My Lord My God In All Distress

My Lord my God in all distresse
my hope is whole, in thee:
Then let no shame my soule oppresse,
nor once take hold on me.
As thou art just, defend me Lord,
and rid me out of dread:
Give eare and to my suit accord,
and send me help at need,

Be thou my rock, to whom I may
for aid all times resort:
Thy promise is to help alway,
thou art my fence and fort.
Save me my God from, winked men,
and from their strength and power:
From folk unjust, and eke from them
that cruelly devoure.

Thou art my stay wherein I trust,
thou, Lord of hoasts, art he:
Yea from my youth I had a lust,
still to depend on thee:
Thou hast me kept even from my birth,
and I through thee was born:
Wherefore I will thee praise with mirth
both evening and at morn.

As to a monster seldome seen,
much folk about me throng:
But thou art now and still hast been
my fence and aid most strong.
Wherefore my mouth no time shall lack
thy glory and thy praise:
And eke my tongue shall not be slack
To honour thee alwaies.

Refuse me not O Lord, I pray,
when age my limbs doth take:
And when my strength doth wast away,
do not my soul forsake.
Among themselves my foes enquire,
to take me through deceit,
And they against me do conspire,
that for my soule laid wait.

The second Part:

Lay hand upon him now they said
for God from him is gone:
Dispatch him quite, for to his aid
(I wis) there cometh none.
Do not absent thyselfe away,
O Lord when need shall be:
But that in time of griefe thou may
in hast give help to me.

With shame confound and overthrow
all those that seek my life:
Oppresse them with rebuke also,
that faine would work me strife.
But I will patiently abide
thy help at all assayes:
Still more and more, each time and tide,
I will set forth thy praise.

My mouth thy justice shall record,
that daily help doth send:
But of thy benefits O Lord,
I know no count nor end.
Yet will I go and seek forth one,
with thy good help O God:
The saving health of thee alone,
to shew and set abroad.

For of my youth thou tookst the care,
and dost instruct me still:
Therefore thy wonders to declare,
I have great mind and will.
And as in youth from wanton rage
thou didst me keep and stay:
Forsake me not unto mine age,
and till my head is gray.

The third Part:

That I thy strength & might may shew
to them that now be here:
And that our seed thy power may know
hereafter many yeare.

O Lord, thy justice doth exceed,
thy doings all may see:
Thy works are wonderfull indeed,
O who is like to thee?

Thou mad’st me feele affliction sore,
and yet thou didst me save:
Yea thou didst help, and me restore,
and tookst me from the grave.
And thou mine honour dost increase,
my dignity maintaine:
Yea thou dost make all griefe to cease,
and comfortst me againe.

Therefore thy faithfulnesse to praise,
I will with violl sing,
My harp shall sound thy laud alwaies,
O Israels hoy King.
My mouth will joy with pleasant voice
when I shall sing to thee:
And eke my soule shall much rejoyce
for thou hast made me free.

My tongue thy uprightness shall sound,
I daily speak it still:
For griefe and shame do them confound,
that seek to work me ill.