Psalm 75

Words: Isaac Watts

Here is an example of Watts applying a Psalm to events in Britain. These references were modified in the Americanized versions of Watts work.

Long Metre Tunes
Power and government from God alone.
[applied to the glorious Revolution by King William, or the happy
accession of King George to the throne.]

   1  To thee, most Holy and most High,
      To thee we bring our thankful praise;
      Thy works declare thy name is nigh,
      Thy works of wonder and of grace.

   2  Britain was doom'd to be a slave,
      Her frame dissolv'd, her fears were great;
      When God a new supporter gave,
      To bear the pillars of the state.

   3  He from thy hand receiv'd his crown,
      And sware to rule by wholesome laws;
      His foot shall tread th' oppressor down,
      His arm defend the righteous cause.

   4  Let haughty sinners sink their pride,
      Nor lift so high their scornful head;
      But lay their foolish thoughts aside, ,
      And own the king that God hath made.

   5  Such honors never come by chance,
      Nor do the winds promotion blow;
      'Tis God the Judge doth one advance,
      'Tis God that lays another low.

   6  No vain pretence to royal birth
      Shall fix a tyrant on the throne:
      God, the great Sov'reign of the earth,
      Will rise and make his justice known.

   7  [His hand holds out the dreadful cup
      Of vengeance mix'd with various plagues,
      To make the wicked drink them up,
      Wring out and taste the bitter dregs.

   8  Now shall the Lord exalt the just;
      And while he tramples on tile proud,
      And lays their glory in the dust,
      My lips shall sing his praise aloud.]

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