1 God’s mercies I will ever sing;
and with my mouth I shall
thy faithfulness make to be known
to generations all.
2 For mercy shall be built, said I,
for ever to endure;
thy faithfulness even in the heavens
thou wilt establish sure.
3 I with my chosen one have made
a covenant graciously;
and to my servant whom I loved,
to David sworn have I;
4 that I thy seed establish shall
for ever to remain,
and will to generations all
thy throne build and maintain.
5 The praises of thy wonders, Lord,
the heavens shall express;
the assembly of the holy ones
shall praise thy faithfulness.
6 For who in heaven with the Lord
may once himself compare?
Who is like God among the sons
of those that mighty are?
7 Great fear in meeting of the saints
is due unto the Lord;
and he of all about him should
with reverence be adored.
8 O Lord, the God of hosts, who can
to thee compared be?
The might One, the Lord, whose truth
doth round encompass thee.
9 Even in the raging of the sea
thou over it dost reign;
and when the waves thereof do rise,
thou stillest them again.
10 Rahab in pieces thou didst break,
like one that slaughtered is;
and with thy mighty arm thou hast
dispersed thine enemies.
11 The heavens are thine, thou for thine own
the earth dost also take;
the world, and fulness of the same,
thou by thy power didst make.
12 The north and south from thee alone
their first beginning had;
both Tabor mount and Hermon hill
shall in thy name be glad.
13 Thou hast an arm that’s full of power,
thy hand is great in might;
and thy right hand exceedingly
exalted is in height.
14 Justice and judgment of thy throne
are made the dwelling-place;
mercy, accompanied with truth,
shall go before thy face.1
15 O greatly blessed the people are
the joyful sound that know;
in brightness of thy face, O Lord,
they ever on shall go.
16 They in thy name shall all the day
and in thy righteousness shall they
exalted be on high.
17 Because the glory of their strength
doth only stand in thee;
and in thy favour shall our horn
and power exalted be.
18 For to the Lord belongs our shield,
that doth us safety bring:
and unto Israel's Holy One
the man that is our king.
WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Ki…