METER:  CM (86 86)
This is the meter for such hymns as "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing", "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" or "O For a Heart to Praise My God"

1.  Hap-py they who care for the poor,
    God helps them in their need.
    The Lord pro-tects and keeps their lives,
    And the land calls them blest;
2.  God does not give them o-ver to
    The pow-er of their foes.
    God helps them when they're sick in bed,
    He heals them of dis-ease.
3.  I said, "Lord, have mer-cy on me;
    Heal me, for I have sinned."
    My foes say cru-el things of me;
    They hope I die un-known.
4.  Those who come to me aren't sin-cere,
    They come to gath-er lies
    So they can gos-sip ev-ery-where
    The worst news they can find.
5.  All who hate me whisp-er a-bout,
    They con-jure up the worst.
    They say, "He is sick un-to death,
    He won't rise from his bed."
6.  E-ven the best friend that I had,
    The one whom I did trust,
    The one who shared my food with me,
    A-gainst me turned him-self.
7.  O Lord, be gra-cious un-to me.
    Re-store my fail-ing health,
    That I may get re-venge a-gainst
    All of my en-e-mies.
8.  By this I know you're pleased with me:
    My foes have not pre-vailed..
    You help me, for I do what's right;
    I'll al-ways be with you.
9.  Blest be the Lord, the might-y God,
    The God of Is-ra-el!
    Praise him for all e-ter-ni-ty!
    Let it be so.  A-men.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Alt. 2011 Dale A. Schoening.

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