1 Give ear unto me when I call,
God of my righteousness:
Have mercy, hear my pray’r; thou hast
enlarg’d me in distress.
2 O ye the sons of men! how long
will ye love vanities?
How long my glory turn to shame
and will ye follow lies?
3 But know, that for himself the Lord
the godly man doth chuse:
The Lord when I on him do call,
to hear will not refuse.
4 Fear, and sin not; talk with your heart
on bed, and silent be.
5 Off’rings present of righteousness,
and in the Lord trust ye.
6 O who will shew us any good?
is that which many say:
But of thy countenance the light,
Lord, lift on us alway.
7 Upon my heart, bestow’d by thee,
more gladness I have found
Than they, ev’n then, when corn and wine
did most with them abound.
8 I will both lay me down in peace,
and quiet sleep will take;
Because thou only me to dwell
in safety, Lord, dost make.
Common Metre (8,6,8,6)