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A new melody for Psalm 6
This rendition of Psalm 6 begins:
“Gently, gently lay your rod,
on my sinful heart O God.
Stay your wrath, in mercy, stay.
Or I sink before it’s sway.”
Nathan Clark George, of Franklin, Tennessee wrote this new melody in 2012 using Henry Francis Lyte‘s lyrical rendition of the Psalm, which was composed in 1834. It’s another great example of an old text, with a fresh new melody. In this video, Nathan plays the guitar and sings, while Henry Haffner accompanies on the viola.
Psalm 6 (KJV) begins: “Oh LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in they hot displeasure.” The NIV records Psalm 6:1 as: ” LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath”. In similar fashion the ESV translates Psalm 6:1 as : “O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.”
The song continues with “Heal me for my flesh is weak; Heal me, for Your grace I seek. This my only plea I make, Heal me for Your mercy’s sake.”
Psalm 6 – The Music
The complete lyrics, guitar chords and musical score are provided as a free download (PDF) on Nathan’s website, and another musical score with SATB parts can be downloaded from WordMP3 (PDF). The music and lyrics are copyright © 2012 by Nathan Clark George.
Here’s a nice recording as found on BandCamp.Mr. Michael Owens, a church musician from Lancaster County, PA has provided another recording of the song that demonstrates the singing of SATB parts, which is very helpful for congregational singing.
The song continues: “My soul is in great distress. Send, oh send your promised rest!”
Nathan also provides a short video lesson showing how to play it on the guitar.