Scripture Verse

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Psalm 103:1


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, in Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Tho­mas Cot­ter­ill, 1819.

Music: St. Tho­mas (Will­iams) Aar­on Will­iams, The New Uni­vers­al Psal­mo­dist 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Will­iams (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


O bless the Lord, my soul!
His grace to thee pro­claim!
And all that is with­in me join
To bless His ho­ly name!

O bless the Lord, my soul!
His mer­cies bear in mind!
Forget not all His be­ne­fits!
The Lord to thee is kind.

He will not al­ways chide;
He will with pa­tience wait;
His wrath is ev­er slow to rise,
And rea­dy to abate.

He par­dons all thy sins;
Prolongs thy fee­ble breath;
He heal­eth thine in­fir­mi­ties,
And ran­soms thee from death.

He clothes thee with His love;
Upholds thee with His truth;
And like the ea­gle He re­news
The vi­gor of thy youth.

Then bless His ho­ly name,
Whose grace hath made thee whole,
Whose lov­ing­kind­ness crowns thy days!
O bless the Lord, my soul!