Alleluia PS 16 Be, O my God, my guard and my support
Théodore de Bèze Geneva 1551
For in you alone have I placed my hope.
And you, my soul, tell him at every hour;
I submit myself, Lord, to your power;
And yet, whatever I am involved in,
No advantage comes to you from me.
Whom one sees pleased to sing your praises;
But evil upon evil are reserved for those,
Whom one sees running after strange gods.
My hand never touches their victims;
Never does my mouth utter their name.
And from this source my recompense is assured;
Never, Lord, could the share that is mine
Been given me in a more beauteous place .
By your bounty, the best part of your rich heritage
is in my share.
the holy competence of his counsels.
Even in the night I reflect on them carefully
And his Spirit guides me and strengthens me.
Thus I always look to him alone,
His hand always supports me and protects me.
My joy bursts forth; people will see me
singing, and rejoicing, and filled with confidence,
My flesh, O God, rests in certainty;
I do not fear at all that in the grave
Your saint will ever smell any rot.
Which leads from death to a happy life;
For, O Lord, no pleasure is entire,
If one does not see your glorious face.
It is in your hands that, without end,
Are found true pleasures, and true joy.
translator: Edward J. Gallagher
Professor of French Studies, Emeritus
Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA
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