?
     So that all passengers do pluck,
       and make of her a prey.

13   The boar who from the forest comes
       doth waste it at his pleasure;
     The wild beast of the field also
       devours it out of measure.
14   O God of hosts, we thee beseech,
       return now unto thine;
     Look down from heav'n in love, behold,
       and visit this thy vine:

15   This vineyard, which thine own right hand
       hath planted us among;
     And that same branch, which for thyself
       thou hast made to be strong.
16   Burnt up it is with flaming fire,
       it also is cut down:
     They utterly are perished,
       when as thy face doth frown.

17   O let thy hand be still upon
       the Man of thy right hand,
     The Son of man, whom for thyself
       thou madest strong to stand.
18   So henceforth we will not go back,
       nor turn from thee at all:
     O do thou quicken us, and we
       upon thy name will call.

19   Turn us again, Lord God of hosts,
       and upon us vouchsafe
     To make thy countenance to shine,
       and so we shall be safe.

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