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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 97

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Psalm 97: God reigneth, let the earth be glad

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

1 God reigneth, let the earth be glad, and isles rejoice each one. 2 Dark clouds him compass; and in right with judgment dwells his throne.

3 Fire goes before him, and his foes it burns up round about: 4 His lightnings lighten did the world; earth saw, and shook throughout.

5 Hills at the presence of the Lord, like wax, did melt away; Ev’n at the presence of the Lord of all the earth, I say.

6 The heav’ns declare his righteousness, all men his glory see. 7 All who serve graven images, confounded let them be.

Who do of idols boast themselves, let shame upon them fall: Ye that are called gods, see that ye do him worship all.

8 Sion did hear, and joyful was, glad Judah’s daughters were; They much rejoic’d, O Lord, because thy judgments did appear.

9 For thou, O Lord, art high above all things on earth that are; Above all other gods thou art exalted very far.

10 Hate ill, all ye that love the Lord: his saints’ souls keepeth he; And from the hands of wicked men he sets them safe and free.

11 For all those that be righteous sown is a joyful light, And gladness sown is for all those that are in heart upright.

12 Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice; express your thankfulness, When ye into your memory do call his holiness.