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Psalm 27


[Recommended tunes: v 1-6 Jackson, Ladywell; v 7-10 Durham, St Botolph; v 11-14 Kilmarnock, Farrant]



A Psalm of David.


1The Lord's my light and saving health,

who shall make me dismay'd?

My life's strength is the Lord, of whom

then shall I be afraid?

2When as mine enemies and foes,

most wicked persons all,

To eat my flesh against me rose,

they stumbled and did fall.


3Against me though an host encamp,

my heart yet fearless is:

Though war against me rise, I will

be confident in this.

4One thing I of the Lord desir'd,

and will seek to obtain,

That all days of my life I may

within God's house remain;


That I the beauty of the Lord

behold may and admire,

And that I in his holy place

may rev'rently enquire.

5For he in his pavilion shall

me hide in evil days;

In secret of his tent me hide,

and on a rock me raise.


6And now, ev'n at this present time,

mine head shall lifted be

Above all those that are my foes,

and round encompass me:

Therefore unto his tabernacle

I'll sacrifices bring

Of joyfulness; I'll sing, yea, I

to God will praises sing.


7O Lord, give ear unto my voice,

when I do cry to thee;

Upon me also mercy have,

and do thou answer me.

8When thou didst say, Seek ye my face,

then unto thee reply

Thus did my heart, Above all things

thy face, Lord, seek will I.


9Far from me hide not thou thy face;

put not away from thee

Thy servant in thy wrath: thou hast

an helper been to me.

O God of my salvation,

leave me not, nor forsake:

10Though me my parents both should leave,

the Lord will me up take.


11O Lord, instruct me in thy way,

to me a leader be

In a plain path, because of those

that hatred bear to me.

12Give me not to mine en'mies' will;

for witnesses that lie

Against me risen are, and such

as breathe out cruelty.


13I fainted had, unless that I

believed had to see

The Lord's own goodness in the land

of them that living be.

14Wait on the Lord, and be thou strong,

and he shall strength afford

Unto thine heart; yea, do thou wait,

I say, upon the Lord.



The Psalms in Metre