THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY PSALM BOOK
Do ye, 0 congregation,
indeed speak righteousness?
and 0 ye sons of earthly men,
do ye judge unrightness?
Yea you in heart will working be
and in the land you will weigh out
your hands' violence.
The wicked are estranged from
the womb, they go astray
as soon as ever they are borne;
uttering lies are they.
Their poison's like serpent's poison;
they like deaf asp, her ear
that stops. Though charmer wisely charm,
his voice she will not hear.
Within their mouth do thou their teeth
break out, 0 God most strong,
do thou Jehovah, the great teeth
break of the lion's young.
As waters let them melt away,
that run continually:
and when he bends his shafts, let them
as cut asunder be.
Like to a snail that melts, so let
each of them pass away;
like to a woman's untimely birth see sun that never they may.
Before your pots can feel the thorns,
take them away shall he,
as with a whirlwind both living,
and in his jealousy.
The righteous will rejoice when as
the vengeance he doth see;
his feet wash shall he in the blood
of them that wicked be.
So that a man shall say, surely
for righteous, there is fruit:
sure there's a God that in the earth
judgement doth execute.