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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 77

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Psalm 77: Unto the Lord I with my voice

To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.

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

1 Unto the Lord I with my voice, I unto God did cry; Ev’n with my voice, and unto me his ear he did apply.

2 I in my trouble sought the Lord, my sore by night did run, And ceased not; my grieved soul did consolation shun.

3 I to remembrance God did call, yet trouble did remain; And overwhelm’d my spirit was, whilst I did sore complain.

4 Mine eyes, debarr’d from rest and sleep, thou makest still to wake; My trouble is so great that I unable am to speak.

5 The days of old to mind I call’d, and oft did think upon The times and ages that are past full many years agone.

6 By night my song I call to mind, and commune with my heart; My sp’rit did carefully enquire how I might ease my smart.

7 For ever will the Lord cast off, and gracious be no more? 8 For ever is his mercy gone? fails his word evermore?

9 Is’t true that to be gracious the Lord forgotten hath? And that his tender mercies he hath shut up in his wrath?

10 Then did I say, That surely this is mine infirmity: I’ll mind the years of the right hand of him that is most High.

11 Yea, I remember will the works performed by the Lord: The wonders done of old by thee I surely will record.

12 I also will of all thy works my meditation make; And of thy doings to discourse great pleasure I will take.

13 O God, thy way most holy is within thy sanctuary; And what god is so great in pow’r as is our God most high?

14 Thou art the God that wonders do’st by thy right hand most strong: Thy mighty pow’r thou hast declar’d the nations among.

15 To thine own people with thine arm thou didst redemption bring; To Jacob’s sons, and to the tribes of Joseph that do spring.

16 The waters, Lord, perceived thee, the waters saw thee well; And they for fear aside did flee; the depths on trembling fell.

17 The clouds in water forth were pour’d, sound loudly did the sky; And swiftly through the world abroad thine arrows fierce did fly.

18 Thy thunder’s voice alongst the heav’n a mighty noise did make; By lightnings lighten’d was the world, th’ earth tremble did and shake.

19 Thy way is in the sea, and in the waters great thy path; Yet are thy footsteps hid, O Lord; none knowledge thereof hath.

20 Thy people thou didst safely lead, like to a flock of sheep; By Moses’ hand and Aaron’s thou didst them conduct and keep.