Iudica me Domine

Judge and revenge my cause O Lord

Author: Thomas Sternhold
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Judge and defend my cause, O Lord,
'gainst them that evil be ;
From wicked and deceitful men,
O Lord, deliver me.

2 For of my strength thou art the God;
why am I put from thee?
Why walk I heavily, whilst that
my foe oppresseth me?

3 O Lord, send out thy light and truth,
and lead me with thy grace,
Which may conduct me to thy hill,
and to thy dwelling-place.

4 Then shall I to thy altar go,
with joy to worship there;
And on my harp give thanks to thee,
O God, my God most dear.

5 Why art thou then so sad, my soul,
and frett'st thus in my breast?
Still trust in God, for him to praise
I hold it always best.

6 By him I have deliverance
from all my pain and grief;.
He is my God, who doth alway
at need send me relief.

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

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: Judge and revenge my cause O Lord
Title: Iudica me Domine
Author: Thomas Sternhold