Scripture Verse

O men, how long shall My honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself. Psalm 4:2–3


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Songs of Zi­on (Lon­don: Long­man, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1822).

Music: Duke Street at­trib­ut­ed to John Hat­ton, 1793 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


How long, ye sons of men, will ye
The ser­vant of the Lord des­pise,
Delight your­selves with va­ni­ty,
And trust in re­fuges of lies?

Know that the Lord hath set apart
The god­ly man in ev­ery age;
He loves a meek and low­ly heart;
His people are His he­ri­tage.

Then stand in awe, nor dare to sin;
Commune with your own heart, be still:
The Lord re­quir­eth truth with­in,
The sac­ri­fice of mind and will.