The Psalms of David in Meeter

with the prose interlined.
by Mr. Zachary Boyd,
preacher of GODS WORD.

PUBLISHED BY heires of George Anderson


REjoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

O Ye that righteous are rejoice, into the Lord of might;
For praise it is a comely thing for them that are upright

Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery, and an instrument of ten strings.

Do ye the Lord praise with the harp: with psaltry to him sing,
And also with an instrument that hath a tenfold string.

Sing unto him a new song: play skilfully with a loud noise.

For the word of the Lord is right: and all his works are done in truth.

Sing him a new song, skilfully do with a loud noise play:
For the Lords word is right; in truth his works all done are they.

He loveth righteousnesse and judgement: the earth is full of the goodnesse of the Lord.

Both righteousnesse and judgement als he loveth ever still,
The goodnesse likewise of the Lord the earth each where doth fill.

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Ev'n by the Lords most powerfull word the heav'ns created were,
And by the breath of his own mouth all hosts of them each where.

He gathereth the waters of the sea together [...] eap: he layeth up the deepth in storehouses.

He gathreth waters of the sea together as an heap,
And as in store houses it were, he layeth up the deep.

Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in aw of him.

For he spake, and it was done: he commanded, and it stood fast.

Fear God all earth, in aw of him, let worlds all dwellers stand:
For he spake, it was done, and it stood fast at his command.

The Lord bringeth the counsell of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

The Lord to nought the counsell brings which heathen men project,
Devices of the people he doth make of none effect.

The counsell of the Lord standeth for ever: the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

But yet the counsell of the Lord for ever standeth fast,
And of his heart the thoughts unto all generations last.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people, whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

12 O blessed is the Nation whose God ev'n the Lord is;
And people whom he chosen hath for heritage that's his.

The Lord looketh from heaven: he beholdeth all the sons of men.

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

The Lord from heav'n looks, he beholds all sons of men right well:
He from his dwelling place looks on all that on earth do dwell.

15 He fashioneth their hearts alike: he considereth all their works.

The hearts of every one of them alike he he fashioneth;
And all the works als that are theirs he well considereth.

There is no King saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

There is no king whom of an hoast the multitude can save,
And by much strength a mighty man can no deliv'rance have.

An horse is a vaine thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

For mans safety, a thing most vain an horse is seen at length,
Not any he deliver shall at all by h great strength.

Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them at fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.

Behold the eye ev'n of the Lord on them that fear him is;
And upon them that also hope in mercy that is his.

To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.

From death to save their soul, and life to them in famine yeeld:
Our soul it waiteth for the Lord, he is our help and shield.

For our heart shall rejoice in him: because we have t usted in his holy Name.

Let thy mercy (O Lord) be upon us: according as we hope in thee.

Our heart in him shall joy, for trust in's holy Name did we
Lord let thy mercy be on us as we do hope in thee.


FRet not thy self because af evill doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
FRet not thy self, because of those that evill doe wickedly,
Nor be envious against them that work iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grasse, and wither as the green herb.
2 For even like unto the grasse, soon be cut down shall they:
And like unto the herb that's green, they wither shall away.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
3 Do thou thy trust put in the Lord, and do that which is good;
And so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily have food.
4 Delight thy self also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in him, and he shall bring it to passe.
4 Delight thy self in God, hee'le give thy hearts desire to thee.
5 Thy way to God commit, him trust, it bring to passe shall he.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousnesse as the light, and thy judgement as the noon day.
6 And as the light thy righteousnesse he shall bring forth alway,
And als the judgement that is thine like unto the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently him: fret not thy self because of him who prospe eth in his way, because of the man who bringe wicked devices to passe.
7 In God rest, patient for him wait, at mans way prospering
Fret not, nor at him who to passe devices ill doth bring.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thy self in any wise to doe evill
8 Do thou from anger cease, and wrath do thou forsake also,
Fret not thy self in any wise that evill thou shouldst do.
9 For evill doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inheri the earth.
9 For those that evill doers be shall be cut off in all;
But those that wait upon the Lord the earth inherit shall.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
10 For yet a little while, and then the wicked shall not be:
Thou diligently consider shalt his place; none shall it see.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
11 But who are meek they shall the earth inherit heer by right,
And in the abundance of peace themselves they shall delight.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
12 The wicked plots against the just, on him doth gnash his teeth:
13 The Lord shall laugh at him; for that his day he coming seeth.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as
be of upright conversation.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword and bent their bow have they
The poor and needy to cast down, and upright men to slay.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath, is better then the riches of many wicked.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart, broke shall their bows be then;
16 A just mans little is more then wealth of many wicked men.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
17 For of the wicked men the arms they shall be broken small:
But he that is the mighty Lord upholds the righteous all.
18 The Lord knoweth the dayes of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
18 The dayes of those that are upright the Lord himself doth see;
And the inheritance that's theirs it shall for ever be.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evill time: and in the dayes of famine they shall be satisfied.
19 They shall not be asham'd when they the evill time do see;
And in the dayes of famine they shall satisfied be.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume: into smoak
shall they consume away.
20 But wicked men, and foes of God as lambs fat perish they;
They shall consume, and into smoak they shall consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
21 The wicked man he borroweth, and not again doth pay:
But he that's righteous mercy shows, and giveth every way.
22 For such as be blessed of him, shall inherit the earth: and they that be cursed of him, shall be cut off.
22 For such as of him blessed be the earth inherit shall;
And they that cursed be of him, shall be cut off in all.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
23 The steps of every man that's good are ordered aright
Ev'n by the Lord himself, and he doth in his way delight.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
24 Although he fall, yet shall he not be utterly down cast,
For that the Lord him with his hand upholdeth ever fast.
25 I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
25 I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not indeed
The righteous forsaken seen, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever mercifull, and lendeth: and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evill, and do good, and dwell for evermore.
26 Hee's ever mercifull and lends, his seed is blest therefore:
27 Depart from evill, and do good, and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgement, and forsaketh not his saints, they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked
shall be cut off.
28 For God loves judgement, and his saints no way forsaketh he,
Preserv'd still are they, but cut off the wickeds seed shall be.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdome, and his tongue talketh of judgement.
29 The just inherit shall the land and ever therein dwell:
30 The righteous mans mouth wisedome speaks, his tongue doth judgement tell;
31 The law of his God is in his heart: non his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to stay him.
31 Within his heart is his Gods law, his steps slide not away,
32 The wicked doth the righteous watch, and seeketh him to slay.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
33 The Lord God will not in his hand thus leave him that i his:
Nor yet for wicked him condemne when as he judged is.
34 Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land? when the wicked off, thou sha see it.
34 Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall thee exalt,
The land t'inherit; cut off the wicked see thou shal
35 I have seen the wicked in great power: and spreading himself like a green baytree.
36 Yet he passed away, and o, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
35 I saw the wicked great in power and spread like green bay tree,
36 He past, o was not, him I sought, but found he could not be.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
37 Mark thou the man that is perfect, and upright in his place,
Do thou behold him, for the end of that man it is peace.
38 But the transgressours shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
38 But those men that transgressours are shall be destroy'd together,
The end of those that wicked be shall be cut off for ever.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
39 But of the Lord salvation is of them that righteous be,
And when the time of trouble is, their only strength is he.
40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
40 God shall help and deliver them, from men that are unjust
He shall deliver them, and save, because they in him trust.


O Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his Name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
GIve thanks to God, call on his Name: his deeds to people tell:
2 Sing unto him, psalmes to him sing, talk of his wonders all.
3 Glory ye in his holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
3 See that ye in his holy Name to glory do accord,
And let the heart of every one rejoice that seek the Lord.
4 Seek the Lord and his strength: seek his face evermore.
4 The Lord Almighty and his strength seek ye in every place,
See that also for evermore ye humbly seek his face.
5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done: his wonders, and the judgements of his mouth.
5 The marv'lous works that he hath done do ye remember now,
His wonders and the judgements als which from his mouth did slow.
6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant: yee children of Jacob his chosen.
6 O ye that of Abraham good his servant are the seed,
Ev'n ye that Jacobs children are, his chosen one indeed.
7 He is the Lord our God: and his judgements are in all the earth.
7 Because he is the mighty Lord who onely is our God,
The judgements that are his they are in all the earth abroad.
8 He hath remembred his covenant for ever: the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
8 His covenant he remembred hath for ever for to stand:
To thousand generations the word he did command.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
9 Which covenant himself he made with his own Abraham,
And unto Isaac he likewise by oath made sure the same.
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law: and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
10 And unto Jacob for a law the same he did confirme,
To Israel for a covenant that's everlasting firme.
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan: the lot of your inheritance.
11 He said, I of Canaan will the land give unto thee,
That it of your inheritance the pleasant lot may be.
12 When they were but a few men in number: yea very few, and strangers in it.
12 When they thus but in number were a few distressed men
Yea very few, and yet this more but strangers in it then.
13 When they went from one nation to another: from one kingdome to another people.
23 When as they from one nation another went unto;
And to another people als did from one kingdom go.
14 He suffered no man to doe them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes:
14 By any man he suffred not them wronged for to be:
Yea, for their sakes ev'n those that were great kings reproved he.
15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed: and doe my prophets no harm.
15 Then did he say, Touch ye not those that mine anointed be
Nor do the rophets any harm that do belong to me.
16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole stasse of bread.
16 Moreover he upon the land did for a famine call
And of their bread the stasse also in fury brake hee all.
17 He sent a man before them: even Joseph who was sold for a servant:
17 Before them he in favour sent a man them to uphold,
Ev'n Joseph who to Ishmaelites was for a servant sold
18 Whose feet they hurt with setters: he was laid in iron.
19 Untill the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.
18 Whose feet they did with fetters hurt: in yron he did ly;
19 Untill the time that came his word, the Lords word did him try.
20 The King sent and loosed him: even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
20 The King sent and him loos'd, ev'n him the peoples Prince set free:
21 Him ruler of his substance all, Lord of his house made he.
22 To binde his princes at his pleasure, and teach his senatours wisdom.
22 That he his princes bind with bonds at his good pleasure might,
And those that were his senatours should wisdome teach aright
23 Israel also came into Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
23 The people of Israel then into Egypt came:
And Jacob likewise did sojourn within the land of Ham.
24 And he increased his people greatly, and made them stronger then their enemies.
24 And he his people greatly did increase their foes among,
And more then all their enemies he did then make them strong.
25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants
25 Their heart he turned for to hate those that his people were,
And also subtilly to deal with his own servants there.
26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen
26 His faithfull servant Moses he unto them also sent,
And likewise Aaron whom he then had chosen with him went.
27 They shewed his signes among them: and wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darknes, and made it dark: and they rebelled not against his word.
27 'Mong them his signes and wonders they in Hams land did afford,
28 He darknesse sent and made it dark, they not contemn'd his word.
29 He turned their waters into blood; and slew their fish.
30 The land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.
29 He turn'd their waters into bloud, their fish he slew in springs:
30 The land in plenty frogs brought forth in chambers of their Kings.
31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies: and lice in all their coasts.
31 He spake, and diverse sorts there came of flies, as mighty hosts,
And by his finger lyce he made to swarm in all their costs.
32 He gave them hail for rains and flaming fire in their land.
33 He smote their vines also and their figtrees: and brake the trees of their coasts.
32 He hail for rain, and flaming fire within their land did make:
33 Their vines and their fig-trees he smot, trees of their costs he brake.
34 He spake and the locusts came, and caterpillars, and that without number:
35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
34 He spake and catterpillars came locusts in number great
35 Ate in their land all herbs, and of their ground devour'd the fruit.
36 He smote also all the first-born in their land: the chief of all their strength.
36 He also did within their land in fury smite at length
The first born of the man and beast the chief of all their strength.
37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
37 With silver and with gold also he brought them forth along,
And not one feeble person there was all their tribes among.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
39 He spread a cloud for a covering: and fire to give light in the night.
38 Egypt was glade when they did part, their fear did on them light:
39 He spread a cloud for covering, fire to give light by night.
40 The people asked, and he brought quails: and satisfied them with the bread af heaven.
40 The people asked, and he then brought quails abundantly,
And he them all did with the bread of heaven satisfy.
41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out: they ran in the dry places like a river.
41 The rock he also opened, and waters gushed out,
They like unto a river ran in places dry about.
42 For he remembred his holy promise: and Abraham his servant.
43 And he brought forth his people with joy: and his chosen with gladnesse:
42 For on his holy promise he, and's servant Abra'm thought:
43 With joy his folk, his chosen ones with gladnesse forth he brought.
44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people.
44 And unto them he did the lands give of the heathen men,
And what the peoples labour was they did inherit then.
45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.
45 That for the same they might observe the statuts of his word,
And keep his laws giv'n unto them: praise give ye to the Lord.


REmember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider and behold our reproch.
REmember now, O Lord our God, what is come us upon,
Consider also our reproch, and it behold anone.
2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to alients.
3 We are Orphans and fatherlesse, our mothers are as widows.
2 To strangers turnd's our heritage, our house to aliants far:
3 We Orphans are and Fatherlesse, our mothers widows are.
4 We have drunken our water for money, our wood is sold unto us.
5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour and have no rest.
4 For money we our water drink, our wood is sold to us:
5 Our necks under affliction are we restlesse labour thus.
6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
6 We unto the Egyptians have giv'n the hand in need,
And to th'Assyrians, for to be but satisfi'd with bread.
7 Our fathers have sinned and are not, and e have born their iniquities.
8 Servants have ruled over us: there is one that doth deliver us out of their hand.
Sinn'd have our fathers, and are not, and born their sins we have,
Ov'r us rul'd servants, and none doth out of their hand us save.
9 We gat our bread with the perill of our es, because of the sword of the wildernesse.
With perill of our lives we gat our bread in great distresse,
because of the most bloody sword that was in wildernesse.
10 Our skin was black like an oven, because the terrible famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion , and maids in the cities of Judah.
Our skin for famine terrible like as a e ov'n was black,
They Zions women, Judahs maids by ravishing did take.
12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the es of elders were not honoured.
12 Up by their hand most cruelly the Princes hang'd are there,
The faces of the Elders als by no man honourd were
13 They took the young men to grindo, and the children fell under the wood.
14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.
13 They took the young men for to grind, boyes under wood did fall,
14 The Elders ceased from the gate, from musick young men all.
15 The joy of our heart is ceased, our dau is turned into mourning.
16 The crown is fallen from our head: unto us that we have sinned.
15 Joy of our heart it ceased is, our dance to mourning's turned,
16 The crown is fallen from our head, woe's us that we have sinned.
17 For this our heart is fa , for these thing our eyes are dim.
18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
17 For this our heart is saint, our are dim for things so done
18 For Zions hill that's desolate, it foxes walk upon.
19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever: thy rone from generation to generation.
9 Thou who art the most mighty Lord remainst for ever fast:
Thy Throne from generation doth to generation last.
20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, nd forsake us so long time?
21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we ll be turned:
0 Why us forgetst thou still and als so long forsak'st us all:
Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and turned be we shall:
Renew our dayes as of old.
22 But thou hast utterly rejected us: thou art y wroth against us.
and as of old renew our dayes:
22 But utterly thou both ist us rejected, and thou art with us exceeding wroth.
This is a selection from the original text


abundance, famine, night, riches, storehouse, wicked

Source text

Title: The Psalms of David in Meeter

Author: Zacharie Boyd

Publisher: Heires of George Anderson

Publication date: 1648

Place of publication: Glasgow

Provenance/location: This text was transcribed from images available at Early English Books Online: Bibliographic name / number: Wing / B2434 Physical description: [694] p. Copy from: British Library Reel position: Wing / 1542:04

Digital edition

Original author(s): Zacharie Boyd

Language: English

Selection used:

  • 1 ) tp, psalms 33, 37, 105; lamentations of Jeremiah-ch.5


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Texts transcribed by: Muhammad Irshad Alam, Bonisha Bhattacharya, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, Kahkashan Khalil, Sarbajit Mitra

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Genre: Britain > poetry

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