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I do the thing that lawful is and give

I do the thing that lawful is,
and give to all men right;
Resign me not to them that would
oppress me with their might.

But for thy servant surety be
in that thing which is right;
And never let the proud oppress
me with their rage and spite.

My eyes do fail with waiting for
thy health which I do crave;
And for thy righteous promise, Lord,
whereby thou wilt me save.

Entreat thy servant lovingly,
and favor to him show;
And thy commands most excellent
teach me also to know.

Thy humble servant, Lord, I am,
grant me to understand
How by thy statutes I may know
best what to take in hand.

It is now time, Lord, to begin,
for truth doth quite decay;
Thy law likewise they have made void,
and none doth it obey.

This is the cause wherefore I love
thy laws much more than gold,
Or jewels fine, which are esteemed
most costly to be sold.

I thought thy precepts all most just,
and so them kept in store;
All crafty and malicious ways
I greatly do abhor.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1560,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 119:121-128;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 119
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