Psalm 14

Words: Isaac Watts

Common Metre

PART 1: 
   By nature all men are sinners.
   1  Fools in their heart believe and say,
         "That all religion's vain;
      There is no God that reigns on high,
         Or minds th'affairs of men."
   2  From thoughts so dreadful and profane,
         Corrupt discourse proceeds;
      And in their impious hands are found
         Abominable deeds.
   3  The Lord from his celestial throne
         Looked down on things below,
      To find the man that sought his grace,
         Or did his justice know.
   4  By nature all are gone astray,
         Their practice all the same;
      There's none that fears his Maker's hand;
         There's none that loves his name.
   5  Their tongues are used to speak deceit,
         Their slanders never cease;
      How swift to mischief are their feet,
         Nor know the paths of peace!
   6  Such seeds of sin (that bitter root)
         In ev'ry heart are found;
      Nor can they bear diviner fruit,
         Till grace refine the ground.
PART 2. 
   The folly of persecutors.
   1  Sinners now so senseless grown
         That they the saints devour?
      And never worship at thy throne,
         Nor fear thine awful power?
   2  Great God! appear to their surprise;
         Reveal thy dreadful name;
      Let them no more thy wrath despise,
         Nor turn our hope to shame.
   3  Dost thou not dwell among the just?
         And yet our foes deride,
      That we should make thy name our trust;
         Great God! confound their pride.
   4  O that the joyful day were come
         To finish our distress !
      When God shall bring his children home
         Our songs shall never cease.

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