Scripture Verse

Keep not Thou silence, O God; hold not Thy peace. Psalm 83:1


William Croft (1678–1727)

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 224.

Music: St. Mat­thew Will­iam Croft, 1708 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


O God, no long­er hold Thy peace,
No long­er si­lent be;
Thine ene­mies lift up their head
To fight Thy saints and Thee.
Against Thine own, whom Thou dost love,
Their craft Thy foes em­ploy;
They think to cut Thy peo­ple off,
Thy church they would de­stroy.

Thine an­cient foes, con­spir­ing still,
With one con­sent agree,
And they who with Thy peo­ple strive
Make war, O God, on Thee.
O God, who in our fa­thers’ time
Didst smite our foes and Thine,
So smite Thine ene­mies to­day
Who in their pride com­bine.

Make them like dust and stub­ble blown
Before the whirl­wind dire,
In ter­ror driv’n be­fore the storm
Of Thy con­sum­ing fire.
Confound them in their sin till they
To Thee for par­don fly,
Till in dis­may they, trem­bling, own
That Thou art God Most High.