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ST. NICHOLAS | Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
1650 Scottish Psalter
Holdroyd's The Spiritual Man's Companion, 1753, as adapted in Scottish Psalmody, 1854
1 O Lord my God, in thee do I my confidence repose: Save and deliver me from all my persecuting foes; 2 Lest that the enemy my soul should, like a lion, tear, In pieces rending it, while there is no deliverer. 3 O Lord my God, if it be so that I committed this; If it be so that in my hands iniquity there is: 4 If I rewarded ill to him that was at peace with me; (Yea, ev'n the man that without cause my foe was I did free;) 5 Then let the foe pursue and take my soul, and my life thrust Down to the earth, and let him lay mine honor in the dust. 6 Rise in thy wrath, Lord, raise thyself, for my foes raging be; And, to the judgment which thou hast commanded, wake for me. 7 So shall th' assembly of thy folk about encompass thee: Thou, therefore, for their sakes, return unto thy place on high. 8 The Lord he shall the people judge; my judge, JEHOVAH, be, After my righteousness, and mine integrity in me. 9 O let the wicked's malice end; but stablish steadfastly The righteous: for the righteous God the hearts and reins doth try. 10 In God, who saves th' upright in heart, is my defense and stay. 11 God just men judgeth, God is wroth with ill men ev'ry day. 12 If he do not return again, then he his sword will whet; His bow he hath already bent, and hath it ready set: 13 He also hath for him prepared the instruments of death; Against the persecutors he his shafts ordainèd hath. 14 Behold, he with iniquity doth travail, as in birth; A mischief he conceivèd hath, and falsehood shall bring forth. 15 He made a pit and digged it deep, another there to take; But he is fall'n into the ditch which he himself did make. 16 Upon his own head his mischief shall be returnèd home; His vi'lent dealing also down on his own pate shall come. 17 According to his righteousness the Lord I'll magnify; And will sing praise unto the name of God that is most high.