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For thou possessed hast my reins and

For thou possessèd hast my reins,
and thou didst cover me,
Within my mother's womb, when I
was there enclosed by thee.

Thee will I praise; made fearfully
and wondrously I am;
Thy works are marvelous, right well
my soul doth know the same.

My bones they are not hid from thee,
although in secret place
I have been made, and in the earth
beneath I shapèd was.

When I was formless, then thy eye
saw me, for in thy book
Were all my members written, and
nought after fashion took.

The thoughts therefore of thee, O God,
how dear are they to me
And of them all how very great
the endless numbers be!

If I should count them, 1o, their sum
more than the sand they be;
And whensoever I awake
I present am with thee.

The wicked and ungodly thou
most certainly wilt slay:
Therefore now, all ye bloody men,
depart from me away.

These are the men, O Lord, who speak
most wickedly of thee,
And take thy Name in vain, because
thy enemies they be.

Hate I not them that hate thee, Lord,
and that in earnest wise
Am I not grievèd with all those
that up against thee rise?

I hate them with a perfect hate,
e'en as my utter foes:
Try me, O God, and know my heart,
my thoughts prove and disclose.

Consider, Lord, if wickedness
in me there any be;
And in thy way, O God my guide,
for ever lead thou me.

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1562,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 139:11-21;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 139
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