Common Meter: 8,6,8,6
A Prayer of David.
1O Lord, do thou bow down thine ear,
and hear me graciously;
Because I sore afflicted am,
and am in poverty.
2Because I'm holy, let my soul
by thee preserved be:
O thou my God, thy servant save,
that puts his trust in thee.
3Sith unto thee I daily cry,
be merciful to me.
4Rejoice thy servant's soul; for, Lord,
I lift my soul to thee.
5For thou art gracious, O Lord,
and ready to forgive;
And rich in mercy, all that call
upon thee to relieve.
6Hear, Lord, my pray'r; unto the voice
of my request attend:
7In troublous times I'll call on thee;
for thou wilt answer send.
8Lord, there is none among the gods
that may with thee compare;
And like the works which thou hast done,
not any work is there.
9All nations whom thou mad'st shall come
and worship rev'rently
Before thy face; and they, O Lord,
thy name shall glorify.
10Because thou art exceeding great,
and works by thee are done
Which are to be admir'd; and thou
art God thyself alone.
11Teach me thy way, and in thy truth,
O Lord, then walk will I;
Unite my heart, that I thy name
may fear continually.
12O Lord my God, with all my heart
to thee I will give praise;
And I the glory will ascribe
unto thy name always:
13Because thy mercy toward me
in greatness doth excel;
And thou deliver'd hast my soul
out from the lowest hell.
14O God, the proud against me rise,
and vi'lent men have met,
That for my soul have sought; and thee
before them have not set.
15But thou art full of pity, Lord,
a God most gracious,
Long-suffering, and in thy truth
and mercy plenteous.
16O turn to me thy countenance,
and mercy on me have;
Thy servant strengthen, and the son
of thine own handmaid save.
17Shew me a sign for good, that they
which do me hate may see,
And be asham'd; because thou, Lord,
didst help and comfort me.