Scripture Verse

I am poor and sorrowful: let Thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. Psalm 69:29


François H. Barthélémon (1741–1808)

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 186.

Music: Bal­ler­ma Fran­çois H. Bar­thé­lé­mon (1741–1808). Adapt­ed by Ro­bert Simp­son in A Se­lect­ion of Or­ig­in­al Sac­red Mu­sic, 1833 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Simp­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Bar­thé­lé­mon,


Though I am poor and sor­row­ful,
Hear Thou, O God, my cry;
Let Thy sal­va­tion come to me
And lift me up on high.

Then will I praise my God with song,
To Him my thanks shall rise,
And this shall please Je­ho­vah more
Than of­fered sac­ri­fice.

The meek shall see it and re­joice;
Ye saints, no more be sad;
For lo, Je­ho­vah hears the poor
And makes His pri­son­ers glad.

Let Hea­ven and earth and seas re­joice,
Let all there­in give praise,
For Zi­on God will sure­ly save,
Her brok­en walls will raise.

In Zi­on they that love His name
Shall dwell from age to age,
Yea, there shall be their last­ing rest,
Their child­ren’s he­ri­tage.