The Common Worship Psalter. The Common Worship Psalter with pointing is based upon the RSCM Common Worship Psalter with chants. The chants are as numbered in the RSCM Chant Book. The MID files are as listed at Ton Meijer's anglican chant website HERE. (this page prepared for katapi by paul ingram 2017.)


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¶ A double forward slash // marks the mid-point in each psalm verse where, traditionally, a pause is observed.

¶ A single forward slash / marks a bar-line of the chant. An asterisk * indicates the mid point of the bar, and the chord changes after the dot. Chord changes in words of more than one syllable are indicated by a dash.

¶ For those traditions which omit the word 'Alleluia' during penitential seasons, we have provided an alternative: 'Praise the Lord'.

¶ Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

Glory to the Father and / to the / Son //
and / to the / Holy / Spirit;

as it was in the be/ginning is / now //
and shall be for / ever. / A/men.

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Psalm 26

RSCM CW Psalter--No.33. | katapi Media Player (midi)

E J Hopkins

1 Give judgement for me, O Lord, for I have / walked with in/tegrity; //
I have trusted in the / Lord and / have not / faltered.

2 Test me, O / Lord, and / try me; //
examine my / heart / and my / mind.

3 For your love is be/fore my / eyes; //
I have / walked / in your / truth.

4 I have not joined the company / of the / false, //
nor con/sorted / with the de/ceitful.

5 I hate the gathering of / evil/doers //
and I / will not sit / down * with the / wicked.

6 I will wash my hands in / innocence, O / Lord, //
that I may / go a/bout your / altar,

7 To make heard the / voice of / thanksgiving //
and tell of / all your / wonderful / deeds.

8 Lord, I love the house of your / habi/tation //
and the / place * where your / glory a/bides.

9 Sweep me not a/way with / sinners, //
nor my / life / with the / blood*thirsty,

10 Whose hands are full of / wicked / schemes //
and their / right hand / full of / bribes.

11 As for me, I will / walk with in/tegrity; //
redeem me, Lord, / and be / merciful / to me.

12 My / foot stands / firm; //
in the great congregation / I will / bless the / Lord.

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Psalm 27

RSCM CW Psalter--No.34. | katapi Media Player (midi)

J Turle

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then / shall I / fear? //
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then / shall I / be a/fraid?

2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to / eat up my / flesh, //
they / stumbled / and / fell.

3 Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall / not be a/fraid, //
and though there rise up war against me, yet will I / put my / trust in / him.

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord and that a/lone I / seek: //
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord / all the / days of my / life,

5 To behold the fair / beauty * of the / Lord //
and to / seek his / will * in his / temple.

6 For in the day of trouble he shall hide me / in his / shelter; //
in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me and set me / high up/on a / rock.

7 And now shall he / lift up my / head //
above my / enemies / round a/bout me;

8 Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with / great / gladness; //
I will sing and make / music / to the / Lord.


RSCM CW Psalter--No.35. | katapi Media Player (midi)

W Havergal

9 Hear my voice, O Lord, / when I / call; //
have / mercy up/on me and / answer me.

10 My heart tells of your word, / 'Seek my / face.' //
Your / face, Lord, / will I / seek.

11 Hide / not your / face from me, //
nor cast your / servant a/way * in dis/pleasure.

12 You have / been my / helper; //
leave me not, neither forsake me, O / God of / my sal/vation.

13 (2nd part) Though my father and my / mother for/sake me, //
the / Lord will / take me / up.

14 Teach me your / way, O / Lord; //
lead me on a level path, because of / those who / lie in / wait for me.

15 Deliver me not into the / will of my / adversaries, //
for false witnesses have risen up against me, and / those who / breathe out / violence.

16 I believe that I shall see the / goodness * of the / Lord //
in the / land / of the / living.

17 Wait for the Lord; be strong and he shall / comfort your / heart; //
wait / patiently / for the / Lord.

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Psalm 28

RSCM CW Psalter--No.36. | katapi Media Player (midi)

S Wesley

1 To you I call, O Lord my rock; be not / deaf * to my / cry, //
lest, if you do not hear me, I become like / those who go / down * to the / Pit.

2 Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry / out to / you, //
when I lift up my / hands * to your / holy of / holies.

3 Do not snatch me away with the wicked, with the / evil/doers, //
who speak peaceably with their neighbours, while / malice is / in their / hearts.

4 Repay them ac/cording * to their / deeds //
and according to the / wickedness of / their de/vices.

5 Reward them according to the / work of their / hands //
and / pay them their / just de/serts.

6 They take no heed of the Lord's doings, nor of the / works of his / hands; //
therefore shall he break them down / and not / build them / up.

7 Blessed / be the / Lord, //
for he has / heard the / voice of my / prayer.

8 The Lord is my strength / and my / shield; //
my heart has trusted in / him and / I am / helped;

9 (2nd part) Therefore my heart / dances for / joy //
and in my / song / will I / praise him.

10 The Lord is the / strength of his / people, //
a safe / refuge for / his a/nointed.

11 Save your people and / bless your in/heritance; //
shepherd them and / carry / them for / ever.

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Psalm 29

RSCM CW Psalter--No.37. | katapi Media Player (midi)

M Luther

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you / powers of / heaven, //
ascribe to the / Lord / glory and / strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the honour / due * to his / name; //
worship the / Lord * in the / beauty of / holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of / glory / thunders; //
the Lord is up/on the / mighty / waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is mighty in / oper/ation; //
the voice of the Lord / is a / glorious / voice.

5 The voice of the Lord / breaks the / cedar trees; //
the Lord / breaks the / cedars of / Lebanon;

6 He makes Lebanon / skip * like a / calf //
and Sirion / like a / young wild / ox.

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning; the voice of the Lord / shakes the / wilderness; //
the Lord / shakes the / wilderness of / Kadesh.

8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the / forests / bare; //
in his / temple / all cry, / 'Glory!'

9 The Lord sits enthroned a/bove the / water flood; //
the Lord sits enthroned as / king for / ever/more.

10 The Lord shall give / strength to his / people; //
the Lord shall give his / people the / blessing of / peace.

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Psalm 30

RSCM CW Psalter--No.38. | katapi Media Player (midi)

W Havergal

1 I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have / raised me / up //
and have not let my / foes / triumph / over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried / out to / you //
and / you have / healed / me.

3 You brought me up, O Lord, / from the / dead; //
you restored me to life from among / those that go / down * to the / Pit.

4 Sing to the Lord, you / servants of / his; //
give / thanks to his / holy / name.

5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favour / for a / lifetime. //
Heaviness may endure for a night, but / joy comes / in the / morning.


6 In my prosperity I said, 'I shall / never be / moved. //
You, Lord, of your goodness, have / made my / hill so / strong.'

7 Then you / hid your / face from me //
and / I was / utterly dis/mayed.

8 To you, O / Lord, I / cried; //
to the Lord I / made my / suppli/cation:

9 'What profit is there in my blood, if I go / down * to the / Pit? //
Will the dust praise you / or de/clare your / faithfulness?

10 'Hear, O Lord, and have / mercy up/on me; //
O / Lord, / be my / helper.'

11 You have turned my mourning / into / dancing; //
you have put off my sackcloth and / girded / me with / gladness;

12 Therefore my heart sings to / you without / ceasing; //
O Lord my God, I will / give you / thanks for / ever.

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Psalm 31

RSCM CW Psalter--No.39. | katapi Media Player (midi)

H Bramma

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be / put to / shame; //
de/liver me / in your / righteousness.

2 Incline your / ear to / me; //
make / haste / to de/liver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me, for you are my / rock * and my / stronghold; //
guide me, and / lead me / for your / name's sake.

4 Take me out of the net that they have laid / secretly / for me, //
for / you / are my / strength.

5 Into your hands I com/mend my / spirit, //
for you have redeemed me, O / Lord / God of / truth.

6 I hate those who cling to / worthless / idols; //
I / put my / trust * in the / Lord.

7 I will be glad and re/joice in your / mercy, //
for you have seen my affliction and known my / soul / in ad/versity.

8 You have not shut me up in the / hand of the / enemy; //
you have set my / feet * in an / open / place.

9 Have mercy on me, Lord, for / I am in / trouble; //
my eye is consumed with sorrow, my / soul * and my / body / also.

10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my / years with / sighing; //
my strength fails me because of my affliction, and my / bones / are con/sumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbours,
an object of dread to / my ac/quaintances; //
when they / see me * in the / street they / flee from me.

12 I am forgotten like one that is dead, / out of / mind; //
I have be/come * like a / broken / vessel.

13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is on / every / side; //
they scheme together against me, and / plot to / take my / life.

14 But my trust is in / you, O / Lord. //
I have / said, 'You / are my / God.

15 'My times are / in your / hand; //
deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from / those who / persecute / me.

16 'Make your face to / shine up*on your / servant, //
and save me / for your / mercy's / sake.'

17 Lord, let me not be confounded for I have / called up/on you; //
but let the wicked be put to shame; let them be / silent / in the / grave.

18 Let the lying lips be / put to / silence //
that speak against the righteous with / arrogance, dis/dain * and con/tempt.

[Vss 19-end -- chant no.40: next page.]


RSCM CW Psalter--No.40. | katapi Media Player (midi)

T A Walmisley

19 How abundant is your goodness, O Lord, which you have laid up for / those who / fear you; //
which you have prepared in the sight of all for those who / put their / trust in / you.

20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence from / those who / slander them; //
you keep them safe in your refuge / from the / strife of / tongues.

21 Blessed / be the / Lord! //
For he has shown me his steadfast love when I was / as a / city be/sieged.

22 I had said in my alarm, 'I have been cut off from the / sight of your / eyes.' //
Nevertheless, you heard the voice of my prayer / when I / cried / out to you.

23 Love the Lord, all / you his / servants; //
for the Lord protects the faithful, but re/pays * to the / full the / proud.

24 Be strong and let your / heart take / courage, //
all you who wait in / hope / for the / Lord.

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Psalm 32

RSCM CW Psalter--No.41. | katapi Media Player (midi)

G C Martin

1 Happy the one whose transgression / is for/given, //
and / whose / sin is / covered.

2 Happy the one to whom the Lord im/putes no / guilt, //
and in whose / spirit there / is no / guile.

3 For I / held my / tongue; //
my bones wasted away through my / groaning / all the day / long.

4 Your hand was heavy upon me / day and / night; //
my moisture was dried up / like the / drought in / summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my / sin to / you //
and my in/iquity I / did not / hide.

6 I said, 'I will confess my transgressions / to the / Lord,' //
and you for/gave the / guilt of my / sin.

7 Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you in / time of / trouble; //
in the great / water flood, it / shall not / reach them.

8 You are a place for me to hide in; you pre/serve me from / trouble; //
you sur/round me with / songs * of de/liverance.

9 'I will instruct you and teach you in the way that / you should / go; //
I will / guide you / with my / eye.

10 'Be not like horse and mule which have / no * under/standing; //
whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, or / else * they will / not stay / near you.'

11 Great tribulations re/main for the / wicked, //
but mercy embraces / those who / trust in the / Lord.

12 Be glad, you righteous, and re/joice in the / Lord; //
shout for joy, / all who are / true of / heart.

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Psalm 33

RSCM CW Psalter--No.42. | katapi Media Player (midi)

N Rawsthorne

1 Rejoice in the Lord, / O you / righteous, //
for it is good for the / just to / sing / praises.

2 Praise the / Lord with the / lyre; //
on the ten-stringed / harp / sing his / praise.

3 Sing for him a / new / song; //
play / skilfully, with / shouts of / praise.

4 For the word of the / Lord is / true //
and / all his / works are / sure.

5 He loves / righteousness and / justice; //
the earth is full of the loving-/kindness of the / Lord.

6 By the word of the Lord were the / heavens / made //
and all their / host * by the / breath of his / mouth.

7 He gathers up the waters of the sea as / in a / waterskin //
and lays up the / deep / in his / treasury.

8 Let all the earth / fear the / Lord; //
stand in awe of him, / all who / dwell in the / world.

9 For he spoke, and / it was / done; //
he com/manded, and / it stood / fast.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the / nations to / naught; //
he frus/trates * the / designs of the / peoples.

11 But the counsel of the Lord shall en/dure for / ever //
and the designs of his heart from gene/ration to / gene/ration.

12 Happy the nation whose / God * is the / Lord //
and the people he has / chosen / for his / own.

13 The Lord looks / down from / heaven //
and beholds / all the / children of / earth.

14 from where he sits enthroned he / turns his / gaze //
on / all who / dwell on the / earth.

15 He fashions / all the / hearts of them //
and under/stands / all their / works.

16 No king is saved by the / might of his / host; //
no warrior delivered / by his / great / strength.

17 A horse is a vain hope / for de/liverance; //
for all its / strength it / cannot / save.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord
is upon / those who / fear him, //
on those who wait in / hope * for his / steadfast / love,

19 To deliver their / soul from / death //
and to / feed them in / time of / famine.

20 Our soul waits longingly / for the / Lord; //
he is our / help / and our / shield.

21 Indeed, our heart re/joices / in him; //
in his holy name / have we / put our / trust.

22 (2nd part) Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, / be up/on us, //
as we have / set our / hope on / you
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Psalm 34

RSCM CW Psalter--No.43. | katapi Media Player (midi)

C H H Parry

1 I will bless the / Lord at / all times; //
his praise shall / ever be / in my / mouth.

2 My soul shall glory / in the / Lord; //
let the / humble / hear and be / glad.

3 O magnify the / Lord with / me; //
let us ex/ alt his / name to/gether.

4 I sought the Lord / and he / answered me //
and de/livered me from / all my / fears.

5 Look upon him / and be / radiant //
and your faces / shall not / be a/shamed.

6 This poor soul cried, and the / Lord / heard me //
and / saved me from / all my / troubles.

7 The angel / of the / Lord //
encamps around those who / fear him / and de/livers them.

8 O taste and see that the / Lord is / gracious; //
blessed is the / one who / trusts in / him.

9 Fear the Lord, all / you his / holy ones, //
for those who / fear him / lack / nothing.

10 Lions may lack and / suffer / hunger, //
but those who seek the Lord
lack / nothing / that is / good.

11 Come, my children, and / listen to / me; //
I will / teach * you the / fear * of the / Lord.

12 Who is there who de/lights in / life //
and longs for / days * to en/joy good / things?

13 Keep your / tongue from / evil //
and your / lips from / lying / words.

14 Turn from evil / and do / good; //
seek / peace / and pur/sue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are up/on the / righteous //
and his ears are / open / to their / cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against / those who do / evil, //
to root out the re/membrance * of them / from the / earth.

17 The righteous cry and the / Lord / hears them //
and delivers them / out of / all their / troubles.

18 The Lord is near to the / broken/ hearted //
and will save / those * who are / crushed in / spirit.

19 Many are the / troubles * of the / righteous; //
from them / all * will the / Lord de/liver them.

20 He keeps / all their / bones, //
so that not / one of / them is / broken.

21 But evil shall / slay the / wicked //
and those who hate the / righteous will / be con/ demned.

22 The Lord ransoms the / life of his / servants //
and will condemn / none * who seek / refuge / in him
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Psalm 35

RSCM CW Psalter--No 44. | katapi Media Player (midi)

J Battishill

1 Contend, O Lord, with those that con/tend with / me; //
fight against / those that / fight a/gainst me.

2 Take up / shield and / buckler //
and / rise / up to / help me.

3 Draw the spear and bar the way against those / who pur/sue me; //
say to my soul, / 'I am / your sal/vation.'

4 Let those who seek after my life be shamed / and dis/graced; //
let those who plot my ruin fall back / and be / put to con/fusion.

5 Let them be as chaff be/fore the /wind, //
with the angel * of the / Lord / thrusting them / down.

6 Let their way be / dark and / slippery, //
with the / angel * of the / Lord pur/suing them.

7 For they have secretly spread a net for me with/out a / cause; //
without any cause they have / dug a / pit for my / soul.

8 Let ruin come upon them /una/wares; //
let them be caught in the net they laid; let them / fall in it / to their des/truction.

9 Then will my soul be joyful / in the / Lord //
and / glory in / his sal/vation.

10 My very bones will say, 'Lord, / who is / like you? //
You deliver the poor from those that are too strong for them, the poor and needy from / those who / would des/poil them.'

11 False witnesses rose / up a/gainst me; //
they / charged me with / things I / knew not.

12 They rewarded me / evil for / good, //
to the deso/lation / of my / soul.

13 But as for me, when they were sick I / put on / sackcloth //
and / humbled my/self with / fasting;

14 When my prayer returned empty / to my / bosom, //
it was as though I / grieved * for my / friend or / brother;

15 I behaved as one who / mourns for his / mother, //
bowed down / and brought / very / low.

16 But when I stumbled, they gathered in delight; they gathered to/gether a/gainst me; //
as if they were strangers I did not know they / tore at / me without / ceasing.

17 When I / fell they / mocked me; //
they / gnashed at me / with their / teeth.

18 O Lord, how long will / you look / on? //
Rescue my soul from their ravages, and my poor / life * from the / young / lions.

19 I will give you thanks in the great / congre/gation; //
I will praise you / in the / mighty / throng.

20 Do not let my treacherous foes re/joice / over me, //
or those who hate me without a cause / mock me / with their / glances.

21 For they do not / speak of / peace, //
but invent deceitful schemes against those that are / quiet / in the / land.

22 They opened wide their mouths and de/rided me, / saying //
'We have seen it / with our / very / eyes.'

23 (2nd part) This you have seen, O Lord; do / not keep / silent; //
go not / far from / me, O / Lord.

24 Awake, arise, / to my / cause, //
to my defence, my / God / and my / Lord!

25 Give me justice, O Lord my God, according / to your / righteousness; //
let / them not / triumph / over me.

26 Let them not say to themselves, 'Our / heart's de/sire!' //
Let them not say, / 'We have / swallowed him / up.'

27 Let all who rejoice at my trouble be put to / shame and con/fusion; //
let those who boast against me be / clothed with / shame * and dis/honour.

28 Let those who favour my cause re/joice and be / glad; //
let them say always, 'Great is the Lord, who / delights * in his / servant's / well-being.'

29 So shall my tongue be / talking of your / righteousness //
and of your / praise / all the day / long.

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Psalm 36

RSCM CW Psalter--No 45. | katapi Media Player (midi)

S Vann

1 Sin whispers to the wicked, in the / depths of their / heart; //
there is no fear of / God be/fore their / eyes.

2 They flatter themselves in their / own / eyes //
that their abominable sin will / not be / found / out.

3 The words of their mouth are unrighteous and / full of de/ceit; //
they have ceased to act wisely / and to / do / good.

4 They think out mischief upon their beds and have set themselves in / no good / way; //
nor do they ab/hor / that which is / evil.

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches / to the / heavens //
and your / faithfulness / to the / clouds.

6 Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains, your justice like the / great / deep; //
you, Lord, shall / save both / man and / beast.

7 How precious is your loving / mercy, O / God! //
All mortal flesh shall take refuge under the / shadow / of your / wings.

8 They shall be satisfied with the abundance / of your / house; //
they shall drink from the / river of / your de/lights.

9 For with you is the / well of / life //
and in your / light shall / we see / light.

10 O continue your loving-kindness to / those who / know you //
and your righteousness to / those who are / true of / heart.

11 Let not the foot of pride / come a/gainst me, //
nor the hand of the un/godly / thrust me a/way.

12 There are they fallen, / all who work / wickedness. //
They are cast down and shall / not be / able to / stand
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Psalm 37

RSCM CW Psalter--No.46. | katapi Media Player (midi)

T Attwood

1 fret not because of / evil/doers; //
be not / jealous of / those * who do / wrong.

2 For they shall soon / wither like / grass //
and like the green / herb / fade a/way.

3 Trust in the Lord and be / doing / good; //
dwell in the land / and be / nourished with / truth.

4 Let your delight be / in the / Lord //
and he will / give you your / heart's de/sire.

5 Commit your way to the Lord and / put your / trust in him, //
and / he will / bring it to / pass.

6 He will make your righteousness as / clear as the / light //
and your just / dealing / as the / noonday.

7 Be still before the / Lord and / wait for him; //
do not fret over those that prosper as they / follow their / evil / schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and a/bandon / wrath; //
do not fret, / lest * you be / moved to do / evil.

9 For evildoers / shall be cut / off, //
but those who wait upon the Lord / shall pos/sess the / land.

10 Yet a little while and the wicked shall / be no / more; //
you will search for their / place and / find them / gone.

11 But the lowly shall pos/sess the / land //
and shall de/light * in a/bundance of / peace.

12 The wicked plot a/gainst the / righteous //
and / gnash at them / with their / teeth.

13 The Lord shall / laugh at the / wicked, //
for he / sees that their / day is / coming.

14 The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the / poor and / needy, //
to slaughter / those who / walk in / truth.

15 Their sword shall go through their / own / heart //
and their / bows / shall be / broken.

16 The little that the / righteous / have //
is better than great / riches / of the / wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked / shall be / broken, //
but the / Lord up/holds the / righteous.

18 The Lord knows the / days of the / godly, //
and their in/heritance shall / stand for / ever.

19 They shall not be put to shame in the / perilous / time, //
and in days of famine / they shall / have e/nough.

20 But the / wicked shall / perish; //
like the glory of the meadows the enemies of the Lord shall vanish; / they shall / vanish like / smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and / do not re/pay, //
but the / righteous are / generous in / giving.

22 For those who are blest by God shall pos/sess the / land, //
but those who are cursed by him / shall be / rooted / out.

[Vss 23-end -- chant no.47: next page.]


RSCM CW Psalter--No.47. | katapi Media Player (midi)

E J Hopkins

23 When your steps are guided / by the / Lord //
and you de/light / in his / way,

24 Though you stumble, you shall / not fall / headlong, //
for the Lord / holds you / fast * by the / hand.

25 I have been young and / now am / old, //
yet never have I seen the righteous forsaken, or their / children / begging their / bread.

26 All the day long they are / generous in / lending, //
and their children / also / shall be / blest.

27 Depart from evil / and do / good //
and you / shall a/bide for / ever.

28 For the Lord loves the / thing * that is / right //
and will / not for/sake his / faithful ones.

29 The unjust shall be des/troyed for / ever, //
and the offspring of the wicked / shall be / rooted / out.

30 The righteous shall pos/sess the / land //
and / dwell in / it for / ever.

31 The mouth of the righteous / utters / wisdom, //
and their tongue / speaks the / thing * that is / right.

32 The law of their God is / in their / heart //
and their / footsteps / shall not / slide.

33 The wicked / spy on the / righteous //
and / seek oc/casion to / slay them.

34 The Lord will not leave them / in their / hand, //
nor let them be con/demned when / they are / judged.

35 Wait upon the Lord and / keep his / way; //
he will raise you up to possess the land, and when the wicked are up/rooted, / you shall / see it.

36 I myself have seen the wicked in / great / power //
and flourishing like a / tree in / full / leaf.

37 (2nd part)I went by and lo, / they were / gone; //
I sought them, but / they could / nowhere be / found.

38 Keep innocence and heed the / thing * that is / right, //
for that will / bring you / peace * at the / last.

39 But the sinners shall / perish to/gether, //
and the posterity of the wicked / shall be / rooted / out.

40 The salvation of the righteous / comes from the / Lord; //
he is their stronghold / in the / time of / trouble.

41 The Lord shall stand by them / and de/liver them; //
he shall deliver them from the wicked and shall save them, because they have / put their / trust in / him.

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Psalm 38 (Penitential psalm)

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A Russell

1 Rebuke me not, O Lord, / in your / anger, //
neither chasten me / in your / heavy dis/pleasure.

2 For your arrows / have stuck / fast in me //
and your hand / presses / hard up/on me.

3 There is no health in my flesh
because of your / indig/nation; //
there is no peace in my / bones be/cause of my / sin.

4 For my iniquities have gone / over my / head; //
their weight is a / burden too / heavy to / bear.

5 My wounds / stink and / fester //
be/cause of / my / foolishness.

6 I am utterly bowed down and brought / very / low; //
I go about / mourning / all the day / long.

7 My loins are filled with / searing / pain; //
there / is no / health in my / flesh.

8 I am feeble and / utterly / crushed; //
I roar aloud because of the dis/quiet / of my / heart.

9 O Lord, you know all / my de/sires //
and my sighing / is not / hidden / from you.

10 My heart is pounding, my / strength has / failed me; //
the light of my / eyes is / gone / from me.

11 My friends and companions stand apart from / my af/fliction; //
my / neighbours / stand afar / off.

12 Those who seek after my / life lay / snares for me; //
and those who would harm me whisper evil
and mutter / slander / all the day / long.

13 But I am like one who is / deaf and / hears not, //
like one that is dumb, who / does not / open his / mouth.

14 I have become like one who / does not / hear //
and from whose / mouth comes / no re/tort.

15 For in you, Lord, have I / put my / trust; //
you will / answer me, O / Lord my / God.

16 For I said, 'Let them not / triumph / over me, //
those who exult over me / when my / foot / slips.'

17 Truly, I am on the / verge of / falling //
and my / pain is / ever / with me.

18 I will con/fess * my in/iquity //
and be / sorry / for my / sin.

19 Those that are my enemies without any / cause are / mighty, //
and those who hate me / wrongfully are / many in / number.

20 Those who repay evil for good / are a/gainst me, //
because the / good is / what I / seek.

21 Forsake me / not, O / Lord; //
be not / far from me, / O my / God.

22 Make / haste to / help me, //
O / Lord of / my sal/vation
.

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Psalm 39

RSCM CW Psalter--No.49. | katapi Media Player (midi)

J Goss

1 I said, 'I will keep watch / over my / ways, //
so that I of/fend not / with my / tongue.

2 'I will guard my / mouth * with a / muzzle, //
while the / wicked are / in my / sight.'

3 So I held my tongue / and said / nothing; //
I kept silent / but to / no a/vail.

4 My distress increased, my heart grew / hot with/in me; //
while I mused, the fire was kindled and I / spoke out / with my / tongue:

5 'Lord, let me know my end and the / number * of my / days, //
that I may / know how / short my / time is.

6 'You have made my days but a handsbreadth, and my lifetime is as nothing / in your / sight; //
truly, even those who stand / upright are / but a / breath.

7 'We walk about like a shadow and in vain we / are in / turmoil; //
we heap up riches and / cannot tell / who will / gather them.

8 'And now, / what is my / hope? //
Truly my / hope is / even in / you.

9 'Deliver me from / all my trans/gressions //
and do not / make me /the taunt * of the / fool.'

10 I fell silent and did not / open my / mouth, //
for surely / it was / your / doing.

11 Take a/way your / plague from me; //
I am con/ sumed * by the / blows of your / hand.

12 With rebukes for sin you punish us; like a moth you con/sume our / beauty; //
truly, / everyone is / but a / breath.

13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give / ear to my / cry; //
hold / not your / peace * at my / tears.

14 For I am but a / stranger with / you, //
a wayfarer, as / all my / forebears / were.

15 Turn your gaze from me, that I may be / glad a/gain, //
before I go my / way and / am no / more.

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Psalm 40

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N Rawsthorne

1 I waited patiently / for the / Lord; //
he inclined to / me and / heard my / cry.

2 He brought me out of the roaring pit, out of the / mire and / clay; //
he set my feet upon a rock and / made my / footing / sure.

3 He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of / praise * to our / God; //
many shall see and fear and / put their / trust in the / Lord.

4 Blessed is the one who / trusts in the / Lord, //
who does not turn to the / proud that / follow a / lie.

5 Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
How great / your de/signs for us! //
There is none that / can be com/pared with / you.

6 If I were to pro/claim them and / tell of them //
they would be more than I am / able / to ex/press.

7 Sacrifice and offering you do / not de/sire //
but my / ears / you have / opened;

8 Burnt offering and sacrifice for sin you have / not re/quired; //
then / said I: / 'Lo, I / come.

9 'In the scroll of the book it is written of me that I should do your will, / O my / God; //
I delight to do it: your / law * is with/in my / heart.'

10 I have declared your righteousness in the / great congre/gation; //
behold, I did not restrain my lips, and / that, O / Lord, you / know.

11 Your righteousness I have not hidden / in my / heart; //
I have spoken of your / faithfulness and / your sal/vation;

11a. I have not concealed your loving / kindness and /truth
from the / great congre/gation.

12 Do not withhold your compassion from / me, O / Lord; //
let your love and your / faithfulness / always pre/serve me,

13 For innumerable troubles have come about me; my sins have overtaken me so that I / cannot look / up; //
they are more in number than the hairs of my head, / and my / heart / fails me.

14 Be pleased, O Lord, / to de/liver me; //
O / Lord, make / haste to / help me.

15 Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed who seek after my life / to des/troy it; //
let them be driven back and put to / shame who / wish me / evil.

16 Let those who heap / insults up/on me //
be / desolate be/cause of their / shame.

17 Let all who seek you rejoice in you / and be / glad; //
let those who love your salvation say / always, 'The / Lord is / great.'

18 Though I am / poor and / needy, //
the / Lord / cares for / me.

19 You are my helper and / my de/liverer; //
O my / God, make / no de/lay.

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Psalm 41

RSCM CW Psalter--No.51. | katapi Media Player (midi)

G M Garrett

1 Blessed are those who consider the / poor and / needy; //
the Lord will deliver them / in the / time of / trouble.

2 The Lord preserves them and restores their life, that they may be happy / in the / land; //
he will not hand them / over * to the / will of their / enemies.

3 The Lord sustains them / on their / sickbed; //
their sickness, / Lord, you / will re/move.

4 And so I said, 'Lord, be / merciful / to me; //
heal me, for / I have / sinned a/gainst you.'

RSCM CW Psalter--No.52. | katapi Media Player (midi)

J Stainer

5 My enemies speak / evil a/bout me, //
asking when I shall / die and my / name / perish.

6 If they come to see me, they utter / empty / words; //
their heart gathers mischief; when they go / out, they / tell it a/broad.

7 All my enemies whisper to/gether a/gainst me, //
against me /they de/vise /evil,

8 Saying that a deadly thing / has laid / hold on me, //
and that I will not rise a/gain from / where I / lie.

9 (2nd part) Even my bosom friend, whom I trusted, who / ate of my / bread, //
has lifted / up his / heel a/gainst me
.

RSCM CW Psalter--No.53. | katapi Media Player (midi)

G M Garrett

10 But you, O Lord, be / merciful / to me //
and raise me up, / that I / may re/ward them.

11 By this I / know that you / favour me, //
that my enemy / does not / triumph / over me.

12 Because of my integrity / you up/hold me //
and will set me be/fore your / face for / ever.

13 Blessed be the / Lord * God of / Israel, //
from everlasting to everlasting. A/men and / A/men
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Psalm 42

RSCM CW Psalter--No.54. | katapi Media Player (midi)

L Flintoft

1 As the deer / longs for the / water brooks, //
so longs my / soul for / you, O / God.

2 My soul is athirst for God, even for the / living / God; //
when shall I come be/fore the / presence of / God?

3 My tears have been my bread / day and / night, //
while all day long they say to me, / 'Where is / now your / God?'

4 Now when I think on these things, I pour / out my / soul: //
how I went with the multitude and led the procession / to the / house of / God,

5 (2nd part) With the voice of / praise and / thanksgiving, //
among / those who / kept / holy day.

6 Why are you so full of heaviness, / O my / soul, //
and why are you / so dis/quieted with/in me?

7 O put your / trust in / God; //
for I will yet give him thanks, who is the help of my / countenance, / and my / God.

8 My soul is / heavy with/in me; //
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from Hermon / and the / hill of / Mizar.

9 Deep calls to deep in the / thunder * of your / waterfalls; //
all your breakers and / waves / have gone / over me.

10 The Lord will grant his loving-kindness / in the / daytime; //
through the night his song will be with me, a / prayer * to the / God of my / life.

11 I say to God my rock, 'Why have / you for/gotten me, //
and why go I so heavily, / while the / enemy op/presses me?'

12 (2nd part) As they crush my bones, my / enemies / mock me; //
while all day long they say to me, / 'Where is / now your / God?'

13 Why are you so full of heaviness, / O my / soul, //
and why are you / so dis/quieted with/in me?

14 O put your / trust in / God; //
for I will yet give him thanks, who is the help of my / countenance, / and my / God.

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Psalm 43

RSCM CW Psalter--No.55. | katapi Media Player (midi)

L Flintoft

1 Give judgement for me, O God, and defend my cause against an un/godly / people; //
deliver me from the de/ceitful / and the / wicked.

2 For you are the God of my refuge; why have you / cast me / from you, //
and why go I so heavily, / while the / enemy op/presses me?

3 O send out your light and your truth, that / they may / lead me, //
and bring me to your holy / hill and / to your / dwelling,

4 That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my / joy and / gladness; //
and on the lyre I will give thanks to / you, O / God my / God.

5 Why are you so full of heaviness, / O my / soul, //
and why are you / so dis/quieted with/in me?

6 O put your / trust in /God; //
for I will yet give him thanks, who is the help of my / countenance, / and my / God.

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Psalm 44

RSCM CW Psalter--No.56. | katapi Media Player (midi)

J Turle

1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our / forebears have / told us, //
all that you did in their / days, in / time of / old;

2 How with your hand you drove out nations and / planted us / in, //
and broke the power of / peoples and / set us / free.

3 For not by their own sword did our ancestors / take the / land //
nor / did their / own arm / save them,

4 But your right hand, your arm, and the / light of your / countenance, //
because / you were / gracious / to them.

5 You are my King / and my / God, //
who com/manded sal/vation for / Jacob.

6 Through you we drove / back our / adversaries; //
through your name / we trod / down our / foes.

7 For I did not / trust in my / bow; //
it was not my / own / sword that / saved me;

8 It was you that saved us / from our / enemies //
and / put our / adversaries to / shame.

9 (2nd part) We gloried in God / all the day / long, //
and were / ever / praising your / name.

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H Stonex

10 But now you have rejected us and / brought us to / shame, //
and / go not / out * with our / armies.

11 You have made us turn our / backs * on our / enemies, //
and our / enemies / have des/poiled us.

12 You have made us like / sheep * to be / slaughtered, //
and have / scattered us a/mong the / nations.

13 You have sold your people / for a / pittance //
and made no / profit / on their / sale.

14 You have made us the / taunt of our / neighbours, //
the scorn and derision of / those * that are / round a/bout us.

15 You have made us a byword a/mong the / nations; //
among the / peoples they / wag their / heads.

16 My confusion is / daily be/fore me, //
and / shame has / covered my / face,

17 At the taunts of the slanderer / and re/viler, //
at the sight of the / enemy / and a/venger.

18 All this has come upon us, though we have / not for/gotten you //
and have / not played / false * to your / covenant.

19 Our hearts have / not turned / back, //
nor our / steps gone / out of your / way,

20 Yet you have crushed us in the / haunt of / jackals, //
and covered us / with the / shadow of / death.

21 If we have forgotten the / name of our / God, //
or stretched out our hands to / any / strange / god,

22 Will not God / search it / out? //
For he knows the / secrets / of the / heart.

23 But for your sake are we killed / all the day / long, //
and are counted as / sheep / for the / slaughter.

24 Rise up! Why / sleep, O / Lord? //
Awake, and do / not re/ject us for / ever.

25 Why do you / hide your / face //
and forget our / grief / and op/pression?

26 Our soul is bowed / down * to the / dust; //
our / belly / cleaves * to the / earth.

27 Rise up, O / Lord, to / help us //
and redeem us for the / sake of your / steadfast / love.

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Psalm 45

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W Hawes

1 My heart is astir with / gracious / words; //
as I make my song for the king, my tongue is the / pen * of a / ready / writer.

2 You are the / fairest of / men; //
full of grace are your lips, for / God has / blest you for / ever.

3 Gird your sword upon your / thigh, O / mighty one; //
gird on your / majes/ty and / glory.

4 Ride on and prosper in the / cause of / truth //
and for the sake of hu/mili/ty and / righteousness.

5 Your right hand will teach you / terrible / things; //
your arrows will be sharp in the heart of the king's enemies, so that / peoples / fall be/neath you.

6 Your throne is / God's throne, for /ever; //
the sceptre of your / kingdom * is the / sceptre of / righteousness.

7 You love righteousness and / hate in/iquity; //
therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of / gladness a/bove your / fellows.

8 All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, / aloes and / cassia; //
from ivory palaces the music of / strings / makes you / glad.

9 (2nd part) Kings' daughters are among your / honourable / women; //
at your right hand stands the / queen in / gold of / Ophir.

10 Hear, O daughter; consider and in/cline your / ear; //
forget your own people / and your / father's / house.

11 So shall the king have / pleasure * in your / beauty; //
he is your / lord, so / do him / honour.

12 The people of Tyre shall / bring you / gifts; //
the richest of the / people shall / seek your / favour.

13 The king's daughter is all / glorious with/in; //
her clothing is em/broidered / cloth of / gold.

14 She shall be brought to the king in / raiment of / needlework; //
after her the / virgins * that are / her com/panions.

15 With joy and gladness shall / they be / brought //
and enter into the / palace / of the / king.

16 'Instead of your fathers / you shall have / sons, //
whom you shall make princes / over / all the / land.

17 'I will make your name to be remembered through / all * gene/rations; //
therefore shall the peoples / praise you for / ever and / ever.
'

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Psalm 46

RSCM CW Psalter--No.59. | katapi Media Player (midi) | Ps46(BCP) |

M Luther

1 God is our / refuge and / strength, //
a very / present / help in / trouble;

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the / earth be / moved, //
and though the mountains / tremble * in the / heart of the / sea;

3 (2nd part) Though the waters / rage and / swell, //
and though the mountains / quake * at the / towering / seas.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the / city of / God, //
the holy place of the / dwelling * of the / Most / High.

5 God is in the midst of her; therefore shall she / not be re/moved; //
God shall / help her * at the / break of / day.

6 The nations are in uproar and the / kingdoms are / shaken, //
but God utters his voice and the / earth shall / melt a/way.

7 (Unison) The Lord of / hosts is / with us; //
the God of / Jacob / is our / stronghold.


8 Come and behold the / works * of the / Lord, //
what destruction he has / wrought up/on the / earth.

9 He makes wars to cease in / all the / world; //
he shatters the bow and snaps the spear and burns the / chariots / in the / fire.

10 'Be still, and know that / I am / God; //
I will be exalted among the nations; I will be ex/alted / in the / earth.'

11 (Unison) The Lord of / hosts is / with us; //
the God of / Jacob / is our / stronghold.

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Psalm 47

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J Turle

1 Clap your hands together, / all you / peoples; //
O sing to / God with / shouts of / joy.

2 For the Lord Most High / is to be / feared; //
he is the great / King * over / all the / earth.

3 He subdued the / peoples / under us //
and the / nations / under our / feet.

4 He has chosen our / heritage / for us, //
the pride of / Jacob, / whom he / loves.

5 God has gone up with a / merry / noise, //
the / Lord * with the / sound of the / trumpet.

6 O sing praises to / God, sing / praises; //
sing / praises * to our / King, sing / praises.

7 For God is the King of / all the / earth; //
sing / praises with / all your / skill.

8 God reigns / over the / nations; //
God has taken his seat up/on his / holy / throne.

9 The nobles of the peoples are / gathered to/ gether //
with the / people * of the / God of / Abraham.

10 For the powers of the earth be/long to / God //
and he is / very / highly ex/alted.

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Psalm 48

RSCM CW Psalter--No.55. | katapi Media Player (midi)

G M Garrett

1 Great is the Lord and / highly * to be / praised, //
in the / city / of our / God.

2 His holy mountain is fair and / lifted / high, //
the / joy / of all the / earth.

3 On Mount Zion, the di/vine / dwelling place, //
stands the / city * of the / great / king.

4 In her palaces God has / shown him/self //
to / be a / sure / refuge.

5 For behold, the kings of the / earth as/sembled //
and / swept / forward to/gether.

6 They saw, and / were dumb/founded; //
dis/mayed, they / fled in / terror.

7 Trembling seized them there; they writhed like a / woman in / labour, //
as when the east wind / shatters the / ships of / Tarshish.

8 As we had heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, the / city * of our / God: //
God has es/tablished / her for / ever.

9 We have waited on your loving/kindness, O /God, //
in the / midst / of your / temple.

10 As with your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the / ends of the / earth; //
your right / hand is / full of / justice.

11 Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of / Judah be / glad, //
be/cause of your / judgements, O / Lord.

12 Walk about Zion and go round about her; count / all her / towers; //
consider well her / bulwarks; pass / through her / citadels,

13 (2nd part) That you may tell those who come after that such is our God for / ever and / ever. //
It is he that shall be our / guide for / ever/more.

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Psalm 49

RSCM CW Psalter--No.62. | katapi Media Player (midi)

S Elvey

1 Hear this, / all you / peoples; //
listen, all / you that / dwell * in the / world,

2 You of low or / high de/gree, //
both / rich and / poor to/gether.

3 My mouth shall / speak of / wisdom //
and my heart shall / meditate on / under/standing.

4 I will incline my / ear * to a / parable; //
I will unfold my / riddle / with the / lyre.

5 Why should I fear in / evil / days, //
when the / malice * of my / foes sur/rounds me,

6 Such as / trust * in their / goods //
and glory in the a/bundance / of their / riches?

7 For no one can indeed / ransom an/other //
or pay to / God the / price of de/liverance.

8 To ransom a soul / is too / costly; //
there is / no price / one could / pay for it,

9 (2nd part) So that they might / live for / ever, //
and / never / see the / grave.

10 For we see that the wise die also;
with the foolish and / ignorant they / perish //
and / leave their / riches to / others.

11 Their tomb is their home for ever,
their dwelling through / all * gene/rations, //
though they call their lands / after their / own / names.

12 Those who have honour, but lack / under/standing, //
are / like the / beasts that / perish.

13 Such is the way of those who / boast in them/selves, //
the end of those who de/light in their / own / words.

14 Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
/ death is their / shepherd; //
they go / down / straight * to the / Pit.

15 Their beauty shall / waste a/way, //
and the land of the / dead shall / be their / dwelling.

16 But God shall / ransom my / soul; //
from the grasp of / death / will he / take me.

17 Be not afraid if / some grow / rich //
and the / glory * of their / house in/creases,

18 For they will carry nothing away / when they / die, //
nor will their / glory / follow / after them.

19 Though they count themselves happy / while they / live //
and / praise you for / your suc/cess,

20 They shall enter the company / of their / ancestors //
who will / nevermore / see the / light.

21 Those who have honour, but lack / under/standing, //
are / like the / beasts that / perish.

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Psalm 50

RSCM CW Psalter--No.63. | katapi Media Player (midi)

J Harper

1 The Lord, the most mighty / God, has / spoken //
and called the world from the rising of the / sun / to its / setting.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, / God shines / forth; //
our God comes / and will / not keep / silence.

3 Consuming fire goes / out be/fore him //
and a mighty / tempest / stirs a/bout him.

4 He calls the / heaven a/bove, //
and the earth, that / he may / judge his / people:

5 'Gather to / me my / faithful, //
who have / sealed my / covenant with / sacrifice.'

6 Let the heavens de/clare his / righteousness, //
for / God him/self is / judge.

7 Hear, O my people, and / I will / speak: //
'I will testify against you, O Israel;
for / I am / God, your / God.

8 'I will not reprove you / for your / sacrifices, //
for your burnt / offerings are / always be/fore me.

9 'I will take no bull / out of your / house, //
nor / he-goat / out of your / folds,

10 'For all the beasts of the / forest are / mine, //
the cattle up/on a / thousand / hills.

11 'I know every / bird of the / mountains //
and the / insect * of the / field is / mine.

12 'If I were hungry, I / would not / tell you, //
for the whole world is / mine and / all that / fills it.

13 'Do you think I eat the / flesh of / bulls, //
or / drink the / blood of / goats?

14 'Offer to God a / sacrifice of / thanksgiving //
and fulfil your / vows to / God Most / High.

15 (2nd part) 'Call upon me in the / day of / trouble; //
I will deliver / you and / you shall / honour me.'

16 But to the / wicked, says / God: //
'Why do you recite my statutes
and take my / covenant up/on your / lips,

17 'Since you re/fuse to be / disciplined //
and have / cast my / words be/hind you?

18 'When you saw a thief, / you made / friends with him //
and you / threw in your / lot * with ad/ulterers.

19 'You have loosed your / lips for / evil //
and harnessed your / tongue * to de/ceit.

20 (2nd part) 'You sit and speak evil / of your / brother; //
you slander your / own / mother's / son.

21 'These things have you done, and should / I keep / silence? //
Did you think that I am even / such a / one as your/self?

22 'But no, I / must re/prove you, //
and set before your eyes the / things that / you have / done.

23 'You that forget God, con/sider this / well, //
lest I tear you apart and / there is / none * to de/liver you.

24 'Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving / honours / me //
and to those who keep my way
will I / show * the sal/vation of / God.
'

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