Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stood in the way of sinners, and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law will he exercise
himself day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the waterside,
that will bring forth his fruit in due season. His leaf also shall not
wither; and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper. As for the ungodly,
it is not so with them; but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth
away from the face of the earth. Therefore the ungodly shall not be able
to stand in the judgement, neither the sinners in the congregation of the
righteous. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; and the way of
the ungodly shall perish.
¶ Beatus vir qui non abiit
O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world; thou that
hast set thy glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of very babes and
sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies, that thou
mightest still the enemy and the avenger. For I will consider thy heavens,
even the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast
ordained. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man,
that thou visitest him? Thou madest him lower than the angels, to crown
him with glory and worship. Thou makest him to have dominion of the works
of thy hands; and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet—all
sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air,
and the fishes of the sea, and whatsoever walketh through the paths of
the seas. O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world!
¶ Domine, Dominus noster
The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing. He shall feed me
in a green pasture, and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort. He
shall convert my soul, and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness,
for his Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff
comfort me. Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble
me; thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full. But
thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
¶ Dominus regit me
Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; according to the multitude
of thy mercies do away mine offences. Wash me throughly from my wickedness,
and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is
ever before me. Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in
thy sight, that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when
thou shalt judge.
¶ Miserere mei, Deus
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived
me. But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, and shalt make me
to understand wisdom secretly. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall
be clean; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Thou shalt
make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken
may rejoice. Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast
me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me. O
give me the comfort of thy help again, and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, and sinners shall be converted
unto thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God
of my health; and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness. Thou shalt
open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show thy praise. For thou desirest
no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; a broken and contrite heart,
O God, shalt thou not despise.
O be favourable and gracious unto Sion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the
burnt-offerings and oblations; then shall they offer young bullocks upon