Scripture Verse

The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Psalm 27:1-2


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 744. Per­se­cu­tion.

Music: South­well (Da­man) Will­iam Da­man, Psalmes of Da­vid in Eng­lish Me­ter 1579 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Would those who thirst for blood,
Thy little flock devour?
Lord, change their hearts or check their rage,
By Thine almighty power.

When dangers compass round,
May Thine uplifted arm
Restrain or frustrate their designs,
Who seek to do us harm.

’Midst savage beasts of prey,
Thou art our confidence;
From men more savage far than they,
Be Thou our sure defense.

To Thee, almighty God,
In all our straits we come;
Do Thou protect us in the way,
And bring us safely home.