by Clément Marot (1496 - 1544)
Translation © by David Kenneth Smith

Language: French (Français)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
Il faut que de tous mes esprits 
Ton los et pris, j'exalte et prise
Devant les grands me présenter
pour te chanter j'ai fait emprise

Et ton saint temple adorerai
Célèbrerai ta renommée
Pour l'amour de ta grand' bonté 
Et féauté tant estimée.


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  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "Psalm CXXXVIII", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 43

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I will with my whole heart give thanks,
and exalt and praise Thee.
Before the gods I declare that
I have dedicated myself to sing to Thee.

And in Your holy temple worship
and celebrate Your renown,
for the love of Your great bounty
and faithfulness so greatly esteemed.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-12
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Word count: 49