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PSALM 56, by            
First Line: Fountain of pitty, now with pitty flow
Last Line: When light of life with living men I see.


Fountain of pitty, now with pitty flow
These Monsters on me dayly gaping go
Daily me devoure these spyes
Swarms of Foes against me rise
O God that art more high than I am low.

Still when I feare yet will I trust in Thee
Thy Word O God my boast shall ever bee
God shall be my hopefull stay
Feare shall not that hope dismay
For what can feeble flesh do unto me?

I, as I can, think, speake, and do the best
They to the worst my thoughts, words, doings wrest
All their hearts with one consent
Are to work my ruin bent
From plotting which they give their heads no rest

To that intent they secret meetings make
They presse me neare my soul in snare to take
Thinking slight shall keep them safe
But thou Lord in wrathfull chase
Their League so surely link'd in sunder shake.

Thou didst O Lord with carefull counting look
On evry journy I poor exile took
Every teare from my sad eyes
Saved in thy bottle lyes
These matters all are entred in Thy book

Then whensoever my distressed spright
Crying to thee brings these unto thy sight
What remaineth for my Foes
Blames and shames and overthrowes
For God himself I know for me will fight.

God's never falsed word my boast shall bee
My boast shall be his word to set me free
God shall be my hopefull stay
Feare shall not that hope dismay
For what can mortall man do unto mee?

For this to Thee how deeply stand I bound
Lord that my soul dost save my foes confound?
Ah, I can no payment make
But if thou for payment take
The vowes I pay, thy prayses I resound.

Thy Prayses who from death hast set me free
Whether my feet did headlong carry me
Making me of Thy free grace
There again to take my place
When light of life with living men I see.





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