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Preserve me Lord from crafty foes of




Preserve me, Lord, from crafty foes
of treacherous intent;
And from the sons of violence,
on open mischief bent.


Their sland'ring tongue the serpent's sting
in sharpness does exceed;
Between their lips the gall of asps
and adders' venom breed.


Preserve me, Lord, from wicked hands,
nor leave my soul forlorn,
A prey to sons of violence,
who have my ruin sworn.


The proud for me have laid their snare,
and spread their wily net;
With traps and gins**, where'er I move,
I find my steps beset,


But thus environed with distress,
thou art my God, I said;
Lord, hear my supplicating voice,
that calls to thee for aid.


O Lord, the God, whose saving strength
kind succor did convey,
And covered my advent'rous head
in battle's doubtful day:


Permit not their unjust designs
to answer their desire;
Lest they, encouraged by success,
to bolder crimes aspire.


Let first their chiefs the sad effects
of their injustice mourn:
The blast of their envenomed breath
upon themselves return.


Let them who kindled first the flame
its sacrifice become;
The pit, they digged for me be made
their own untimely tomb.


Tho slander's breath may raise a storm,
it quickly will decay;
Their rage does but the torrent swell
that bears themselves away.


God will assert the poor man's cause,
and speedy succor give;
The just shall celebrate his praise,
and in his presence live.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 140;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 140
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