Verba mea auribus

Incline thine eares unto my words

Author: Thomas Sternhold
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Incline thine ears, O Lord, and let
my words have free access
To thee, who art my God and King,
from whom I seek redress.

2 Hear me betimes, Lord, tarry not,
for I will have respect,
My supplication in the morn
to thee for to direct.

3 And I will patiently still trust
in thee, my God, alone;
Thou art not pleased with wickedness,
and ill with thee dwells none.

4 Such as be foolish shall not stand
in sight of thee, O Lord;
Vain workers of iniquity
thou hast always abhorred.

5 The liars and base flatterers
shall be destroyed by thee;
Blood-thirsty and deceitful men
likewise shall hated be.

6 Therefore will I come to thy house,
trusting upon thy grace;
And rev'rently will worship thee
towards thy holy place.

7 Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
for to confound my foes;
Also the way that I should walk
before my face disclose:

8 For in their mouths there is no truth,
their inward filth is great;
Their throat an open sepulcher,
and tongues full of deceit.

9 Destroy their false conspiracies,
that they may come to naught:
Subvert them in their heaps of sin,
who have rebellion wrought:

10 But those that put their trust in thee,
let them be glad always;
And render thanks for thy defense,
and give thy Name the praise

11 For thou with favor wilt increase
the just and righteous still;
And with thy grace, as with a shield,
defend him from all ill.

Source: The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre #V

Author: Thomas Sternhold

Thomas Sternhold was Groom of the Robes to Henry VIII and Edward VI. With Hopkins, he produced the first English version of the Psalms before alluded to. He completed fifty-one; Hopkins and others composed the remainder. He died in 1549. Thirty-seven of his psalms were edited and published after his death, by his friend Hopkins. The work is entitled "All such Psalms of David as Thomas Sternhold, late Groome of the King's Majestye's Robes, did in his Lyfetime drawe into Englyshe Metre." Of the version annexed to the Prayer Book, Montgomery says: "The merit of faithful adherence to the original has been claimed for this version, and need not to be denied, but it is the resemblance which the dead bear to the living." Wood, in his "Athe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Incline thine eares unto my words
Title: Verba mea auribus
Author: Thomas Sternhold
Language: English

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