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Thy mercies Lord shall be my song my




Thy mercies, Lord, shall be my song,
my song on them shall ever dwell;
To ages yet unborn my tongue
thy never-failing truth shall tell.


I have affirmed, and still maintain,
thy mercy shall for ever last;
Thy truth, that does the heav'ns sustain,
like them shall stand for ever fast.


Thus spak'st thou by the prophet's voice,
"With David I a league have made;
"To him, my servant and my choice,
by solemn oath this grant conveyed:


"While earth, and seas, and skies endure,
thy seed shall in my sight remain;
To them thy throne I will insure;
they shall to endless ages reign."


For such stupendous truth and love
both heav'n and earth just praises owe,
By choirs of angels sung above,
and by assembled saints below.


What seraph of celestial birth
to vie with Israel's God shall dare?
Or who among the gods of earth
with our Almighty Lord compare?


With rev'rence and religious dread
his saints should to his temple press;
His fear through all their hearts should spread,
who his Almighty Name confess.


Lord God of armies, who can boast
of strength or pow'r, like thine renowned?
Of such a num'rous faithful host,
as that which does thy throne surround.


Thou dost the lawless sea control,
and change the prospect of the deep;
Thou mak'st the sleeping billows roll;
Thou mak'st the rolling billows sleep.


Thou brak'st in pieces Rahab's pride,
and did'st oppressing pow'r disarm;
Thy scattered foes have dearly tried
the force of thy resistless arm.


In thee the sov'reign right remains
of earth and heav'n; thee, Lord, alone,
The world, and all that it contains,
their maker and preserver own.


The poles on which the globe doth rest
were formed by thy creating voice;
Tabor and Hermon, east and west,
in thy sustaining pow'r rejoice.


Thy arm is mighty, strong thy hand,
yet, Lord, thou dost with justice reign;
Possessed of absolute command,
thou truth and mercy dost maintain.


Happy, thrice happy they who hear
thy sacred trumpet's joyful sound;
Who may at festivals appear,
with thy most glorious presence crowned!


Thy saints shall always be o'erjoyed,
who on thy sacred Name rely;
And, in thy righteousness employed,
above their foes be raised on high.


For in thy strength they shall advance,
whose conquests from thy favor spring;
The Lord of hosts is our defense,
and Israel's God our Israel's King.


Thus spak'st thou by the prophet's voice:
"A mighty champion I will send;
From Judah's tribe have I made choice
of one who shall the rest defend."


"My servant David I have found,
with holy oil anointed him;
Him shall the hand support that crowned,
and guard that gave the diadem."


"No prince from him shall tribute force,
no son of strife shall him annoy;
His spiteful foes I will disperse,
and them before his face destroy."


"My truth and grace shall him sustain;
his armies, in well ordered ranks,
Shall conquer from the Tyrian main,
to Tigris and Euphrates' banks."


"Me for his father he shall take,
his God and rock of safety call;
Him I my first-born son will make,
and earthly kings his subjects all."


"To him my mercy I'll secure,
my cov'nant make for ever fast:
His seed for ever shall endure;
his throne, till heav'n dissolves, shall last."

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1696,1821
      Bible Refs: Ps 89:1-29;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
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      1821# 89
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