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Against all those that strive with me O

Against all those that strive with me,
O Lord, assert my right;
With such as war unjustly wage
do thou my battles fight.

Thy buckler take, and bind thy shield
upon thy warlike arm;
Stand up, my God, in my defense,
and keep me safe from harm.

Bring forth thy spear, and stop their course,
that haste my blood to spill;
Say to my soul, "I am thy health,
and will preserve thee still."

Let them with shame be covered o'er,
who my destruction sought;
And such as did my harm devise
be to confusion brought.

Then shall they fly, dispersed like chaff
before the driving wind;
God's vengeful minister of wrath
Shall follow close behind.

And when through dark and slipp'ry ways
they strive his rage to shun,
His vengeful ministers of wrath
shall goad them as they run.

Since, unprovoked by any wrong,
they hid their treach'rous snare;
And for my harmless Soul a pit
did without cause prepare.

Surprised by mischiefs unforeseen,
by their own arts betrayed;
Their feet shall fall into the net
which they for me had laid.

Whilst my glad soul shall God's great Name
for this deliv'rance bless,
And, by his saving health secured,
its grateful joy express;

My very bones shall say, O Lord,
who can compare with thee,
Who sett'st the poor and helpless man
from strong oppressors free?

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 35:1-10;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 35
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