O God my strength and fortitude
O God my strength and fortitude. Thomas Sternhold* (d. 1549).
According to JJ, p. 863, this metrical version of Psalm 18 was added to the collection of Psalms published by John Daye in 1561 entitled Psalmes of David in Englishe Metre. It then passed into The whole Book of Psalmes, collected into English metre by T. Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others (1562) (the ‘Old Version’*). Originally it was in five parts. The first, from which most modern printings derive, had ten stanzas, preceded by the initials ‘T.S.’:
O God my strength and fortitude, of force I must love thee; Thou art my castle and defence in my necessity.
My God, my rock, in whom I trust, the worker of my wealth, My...
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