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BURFORD | Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Chetham's A Book of Psalmody, 1718
1 ¶ Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? 2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. 9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. 10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. 11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. 12 ¶ Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. 13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. 14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. 16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. 17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
1 WHEREFORE is it that thou, O Lord, Dost stand from us afar? And wherefore hidest thou thyself When times so troublous are? 2 The wicked in his loftiness Doth persecute the poor: In the devices they have framed Let them be taken sure. 3 The wicked of his heart's desire Doth talk with boastful word; The covetous renounceth, yea, He doth despise the Lord. 4 The wicked in his haughtiness Upon God doth not call; And in the counsels of his heart There is no God at all. 5 His ways at all times grievous are; Thy judgments from his sight Removed are: at all his foes He puffeth with despite. 6 Within his heart he thus hath said, I shall not moved be; And no adversity at all Shall ever come to me. 7 His mouth with cursing, fraud, and wrong Is filled abundantly; And underneath his tongue there is Mischief and vanity. 8 He closely sits in villages; He slays the innocent: Against the poor that pass him by His cruel eyes are bent. 9 He lion-like lurks in his den; He waits the poor to take, And when he draws him in his net, His prey he doth him make. 10 Himself he humbleth very low, He croucheth down withal, That so a multitude of poor May by his strong ones fall. 11 He thus hath said within his heart, God hath it quite forgot; He hides his countenance, and he For ever sees it not. 12 O Lord, do thou arise; O God, Lift up thine hand on high: Put not the meek afflicted ones Out of thy memory. 13 Why is it that the wicked man Doth God thus still despise? Because that God will it require He in his heart denies. 14 Thou hast it seen; for wrong and wrath Thou seest to repay: The poor commits himself to thee; Thou art the orphan's stay. 15 The arm break of the wicked man, And of the evil one; Do thou seek out his wickedness, Until thou findest none. 16 The Lord is king through ages all, Even to eternity; The heathen people from his land Are perished utterly. 17 O Lord, of those that humble are Thou the desire didst hear; Thou wilt prepare their heart, and thou To hear wilt bend thine ear; 18 To judge the fatherless and those That are oppressed sore; That man, who is but of the earth, May them oppress no more.