Domine quis

O Lord within thy Tabernacle

Author: Thomas Sternhold
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1 Within thy tabernacle, Lord,
who shall inhabit still ?
Or whom wilt thou receive to dwell
in thy most holy hill?

2 The man whose life is uncorrupt,
whose works are just and straight,
Whose heart doth think the very truth,
and tongue speaks no deceit;

3 That to his neighbor doth no ill,
in body, goods, or name;
Nor willingly doth slanders raise,
which might impair the same:

4 That in his heart regardeth not
malicious wicked men;
But those that love and fear the Lord,
he maketh much of them:

5 His oath and all his promises
that keepeth faithfully;
Although he make his cov'nant so
that he doth lose thereby:

6 That putteth not to usury
his money and his coin;
Nor for to hurt the innocent
doth bribe, nor yet purloin.

7 Whoso doth these things faithfully,
and turneth not therefrom,
Shall never perish in this world,
nor that which is to come.

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

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: O Lord within thy Tabernacle
Title: Domine quis
Author: Thomas Sternhold