Common Meter: 8,6,8,6
1Give praise and thanks unto the Lord,
for bountiful is he;
His tender mercy doth endure
2God's mighty works who can express?
or shew forth all his praise?
3Blessed are they that judgment keep,
and justly do always.
4Remember me, Lord, with that love
which thou to thine dost bear;
With thy salvation, O my God,
to visit me draw near:
5That I thy chosen's good may see,
and in their joy rejoice;
And may with thine inheritance
triumph with cheerful voice.
6We with our fathers sinned have,
and of iniquity
Too long we have the workers been;
we have done wickedly.
7The wonders great, which thou, O Lord,
didst work in Egypt land,
Our fathers, though they saw, yet them
they did not understand:
And they thy mercies' multitude
kept not in memory;
But at the sea, ev'n the Red sea,
provok'd him grievously.
8Nevertheless he saved them,
ev'n for his own name's sake;
That so he might to be well known
his mighty power make.
9When he the Red sea did rebuke,
then dried up it was:
Through depths, as through the wilderness,
he safely made them pass.
10From hands of those that hated them
he did his people save;
And from the en'my's cruel hand
to them redemption gave.
11The waters overwhelm'd their foes;
not one was left alive.
12Then they believ'd his word,
and praise to him in songs did give.
13But soon did they his mighty works
And on his counsel and his will
did not wait patiently;
14But much did lust in wilderness,
and God in desert tempt.
15He gave them what they sought, but to
their soul he leanness sent.
16And against Moses in the camp
their envy did appear;
At Aaron they, the saint of God,
envious also were.
17Therefore the earth did open wide,
and Dathan did devour,
And all Abiram's company
did cover in that hour.
18Likewise among their company
a fire was kindled then;
And so the hot consuming flame
burnt up these wicked men.
19Upon the hill of Horeb they
an idol-calf did frame,
A molten image they did make,
and worshipped the same.
20And thus their glory, and their God,
most vainly changed they
Into the likeness of an ox
that eateth grass or hay.
21They did forget the mighty God,
that had their saviour been,
By whom such great things brought to pass
they had in Egypt seen.
22In Ham's land he did wondrous works,
things terrible did he,
When he his mighty hand and arm
stretch'd out at the Red sea.
23Then said he, He would them destroy,
had not, his wrath to stay,
His chosen Moses stood in breach,
that them he should not slay.
24Yea, they despis'd the pleasant land,
believed not his word:
25But in their tents they murmured,
not heark'ning to the Lord.
26Therefore in desert them to slay
he lifted up his hand:
27'Mong nations to o'erthrow their seed,
and scatter in each land.
28They unto Baal-peor did
The sacrifices of the dead
they did profanely eat.
29Thus, by their lewd inventions,
they did provoke his ire;
And then upon them suddenly
the plague brake in as fire.
30Then Phin'has rose, and justice did,
and so the plague did cease;
31That to all ages counted was
to him for righteousness.
32And at the waters, where they strove,
they did him angry make,
In such sort, that it fared ill
with Moses for their sake:
33Because they there his spirit meek
So that he utter'd with his lips
34Nor, as the Lord commanded them,
did they the nations slay:
35But with the heathen mingled were,
and learn'd of them their way.
36And they their idols serv'd, which did
a snare unto them turn.
37Their sons and daughters they to dev'ls
in sacrifice did burn.
38In their own children's guiltless blood
their hands they did imbrue,
Whom to Canaan's idols they
for sacrifices slew:
So was the land defil'd with blood.
39They stain'd with their own way,
And with their own inventions
a whoring they did stray.
40Against his people kindled was
the wrath of God therefore,
Insomuch that he did his own
41He gave them to the heathen's hand;
their foes did them command.
42Their en'mies them oppress'd, they were
made subject to their hand.
43He many times deliver'd them;
but with their counsel so
They him provok'd, that for their sin
they were brought very low.
44Yet their affliction he beheld,
when he did hear their cry:
45And he for them his covenant
did call to memory;
After his mercies' multitude
46he did repent: And made
Them to be pity'd of all those
who did them captive lead.
47O Lord our God, us save,
and gather the heathen from among,
That we thy holy name may praise
in a triumphant song.
48Bless'd be JEHOVAH, Isr'el's God,
to all eternity:
Let all the people say, Amen.
Praise to the Lord give ye.