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What great desire and fervent love unto

What great desire and fervent love
unto thy law I bear!
On it my daily study is,
that so I may thee fear.

Thy words have taught me to exceed
in wisdom ail my foes;
For they are ever with me, and
do give me sweet repose.

My teachers who did me instruct
in knowledge I excel;
Because I do thy statutes keep,
and them to others tell.

In wisdom I do far surpass
the ancient men also;
And that because I keep thy laws,
and so resolve to do.

My feet I have refrained likewise
from ev'ry evil way;
That so I might thy word observe
and keep without delay.

I have not from thy judgments swerved
nor shrunk, as thou canst tell;
Because thou hast me taught thereby
to live godly and well.

O Lord, how sweet unto my taste
I find thy words alway!
Doubtless, no honey in my mouth
doth taste so sweet as they.

Thy laws have me such wisdom learned,
that I do hate therefore
All wicked and ungodly ways,
and will do evermore.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1560,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 119:97-104;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 119
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