Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. Psalm 12:1
Words: Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David 1719.
The saint’s safety and hope in evil times; or, sins of the tongue complained of. Namely, blasphemy, falsehood, &c.
Music: Brockham Jeremiah Clarke, Divine Companion, second edition, 1707 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Lord, if Thou dost not soon appear,
Virtue and truth will fly away;
A faithful man amongst us here
Will scarce be found, if Thou delay.
The whole discourse when neighbors meet
Is filled with trifles, loose and vain;
Their lips are flattery and deceit,
And their proud language is profane.
But lips that with deceit abound
Shall not maintain their triumph long;
The God of vengeance will confound
The flattering and blaspheming tongue.
Yet shall our words be free, they cry;
Our tongues shall be controlled by none:
Where is the Lord will ask us why?
Or say our lips are not our own?
The Lord, who sees the poor oppressed,
And hears th’oppressor’s haughty strain,
Will rise to give His children rest,
Nor shall they trust His Word in vain.
Thy Word, O Lord, though often tried,
Void of deceit shall still appear;
Not silver seven times purified,
From dross and mixture shines so clear.
Thy grace shall in the darkest hour
Defend the holy soul from harm;
Though when the vilest men have power,
On every side will sinners swarm.