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2. Be Thou to me a rock of refuge,
A fortress steep and strong.
To save me from their wrong,
God, rescue me from all the wicked,
From men unjust and savage,
Who me surround and ravage.
3. Thou, from my youth my trust and Helper,
My hope, I praise Thy worth;
I’ve leaned on Thee from birth.
Yes, from the womb, LORD, of my mother
Art Thou the One who took me,
And never yet forsook me.
5. Do not in my old age forsake me
When all my strength is spent.
Hear how my foes consent
In plans to watch me and to seize me;
They say, “God does not see him,
And there is none to free him.”
6. O God, my Rock, be not far from me;
Come to my help, make haste,
And may those be disgraced
Who seek my hurt and who accuse me.
May my oppressors suffer
The scorn and shame they offer.
7. But I will hope in Thee forever,
And praise Thee more and more;
My life Thou shalt restore.
My mouth will tell of all Thy doings,
Of all Thy acts so righteous
That to Thy praise incite us.
8. The wondrous deeds of Thy salvation
Shall I praise all day long
With joyful psalm and song.
Their number, LORD, is past my knowledge.
I’ll show Thy deeds so mighty;
Thy righteousness delights me.
9. Thou from my youth, O God, hast taught me,
And I do still proclaim
Thy wondrous deeds, Thy fame.
Now that I’m old, LORD, and grey-headed,
Do not forsake and leave me
When foes and haters grieve me.
10. To all the coming generations
I will proclaim Thy might,
Thy justice and Thy right.
Thy righteousness, Thy power and splendour
Reach unto highest heaven.
To Thee all praise be given.
11. Thou who hast done great things and glorious,
O God, who is like Thee?
Thou, who hast burdened me
With bitter troubles, wilt revive me.
Out of the depths yet bring me,
With fame and comfort ring me.
13. My soul also, which Thou hast rescued,
My tongue, with psalm and lay,
Will sing of Thee all day.
I’ll praise Thy righteous help and greatness;
Thou who didst not desert me
Hast shamed who sought to hurt me.
Preface to the Genevan Psalter - John Calvin
History of the Genevan Psalter
The Origin of our Psalm Melodies
Authors of these Metrical Psalms