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5056. O Lord, Be Thou My Helper True

1. O Lord, be Thou my helper true,
For just and godly men are few;
The faithful who can find?
From truth and wisdom men depart,
With flattering lips and double heart,
They speak their evil mind.

2. The lips that speak, the truth to hide,
The tongues of arrogance and pride,
That boastful words employ,
False speaking tongues that boast their might,
That own no law, that know no right,
Jehovah will destroy.

3. Because the poor are sore oppressed,
Because the needy are distressed,
And bitter are their cries,
The Lord will be their helper strong;
To save them from contempt and wrong
Jehovah will arise.

4. Jehovah’s promises are sure,
His words are true, His words are pure
As silver from the flame.
Though base men walk on every side,
His saints are safe, whate’er betide,
Protected by His name.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, be Thou my helper true
Title: O Lord, Be Thou My Helper True
Meter: 886 D
Language: English
Source: The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 21
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: BREMEN (HASTINGS), Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872
Tune Information
Name: COLWYN BAY
Composer: Thomas Joseph Linekar, 1858-1918
Meter: 886 D
Incipit: 13224 32135 56534
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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