Three Psalms

Song Cycle by Edmund Duncan Rubbra (1901 - 1986)

Word count: 359

1. Psalm 6 [sung text checked 1 time]

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger,
neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord;  for I am weak:
O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
My soul is also sore vexed:
but thou, O Lord, how long?
Return, O Lord, deliver my soul:
oh save me for thy mercies' sake.
For in death there is no remembrance of thee:
in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
I am weary with my groaning;
all the night make I my bed to swim;
I water my couch with tears.
Mine eye is consumed with grief;
it waxeth old because of all my enemies.
Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity;
for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord hath heard my supplication;
the Lord will receive my prayer.
Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed:
let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

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2. Psalm 23 [sung text checked 1 time]

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me
in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and [thy]1 staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of [mine]2 enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.3

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1 omitted by Rubbra
2 Rubbra: "my"
3 Malotte adds: "and evermore."

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3. Psalm 150 [sung text not yet checked]

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sactuary:
Praise him in the firmament of his pow'r
Praise him for his mighty acts:
Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet:
Praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance:
praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals:
praise him upon the high sounding cymbals
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord.

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Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller