Scripture Verse

How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Psalm 82:2


Benjamin H. Kennedy

Words: Ben­ja­min H. Ken­ne­dy, The Psal­ter (Camb­ridge, Eng­land: Deigh­ton, Bell, 1876), pag­es 132–33.

Music: Ab­bots­ford Ca­tho­lische geist­liche Ge­sänge (An­der­nach, Ger­ma­ny: 1608) (🔊 pdf nwc).


Ye judges of the earth, be still,
While God declares His righteous will:
“How long in your unequal scale
Shall justice lose, and wrong prevail?

“Let law the orphan’s claim secure:
List to the friendless and the poor:
Protect the weak, assert their right,
And save them from the oppressor’s spite.

“Alas, ye neither know nor mark;
Reckless ye wander in the dark,
While earth the dire confusion feels,
And on its deep foundation reels.

Gods ye were named: all lands in you
The children of the Highest knew:
But death your frailty shall betray,
And blend your forms with vulgar clay.

Rise, high-throned God, to vengeance rise;
Redeem the wronged, the proud chastise;
Rule every realm by right divine:
For all the realms of earth are Thine.