pg 195PSALM LXXXI.
- 1To God our strength the strains repay
- 2 With gladness and delight;
- 3Make all the musick that you may
- 4 To Christ's eternal might.
- 5Take up your voice the psalm to swell,
- Editor’s Note6 And strike the timbrel true;
- 7Ye that on lute and harp excel
- 8 The sprightly notes renew.
- 9Blow up the trumpet, as you see
- 10 The moon's increasing rays,
- 11Nor bate a jot of that decree
- 12 That bids us sing and praise.
- 13For this was more coercive made
- 14 By him that did no wrong,
- Editor’s Note15Which met the night he was betray'd
- 16 To hymn the parting song.
- 17And this he likewise deign'd to teach,
- 18 When Joseph's sons return'd
- 19From tyrants of a foreign speech,
- 20 With whom they had sojourn'd.
- 21'Twas I, ev'n Christ, thy shoulders eas'd
- 22 From weight they could not bear;
- 23And loos'd thy hands by Pharaoh seiz'd,
- 24 To shape the potter's ware.
- 25I heard thee humbled and devout,
- 26 And girt thy trembling reins;
- 27When cataracts began to spout,
- 28 And whirlwinds swept the plains.
- pg 19629I prov'd thee in the floods of strife,
- 30 Degraded for thy sake,
- Editor’s Note31The fountain and the bread of life,
- Editor’s Note32 Of which ye drank and brake.
- 33Hear, O my flock, and rest assur'd,
- 34 Thy hope is Jesus still;
- 35For if thou had thyself inur'd
- 36 To my most holy will;
- 37Thy thoughts should not have been deprav'd
- 38 To worship wood and stone;
- 39The name in which thou must be sav'd
- 40 Is Jesus Christ alone.
- 41I am the Lord thy God that bought
- Editor’s Note42 Thy ransom on the rood;
- 43Ope then thy mouth, thou shalt be taught
- 44 A taste for heav'nly food.
- 45But ah! the fools and slow of heart
- 46 The scriptures to believe
- 47For ever from my laws depart;
- 48 My prophets misconceive.
- 49So for a season they were left
- 50 To their licentious lust,
- 51And of the grace of God bereft,
- 52 Their own conceits to trust.
- 53O that my people had an ear
- 54 To that my words expound,
- 55For if Jeshurun's faith and fear
- 56 Had in my ways been found;
- 57I should have silenc'd all the boast
- 58 Of heathens at a blow,
- 59And turn'd the Lord's victorious host
- Editor’s Note60 Against their ghostly foe.
- pg 19761The tongues that prophesy'd in hate
- 62 Should have renounc'd their lies,
- 63But deathless should have been their date,
- Editor’s Note64 And their's th' immortal prize.
- 65The shepherd had his best bestow'd
- 66 To feed his faithful flock;
- Editor’s Note67While streams of milk and honey flow'd
- 68 From Jesus Christ thy rock.
81. 6 timbrel: AV.
81. 15–16 Matt. 26: 30.
81. 31 fountain: Rev. 21: 6. bread of life: John 6: 48.
81. 32 Matt. 26: 26–8.
81. 42 ransom: Matt. 20: 28.
81. 60 ghostly: spiritual.
81. 67–8 Combining the words of the psalm both with the familiar image of the promised land (e.g. Exod. 3:8), and with the Pauline image of Christ as the rock (1 Cor. 10:4), which itself is the antitype of Moses' provision of water from the dry rock (Exod. 17: 6).