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

The Psalms: | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 → |


¶ When singing a psalm, the word ‘blessed’ is to be pronounced as two syllables: ‘bless - ed’. Where spelled ‘blest’, the word is pronounced as one syllable.

¶ 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’.

¶ A verse number followed by a greater-than sign > indicates that the second-half of a double chant should be sung.

 

¶ 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 1

RSCM Chant Book--No.171. William Croft.

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1 Blessed are they who have not walked in the / counsel * of the / wicked, //
nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the as/sembly / of the / scornful.

2 Their delight is in the / law of the / Lord //
and they meditate on his / law / day and / night.

3 Like a tree planted by streams of water bearing fruit in due season,
with leaves that / do not / wither, //
whatever they / do, / it shall / prosper.

4 As for the wicked, it is not / so with / them; //
they are like chaff which the / wind / blows a/way.

5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to / stand in the / judgement, //
nor the sinner in the congre/gation / of the / righteous.

6 For the Lord knows the / way of the / righteous, //
but the / way of the / wicked shall / perish.

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Psalm 2

RSCM Chant Book--No.209. C Hylton Stewart.

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1 Why are the / nations in / tumult, //
and why do the peoples de/vise a / vain / plot?

2 The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take / counsel to/gether, //
against the Lord and a/gainst his a/nointed:

3 ‘Let us break their / bonds a/sunder //
and cast a/way their / cords from us.’

4 He who dwells in heaven shall / laugh them to / scorn; //
the Lord shall / have them in de/rision.

5 Then shall he speak to them / in his / wrath //
and / terrify them / in his / fury:

6 ‘Yet have I / set my / king //
upon my / holy / hill of / Zion.’

RSCM Chant Book--No.169. Jonathan Battishill.

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7 I will proclaim the de/cree of the / Lord; //
he said to me: ‘You are my Son; this / day have / I be/gotten you.

8 ‘Ask of me and I will give you the nations for / your in/heritance //
and the ends of the / earth for / your pos/session.

9 ‘You shall break them with a / rod of / iron //
and dash them in pieces / like a / potter’s / vessel.’

10 Now therefore be / wise, O / kings; //
be prudent, you / judges / of the / earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and with trembling / kiss his / feet, //
lest he be angry and you perish from the way,
for his / wrath is / quickly / kindled.

12 Happy / are all / they //
who / take / refuge in / him.

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Psalm 3

RSCM Chant Book--No.126. John Stainer.

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1 Lord, how many / are my / adversaries; //
many are / they who rise / up a/gainst me.

2 Many are they who / say to my / soul, //
‘There is no / help for you / in your / God.’

3 But you, Lord, are a / shield a/bout me; //
you are my glory, and the / lifter / up of my / head.

4 When I cry a/loud * to the / Lord, //
he will answer me / from his / holy / hill;

5 I lie down and sleep and / rise a/gain, //
be/cause the / Lord sus/tains me.

6 I will not be afraid of / hordes * of the / peoples //
that have set themselves a/gainst me / all a/round.

7 Rise up, O Lord, and deliver me, / O my / God, //
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek and / break the / teeth of the / wicked.

8 Salvation be/longs to the / Lord: //
may your blessing / be u/pon your / people.

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Psalm 4

RSCM Common Worship Psalter with chants--No.5. Noel Rawsthorne.

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1 Answer me when I call, O / God of my / righteousness; //
you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
have mercy on / me and / hear my / prayer.

2 How long will you nobles dis/honour my / glory; //
how long will you love vain / things and / seek * after / falsehood?

3 But know that the Lord has shown me his / marvellous / kindness; //
when I call upon the / Lord, / he will / hear me.

4 Stand in / awe, and / sin not; //
commune with your own heart upon your / bed, / and be / still.

5 Offer the / sacrifices of / righteousness //
and / put your / trust * in the / Lord.

6 There are many that say, ‘Who will show us / any / good?’ //
Lord, lift up the / light of your / countenance up/on us.

7 You have put gladness / in my / heart, //
more than when their corn and / wine and / oil in/crease.

8 In peace I will lie / down and / sleep, //
for it is you Lord, only, who / make me / dwell in / safety.

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Psalm 5

RSCM Chant Book--No 17. Joseph Barnby.

1 Give ear to my / words, O / Lord; //
con/sider my / lamen/tation.

2 Hearken to the voice of my crying, my / King and my / God, //
for to / you I / make my / prayer.

3 In the morning, Lord, you will / hear my / voice; //
early in the morning I make my ap/peal to / you, and look / up.

4 For you are the God who takes no / pleasure in / wickedness; //
no / evil can / dwell with / you.

5 The boastful cannot / stand in your / sight; //
you / hate all / those that work / wickedness.

6 You destroy / those who speak / lies; //
the bloodthirsty and de/ceitful the / Lord * will ab/hor.

7 But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,
I will come / into your / house; //
I will bow down towards your holy / temple in / awe of / you.

8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness, be/cause of my / enemies; //
make your way / straight be/fore my / face.

9 For there is no truth in their mouth, in their / heart * is des/truction, //
their throat is an open sepulchre, and they / flatter with / their / tongue.

10 Punish / them, O / God; //
let them / fall * through their / own de/vices.

11 Because of their many transgressions / cast them / out, //
for / they have re/belled a/gainst you.

12 But let all who take refuge in / you be / glad; //
let them / sing out their / joy for / ever.

13 You will / shelter / them, //
so that those who love your / name * may ex/ult in / you.

14 For you, O Lord, will / bless the / righteous; //
and with your favour you will de/fend them / as with a / shield.

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Psalm 6 (Penitential psalm)

RSCM Common Worship Psalter with chants--No 7. Norman Warren.

1 O Lord, rebuke me / not in your / wrath; //
neither chasten me / in your / fierce / anger.

2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for / I am / weak; //
Lord, heal me, / for my / bones are / racked.

3 My soul also / shakes with / terror; //
how / long, O / Lord, how / long?

4 Turn again, O Lord, and de/liver my / soul; //
save me for your / loving / mercy’s / sake.

5 For in death / no one re/members you; //
and who can / give you / thanks * in the / grave?

6 I am weary / with my / groaning; //
every night I drench my pillow and / flood my / bed with my / tears.

7 My eyes are / wasted with / grief //
and worn away be/cause of / all my / enemies.

8 Depart from me, all / you that do / evil, //
for the Lord has / heard the / voice of my / weeping.

9 The Lord has heard my / suppli/cation; //
the / Lord * will re/ceive my / prayer.

10 All my enemies shall be put to / shame and con/fusion; //
they shall / suddenly turn / back * in their / shame.

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Psalm 7

RSCM Chant Book--No.140. James Turle.

1 O Lord my God, in / you I take / refuge; //
save me from all who pur/sue me, / and de/liver me,

2 Lest they rend me like a lion and / tear me in / pieces //
while / there is / no one to / help me.

3 O Lord my God, if I have / done these / things: //
if there is any / wickedness / in my / hands,

4 If I have repaid my / friend with / evil, //
or plundered my / enemy with/out a / cause,

5 > Then let my enemy pursue me and / over/take me, //
trample my life to the ground, and lay my / honour / in the / dust.

6 Rise up, O Lord, in your wrath;
lift yourself up against the / fury * of my / enemies. //
Awaken, my God, the judgement / that you / have com/manded.

7 Let the assembly of the peoples / gather / round you; //
be seated high above them: O / Lord, / judge the / nations.

8 Give judgement for me according to my / righteousness, O / Lord, //
and according to the / innocence / that is / in me.

9 Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but es/tablish the / righteous; //
for you test the mind and / heart, O / righteous / God.

10 God is my / shield * that is / over me; //
he / saves the / true of / heart.

11 God is a / righteous / judge; //
he is pro/voked / all day / long.

12 If they will not repent, God will / whet his / sword; //
he has bent his / bow and / made it / ready.

13 He has prepared the / weapons of / death; //
he makes his / arrows / shafts of / fire.

14 Behold those who are in / labour with / wickedness, //
who conceive evil / and give / birth to / lies.

15 They dig a pit and / make it / deep //
and fall into the hole that / they have / made for / others.

16 Their mischief rebounds on their / own / head; //
their violence / falls on their / own / scalp.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord / for his / righteousness, //
and I will make music to the / name of the / Lord Most / High.

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Psalm 8 -- First version

RSCM CW Psalter with chants--No.9. Joseph Barnby.

1 O / Lord our / governor, //
how glorious is your / name in / all the / world!

2 Your majesty above the / heavens is / praised //
out of the / mouths of / babes at the / breast.

3 > You have founded a stronghold a/gainst your / foes, //
that you might still the / enemy / and * the a/venger.

4 When I consider your heavens, the / work of your / fingers, //
the moon and the / stars that / you have or/dained,

5 What is man, that you should be / mindful / of him; //
the son of man, that / you should / seek him / out?

6 You have made him little / lower * than the / angels //
and / crown him with / glory and / honour.

7 You have given him dominion over the / works of your / hands //
and put / all things / under his / feet,

8,9 All sheep and oxen,
even the wild / beasts of the / field, //
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
and whatsoever / moves * in the / paths of the / sea.

10 O / Lord our / governor, //
how glorious is your / name in / all the / world!

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Psalm 8 -- Second version

RSCM CW Psalter with chants--No.9. Joseph Barnby.

1 O / Lord our / governor, //
how glorious is your / name in / all the / world!

2 Your majesty above the / heavens is / praised //
out of the / mouths of / babes at the / breast.

3 > You have founded a stronghold a/gainst your / foes, //
that you might still the / enemy and * the a/venger.

4 When I consider your heavens, the / work of your / fingers, //
the moon and the / stars that / you have or/dained,

5 What are mortals, that you should be / mindful / of them; //
mere human beings, that / you should / seek them / out?

6 You have made them little / lower * than the / angels //
and / crown them with / glory and / honour.

7 You have given them dominion over the / works of your / hands //
and put / all things / under their / feet,

8, 9 All sheep and oxen, even the wild / beasts of the / field, //
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
and whatsoever / moves * in the / paths of the / sea.

10 O / Lord our / governor, //
how glorious is your / name in / all the / world!

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Psalm 9

RSCM Chant Book--No.54. George M Garrett.

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my / whole / heart; //
I will tell of / all your / marvellous / works.

2 I will be glad and re/joice in / you; //
I will make music to your / name, / O Most / High.

3 When my enemies are / driven / back, //
they stumble and / perish / at your / presence.

4 For you have maintained my right / and my / cause; //
you sat on your throne / giving / righteous / judgement.

5 You have rebuked the nations and des/troyed the / wicked; //
you have blotted out their / name for / ever and / ever.

6 The enemy was / utterly laid / waste. //
You uprooted their cities; their / very / memory has / perished.

7 But the Lord shall en/dure for / ever; //
he has made / fast his / throne for / judgement.

8 For he shall rule the / world with / righteousness //
and / govern the / peoples with / equity.

9 Then will the Lord be a refuge / for the op/pressed, //
a refuge / in the / time of / trouble.

10 And those who know your name will put their / trust in / you, //
for you, Lord, have / never failed / those who / seek you.

11 Sing praises to the Lord who / dwells in / Zion; //
declare among the / peoples the / things * he has / done.

12 The avenger of blood / has re/membered them; //
he did not forget the / cry / of the op/pressed.

13 Have mercy upon / me, O / Lord; //
consider the trouble I suffer from those who hate me,
you that lift me / up * from the / gates of / death;

14 That I may tell all your praises in the gates of the / city of / Zion //
and re/joice in / your sal/vation.

15 The nations shall sink into the / pit of their / making //
and in the snare which they set will their / own / foot be / taken.

16 The Lord makes himself known by his / acts of / justice; //
the wicked are snared in the / works of their / own / hands.

17 They shall return to the / land of / darkness, //
all the / nations * that for/get / God.

18 For the needy shall not always / be for/gotten //
and the hope of the poor / shall not / perish for / ever.

19 Arise, O Lord, and let not mortals have the / upper / hand; //
let the nations be / judged be/fore your / face.

20 Put them in / fear, O / Lord, //
that the nations may know them/selves to / be but / mortal.

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Psalm 10

RSCM Chant Book--No.158. Samuel Wesley.

1 Why stand so far / off, O / Lord? //
Why hide your/self in / time of / trouble?

2 The wicked in their pride / persecute the / poor; //
let them be caught in the / schemes they / have de/vised.

3 The wicked boast of their / heart’s de/sire; //
the covetous / curse * and re/vile the / Lord.

4 The wicked in their arrogance say, ‘God will / not a/venge it’; //
in all their / scheming God / counts for / nothing.

5 They are stubborn in all their ways,
for your judgements are far above / out of their / sight; //
they / scoff at / all their / adversaries.

6 They say in their heart, ‘I shall / not be / shaken; //
no harm shall / ever / happen to / me.’

7 Their mouth is full of cursing, de/ceit and / fraud; //
under their / tongue lie / mischief and / wrong.

8 They lurk in the outskirts
and in dark alleys they / murder the / innocent; //
their eyes are ever / watching / for the / helpless.

9 > They lie in wait, like a lion in his den;
they lie in wait to / seize the / poor; //
they seize the poor when they / get them / into their / net.

10 The innocent are broken and / humbled be/fore them; //
the helpless / fall be/fore their / power.

11 They say in their heart, / ‘God has for/gotten; //
he hides his face away; / he will / never / see it.’

12 Arise, O Lord God, and lift / up your / hand; //
for/get / not the / poor.

13 Why should the wicked be / scornful of / God? //
Why should they say in their hearts, / ‘You will / not a/venge it’?

14 Surely, you behold / trouble and / misery; //
you see it and take it / into your / own / hand.

15 The helpless commit them/selves to / you, //
for you are the / helper / of the / orphan.

16 Break the power of the / wicked and ma/licious; //
search out their wickedness un/til you / find / none.

17 The Lord shall reign for / ever and / ever; //
the nations shall / perish / from his / land.

18 Lord, you will hear the de/sire of the / poor; //
you will incline your ear to the / fullness / of their / heart,

19 To give justice to the orphan / and op/pressed, //
so that people are no longer driven in / terror / from the / land.

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Psalm 11

RSCM Chant Book--No.30. Matthew Camidge.

1 In the Lord have I / taken / refuge; //
how then can you say to me,
‘Flee like a / bird / to the / hills,

2 ‘For see how the wicked bend the bow
and fit their arrows / to the / string, //
to shoot from the shadows / at the / true of / heart.

3 ‘When the foundations / are des/troyed, //
what / can the / righteous / do?’

4 The Lord is in his / holy / temple; //
the / Lord’s throne / is in / heaven.

5 His / eyes be/hold, //
his eyelids try / every / mortal / being.

6 The Lord tries the righteous as / well as the / wicked, //
but those who delight in / violence his / soul ab/hors.

7 Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and / burning / sulphur; //
scorching wind shall / be their / portion to / drink.

8 For the Lord is righteous; he loves / righteous / deeds, //
and those who are upright / shall be/hold his /face.

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Psalm 12

RSCM Chant Book--No.119. Henry Smart.

1 Help me, Lord, for no one / godly is / left; //
the faithful have vanished from the / whole / human / race.

2 They all speak falsely / with their / neighbour; //
they flatter with their lips, but / speak * from a / double / heart.

3 O that the Lord would cut off all / flattering / lips //
and the / tongue that / speaks proud / boasts!

4 Those who say, ‘With our tongue will / we pre/vail; //
our lips we will use; who is / lord / over us?’

5 ‘Because of the oppression of the needy,
and the / groaning * of the / poor, //
I will rise up now,’ says the Lord,
‘and set them in the / safety / that they / long for.’

6 The words of the / Lord are / pure words, //
like silver refined in the furnace and purified / seven times / in the / fire.

7 You, O Lord, / will watch / over us //
and guard us from / this * gene/ration for / ever.

8 The wicked strut on / every / side, //
when what is vile is exalted by the / whole / human / race.

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Psalm 13

RSCM Chant Book--No.180. John Harrison.

1 How long will you forget me, / O Lord; for / ever? //
How long will you / hide your / face / from me?

2 How long shall I have anguish in my soul
and grief in my heart, / day after / day? //
How long shall my / enemy / triumph / over me?

3 Look upon me and answer, O / Lord my / God; //
lighten my eyes, / lest I / sleep in / death;

4 Lest my enemy say, ‘I have pre/vailed a/gainst him,’ //
and my foes re/joice that / I have / fallen.

5 But I put my trust in your / steadfast / love; //
my heart will re/joice in / your sal/vation.

6 I will sing to the Lord, //
for he has dealt so bountifully with me.

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Psalm 14

RSCM Chant Book--No.209. C Hylton Stewart.

1 The fool has said in his heart, ‘There / is no / God.’ //
Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
there is / no one / that does / good.

2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the / children of / earth, //
to see if there is anyone who is wise and / seeks after / God.

3 > But every one has turned back; all alike have be/come cor/rupt: //
there is none that does / good; / no, not / one.

4 Have they no knowledge, those / evil/doers, //
who eat up my people as if they ate bread and do not / call up/on the / Lord?

5 There shall they be in / great / fear; //
for God is in the / company / of the / righteous.

6 Though they would confound the / counsel * of the / poor, //
yet the / Lord shall / be their / refuge.

7 O that Israel’s salvation would / come * out of / Zion! //
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
then will Jacob re/joice and / Israel be / glad.

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Psalm 15

RSCM Chant Book--No.193. George A Macfarren.

1 Lord, who may / dwell in your / tabernacle? //
Who may rest up/on your / holy / hill?

2 Whoever leads an / uncorrupt / life //
and / does the / thing that is / right;

3 Who speaks the / truth * from the / heart //
and / bears no de/ceit * on the / tongue;

4 Who does no / evil * to a / friend //
and / pours no / scorn * on a / neighbour;

5 > In whose sight the wicked are / not es/teemed, //
but who honours / those who / fear the / Lord.

6 Whoever has / sworn * to a / neighbour //
and / never goes / back * on that / word;

7,8 Who does not lend money in hope of gain,
nor takes a bribe a/gainst the / innocent; //
Whoever does these / things shall / never / fall.