Scripture Verse

I will sing of mercy and judgment. Psalm 101:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 271.

Music: Far­mer John Far­mer, 1892 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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John Farmer (1835–1901)


Of mer­cy and of jus­tice
My thank­ful song shall be;
O Lord, in joy­ful prais­es
My song shall rise to Thee.
Within my house I pur­pose
To walk in wis­dom’s way;
O Lord, I need Thy pre­sence;
How long wilt Thou de­lay?

On what is base and ev­il
I will not set my heart;
Transgressor’s ways ab­hor­ring,
With them I take no part.
No fro­ward man or ev­il
Shall my com­panion be;
I will not suf­fer slan­der
Or pride or trea­che­ry.

The faith­ful and the up­right
Shall mi­nis­ter to me;
The ly­ing and de­ceit­ful
My fa­vor shall not see.
I will in dai­ly judg­ment
All wick­ed­ness re­ward,
And cleanse from ev­il­do­ers
The ci­ty of the Lord.