1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. ♦
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2 You are clothed with majesty and honour, ♦
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3 You spread out the heavens like a curtain ♦
and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
4 You make the clouds your chariot ♦
and ride on the wings of the wind.
5 You make the winds your messengers ♦
and flames of fire your servants.
6 You laid the foundations of the earth, ♦
that it never should move at any time.
7 You covered it with the deep like a garment; ♦
the waters stood high above the hills.
8 At your rebuke they fled; ♦
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
9 They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath, ♦
to the place which you had appointed for them.
10 You have set them their bounds that they should not pass, ♦
nor turn again to cover the earth.
11 You send the springs into the brooks, ♦
which run among the hills.
12 They give drink to every beast of the field, ♦
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
13 Beside them the birds of the air make their nests ♦
and sing among the branches.
14 You water the hills from your dwelling on high; ♦
the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
15 You make grass to grow for the cattle ♦
and plants to meet our needs,
16 Bringing forth food from the earth ♦
and wine to gladden our hearts,
17 Oil to give us a cheerful countenance ♦
and bread to strengthen our hearts.
18 The trees of the Lord are full of sap, ♦
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
19 In which the birds build their nests, ♦
while the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
20 The mountains are a refuge for the wild goats ♦
and the stony cliffs for the conies.
21 You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, ♦
and the sun knows the time for its setting.
22 You make darkness that it may be night, ♦
in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
23 The lions roar for their prey ♦
and seek their food from God.
24 The sun rises and they are gone ♦
to lay themselves down in their dens.
25 People go forth to their work ♦
and to their labour until the evening.
26 O Lord, how manifold are your works! ♦
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the sea, spread far and wide, ♦
and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
28 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan ♦
which you have made to play in the deep.
29 All of these look to you ♦
to give them their food in due season.
30 When you give it them, they gather it; ♦
you open your hand and they are filled with good.
31 When you hide your face they are troubled; ♦
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit, they are created, ♦
and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; ♦
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
34 He looks on the earth and it trembles; ♦
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; ♦
I will make music to my God while I have my being.
36 So shall my song please him ♦
while I rejoice in the Lord.
37 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
and the wicked be no more. ♦
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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