Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.@Psalm 56:1

From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 153.

Ma­son’s Chant Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry (1816–1868) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William B. Bradbury (1816–1868)

O God, be merciful to me,
For men no mercy show;
With constant warfare pressing me
They seek my overthrow.

When foes invade, I safely rest
Confiding in Thy Word;
I will not dread what man can do
My trust is in the Lord.

I take Thy vows upon me now,
O God, who savest me;
The sacrifice of praise I bring
In gratitude to Thee.

My feet from falling and my soul
From death thou hast restored,
And ever in the light of life
I walk before the Lord.