Misericordias Domini.

My song shall be alway of the loving-kindness | of the LORD;

* with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one gener- | -ation to another.

2 For I have said, Mercy shall be set | up for ever;

* thy truth shalt thou | stablish in the heavens.

3 I have made a covenant | with my chosen;

* I have sworn | unto •David• my servant:

4 Thy seed will I | stablish• for ever,

* and set up thy throne from one gener- | -ation to another.

5 O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy | wondrous works;

* and thy truth in the congre- | -gation of the saints.

6 For who is he a- | -mong the clouds,

* that shall be com- | -pared •unto• the LORD?

7 And what is he a- | -mong the gods,

* that shall be | like •unto• the LORD?

8 God is very greatly to be feared in the council | of the saints,

* and to be had in reverence of all them | that are round about him.

9 O Lord God of hosts, who is | like •unto• thee?

* thy truth, most mighty LORD, | is on every side.

10 Thou rulest the raging | of the sea;

* thou stillest the waves there- | -of when they arise.

11 Thou hast subdued Egypt, and de- | -stroyed it;

* thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad | with thy mighty arm.

12 The heavens are thine, the earth | also• is thine;

* thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and | all that therein is.

13 Thou hast made the north | and the south;

* Tabor and Hermon shall re- | -joice in thy Name.

14 Thou hast a | mighty arm;

* strong is thy hand, and | high is thy right hand.

15 Righteousness and equity are the habitation | of thy seat;

* mercy and truth shall | go before thy face.

16 Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can re- | -joice in thee;

* they shall walk in the | light of thy countenance.

17 Their delight shall be daily | in thy Name;

* and in thy righteousness | shall they make their boast.

18 For thou art the glory | of their strength,

* and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt | lift up our horns.

19 For the LORD is | our defence;

* the Holy One of | Is•rael• is our King.

20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy | saints, and saidst,

* I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one | chosen out •of the• people.

21 I have found | David• my servant;

* with my holy oil have | I anointed him.

22 My hand shall | hold him fast,

* and my | arm shall strengthen him.

23 The enemy shall not be able to | do him violence;

* the son of | wicked•ness shall not hurt him.

24 I will smite down his foes be- | -fore his face,

* and | plague them that hate him.

25 My truth also and my mercy | shall be with him;

* and in my Name shall his | horn be exalted.

26 I will set his dominion also | in the sea,

* and his | right hand in the floods.

27 He shall call me, Thou | art my Father,

* my God, | and my strong salvation.

28 And I will make | him my firstborn,

* higher than the | kings of the earth.

29 My mercy will I keep for him for | evermore,

* and my covenant shall | stand fast with him.

30 His seed also will I make to en- | -dure for ever,

* and his throne | as the days of heaven.

31 But if his children for- | -sake my law,

* and | walk not in my judgments;

32 If they break my statutes, and keep not | my commandments;

* I will visit their offences with the rod, | and their sin with scourges.

33 Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly | take from him,

* nor | suffer• my truth to fail.

34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone | out of• my lips:

* I have sworn once by my holiness, that I | will not fail David.

35 His seed shall en- | -dure for ever,

* and his throne is | like •as the• sun before me.

36 He shall stand fast for evermore | as the moon,

* and as the | faithful •witness• in heaven.

37 But thou hast abhorred and forsaken | thine anointed,

* and | art displeased at him.

38 Thou hast broken the covenant | of thy servant,

* and cast his | crown to the ground.

39 Thou hast overthrown | all his hedges,

* and | broken down his strongholds.

40 All they that go | by spoil him,

* and he is become a re- | -proach to his neighbours.

41 Thou hast set up the right hand | of his enemies,

* and made all his advers- | -aries to rejoice.

42 Thou hast taken away the edge | of his sword,

* and givest him not | vic•tory• in the battle.

43 Thou hast put | out his glory,

* and cast his | throne down •to the• ground.

44 The days of his youth | hast thou shortened,

* and | covered• him with dishonour.

45 LORD, how long wilt thou hide thy- | -self? for ever?

* and shall thy | wrath burn like fire?

46 O remember how short my | time is;

* wherefore hast thou made | all men for nought?

47 What man is he that liveth, and shall | not see death?

* and shall he deliver his soul from the | power of the grave?

48 Lord, where are thy old | loving-kindnesses,

* which thou swarest unto | David in thy truth?

49 Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy | servants have,

* and how I do bear in my bosom the re- | -bukes of many people;

50 Wherewith thine enemies have blas- | -phemed thee,

* and slandered the | footsteps• of thine anointed.

51 Praised be the LORD for | evermore.

* A- | -men, and Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,

* and | to the Holy Ghost,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and | ever shall be,

* world without | end.  Amen.