As pants the hart for cooling streams
As pants the hart for cooling streams. Nahum Tate* (1652-1715) and Nicholas Brady* (1659-1726). This is Psalm 42 in A New Version of the Psalms of David by Tate and Brady [New Version*] (1696, 1698). It had 11 stanzas, corresponding to the 11 verses of the psalm. Most books abbreviate the original to produce a text of fewer stanzas: almost all hymnbooks begin with stanzas 1 and 2 (‘As pants the hart’ and ‘For Thee, my God, the living God’) and end with stanza 11 (‘Why restless, why cast down, my soul?’). Some add Tate and Brady’s doxology (as in the First Edition of A&M ):
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
the God whom we adore,
Be glory, as it was, is now
and shall be...
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