Benedictus Dominus.

Blessed be the | LORD my strength,

* who teacheth my hands to war, | and my •fingers• to fight:

2 My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in | whom I trust;

* who subdueth my people | that is under me.

3 LORD, what is man, that thou hast such respect | unto him?

* or the son of man, that thou | so regardest him?

4 Man is like a | thing of nought;

* his time passeth a- | -way like a shadow.

5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, | and come down;

* touch the | mountains•, and they shall smoke.

6 Cast forth thy | lightning•, and tear them;

* shoot out thine | arrows, and consume them.

7 Send down thine hand | from above;

* deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, | from the hand of strangers;

8 Whose mouth | talketh• of vanity,

* and their right hand is a | right hand of wickedness.

9 I will sing a new song unto | thee, O God;

* and sing praises unto thee upon a | ten-stringed lute.

10 Thou hast given victory | unto kings,

* and hast delivered David thy servant from the | peril of the sword.

11 Save me, and deliver me from the | hand of strangers,

* whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a | right hand •of in•iquity:

12 That our sons may grow up as the | young plants,

* and that our daughters may be as the polished | corners of the temple;

13 That our garners may be full and plenteous with all | manner• of store;

* that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten | thousands in our fields;

14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be | no decay,

* no leading into captivity, and no com- | -plaining in our streets.

15 Happy are the people that are in | such a case;

* yea, blessed are the people who have the | LORD for their God.

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.

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