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Deus autibus

Our ears have heard our fathers tell

Author: Thomas Sternhold
Tune: OLD 44th
Published in 2 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

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1 Our ears have heard our fathers tell,
and rev'rently record
The wond'rous works, that thou hast done
in ancient time, O Lord.

2 How thou didst drive the heathen out
with a most powerful hand,
Planting our fathers in their place,
and gav'st to them their land.

3 They conquer'd not by their own sword
the land wherein they dwell;
But by thy hand, thy arm, and grace,
because thou lov'dst them well.

4 Thou art my King, O God, who sav'st
Jacob in sundry wise;
Led with thy pow'r we threw down such
as did against us rise.

5 I trusted not in bow nor sword,
they could not save me sound;
Thou kept'st us from our foes great rage,
and didst them all confound.

6 And still we boast of thee our God,
and praise thy holy name;
Yet now thou go'st not with our host,
but leavest us to shame.

7 Thou mad'st us flee before our foes,
so were we over-trod;
They did us rob, and spoil our goods,
we were dispers'd abroad.

8 Thou hast us given to our foes,
as sheep for to be slain;
Amongst the heathen every where
we scatter'd do remain.

9 Thy people thou hast sold like slaves,
and as a thing of naught;
For profit none thou hadst thereby,
no gain at all was sought.

10 And to our neighbors thou hast made
of us a laughing-stock;
And those that round about us dwell,
at us do grin and mock.

The Second Part.

11 Thus we serve for no other use,
but for a common talk;
They mock, they scorn, they shake their heads,
wherever they do walk.

12 With shame and great confusion I
afflicted am full sore;
Yea, so I blush, that all my face
with red is covered o'er.

13 For why? We hear such sland'rous words,
such false reports and lies,
That death it is to see their wrongs,
their threatnings, and their cries.

14 For all this, we forgot not thee,
nor yet thy cov'nant brake;
We turn'd not back our hearts from thee,
nor did thy paths forsake,

15 Yet thou hast trod us down to dust,
where dens of dragons be,
And cover'd us with shade of death,
and great adversity.

16 If we God's Name forgotten have,
and help of idols sought,
Shall he not search and find it out?
for he doth know our thought.

17 But 'tis for thy name's sake, O Lord,
we always are slain thus,
As sheep into the shambles sent,
ev'n so they deal with us.

18 Up, Lord, why sleepest thou? awake,
for ever leave us not;
Why hidest thou thy countenance?
our thrall thou hast forgot.

19 Ev'n to the dust our soul is brought,
our troubles so increase:
Our belly cleaveth to the ground,
our grief no time doth cease;

20 Rise up therefore for our defence,
and help us, Lord, at need:
We, for thy goodness, thee beseech,
to rescue us with speed.

Source: The Whole Book of Psalms #XLIV

Author: Thomas Sternhold

Thomas Sternhold was Groom of the Robes to Henry VIII and Edward VI. With Hopkins, he produced the first English version of the Psalms before alluded to. He completed fifty-one; Hopkins and others composed the remainder. He died in 1549. Thirty-seven of his psalms were edited and published after his death, by his friend Hopkins. The work is entitled "All such Psalms of David as Thomas Sternhold, late Groome of the King's Majestye's Robes, did in his Lyfetime drawe into Englyshe Metre." Of the version annexed to the Prayer Book, Montgomery says: "The merit of faithful adherence to the original has been claimed for this version, and need not to be denied, but it is the resemblance which the dead bear to the living." Wood, in his "Athe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our ears have heard our fathers tell
Title: Deus autibus
Author: Thomas Sternhold
Language: English



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