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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 48

Psalm 48: Great is the Lord, and greatly he

A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.

Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly he is to be praised still, Within the city of our God, upon his holy hill.

2 Mount Sion stands most beautiful, the joy of all the land; The city of the mighty King on her north side doth stand.

3 The Lord within her palaces is for a refuge known. 4 For, lo, the kings that gather’d were together, by have gone.

5 But when they did behold the same, they, wond’ring, would not stay; But, being troubled at the sight, they thence did haste away.

6 Great terror there took hold on them; they were possess’d with fear; Their grief came like a woman’s pain, when she a child doth bear.

7 Thou Tarshish ships with east wind break’st: 8 As we have heard it told, So, in the city of the Lord, our eyes did it behold;

In our God’s city, which his hand for ever stablish will. 9 We of thy loving-kindness thought, Lord, in thy temple still.

10 O Lord, according to thy name, through all the earth’s thy praise; And thy right hand, O Lord, is full of righteousness always.

11 Because thy judgments are made known, let Sion mount rejoice; Of Judah let the daughters all send forth a cheerful voice.

12 Walk about Sion, and go round; the high tow’rs thereof tell: 13 Consider ye her palaces, and mark her bulwarks well;

That ye may tell posterity. 14 For this God doth abide Our God for evermore; he will ev’n unto death us guide.