Robert Burns

A new Psalm for the chapel of Kilmarnock

written in 1789

O sing a new Song to the Lord! Make, all and every one, A joyful noise, even for the king His restoration. The sons of Belial in the land Did set their heads together; Come, let us sweep them off, said they, Like an o'erflowing river. They set their heads together, I say, They set their heads together: On right, and left, and every hand, We saw none to deliver. Thou madest strong two chosen Ones To quell the Wicked's pride: That Young Man, great in Issachar, The burden-bearing Tribe. And him, among the Princes chief In our Jerusalem, The judge that's mighty in thy law, The man that fears thy name. Yet they, even they, with all their might, Began to faint and fail; Even as two howling, ravening wolves To dogs do turn their tail. Th' Ungodly o'er the Just prevail'd, For so thou hadst appointed; That thou might'st greater glory give Unto thine own Annointed. And now thou hast restored our State, Pity our kirk also; For she by tribulations Is now brought very low! Consume that High-Place, Patronage, From off thy holy hill; And in thy fury burn the book Even of that man, M'Gill. Now hear our Prayer, accept our Song, And fight thy Chosen's battle: We seek but little, Lord, from thee, Thou kens we get as little.

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